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From "Andrew Jackson (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (TIKA-1232) Add PDF version to PDFParser output
Date Wed, 05 Feb 2014 15:14:11 GMT

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Andrew Jackson commented on TIKA-1232:

Yes, you can't identify > 1.7 PDF or the PDF/A variants unless you do a bit more parsing.
In case it helps, here's the code I wrote to do that (and also extract other metadata of interest
to me):


I couldn't do what I wanted by sub-classing the Tika code, so I copied the PDFParser and augmented
it. If there is interest in taking this code into Tika I'd be willing to spend time turning
it into a proper patch.

As for how to record the result, this is definitely not the Application-Version. A modern
version of Adobe Distiller can output various versions of PDF, because it chooses the version
of the format based on the needs of the current document. i.e. if a document only requires
PDF 1.4 features, it will output a PDF 1.4 and not just default to the latest version (AFAICT).

My preference would be to use a version parameter on the content type. It's not a formally
standardised approach, but has been adopted in a few places (e.g. [Java plugin versions|http://docs.oracle.com/javase/7/docs/technotes/guides/plugin/developer_guide/faq/basics.html#version])

In this case, you'd have something like:

application/pdf; version=1.4
application/pdf; version="1.7 Adobe Extension Level 5"

although to avoid causing trouble for code that relies on the 'Content-Type' property, I have
so far chosen to use a new property for this purpose (called 'Extended-Content-Type'). 

> Add PDF version to PDFParser output
> -----------------------------------
>                 Key: TIKA-1232
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/TIKA-1232
>             Project: Tika
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>          Components: parser
>    Affects Versions: 1.5
>         Environment: JDK6
>            Reporter: William Palmer
>            Assignee: Tim Allison
>            Priority: Minor
>         Attachments: pdfversion.patch
> I'd like to identify the PDF version of files, this is not currently reported by the
PDFParser although the information is available via PDFBox.  I have attached a patch that
adds the format version to the Metadata object.
> However, I am not familiar enough with the Tika source to know if an alternative metadata
key should be used, or this new one added.
> Comments welcome.

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