PDFlib TET adds performance enhancements

Version 4.0 supports Unicode postprocessing plus right-to-left and bidirectional text extraction.
August 19, 2010 - 0:00
Feature Release

PDFlib TET (Text Extraction Toolkit) is software for reliably extracting text information from any PDF file. It is available as a library/component and as a command-line tool. PDFlib TET makes available the text contents of a PDF as Unicode strings or structured XML, plus detailed glyph and font information. With PDFlib TET you can retrieve the corresponding Unicode values for text in a PDF document, as well as its position on the page.

Updates in V4.0

New features in PDFlib TET 4.0:

  • Performance enhancements: faster for many classes of documents
  • Higher speed and smaller memory consumption for very large documents up to hundreds of thousands of pages
  • Extract right-to-left and bidirectional text for Arabic, Hebrew, etc.
  • Unicode post-processing:
  • Foldings preserve, remove or replace characters
  • Decompositions replace a character with an equivalent sequence, e.g. replace narrow or vertical Japanese characters with their standard counterparts.
  • Text can be converted to all four Unicode normalization forms, e.g. emit NFC form to meet the requirements for Web text or a database.
  • Improved shadow removal, word boundary detection, and dehyphenation
  • Improved super and subscript detection
  • Workarounds for non-conforming PDF documents to enhance robustness
  • Enhanced repair mode for successfully extracting text from damaged PDF
  • More information in TET's XML output (TETML), e.g. dehyphenation, dropcap, shadow, and super/subscript
  • Improved C++ and Perl language bindings

New features in PDFlib TET PDF IFilter 4.0:

  • Takes advantage of the improved TET 4.0 kernel
  • Automatic language detection for improved search results (find word stems, partial matches, etc.)
  • Support for SharePoint 2010

About PDFlib

Munich-based PDFlib GmbH, founded in 2000, develops and sells leading edge components for server-centric generation and processing of PDF documents. PDFlib customers use the software for automated and high volume generation and processing of PDF documents in business and prepress workflows or for online billing systems. The components produced by PDFlib GmbH are readily available for all common environments (operating systems and programming languages) as commercial versions and partially as open source. PDFlib GmbH sells worldwide with main markets in North America, Germany and Japan.

Text extracted from a PDF with PDFlib TET.


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