how to extract the text from pdf using PHP?

i have converted the pdf to images, but now i need to extract the content from pdf as text or html, how can i do it.

RajmdAsked:
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Ray PaseurCommented:
This may be either a big undertaking or an impossible dream, depending on what you have got in the PDF file.  You are probably better off to go back to the original data BEFORE it became a PDF.  If you cannot get that information in clear text, here is the path to follow...

You can read the PDF files into PHP with file_get_contents();

You can use var_dump() to print out the data you read from the PDF.

You can visually scan the data string for extraction points and perhaps create a REGEX or a set of explode() statements to pull the information you want.

Do not become too dependent on this technology - different levels of PDF files will have different encodings and you may not be able to control what you will find in there.

Best of luck with your project, ~Ray
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Pedro ChagasWebmasterCommented:
What is the goal? Objective?
Where you get the pdf's? You create your own pdf's? If so, I think you can use file_get_contents() (like @ray tells you), because the encoding its always the same!

Regards, JC
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