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OT - What util to text search multiple PDF files?

I have several service manuals as PDF files (around 90 per vehicle)
and no index or toc for them. Is there some program I can use to
search all PDF files in a directory for a particular text? Acrobat
Reader does it only one-by-one.

Another option maybe some software that will let me create a toc and
searchable index of all PDF files in directory.
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Re: OT - What util to text search multiple PDF files?

Adobe Acrobat (not the Reader version) will let you search text. You can either buy it [img]images/graemlins/crazy.gif[/img] or download it. [img]images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]
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Re: OT - What util to text search multiple PDF files?

ALU is partially correct. The full Acrobat lets you do text searches (Edit>Search>Query). But, it is not available as a free or trial download from Adobe, and it is a $200+ software. You may be able to get it from Kazaa or somewhere like that, but I'm always leery of downloading stuff from there due to a hugh virus problem. If you do manage to download it make sure you get the serial # because Adobe products, like MS requires it for installation. BTW, what manuals do you have?
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Re: OT - What util to text search multiple PDF files?

I just tried it (I have the full Acrobat [img]images/graemlins/smirk.gif[/img]). It does the work. Just one thing: I have a couple of catalogues in PDF. They're scanned images of the real-paper catalogue (mostly they are), so there you cannot "search for text" since there is no text.
...just check & see if those manuals you have are scanned or typed in, before getting the $200 licence... or a biggie-download [img]images/graemlins/crazy.gif[/img] [img]images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]
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