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How to Convert PDF to XML in 3 Different Methods

PDF documents aren't supported by all applications. Thus, it becomes necessary to convert the files to other formats to be able to use them more effectively or do the necessary edits. One of the ways that you can make your PDF more usable is converting it to XML. There are many applications you can use to convert PDF to XML. This article will teach you how to convert PDF to XML file using UPDF and also how to do it online. In addition, you also learn more about XML format.

Part 1. How to Convert PDF to XML

It's easy to convert PDF to XML file using UPDF. This is a PDF converter software that offers professional PDF conversion. It offers high level file security, consistent formatting and accurate conversion of your PDF files to whatever format you want. Try UPDF from the below button.

  • The information and data in the output XML file will be well organized and of high quality,
  • It features an Optical Character Recognition(OCR) that helps accurately convert the scanned or image-based PDF into other easy-to-edit formats. OCR supports 17 languages making it a great feature.
  • With the tool, you have peace of mind knowing that all your confidential information is protected.

It can capably handle whatever you throw into it for conversion. Here are steps on how to convert PDF to XML files with the UPDF.

Step 1. Open the PDF Document

Start by opening the PDF document you want to convert in the UPDF software application. Once your PDF file is opened, click on the “Export PDF” icon on the top right side of the UPDF.

export pdf button

Step 2. Select Output Format as XML

After clicking it, a list of multiple formats will appear as shown in the image below. Find and select the “XML” format as your preferred format.

Step 3. Set Page Range or OCR

When you click on the “XML” format, a pop-up window will appear. It will allow you to set up your preference such as text recognition settings or page range. After setting up, click on the “Export” button and your PDF will be converted to XML.

Video Tutorial on How to Convert PDF to XML

Part 2. How to Convert Scanned PDF to XML

OCR feature in UPDF allows you to convert scanned PDF to XML with high-level accuracy. Here are the steps to convert scanned PDF to XML with the OCR feature.

Step 1. Enable OCR

After selecting the XML format, you will see a pop-up window where you can turn on Text Recognition Settings. After turning it on, you will be able to select the Document Language to help you recognize it accurately. Then the OCR is enabled and ready for conversion.

PDF to XML settings

Step 2. Choose Language and Page Range

Just below the toggle button, you can choose the appropriate language. The OCR supports recognize 23 languages including English, Catalan, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Slovenian, Turkish, Greek, Hebrew, Chinese Tradition, Chinese Simplified, Japanese, and Korean. At the same time, choose a set of page ranges for the OCR conversion. Once done, click the Export button.

Part 3. Knowledge: What is XML?

XML files feature XML codes and usually end with the file extension .XML. The files have tags that show how the document ought to be structured. The tags also show how the files should be stored and moved over the internet. Here is an example.

convert pdf to xml file

They contain plain texts and tags. In the above example, plain text is shown in black while the tags are shown in green. The plain text is the actual data that is stored while the tags show what the data is. Since XML documents are plain text files, it is easy to create, store, move and interpret by humans and computers. This is the reason why XML files are popular online. It is also worth noting that most online software applications also store information and send the details to other apps in this format. XML files are used in web searching, computer applications, moving digital information, and also in websites and apps.