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TextLightning is a utility for converting PDF files to RTF format. TextLightning reconstructs as much of the original formatting as possible, including fonts, paragraphs, justification, margins and international characters as well as ligatures.

What's New

Version 3.3:
  • recognize tables
  • improve recognition accuracy
  • support for newer PDF versions

Requirements

Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later

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Anonymous
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The e-mail request for a demo license is such a pain that I'm not going to bother (and I'm probably going to purchase 30-50 seats of a similar app).

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Version 3.1
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Anonymous
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I haven't tried this product, but you can get basic functionality for free at:

http://www.bluem.net/downloads/pdftotext_en/

which is a compiled version of:

http://www.foolabs.com/xpdf

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Version 3.1
smactron
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I installed that xpdf but I don't know how to get it to work. Any ideas?

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Sorry, didn't work for me either. OS: 10.3.7. Jan 17/05

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Version 3.0
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bcwinters
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I'm not sure why the other reviewer was not able to get this to work. You just drop it in the Applications folder and it automatically gets added as a Service.

I was also very easily able to add new steps to the PDF workflow to extract text from a print job using this utility. This is extremely handy in programs like FileMaker which do not offer full export abilities -- now you can easily email a "printed" exported text file with fully summarized and calculated data along with text fields and merge fields, instead of being limited to just exporting fields. This is extremely handy and solves a problem many (well... maybe not MANY) OS X users have had since upgrading from OS 9 -- the loss of PrinttoPICT and its "print to a text file" capabilities.

It is perhaps a little expensive for what amounts to a one-trick pony, but I use it at work every day and feel it was worth it. It silently saves me tons of frustration and makes my database work way easier.

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Version 3.0
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I couldn't get this to work at all...

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Version 3.0
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Downloads 11,669
Version Downloads 1,000
License Demo
Date 28 Mar 2011
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price $27.00
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