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What is the best way to extract tabular data from a PDF?
The most professional solution out there for tabular data extraction from PDF files is PDF2XL by CogniView - Professional PDF to Excel Converter by CogniView Their software let's you convert tabular data but also non-tabular data and put in a spreadsheet format. So let's say you have like an invoice format where the date is on the top left the line items are neat in a table in the middle and the total is the bottom right you can mark the fields associate each aprt with a target column and even set the data (currency) and convert it to a spreadsheet. If you have a PDF files with 5 invoices you can actually choose to create 5 separate files or one spreadsheet with 5 rows. It is really the only professional grade PDF to excel converter out there.
How can I convert a PDF to XML?
Disclaimer Im the founder of s a software solution specialised in transforming semi-structured documents (invoices purchase orders reports ) into structured data such as XML CSV JSON. As already mentioned by other there is unfortunately no easy way to convert PDF to XML files. This is simply because the PDF format doesn include any structuring tags like for example HTML does. A PDF file includes in most cases just a flat description of the visual representation of its content. Which means that there are no indicators which would allow you to easily identify hierarchical data and key data points. Some PDF files actually do have XML data stored in their metadata though. For example electronic PDF invoices might have all relevant key data inside the document metadata. But at the time of writing PDFs containing XML data are rather the exception. But there are still ways to convert PDF to XML s ! You have basically two different problems here to solve First you need to get hold of all and s. The way we do it at Docparser is to check if we can extract data and pipe the files through a OCR library if no was returned. In either case I would rmend to rely on Linuxmand line utilities. While you might also find a Python library the Linuxmands usually work much better in my experience. In case we need to handle scanned s as well as hidden returned by the OCR. Once you are sure that the PDF file contains data you can use the Linuxmand line tool PdfToText s with the option - layout. You should then have a representation of your PDF file which has (nearly) the same layout. Convert Extracted Text Into Structured Data This one is difficult to answer without knowing your specific use-case. Converting unstructured or semi-structured into a XML structure can be easy challenging or impossible. It really depends on the kind of data your are dealing with and how granular the output needs to be. At Docparser we developed a set of tools that can help you transform PDF documents such as invoices purchase orders delivery orders etc. into fine grained structured data objects without any coding. If this is something you would be interested in Ill be more than happy to ge you through our free trial.
How can I convert a PDF to Word?
There is no good way to use Microsoft Word to edit PDFs. Microsoft Word is used for authoring an original document not modifying a portable document. True Word can import some data from a PDF. That feature is useful when you are authoring a new document and wish to salvage data from a PDF to prevent time spent entering data. In that case it is best to import the PDF into a file by itself and strip it of formatting then copy and paste it into your pre-formatted document as Normal . Then you will proceed to make other formatting changes for headings section numbering etc. If you must edit a PDF directly your edits should be minor. Even in Adobe Acrobat DC Pro you are limited in how much editing you can do. Fix a misspelled word maybe replace a word here or there. If you try to rearrange a document or make edits that cause significant changes regarding allocated space you will not get what you expect. The way flows in a PDF is not always what you expect so shortening or lengthening paragraphs will give strange results oftentimes. PDF editors are not page layout programs. So if your edits are minor and you must edit the of an existing PDF get your hands on a PDF editor (not free). If you can get away with obscuring existing and s you just need good annotation capability. If you have a Mac you can use Preview to annotate or cut and paste graphics. The free Acrobat Reader allows some annotations too. You can use annotations to white-out a section of and put in new annotation to replace it. If you are careful it may not be that noticeable. You can white-out s to alter graphics. You can create a Frankenstein Monster of a document if you like using free PDF annotation software. But then youll ask yourself why you didn just make a whole new document in Microsoft Word something you could call your own.
Why does Outsource Data Conversion and Data Entry Services?
