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Purpose Open source PDF viewer that includes PDF information extractor and font analyzer
Source Code Repository
Debian Package http://packages.debian.org/search?suite=default&section=all&arch=any&searchon=names&keywords=xpdf


Xpdf is an open source PDF viewer that includes command-line information extractor and font analyzer utilities. The following utilities are particularly relevant to digital preservation:

  • pdfinfo: prints the contents of the 'Info' dictionary (plus some other useful information) from a Portable Document Format (PDF) file. In addition, the following information is printed:

tagged (yes/no)
form (AcroForm / XFA / none)
page count
encrypted flag (yes/no)
print and copy permissions (if encrypted)
page size
file size
linearized (yes/no)
PDF version
metadata (only if requested)

  • pdffonts: lists the fonts used in a Portable Document Format (PDF) file along with various information for each font

The following information is listed for each font:

name the font name, exactly as given in the PDF file (potentially
including a subset prefix)

type the font type

emb "yes" if the font is embedded in the PDF file

sub "yes" if the font is a subset

uni "yes" if there is an explicit "ToUnicode" map in the PDF file
(the absence of a ToUnicode map doesn't necessarily mean that
the text can't be converted to Unicode)

User Experiences

e.g. links to AQuA/SCAPE/Hackathon issues that use the tool

News Feeds

Release Feed

Activity Feed

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