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I convert the pdf to text and edit the text with notepad/wordpad as that easier to extract the raw data and not have to fight highlighting the data in pdf format. The pdftotext.exe is part the xpdf package. http://www.foolabs.com/xpdf/download.html. I use the -l to keep the format was it was in the pdf. You can also put a front end (ie. GUI) using something like ‘autoit’ to make
it easier for you (or your users) to pick their pdf and bring it up without
knowing command line. Hope this helps.