Extracting text from Word and Excell?

I building a program that can extract metadata and text from Word and Excell documents.

OLE automation is out of the question since it would be to slow in this case.

What library or SDK do I need? Preferably something that is free or at least cheap??
kbb2Asked:
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jkrConnect With a Mentor Commented:
>>The only way is to get a specification of the format

http://www.wotsit.org/download.asp?f=wword8
http://www.wotsit.org/download.asp?f=xls
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jhanceCommented:
I'm not aware of any other way, short of hacking the Word and Excel file formats.  

What is it about the Word and Excel COM/Automation interfaces that you believe are slow?  There is nothing inherently slow about COM.
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kbb2Author Commented:
COM itself is now slow I agree, but invoking Word or Excell as COM is indeed slow (I've tried).

The only way is to get a specification of the format, but I was hoping that someone already had made a small library that I could utilize!
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I was hoping for more leads, but this will do! thanks!
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