PDF Form Export is an OS X app that extracts field names and values from PDF forms snd puts them into a text file.
To use the app, just drop a PDF Form on it – or “Open…” the form from it. A PDZ file is created in the directory containing the form. The PDZ file contains one line per field – the field names and values are tab-separated – like this:
- NAME \T Some Guy
- ADDRESS \T 1234 Somewhere St.
You can then paste the exported data into a spreadsheet or manipulate it with a script. My Benford’s Analysis program, which I wrote as a component of a tax-return-audit-risk-identification suite, is an example of doing this.
When businesses provide forms to customers to be filled out and returned, this utility simplifies data extraction avoiding tedious and error-prone recopying.
The program is written in Objective-C with Cocoa and PDF Kit. PDF Kit makes it straightforward to iterate through a PDF’s form fields extracting their names and values.