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I have a project to read the content of 10-15 different vendor statements that are in PDF form, and have different layouts. I assume I'll have to write 15 different parsers to capture the information, put it in structured format and store in a database. I know there are many different PDF to text APIs, but wanted to get insight if others have done such a thing and best methods. I'm fluent in Java/C#/Python. Anyone have wisdom to offer?


What I have tried:

Looked at PDFTools framework, a few c# and python libraries.
Updated 28-Jul-17 8:33am
David_Wimbley 28-Jul-17 17:53pm    
I've had to do similar things with insurance rate filings. I ended up just using itextsharp and wrote the parsers for the particular carriers documents.

Probably not what you were looking for but if this is a one time thing it may not be worth the effort to find some fancy/it learns the document and figures itself out type solution when it may be quicker to just code 15 parsers. Of course i know nothing about the documents, complexity, or number of times you may run this or add new vendor statements. Just my thoughts.

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