What is a PDF Parser?

A PDF Parser is a program or a library that enables end-users and organizations to parse data from native pdf documents. Often, organizations need to parse pdf documents for specific fields such as Account Number, Date, Address, Bill to/from information or parse tabular data.

PDF Parsers are usually needed and used for processing and parsing data from large amount of documents. On the other hand, when you have a handful of documents you simply go and copy the data you need from pdf documents manually and paste it to Excel or anywhere you need it to be. PDF Parsers enable end-users to get data from hundreds and thousands of pdf documents in real time by saving huge amount of time and thus money.

Challenges in Parsing PDF Documents.

Parsing pdf documents isn’t an easy task. There are various ways native pdf documents are generated and parsing data from such pdf documents requires smart approaches. Parsed data from pdf documents greatly varies depending on the industry, which means the data parsed might also greatly change, which complicates the task.

Parsing pdf medical forms, which contain specific fields such as First, Middle, Last names, Sex, Date of Birth, etc. are very different from pdf purchase orders that contain mainly the items in the tabular form with such columns as Item No, Code, Quantity, Item Price, Amount, etc.

Therefore, if PDF Parser produces just a bunch of text from a pdf document it does not make much sense for the end-user. What end-users or organizations require is the structured data parsed from pdf documents. In other words, PDF Parser should extract from pdf documents only the data end-user needs and in the right structured format. For this, the PDF Parser must be smart and flexible enough to parse pdf documents with various layouts and data types.

How to parse pdf document with various layouts?

AlgoDocs allows you to parse pdf documents of any complexity in their layouts and type of data. With flexible extracting rules of AlgoDocs you can parse data from pdfs with different layouts. It is very easy and quick to setup extractors in AlgoDocs for your pdf documents. We provide 100% free technical support and ready to setup extractors for you. While we provide free support for creating extracting rules, you may check our help and support section if you wish to learn creating extracting rules in AlgoDocs.

Watch the following introductory video to get an idea of how it works in AlgoDocs.

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