1. Mechiel Lukkien
  2. pdfread

Overview

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# status

work in progress (though stalled now).  has three tools so far:
- pdf/text, converts a pdf to text (though does not implement character
  encoding/sets, and whitespace is often wrong).
- pdf/walk, a tk program for navigation the structure of a pdf.
- pdf/inflate, rewrites pdf file, reformatting pdf objects and
  decompressing text.

there is no code to render a pdf on a canvas.


# intro

this package contains a library & tools for reading pdf files.  in
the future, perhaps a pdf renderer can be build on top of this code.
there is no documentation since this is a work in progress.  feel
free to fix/improve!


# install

make sure you have $ROOT set, now "mk install" to compile and install
the files.

when building from within inferno, insert SYSHOST=Inferno and ROOT=
in the mk invocations to override the values in the mkconfig.


# download

the latest version can be found at:

	http://www.ueber.net/code/r/pdfread


# licence & author

appl/lib/pdfinflate.b is copyright & subject to the license from vitanuova.

all other files are in the public domain.  this code has been written by
mechiel lukkien, reachable at mechiel@ueber.net or mechiel@xs4all.nl.


# todo

doc/syntax.txt has some random blurps on the syntax/structure of
pdf files.  todo.txt has a (probably outdated/inaccurate) list of
things to improve.

- lzw decoding sometimes breaks
- improve the parser appl/lib/pdfread.b, perhaps more proper
  tokenizer, and probably use exceptions for error propagation.
- implement DCTDecode filter.
- pdf/inflate: fix Prev byte offset in trailers
- pdf/inflate: fix remaining bugs.  like fonts that are wrong in the new file.
- pdf/inflate: if compressed data has non-ascii in it, just keep
  the original encoding?  image-specific encodings can probably be
  kept too, no need to make the file size huge with raw bitmaps.