software for reading sequence from PDF file

jayakumar jakku at
Sat Mar 20 01:07:03 EST 1999

Dear Venky
    You can try one way though.. there is a freeware called "Ghostscript".
you can download it.  After you install it, open the PDF file in the
software. GO to the options menu and there is a option for converting the
PDF file to text format.  It also saves it in the text format and gives it
to you.
    I have the package and can send it to you if you are not able to get it
on the web
R. Jayakumar, CSIR-SRF,
School of Biotechnology,
Madurai Kamaraj University,
Madurai - 625021.
tel: +91-452-858464(hostel), 858471(ask for 374 to lab)
fax: +91-452-859105
email: jakku at
-----Original Message-----
From: Tvenkatesh at <Tvenkatesh at>
To: mail newsgroup <bionet-news at>
Date: Saturday, March 20, 1999 2:30 AM
Subject: software for reading sequence from PDF file

>I would like to know if there is software that can convert PDF file into
>text files.
>Specifically we want to extract  sequences from patent documents which are
>stored as images in PDF
>format. We tried Acorobat reader, it did not help.
>I appreciate your help.
>T. V. (Venky) Venkatesh, Ph D
>Senior Scientist (Bioinformatics and Molecular Biology)
>Synaptic Pharmaceutical Corporation
>215 College Road
>Paramus NJ 07652 - 1431
>201-261-1331x720 (Phone)
>Tvenkatesh at

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