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Is it possible to read the text of a PDF file into Access 2007 using VBA? If so, how?

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As a result of help with a previous related question "How can I read text documents (e.g. Word 2007 and PDF) into Access 2007 using VBA?" I can now import the text of single .txt files and .doc and .docx Word documents to Access using VBA. I am now very interested to learn if there is any way a PDF file (or several PDF files) can be read into a VBA Varable or Access 2007 table automatically. I would be very grateful for any help on this...
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I don't know much about this but I'm pretty sure you are going to need some third party software to read from pdf files.  Adobe produce a SDK for developers to extract text from docs created using theire pdf writer and other companies produce tools (for sale) to convert pdfs to text.
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That is helpful. I have emailed Adobe with a question about this. Does anyone else have experience of interection with text from PDF files under software control??
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Adobe say I just need Adobe Reader 9 which I already have installed. I can't figure out how this helps me. Do I need to select a Library from Tools/References - if so I can't see anything that looks right. Beyond that what VBA commands do I use. I have contacted Adobe again through their support site but would still value any other input or ideas.........???
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by:Jeffrey Coachman
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Just a side note here.

The maximum amount of charachters allowed in an Access field is 65,000 (Memo), many PDF files exceed this limit.

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That may not matter as I am most interested in the first page or so. I just don't know how or if it is possible!!
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I don't think this is getting anywhere. The best I can think of is to use a PDF to Word converter and then import the text from Word. The converter I found is:

http://www.soliddocuments.com/products.htm?product=SolidConverterPDF

If anyone knows a method of directly importing the text of a PDF into Access VBA please let me know!
I will close this now. Thanks for the suggestions
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