Extract Text with Format from PDF or XPS using PDF.co and Make

We prepared a step-by-step tutorial to show you how to extract text with format from PDF or XPS using PDF.co and Make.

Below is the sample source file that we will use.

Sample Source File
Sample Source File

Step 1: Create a Scenario

First, click the Create a Scenario button at the upper right corner of your dashboard.

Step 2: Google Drive App

Next, select Google Drive from the lists of the apps to perform the new scenario.

Screenshot of selecting Google Drive app

Step 3: Download A File

Under the Google Drive app, select the Download a File module.

Screenshot of selecting the Download a File module

Step 4: Google Drive Connection

  • In the Enter a File ID field, choose the Select from the list option.
  • For the Choose a Drive field, select My Drive to return the folder and file in this Drive.
  • Under the File ID field, input the exact folder where the file is located.
Screenshot of Google Drive connection

We are done for the first step, now let’s continue to the next and final step to complete our module.

Step 5: PDF.co App

Now, add another module and select PDF.co from the lists of the apps.

Screenshot of selecting PDF.co app

Step 6: Convert From PDF

Select the Convert from PDF module to convert PDF pages into Plain Text or other supported formats.

Screenshot of adding Convert from PDF

Step 7: PDF.co Account

Now, let’s connect our PDF.co Account to perform the scenario.

  • In the Input Type field, select the Import a File from the URL.
  • In the Input field, enter the URL of the source file.
  • For the Pages field, type 0 for page 1.

Now, click on the Run button to make sure that there are no errors in the setup.

Screenshot of PDF.co account

Step 8: Test Result

Excellent! The Scenario runs successfully. Copy and paste the out URL to view or download the output.

Screenshot of test result

Step 9: Source File Output

This is now the PDF Invoice converted to Plain Text output.

Source File Output
Source File Output

In this tutorial, you learned how to extract text with format from a PDF document using PDF.co and Make. You also learned how to set up the Convert from PDF module to convert a PDF to Plain Text.