Extracting Figures and Tables from pdf

I wondered if anyone has come across a script or program for extracting all figures and tables from scientific manuscripts (pdf). I was thinking how nice it would be to have that ability and did a quick search without much luck so I thought I’d ask this resourceful group if they had any thoughts.

I’m envisioning the record in my database containing a citation, my summary/annotations of the paper, followed by the figures. Right now I copy paste figures as needed after my annotations.

Abbyy fine reader might be the answer. I had never visited their site until this morning but watched one of their videos doing just that.

That’s interesting. I’ll have to give it a shot. I also found this paper and algorithm which might be helpful.

pdf2.0.pdf (7.5 MB)

Link: http://pdffigures2.allenai.org/