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How to extract text by columns from PDF in VB.NET and ByteScout PDF Extractor SDK

The tutorial below will demonstrate how to extract text by columns from PDF in VB.NET

The code below will help you to implement an VB.NET app to extract text by columns from PDF. ByteScout PDF Extractor SDK can extract text by columns from PDF. It can be used from VB.NET. ByteScout PDF Extractor SDK is the SDK that helps developers to extract data from unstructured documents, pdf, images, scanned and electronic forms. Includes AI functions like automatic table detection, automatic table extraction and restructuring, text recognition and text restoration from pdf and scanned documents. Includes PDF to CSV, PDF to XML, PDF to JSON, PDF to searchable PDF functions as well as methods for low level data extraction.

This rich sample source code in VB.NET for ByteScout PDF Extractor SDK includes the number of functions and options you should do calling the API to extract text by columns from PDF. Just copy and paste the code into your VB.NET application’s code and follow the instruction. Code testing will allow the function to be tested and work properly with your data.

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ExtractTextByColumns.VS2005.vbproj
      
<Project DefaultTargets="Build" xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/developer/msbuild/2003"> <PropertyGroup> <Configuration Condition=" '$(Configuration)' == '' ">Debug</Configuration> <Platform Condition=" '$(Platform)' == '' ">AnyCPU</Platform> <ProductVersion>8.0.50727</ProductVersion> <SchemaVersion>2.0</SchemaVersion> <ProjectGuid>{7B47AE2F-F68A-456C-A7E3-6FFA0FCF8AED}</ProjectGuid> <OutputType>Exe</OutputType> <AppDesignerFolder>Properties</AppDesignerFolder> <RootNamespace>ExtractTextByColumns</RootNamespace> <AssemblyName>ExtractTextByColumns</AssemblyName> </PropertyGroup> <PropertyGroup Condition=" '$(Configuration)|$(Platform)' == 'Debug|AnyCPU' "> <DebugSymbols>true</DebugSymbols> <DebugType>full</DebugType> <Optimize>false</Optimize> <OutputPath>bin\Debug\</OutputPath> <DefineConstants>DEBUG,TRACE</DefineConstants> <ErrorReport>prompt</ErrorReport> <WarningLevel>4</WarningLevel> </PropertyGroup> <PropertyGroup Condition=" '$(Configuration)|$(Platform)' == 'Release|AnyCPU' "> <DebugType>pdbonly</DebugType> <Optimize>true</Optimize> <OutputPath>bin\Release\</OutputPath> <DefineConstants>TRACE</DefineConstants> <ErrorReport>prompt</ErrorReport> <WarningLevel>4</WarningLevel> </PropertyGroup> <Import Project="$(MSBuildBinPath)\Microsoft.VisualBasic.Targets" /> <ItemGroup> <Import Include="Microsoft.VisualBasic" /> <Import Include="System" /> <Reference Include="Bytescout.PDFExtractor, Version=1.0.0.12, Culture=neutral, processorArchitecture=MSIL"> <SpecificVersion>False</SpecificVersion> </Reference> <Reference Include="System" /> <Reference Include="System.Data" /> <Reference Include="System.Xml" /> <Compile Include="Program.vb" /> <Compile Include="Properties\AssemblyInfo.vb" /> <Content Include="..\..\columns.pdf"> <CopyToOutputDirectory>Always</CopyToOutputDirectory> <Link>columns.pdf</Link> </Content> </ItemGroup> <ItemGroup> </ItemGroup> </Project>

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ExtractTextByColumns.VS2008.vbproj
      
