With PowerGREP, you can quickly search for a piece of information through files and folders on your computer, including documents stored in the Adobe Acrobat PDF file format commonly used to distribute documents. Simply type in a keyword or phrase in the Search box, select which folder PowerGREP should go through and which types of files are of interest. When you click the search button, PowerGREP will present you with a list of PDF and other files in which the text you entered in the search box was found. The list will show one line of context for each match. You can instantly inspect the entire context by double-clicking on the match in the results.
When you do not know in advance exactly what you are looking for, PowerGREP's rich regular expression support allows you to search for virtually anything by specifying the form of what you want, and let PowerGREP find the actual text matching that form.
With PowerGREP's collect data feature, you can extract data from PDF and other files and automatically save the extracted data into one or more new text files. You can group identical matches together and count them, producing informative statistics.
How PowerGREP Handles PDF Files
A PDF file stores a complete document using a binary file format developed by Adobe. PowerGREP will internally convert the PDF file to a textual representation, ignoring text formatting and images, and search through the plain text representation of the PDF file. When inspecting search matches inside PowerGREP, the built-in file editor will show the plain text version that PowerGREP actually searched through. You can always use the Edit button's drop-down menu open the PDF file in Acrobat to view the PDF file in its original form.
Editing PDF files is not possible. The PDF format is primarily intended to distribute final documents.
|Searching through PDF files with PowerGREP|