Has anyone ever tried to find the pixel (or point) location of text in
a PDF using Python? I've been using the pyPdf libraries for other
things, and it seems to me that if I can find the bounding box for
text, I should be able to calculate the location.
What I want to do is take a PDF of one of our vendor invoices and blur
everything in it except the block that's related to a single
customer. So if I have an invoice that looks like:
123 Elm St
456 Pine St
789 Beech St.
I want to show Barbie just her section of the invoice (with the header
intact, so that she can tell it's a real invoice) but with Alfred and
Charlie's information blurred out. I was going to convert the PDF to
a JPG or PNG and do the blurring with ImageMagick/PythonMagick. But
that requires me to know the pixel location of the regions that I want
blurred and left alone.
I'm also open to other ideas if I'm going about this the hard way....