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PDFlib pCOS

PDF Information Retrieval Tool.

Published by PDFlib
Distributed by ComponentSource since 2003

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PDFlib pCOS 4 reached its end-of-life in August 2018. Customers who accessed the pCOS programming interface via the pCOS product can continue this use, but should be aware of the fact that there will be no updates nor maintenance in the future.

It is recommended to switch to PDFlib PLOP 5 as successor of PDFlib pCOS 4.

Customers who wish to keep their pCOS application up to date can switch to one...

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PDFlib pCOS 4 reached its end-of-life in August 2018. Customers who accessed the pCOS programming interface via the pCOS product can continue this use, but should be aware of the fact that there will be no updates nor maintenance in the future.

It is recommended to switch to PDFlib PLOP 5 as successor of PDFlib pCOS 4.

Customers who wish to keep their pCOS application up to date can switch to one of the alternative products that includes the pCOS programming interface, see list below:

  • PDFlib+PDI
  • PDFlib Personalization Server (PPS)
  • PDFlib TET
  • PDFlib PLOP
  • PDFlib PLOP DS
  • PDFlib TET PDF IFilter.


The core pCOS functionality offered by the pCOS interface within other products will be fully supported in the future.

PDFlib pCOS

PDFlib pCOS provides a simple and elegant facility for retrieving any information from a PDF document which is not part of the page contents. For example, PDF metadata, interactive elements (links etc.), or page dimensions can easily be queried with pCOS. With pCOS you can extract a variety of interesting items and create output for different purposes. By processing multiple PDF documents with a single call you can easily create summaries of document info entries, page formats, fonts, or any other property. Combined with tabular output this provides a powerful PDF administration tool.

PDFlib pCOS - PDF Information Retrieval Tool
There are many every-day pCOS applications for PDF practitioners, but you can also use PDFlib pCOS as a tool for learning or debugging PDF. Here are some typical scenarios:

  • Check incoming documents for predefined criteria
  • Identify problem files in a large collection
  • Create metadata summaries for document management
  • Quality assurance before publishing documents
  • Document retrieval and repository workflows
  • Summarize the bookmarks
  • Extract components of...

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PDFlib pCOS improves Information Retrieving
PDFlib pCOS improves Information Retrieving
Identify pages with transparent objects on the page or in annotations.
PDFlib pCOS adds Acrobat X support
PDFlib pCOS adds Acrobat X support
PDFlib pCOS V3.0 supports the latest PDF standards and features including support for the Acrobat X file format.

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  • ActiveX DLL
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