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Developer Tools for Acrobat Reader

New Here ,
Jun 04, 2024 Jun 04, 2024

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Hi! I would like to ask if it is possible to locate an element within a PDF file the way it is done in a Web Browser with the help of Developer Tools. Thank you!

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Create PDFs , Edit and convert PDFs , Modern Acrobat , PDF , PDF forms , Scan documents and OCR , Standards and accessibility

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Jun 04, 2024 Jun 04, 2024

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Not in the free Reader, no. Acrobat has more advanced editing tools, of course, although not quite the same as the Developer Tools you have in a browser. It also depends on what type of "object" you want to locate.

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Jun 05, 2024 Jun 05, 2024

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Thanks for your reply!

 

I found that by opening a pdf file with Mozilla Firefox and inspecting it with the developer tools you can collect its text (with the help of JavaScript) after the web browser has converted it to HTML and maybe save it for further processing with someone programming language.

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If it's only text you're interested in then JS (in Acrobat) can do it.

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