Before building my own... does this software exist? I need to search a collection of PDF & Word files for key phrases, and dump the surrounding lines (x-m to x+n characters/lines, where x is the found phrase) into text files.
I occasionally need to search a few dozen files for a few dozen data items, which usually have some identifying text nearby. This needs to be automated.
Big bonus if it implements OCR, but that's not essential. Freeware, or cheapware, obviously is best. Windows-based is preferable, but I can do Linux.
posted by IAmBroom
on Feb 12, 2014 -
Seeking recommendations for on-line training on business applications, particularly MS Office. [more inside]
posted by dg
on Sep 4, 2012 -
Using Windows Vista at work: Once I finish making changes to a file in Microsoft Word 2007, I want to attach the file to an email in Outlook 2007. Currently, I am opening subfolder after subfolder getting to it either on the desktop or in the attach file dialog in Outlook, but that's annoying. Please advise. [more inside]
posted by Sock Ray Blue
on May 22, 2012 -
Windows XP and word 2002 refuse to recognize changes on a document made on a different machine. What gives? [more inside]
posted by IndigoJones
on Mar 30, 2012 -
Why does my one-pager in Word for Mac become a two-pager when I open it up in Word for Windows? [more inside]
posted by andrewesque
on Jun 15, 2011 -
I have Quickbooks Pro 2008 for Windows. How can I tell Quickbooks to use OpenOffice, or some other free non-Word app, when I want to print or edit Quickbooks form letters? [more inside]
posted by zippy
on Mar 4, 2009 -
What is the best, most efficient FREE way to get a bunch of people on the same page with IPA or special character fonts, across platforms? [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam
on Dec 12, 2008 -
How do I get tables from a Microsoft Word document on a Mac to transfer properly to Word on a Windows computer? [more inside]
posted by Idiot Mittens
on Oct 21, 2007 -
I'm a professional writer and book editor. I'd like to buy an Apple Mini and at long last get out of the grips of Microsoft. This means I want to use Pages as well. Does anyone have experience converting from Word to Pages.? [more inside]
posted by partner
on Jul 19, 2006 -
My office computer operates Windows XP with Word 2000. (I'm a Mac person at home so no lectures please...) About once a week or so, a Word doc will freeze up on me forcing me to hit the good old Ctrl+Alt+Del and End Task. I would say 50% of the time when I open Word again, the document I was working on comes up as a recovered document (phew!). The other 50% of the time, I open Word and... no recovered document (!!!). What gives? Why the discrepancy? How can I guarantee that a recovered document will come up all the time and not just when the computer feels like it? Aside from searching through a million temp files, is there an easy way to get the version I was working on back if it doesn't come up automatically? (Yes, I save as often as I can, but I'm only human.) Sorry if this has been answered before... I searched for a similar post, but didn't find one. Thank you!
posted by zharptitsa
on Jan 10, 2006 -
Does anyone know a good resource -- better than Microsoft itself -- for easily finding how to turn off specific "features" of Microsoft Word? [more inside]
posted by .kobayashi.
on Nov 22, 2005 -
Is there a (free and easy) way to convert Word Perfect files into Word documents on my Mac? [MI]
posted by faustessa
on Nov 4, 2004 -
MS Word 2003 task panes: when I start Word, I get a "getting started" side bar and an Adobe Acrobat tool menu that I can't seem to permanently disable. This is driving me bonkers. [more inside]
posted by muckster
on Apr 20, 2004 -