With huge volumes of data available in various formats for business purposes the major challenge is to either digitize data or to convert it from one format to the required one thus making it easily accessible. Now we have also seen how outsourcing data conversion services s clubbed with data entry data processing web research or other data management processes maye in handy for these businesses as it simplifies the process. Despite the advantages there are still some drawbacks which influence businesses on their decision for outsourcing data conversion services or not. Tips to consider prior to outsourcing ub7 Should consider if the time is right to outsource service ub7 Will doing it in-house be better? ub7 Factors to consider in data conversion process ub7 Have a look at all the experts of data conversion services ub7 The formats that are handled by the service providers ub7 Time taken toplete the project ub7 Cost of the service ub7 Can you access test conversion services from the service provider First off all pay attention to these tips. Check out to see which would work out best for your business requirements. Go with one that would most suit your requirements. Even if you choose to outsource opt for a service provider that would cater to your business needs. Why to go with the best outsourced data conversion services? ub7 Data is stored in a convenient and ready to use format ub7 There is no worry that it will be damaged like with paper documents ub7 Reduce overhead costs and ensure savings ub7 Nopromise of quality of data conversion services ub7 Storing data digitally makes it more easily accessible Having recognized the advantages of outsourcing to the best service provider let also take a look to see how we can leverage this to gain success for our business. See the steps to assume so that you can ensure that these benefits are achieved.
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What is it like to be an accountant in the entertainment industry?
It's wild dysfunctional tedious exciting crazy boring over paid and awesome. Now I can only draw from my personal experience working with the following As CFO of a startup filmpany; My work on a large budget feature film called The Fountain Fountain (that is the original one that Brad Pitt was contracted to star in that was laterpleted by Hugh Jackman Jackman ); My work as a Production Accountant on a Foxtel 'movie-of-the-week' called Tempted (the production name was Returning Lilly) which started Virginia Madson Madson and Lainie Kazan Kazan (My Big Fat Greek Wedding); My close friends who worked in the Film industry for over 1 years on a range of big budget international features and small budget Australian films; and My accounting colleague who was the accountant for the rock band Wolf Mother Mother for a year. nThere are certainly many other segments that make up the 'entertainment industry' that I have not had personal exposure to and wee that perspective hereafter. Having started my accounting career in a small boutique firm around the year 1998 to then work as a CFO on startup filmpany some two (2) years later was a very exciting move. Obviously only having gained about two (2) years worth of post graduate experience I knew a lot and sure the startuppany later folded but the experience was worth the price paid. Sometimes I wonder what that startup would have been like if I could transport me now (with my extensive knowledge of business and accounting) back in time it would have been a different result. I remember getting started in the entertainment industry when I received a call from one of my school friends who was a very entrepreneurial fellow from a very early age. He stared up a magazine at university and made money from it selling advertising (it went broke one (1) year aftermencement). The failure of that magazine business didn't stop him infiltrating this new startup filmpany as Chief Operations Officer. My school friend called me and let me know that he was part of a startup and the CEO (who was very artistic and creative fellow) was looking for a CFO. My friend nominated me. I jumped at the opportunity straight away (actually I gave it the 'sleep test' first and I was still excited). When that folded I tried my hand a feature films. Always fascinated my movies and loved the behind the scenes footage. If I could sum up the experiences in the entertainment industry (specific to film) into different categories I would say the following Money - The money is good in fact it is very good. Unqualified accountants with extensive film accounting experience (usually head production accountants) are paid at a rate of around $25k per annum sometimes more. Just a basic office runner (someone who runs errands and does odd pick ups and deliveries here and there) would be paid at a rate of some $6k to $8k per annum plus penalty rates for overtime etc. One particular drawback is that a feature film is a project so while the project is on you get paid. Once the project stops it's now time to find new work. One of the main reasons I left the industry (many years ago) was that the film industry virtually died in the market I resided in as most film makers became attracted to the New Zealand and Canadian markets (mainly as a result of The Lord of the Rings projects and the high Aussie Dollar making it less cost effective to make films in Australia). n Drugs - my eyes were certainly opened seeing how many people in the industry enjoyed recreational narcotics. I could name some names and ruin some reputations but in the in interest of self preservation I won't. n Longevity - One positive of being an accountant on feature films is that you are virtually the first person employed and the last person to finish given that accounting for a feature film budget starts from day one. A feature film typically goes through a number of stages (similar to a startup business). Pre-production italic where the producers lock in the director hunt down investors source acting talent stunt crew is assembled the production crew is organized story boards are prepared locations are scouted sets are constructed and the script gets tweaked and practised in readiness for shooting. Production italic this is where the action is captured on film. The most busiest and chaotic time is during production. If shooting outdoors the weather can effect the order in which you shoot your scenes an actor has a drunken bender the night before his shoot meaning a reschedule of their scenes sets burn down props department cannot source that one particular item that the actor demands to assist his acting B and C- Grade actors want a job for their mates so they demand that the script writers write in a part for their friends. Craziness! Post-production italic this is where the movie has been shot and it's time to edit and put the 'whole box and dice' together. Somepanies like Village Roadshow have their own accounting teams that take care of the post-production accounting so this is where a production accountant says 'goodbye' to their job and stats looking for a new project (assuming one has not been sourced yet). n Mad People italic - Image school camp where everyone is away from home of legal drinking age and highly paid. Recipe for madness. The good thing about being an accountant on a production is that you get the ultimate back stage pass. Working on payroll you get to know the names and departments that all the people get to work on (and you get to see how highly paid 'above the line' cast get paid). Working in accounts payable you get to know how each dollar of the budget is spent and the sheer volume of invoices that are raised on a weekly basis especially during production phase. n Celebrities italic - One huge benefit to working on feature films is the opportunity to meet some Hollywood actors. Some of the actors I personally met during my tenure were Donald Sutherland Matthew McConaughey Kate Hudson Owen Wilson Ray Winston Virginia Madsen Lainie Kazan Ewen Bremner (Trainspotting). One observation I made was A-Grade actors are cool C-Grade actors know they are not A-Grade and are very cool open and weing and B-Grade actors are a pain in the arse. They are unnecessarily demanding and tend to rub the crew up the wrong way mainly due to ego and the fact they are not A-Grade actors. n Locations italic - the cool thing about films that use a lot of locations is the ability to travel with the circus and visit the locations with the cast and crew. This is where bing a petty cash accountant is quite handy. You simply must be there to assist reconciliations of the various departments' petty cash and reimburse them to keep the on-set production purchasing going. Also being away from home entitles cast and crew to a per diem italic payment (living away from home allowance). Who usually distributes that in cash? The petty cash accountant. n Part of the action italic - Another cool thing about working on a production is seeing the end resulte alive and knowing in some small way you contributed to the success. Not to mention that you know the costing of every scene shot during the film (a handy skill to have when visiting friends that have trouble sleeping). n Parties italic - this doesn't really need too much exing other than to say that when the circuses to town you have a sense of ownership at the local clubs and pubs given you arrive on mass with hundreds of cast and crew to a location. This is particularly notable if the productiones to a small town (as I was fortunate to experience in Port Douglas Queensland). n Dysfunctional italic - I would definitely use the word dysfunctional to describe the lifestyle for those who enjoy a long career in film. The concepts of a regular 9 to 5 job is a moot point. Working late into the night when in production phase is amon occurrence. Night time shoots demand aplete rewriting of your natural senses. People tend to couple up with other people in the film industry because those outside the film industry just don't understand. This is good if you can work together as a couple it can also be very bad if the relationship breaks down in a hostile way not to mention that everyone knows your business (whether you like it or not). Couple a dysfunctional lifestyle highly paid people drugs living away from home and sometimes in exotic locations and you have a recipe for relationship disaster. Relationships can work (and they do) I have just meet more people that were unsuccessful in relationships who happen to work in this industry. n nAm I glad I had that experience? Absolutely. Would not change it for the world. Am I glad to be out of that industry? Yes as stability and family life for me rank higher in importance than living away from home and living life as a highly paid single man.