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I used the following code to get data in PDF from a particular location.

Rectangle rect = new Rectangle(0,0,250,250);
RenderFilter filter = new RegiontextRenderFilter(rect);
fontBasedTextExtractionStrategy strategy = new fontBasedTextExtractionStrategy();
strategy = new FilteredTextRenderListener(new LocationTextExtractionStrategy(), filter); //Throws Error.

I want to get the bold text present in that location. Would creating a new method or class called FontBasedTextExtractionStrategy instead of a simple TextExtractionStrategy help?

Posted on StackOverflow on Jul 1, 2014 by Raka

Please take a look at the ParseCustom example. In this example, we create a custom RenderFilter (not a TextExtractionStrategy):

class FontRenderFilter extends RenderFilter {
    public boolean allowText(TextRenderInfo renderInfo) {
        String font = renderInfo.getFont().getPostscriptFontName();
        return font.endsWith("Bold") || font.endsWith("Oblique");

This text will filter all text so that only text of which the Postscript font name ends with Bold or Oblique.

This is how you use this filter:

public void parse(String filename) throws IOException {
    PdfReader reader = new PdfReader(filename);
    Rectangle rect = new Rectangle(36, 750, 559, 806);
    RenderFilter regionFilter = new RegionTextRenderFilter(rect);
    FontRenderFilter fontFilter = new FontRenderFilter();
    TextExtractionStrategy strategy = new FilteredTextRenderListener(
            new LocationTextExtractionStrategy(), regionFilter, fontFilter);
    System.out.println(PdfTextExtractor.getTextFromPage(reader, 1, strategy));

As you can see, we create a FilteredTextRenderListener that takes two filters, a RegionTextRenderFilter and our self-made filter based on the font.

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