Thursday, January 24, 2019

PDF tip

I'm a little embarrassed that it took me long to figure this out, but I had a great deal of difficulty finding the right tool for getting images out of PDFs like this turn of the century Scientific American I got from Internet Archive's indispensable collection.

It turned out that the solution was under my nose all the time. All I had to do was import the PDF into Inkscape, select the page  I needed then ungroup it. Couldn't be easier. Give it a try. 


  1. I use the "PrtScr" key for doing screen shots and then paste to Windows Paint and crop. Or “Windows + PrtScr” to save to a file. Or “Windows + Shift + S” to copy a snippet to the clipboard and paste etc.

    1. I've done that too, but with pdfs, zooming out can reduce the resolution while zooming in means that you have to take multiple shots and stitch the picture together in a graphics editor.