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  • 18 November 2023
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Hi all


I have a base of all proposed state-level legislation in Rhode Island annually, including the URL of the bill (a link to the bill PDF) itself. Here’s an example bill URL:


I am looking to use that PDF URL to send the pdf to chatgpt, to summarize the bill text in chatgpt, then return the summary to airtable.


I DO NOT think this is a text parsing / OCR issue? I can upload the PDF directly into chatgpt and get the summary just fine. I also would love to avoid having to pay for an ADDITIONAL parsing service just for this task. The problem seems to be getting the PDF *file* (not the URL) into chatgpt using zapier.


Try 1

I have used a webhook to generate an auto-downloadable PDF link to send to chatgpt, which I thought would solve my problems. Nope, chatgpt cannot recognize.


Try 2

I’ve also tried doing 2 zaps: a) to convert the bill URL to the bill PDF within Airtable, then b) send THAT pdf URL to chatgpt instead. Chatgpt still does not recognize.

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Hi @zackmezera 

Good question.

To help us have more context, please post screenshots with how your Zap steps are configured.