Announcing pdftools 1.0

  Jeroen Ooms   | DECEMBER 9, 2016

This week we released version 1.0 of the ropensci pdftools package to CRAN. Pdftools provides utilities for extracting text, fonts, attachments and other data from PDF files. It also supports rendering of PDF files into bitmap images. This release has a few internal enhancements and fixes an annoying bug for landscape PDF pages. The version bump to 1.0 signifies that the package has undergone sufficient testing and the API is stable.

Introducing pdftools - A fast and portable PDF extractor

  Jeroen Ooms   | MARCH 1, 2016

Scientific articles are typically locked away in PDF format, a format designed primarily for printing but not so great for searching or indexing. The new pdftools package allows for extracting text and metadata from pdf files in R. From the extracted plain-text one could find articles discussing a particular drug or species name, without having to rely on publishers providing metadata, or pay-walled search engines. The pdftools slightly overlaps with the Rpoppler package by Kurt Hornik.

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