Reading PDF and DOC files

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    Reading PDF and DOC files

    I should have posted this question to this forum first. Anyway, I am working on a Visual C++ program which needs to read the contents of a PDF or DOC file. What libraries do I need to use for this task?

    Any pointers or info appreciated.

    Thank you in advance.

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    If you can't find any libraries simply by searching, your best bet is to look at the source of Free or Open Source projects that already do these things.

    AbiWord is a Word Processor (pretty sure it supports doc) with readily available source on the website.

    Not sure of any open source PDF readers (I think Foxit Reader is just freeware/shareware?), but Google seems to return some results, so you could take a look there.

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    On PDF:

    I doubt you will find anything free. You can buy an SDK from adobe : Adobe - PDF Library SDK

    You can get a free PDF reference http://www.adobe.com/devnet/acrobat/...erence_1-7.pdf , which is now superceded by ISO 32000-1, or you can buy the ISO 32000-1 http://www.iso.org/iso/iso_catalogue...csnumber=51502

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    It depends which version of Visual studio you have (and how much money you paid for it).
    Something old (or free) might not have a bunch of class libraries that make it easier.

    If you want to start at the beginning with bashing your own code, try
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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveH View Post
    On PDF:

    I doubt you will find anything free. You can buy an SDK from adobe : Adobe - PDF Library SDK

    You can get a free PDF reference http://www.adobe.com/devnet/acrobat/...erence_1-7.pdf , which is now superceded by ISO 32000-1, or you can buy the ISO 32000-1 ISO 32000-1:2008 - Document management -- Portable document format -- Part 1: PDF 1.7
    Actually there are a couple of free PDF libraries. However, I don't know about doc.

    PoDoFo is the one I've liked the best, though GNUPdf looks like it might show some promise.

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    OpenOffice can open MS word,so you can obtain openoffice's code to study it

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    Depending on what you want to do with these files you may just be able to get away with using the word automation classes (I'm sure adobe exports some classes for pdf's too). This way you can just let the actual applications parse the file and also use their services to do whatever you need (spellcheck, display the document, modify it etc.).
    Last edited by valaris; 06-25-2010 at 12:08 PM. Reason: Removed C# example. Totally didn't realize I navigated out of the C# Forum to Windows Forum.

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