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September 18, 2011 9:10 AM Subscribe
Help me extract text from a PDF of a Powerpoint presentation!
One of my lecturers posts lecture notes online in PDF format, which she has exported from Powerpoint. Each page consists of 4 slides. I would like to be able to copy the text from these slides for my own notes, but when I do so, I end up with something like:
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I've tried just copying the whole thing into Word and running 'search and replace' for various characters, but it takes a helluva long time, as does getting rid of the odd sentence wrapping and things like 'Tradi6on'. Things get even weirder when there are multiple columns to a slide.
Is there any way I can salvage this text? The slides are saved in nameofslide.pptx.pdf format. Any suggestions (short of asking the lecturer to change her file formatting) would be welcome!