About TEXTfromPDF
TEXTfromPDF is a text extraction tool for WinXP/2000 that automates the conversion of Adobe PDF documents to text files.   The PDFs may be on local drives, network drives, or on the Internet.

PDF files are great for exchanging formatted documents between people who don't use the same software. But sometimes we need to be able to take the text out of a PDF file and use it in Web pages, word processing documents, PowerPoint presentations, desktop publishing software, search and indexing applications, or in content management systems.

TEXTfromPDF provides access to the text content in PDF documents without requiring any Adobe product.  The extracted content is saved to text files where it can be easily searched, archived, repurposed, and managed.  A console version is included with the application for script or batch file execution.  An ActiveX DLL version is available here for application developers.

TEXTfromPDF is not a print driver or Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software.  It is not able to process graphics or scanned documents.  

What matters most to you?  Speed or Accuracy?  TEXTfromPDF offers both using multiple extraction engines optimized for different purposes.

Need Speed?
Boasting the fastest text extractor available on the market, TEXTfromPDF's "Simple Formatting" option can process hundreds of PDFs in seconds.  This option utilizes an extraction engine written in Assembly Language.  Programming code written in this language executes at blazing speeds not normally attainable by code written in other languages. 

Click here to see how TEXTfromPDF and our competitors fared in a head to head performance test.

Accuracy? 
If faithful reproduction of the original PDF layout is required, TEXTfromPDF can provide amazingly accurate conversion results. This extraction engine has been refined over many years to produce text files that are as close to the original PDF layout as possible.

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Nominated for Best Vertical Market Program or Utility 2006

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"Can I say that I have tried a number of pieces of software for transferring text from pdf documents and yours is the only one I have found so far that really seems to work."

Ian R
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"Does a better job than half a dozen other tools I have evaluated..."

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Features

Batch conversion of multiple PDF documents to text file.
Supports drag and drop of files and folders.
Retain original layout or change to "reading order".
Text files can be DOS/Windows, Unix, or Mac compatible
Convert entire document or only a specific page range.
PDFs can be on local drives or the Internet
Features

Command line version included.
Works with password protected documents. 
Does not require any Adobe program. 
Maximum line length of output can be user-defined.
Supports PDF 1.5
Three text encodings supported:  UTF-8, Latin1, and ASCII
5 star rating - Windows PDF to text converter  5 star award for text convertion
Please note: TEXTfromPDF is not a print driver or Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software. 
It is not able to process graphics or scanned documents.

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