Use Case of the Week - Search Tables in PDFs I’m trying something new. I’m going to accompany a Use Case of the Week module with a blog post that shows it in action with actual code. This past week I dug into searching tables in PDFs and extracting answers from them. PDFs show up everywhere and are a foundational part of the knowledge economy. Given how widespread it is, it’s shocking how bad the search experience still is. At best you have Control-F available which results in either a hundred matches or zero matches and still requires you to scroll through all the hits in the hope you find what you’re looking for. If the PDF is a scanned document, then all bets are off.