MirzaD, thanks for suggesting Okular. I have it installed in my ubuntu desktop, and never took it seriously .. until now. Thanks to you.
Okular is awesome in the features it packs, and can certainly address the needs of the guy asking the question. With Okular, you use a
Table Selection Tool and define an area, and then click in column borders to mark fields .. and then copy. When you paste it, you get a consistent tab-delimited output that any serious tool can be coaxed into handling as a CSV file.
I have this need (to extract a few tables from a PDF doc) now on a Centos desktop running gnome/xfce, and installing okular would mean installing a whole bunch of other KDE graphics tools. So, I will try first with tabula (which looks very promising too), and if that fails, then okular it would have to be.
Would this work for windows? Yes, KDE can be installed in windows, but KDE applications come with some decent overhead of other needless software .. So, it depends on how great your needs are, this may be a viable option for even windows.
Read more about Okular here .. and their slogan
More Than a Reader certainly fits .. I am really impressed with what Okular can do .. in a neat and fast enough application with a small footprint.
KDE Windows project .. makes it easy to install a subset of excellent KDE apps in windows.