Converting those pesky PDF files to Excel

Ohio law is fairly clear. The public, including journalists, has the right to request public information in the format in which it is maintained. However, it seems a lot of government folks insist on responding to requests by providing a PDF. That’s no good if you want to crunch the data..

You can fight them. But sometimes it isn’t worth the time, if there is a quick solution.

There are many options out there to convert PDF files to database files. But I wanted to share one that’s been working great for me. It’s fast and it’s free. The website is www.pdftoexcel.org. Notice, the dot-org.

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