Recovering a PBN File from a PDF File

Sometimes a PBN file is lost but a PDF version of it (such as a hand-record file) is available. Following are several ways to possibly recover the PBN from the PDF:

Method 1. Extracting an Embedded PBN File

In BridgeComposer 5.105 (released 2023-12-06) and later, the PBN is automatically embedded in the PDF as an attached file (unless this has been disabled in "Format→Board Layout", PDF tab). To extract an attached file from a PDF document, you may use one of the following apps:

Method 2. Using the PDFtoPBN.js Script

PDFtoPBN.js in the online scripting library may work (depending on the PDF).
  1. Setup (one-time only):
    1. Quit BridgeComposer if it is running.
    2. Install BCExtractText from https://bridgecomposer.com/BonusSoftware.htm.
    3. Download and run https://bridgecomposer.com/Download/BCScriptInstaller.exe. When prompted for the scripts to install, check PDFtoPBN.js.
  2. Start BridgeComposer and select PDFtoPBN from the Script menu.
  3. When the File→Open panel appears, select the PDF file for input.

Method 3. Using "Bridge Solver"

You can convert BridgeComposer hand records from PDF to PBN using "Bridge Solver": http://bridgesolver.co.uk. As of 2022-09-02:

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