extracting bitmap images from selections?
Posted Nov 30, 2004 16:45 UTC (Tue) by stevenj
In reply to: extracting bitmap images from selections?
Parent article: The Grumpy Editor's Guide to PDF Viewers
As I said, I'm aware of command-line utilities like ImageMagick, and pdfimages falls into the same boat. They have their uses, but for extracting individual portions of pages are nowhere near as convenient as being able to directly extract a graphical selection from the PDF viewer.
(Yes, you can export a whole page image, then open in the GIMP or whatever and copy/save the selection. Anything is possible with enough effort; that's not what I was asking.)
Sigh...apparently, this is another feature of Acrobat that is not yet implemented in free PDF viewers. (I wish the review had gone further beyond the "Can it open and print a PDF file?" level. The problem with many of these "grumpy editor" reviews is that they set the bar incredibly low compared to available proprietary software. I use, write, and love free software, but let's not close our eyes to where it is still deficient — in short, the grumpy editor is not grumpy enough for my tastes.)
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