Integrate Adobe PDF Using FME

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Integrate Your Data with Adobe PDF

We’ve all been there - you think you’ve found the perfect dataset, but alas, it is in PDF format and you can’t use it! This frustrating emotional rollercoaster can be avoided by using FME’s PDF Reader. Extract and manipulate data displayed within a PDF using a variety of transformers available. If you need to share your data as a PDF, connect the PDF Writer to your workflow instead.
Tutorial: Getting Started with PDF Reading

Unlock Geospatial PDF Data

Digitizing and copying data from scanned documents can be very tedious. Luckily for you, FME can do these tasks in just a few steps. Whether you work with maps, financial statements, or general text notices, you can use any of the available transformers to extract the exact data and information that you need. Try out the custom TesseractCaller transformer that uses optical character recognition (OCR) to read specific text within your PDF.

Blog: Extracting Geospatial Data from PDFs

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Share Data via PDF Files

PDFs make it easy to share your data with virtually anyone. No matter what data you have, the FME transformers can help you create new PDFs with the data you need, displayed in the way that you want. To do this, drag-and-drop the PDFStyler or PDFPageFormatter after manipulating your data. Before you know it, you’ll have reports that are ready to be sent out to your customers and colleagues.

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Automate PDF Conversions

The automation generation is here! FME Server works together with your FME workflows to run them on a schedule or when an assigned trigger takes place. That’s right - you can bulk process your data. This is an excellent solution for generating reports in the same type of style and structure or for things as small as adding your company logo to pre-existing PDF files.
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Make Your Data Accessible

Sharing data with clients can have some pretty significant obstacles like large file sizes or formats bound to specific software programs. With FME you can release this data into the very easily shareable PDF format like Facto-Geo and Spatialworld have done. FME not only helps make your life easier but will also help you develop better relationships with your clients by having easily understandable and accessible information.

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About Adobe PDF

Adobe PDF documents can contain text, tables, and even geospatial layers to display maps with georeferenced metadata

Common Conversions

FME lets you integrate many applications and file formats. Here are some of the ways our users convert Adobe PDF.


The table below outlines how Adobe PDF is supported by our different FME products, and on which platform(s) the reader and/or writer runs.

Product OS
FME Form FME Flow FME Flow Hosted Windows 64-bit Linux Mac
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Writer Professional Edition & Up checkmark checkmark checkmark checkmark checkmark

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