Software Suggestions-counting texts in PDF File

npudhota3

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Hi guys,
So recently i converted all my text messages on my iPhone to a PDF file. The document is over 5000 pages long. I've been looking for ways to see how many individual texts there are in the document. I'll upload a screenshot so you guys can have a rough idea what it looks like.

Is there any software that is capable of differentiating and calculating the amount of text boxes? Is there some sort of software that can detect the two different colour boxes? Would it be difficult to create such software?
Any help will be great guys, thanks in advance :)
 

Ralston18

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You need to identify what is known as a delimiter: i.e., some character(s) code, leter/number pattern that separates each text message. Maybe some unique pattern in the timestamps or header. Could at the beginning or end of each text message.

Once you identify that pattern you can use an application such as Anycount to count the occurrences in the .pdf document.

Here is a link:

http://www.anycount.com/pdf-format

There are other such products available so you may need to experiment to see which one works bests for you.

Google "can I count word occurrences in pdf files" for more information.

Identifying the text message delimiter is the key.



 

Ralston18

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You need to identify what is known as a delimiter: i.e., some character(s) code, leter/number pattern that separates each text message. Maybe some unique pattern in the timestamps or header. Could at the beginning or end of each text message.

Once you identify that pattern you can use an application such as Anycount to count the occurrences in the .pdf document.

Here is a link:

http://www.anycount.com/pdf-format

There are other such products available so you may need to experiment to see which one works bests for you.

Google "can I count word occurrences in pdf files" for more information.

Identifying the text message delimiter is the key.



 
I don't think PDFs are the best file format for analyzing text. Convert your PDF to some easier-to-parse format, and see (as per @Ralson18 suggestion) how your messages look like.

You might also think about creating iOS app for that ;)
 
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