Re: Text From Postcript

Subject: Re: Text From Postcript
From: Maro Riofrancos <riofrancos -at- WORLDNET -dot- ATT -dot- NET>
Date: Fri, 20 Feb 1998 09:55:51 -0500

An easier way is to create a PDF file from the PS file using Acrobat
Distiller. Then open the file in Acrobat Reader. From there you can copy
individual pages (actually, as many pages as you can see) to the clipboard.
Or, better still, using an inexpensive plug-in called Aerial (from, you can save the entire document as an RTF file.

> -----Original Message-----
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> [mailto:TECHWR-L -at- LISTSERV -dot- OKSTATE -dot- EDU]On Behalf Of David Hirschler
> Sent: Friday, February 20, 1998 9:09 AM
> To: TECHWR-L -at- LISTSERV -dot- OKSTATE -dot- EDU
> Subject: Re: Text From Postcript
> >Quick question: How does one get text out of a postcript file?
> One way is to buy a copy of Acrobat, which includes Exchange. Exchange
> looks just like Reader, but it allows you to copy the entire document to
> the clipboard. (This is what Adobe wants you to do, else why would they
> have limited Reader's copy function?)
> Another method is to open the PS file in a text editor, though I haven't
> tried this myself. The text is probably intermixed with lots of
> code. If you have the time you could strip the code out manually. I'm
> sure there are several conversion programs available that can do the
> conversion for you (Hijaak?). Another method could be to take screen
> and then run the images through an OCR program (yuck).
> Of course, the easiest way is to open the document in the source
> application...
> -- David Hirschler
> >Date: Thu, 19 Feb 1998 11:53:00 EST
> >From: Sabahat Ashraf <sabahat_ashraf -at- MENTORG -dot- COM>
> >Subject: Text From Postcript
> >
> >Quick question: How does one get text out of a postcript file?
> >
> >The best I can think of is to convert to PDF and Edit-->Select
> All-->Paste. But
> >this has to be done page by page?
> >
> >Tools available to me:
> >
> >Framemaker [and for Unix and for PC 5.0]
> >Acrobat Reader
> >Ghostview
> >Word [PC]
> >
> >Sabahat

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