PDF Alchemist

Installing the Software

Installing the PDF Alchemist software is easy. PDF Alchemist is available for Windows and Linux 64 platforms, and we offer the product with flexible licensing and pricing arrangements, if you need to use the product for large-scale processing. To purchase PDF Alchemist, or to download and install a temporary evaluation copy of the product, visit https://www.datalogics.com/products/ or contact our sales staff using sales@datalogics.com.

Note that the Windows installation program for PDF Alchemist adds the location of the PDF Alchemist executable to the PATH in the Windows Environment Variables, so you can run “PDFAlchemist.exe” from anywhere. For Linux, you need to manually add the location of the PDF Alchemist executable to your PATH variable.

Evaluating PDF Alchemist

PDF Alchemist is available for a free evaluation period. You can download and install the product from our website and enter the activation key when prompted. The installation process generates a license file in your working directory, and you will be ready to start using the software at once. A Sales representative will contact you to discuss how you plan to use the product.

Note that if you don’t enter the activation key value when you first install the product, or enter it incorrectly, you will be prompted to enter the value again the next time you run the command line executable.

Linux Platforms

For Linux, the PDF Alchemist software release is packaged as a self-extracting .bsx file.

  1. Copy the installation file to the appropriate working directory on a Linux machine. From the Bash prompt, enter a command to run the file. It should look like this:

./setup_PDF_Alchemist_Premium_Linux64_2.3.9.bsx

You may also need to set the appropriate permissions on the installers:

chmod +x *.bsx

  1. Enter the name of the directory where you want the software to be installed. If you leave this field blank, the product will be installed in a subfolder called “PDFAlchemist” under the directory where the bsx file is stored. You might want to create a special subfolder for the product, and enter something like:

PDFAlchemist_64

  1. If you are installing an evaluation version of the software, you will be prompted to enter the activation key. Type or copy and paste the 16-digit activation key in this space.
  2. The installation process will copy the software files to the directory you selected.
  3. If you installed an evaluation copy of the software, you should see a license file pdfalchemist_premium.lic appearing in the working directory.

Windows Platforms

The Windows release of PDF Alchemist is provided as an executable file.

  1. Copy the EXE file to the directory of your choice and double click the file to run it.
  2. You will be asked where you want to store the installation files, with this default:

C:\Program Files\Datalogics\PDFAlchemist Premium

  1. Enter the name of the directory where you want to install the software and click Next.
  2. A confirmation screen appears. Click Install. The installation process will copy the files to the directory you selected.
  3. Click Finish to complete the process.
  4. If you are installing an evaluation version of the software, you will be prompted to enter the activation key. Type or copy and past the 16-digit activation key in this space.
  5. The installation process will copy the software files to the directory you selected.
  6. If you installed an evaluation copy of the software, you should see a license file, pdf_alchemist_premium.lic, appearing in the working directory.

Using Sample PDF Documents to Test PDF Alchemist

We provide with the PDF Alchemist software a set of five sample PDF documents you can use to test the product. Look for them in the /Samples subdirectory where you have installed the software on your local machine or server. For each sample PDF document, use PDF Alchemist to convert the content to an HTML export file, and then compare the results.

The PDF sample documents include:

Expense report This PDF provides an example of a bordered table.
Moby Dick This PDF document provides seven pages of text extracted from the Herman Melville novel, with a title, by line, and two chapter headings. No headers or footers are included; a single graphic image appears at the bottom of page 7. Process this PDF document with the software to show how PDF Alchemist converts and formats large amounts of text.
OCR blog snippet Use this PDF document to test how PDF Alchemist works with Optical Character Recognition
(OCR) technology. This PDF also shows a paragraph of text, but this text is shown within a PNG graphic image file imbedded in the PDF document. The OCR tool will read and interpret the content included in the graphic file, convert the image to machine-readable characters, and then export that converted text to an HTML file. The text from the image can replace the image itself in the output file, or the image can appear in the HTML internal code, with the text embedded in the image reference alt attributes. Either way the text is tagged as OCR content.
Profits This file holds an example of a table without borders.
Table image This sample also demonstrates the use of OCR technology when processing a PDF document. In this case the embedded PNG image file is not paragraph text, but rather, text in a borderless table. PDF Alchemist can interpret the characters in this image, extract the content, and format the content into a table in the export HTML file to match the table in the source document.