Creating searchable PostScript and PDF documents

Intervenant(s) : Frank Hofmann

  • Langue : English
  • Type d'événement : Conférence
  • Date : Lundi 9 juillet 2012
  • Horaire : 11h40
  • Durée : 40 minutes
  • Lieu : Uni Mail S160


PostScript and PDF are very common document formats, for example in areas like pre-print processing, document exchange, accounting, and for digital document archives. This talk focuses on the necessity to create and distribute documents that can be evaluated by a search engine later on.

From the end user’s point of view, this presentation demonstrates how to create searchable PostScript and PDF documents using Open/Libre Office, or LaTeX, and how to apply suitable document metadata for a succeeding search engine classification. Practically, the varieties for searching with the use of both graphical document viewers and several commandline tools are shown.


Frank Hofmann studied computer science at the Technical University of Chemnitz, Germany. He currently works at Buero 2.0, Berlin, an office network of open source experts ( He provides services in the print and pre-press field ( He is a founding member of the Wizards of FOSS (http://​­www.​­wizards‑of‑foss.​­de/) training organization and has coordinated regional meetings of the Linux user groups in Berlin and Brandenburg since 2008. Author for linux magazines such as LinuxUser, and Linux Magazine.

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Pdfsearch presentation
Pdfsearch presentation (PDF - 1015.5 ko)