Joboshare PDF to Text Converter is a simple and flexible tool that makes text extraction from text-based PDF files a very easy task. You can extract the text from as many PDF files as needed in one single operation, thanks to its support for batch conversion. You can also extract the text from one page, from the entire document or from a specific page range only, a choice that can be different for each source document on the conversion list.
The program does not include OCR capabilities, so you need to make sure beforehand that the PDF files you are using as source do contain text to extract.
As images are ignored during the extraction process, a PDF file made up of scanned images will produce little more than an empty TXT file. Actually, the extraction process will ignore all graphical and interactive elements, while trying to deal with complex layouts as best as possible. Simple PDF files will produce brilliant results, while those with a fancy layout full of images, tables, sidebars, headers, and footnotes (to name but a few), will require further editing on your part. Text in columns has proved to be particularly challenging.
Other than that, this converter produces fast and accurate results, creating plain-text files that you can edit and convert into a more suitable text format.