<Project DefaultTargets="Build" xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/developer/msbuild/2003" ToolsVersion="3.5"> <PropertyGroup> <Configuration Condition=" '$(Configuration)' == '' ">Debug</Configuration> <Platform Condition=" '$(Platform)' == '' ">AnyCPU</Platform> <ProductVersion>9.0.21022</ProductVersion> <SchemaVersion>2.0</SchemaVersion> <ProjectGuid>{7B47AE2F-F68A-456C-A7E3-6FFA0FCF8AED}</ProjectGuid> <OutputType>Exe</OutputType> <AppDesignerFolder>Properties</AppDesignerFolder> <RootNamespace>ExtractTextByColumns</RootNamespace> <AssemblyName>ExtractTextByColumns</AssemblyName> <OldToolsVersion>2.0</OldToolsVersion> <TargetFrameworkVersion>v3.5</TargetFrameworkVersion> </PropertyGroup> <PropertyGroup Condition=" '$(Configuration)|$(Platform)' == 'Debug|AnyCPU' "> <DebugSymbols>true</DebugSymbols> <DebugType>full</DebugType> <Optimize>false</Optimize> <OutputPath>bin\Debug\</OutputPath> <DefineConstants>DEBUG,TRACE</DefineConstants> <ErrorReport>prompt</ErrorReport> <WarningLevel>4</WarningLevel> </PropertyGroup> <PropertyGroup Condition=" '$(Configuration)|$(Platform)' == 'Release|AnyCPU' "> <DebugType>pdbonly</DebugType> <Optimize>true</Optimize> <OutputPath>bin\Release\</OutputPath> <DefineConstants>TRACE</DefineConstants> <ErrorReport>prompt</ErrorReport> <WarningLevel>4</WarningLevel> </PropertyGroup> <Import Project="$(MSBuildToolsPath)\Microsoft.VisualBasic.Targets" /> <ItemGroup> <Import Include="Microsoft.VisualBasic" /> <Import Include="System" /> <Reference Include="Bytescout.PDFExtractor, Version=1.0.0.12, Culture=neutral, processorArchitecture=MSIL"> <SpecificVersion>False</SpecificVersion> </Reference> <Reference Include="System" /> <Reference Include="System.Data" /> <Reference Include="System.Xml" /> <Compile Include="Program.vb" /> <Compile Include="Properties\AssemblyInfo.vb" /> <Content Include="..\..\columns.pdf"> <CopyToOutputDirectory>Always</CopyToOutputDirectory> <Link>columns.pdf</Link> </Content> </ItemGroup> <ItemGroup> </ItemGroup> </Project>

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ExtractTextByColumns.VS2010.vbproj
      
<Project DefaultTargets="Build" xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/developer/msbuild/2003" ToolsVersion="4.0"> <PropertyGroup> <Configuration Condition=" '$(Configuration)' == '' ">Debug</Configuration> <Platform Condition=" '$(Platform)' == '' ">AnyCPU</Platform> <ProductVersion> </ProductVersion> <SchemaVersion>2.0</SchemaVersion> <ProjectGuid>{7B47AE2F-F68A-456C-A7E3-6FFA0FCF8AED}</ProjectGuid> <OutputType>Exe</OutputType> <AppDesignerFolder>Properties</AppDesignerFolder> <RootNamespace>ExtractTextByColumns</RootNamespace> <AssemblyName>ExtractTextByColumns</AssemblyName> <OldToolsVersion>3.5</OldToolsVersion> <TargetFrameworkVersion>v4.0</TargetFrameworkVersion> </PropertyGroup> <PropertyGroup Condition=" '$(Configuration)|$(Platform)' == 'Debug|AnyCPU' "> <DebugSymbols>true</DebugSymbols> <DebugType>full</DebugType> <Optimize>false</Optimize> <OutputPath>bin\Debug\</OutputPath> <DefineConstants>DEBUG,TRACE</DefineConstants> <ErrorReport>prompt</ErrorReport> <WarningLevel>4</WarningLevel> </PropertyGroup> <PropertyGroup Condition=" '$(Configuration)|$(Platform)' == 'Release|AnyCPU' "> <DebugType>pdbonly</DebugType> <Optimize>true</Optimize> <OutputPath>bin\Release\</OutputPath> <DefineConstants>TRACE</DefineConstants> <ErrorReport>prompt</ErrorReport> <WarningLevel>4</WarningLevel> </PropertyGroup> <Import Project="$(MSBuildToolsPath)\Microsoft.VisualBasic.Targets" /> <ItemGroup> <Import Include="Microsoft.VisualBasic" /> <Import Include="System" /> <Reference Include="Bytescout.PDFExtractor, Version=1.0.0.12, Culture=neutral, processorArchitecture=MSIL"> <SpecificVersion>False</SpecificVersion> </Reference> <Reference Include="System" /> <Reference Include="System.Data" /> <Reference Include="System.Xml" /> <Compile Include="Program.vb" /> <Compile Include="Properties\AssemblyInfo.vb" /> <Content Include="..\..\columns.pdf"> <CopyToOutputDirectory>Always</CopyToOutputDirectory> <Link>columns.pdf</Link> </Content> </ItemGroup> <ItemGroup> </ItemGroup> </Project>

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Program.vb
      
Imports Bytescout.PDFExtractor Class Program Friend Shared Sub Main(args As String()) ' Create Bytescout.PDFExtractor.TextExtractor instance Dim extractor As New TextExtractor() extractor.RegistrationName = "demo" extractor.RegistrationKey = "demo" ' Load sample PDF document extractor.LoadDocumentFromFile(".\columns.pdf") ' Extract text by columns (useful if PDF document is designed in column layout like a newspaper) extractor.ExtractColumnByColumn = true ' Save extracted text to file extractor.SaveTextToFile(".\result.txt") ' Cleanup extractor.Dispose() ' Open result file in default associated application (for demo purposes) System.Diagnostics.Process.Start(".\result.txt") End Sub End Class

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