Camelot is a Python Library to extract tabular data from PDFs.
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PDF Is Evil: Extracting Tabular Data From PDFs - SocialCopsUpdate: As this blog explains, getting data out of PDFs is a nightmare, even with tools like PDFTables and Tabula. To solve this problem, we created and released Camelot, an open-source Python library and command-line tool that makes it easy for anyone to extract data tables trapped inside PDF files.
Announcing Camelot, a Python Library to Extract Tabular Data from PDFs - SocialCopsA PDF file defines instructions to place characters (and other components) at precise x,y coordinates relative to the bottom-left corner of the page. Words are simulated by placing some characters closer than others. Similarly, spaces are simulated by placing words relatively far apart. How are tables simulated then?
A Python Library to extract tabular data from PDFs | Hacker NewsMany people don't realise the general weird disconnect in PDFs between real content and what you see on the screen that makes it hard to recover source data. In extreme cases you have subset fonts with glyphs ordered completely differently from how they are in the original and no mapping back to the character they represent.