How to Extract Plain Text from PDF on Mac OS X Mountain

Many people may meet this situation: have many PDF files and need to reuse the text contents in these PDF files. It's not difficult to extract plain text from PDF on Mac, if you have downloaded and installed a PDF to Text converter for Mac that supports to convert .pdf to .txt.

There are many programs of this kind on the internet, to save your time to try them one by one, you can try this one - Simpo PDF to Text for Mac, which works on OS X Mountain Lion, Snow Leopard and Lion, to extract plain text from PDF on Mac, with only text contents and layouts preserved. This PDF to Text converter for Mac also allows you to extract plain text from a batch of PDF files to Text. Anyway, you can download it to have a try.

Mac version:

Windows version is also available:

Below is the detail tutorial on how to extract plain text from PDF on Mac OS X using the Mac version, you can follow these steps after installing and launching the PDF to Text converter for Mac.

Step 1, import PDF files

You can add PDF files in two ways: a. Click the +PDF button, and with the help of Ctrl button on the keyboard, you can import a batch of PDF files at a time; b. Use drag-and-drop function to add a batch of PDF files to the interface directly.

If you want to select some specific pages from a PDF file, you can click the icon in Page Range field and then enter the PDF pages number of those pages wanted as below.

Step 2, extract plain text from PDF on Mac

Click the Convert button to use the PDF to Text converter for Mac to extract plain text from PDF to .txt on Mac. Seconds later, all the added PDF files will convert to Text formats and the plain text extracted from PDF to Text is well preserved.

This way to convert .pdf to .txt on Mac does not preserve images and tables from PDF, and if you need to save the images from a PDF, you can convert the PDF to Word on Mac.

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