PDF to Text

Okay, I’ve had enough talk about spam and computer safety. Let’s talk about something more interesting.

Did you know you can change PDF documents to text? Why would you want to? I’ve found a few reasons so far.

For one thing, you can create PDF’s of your blog posts, then convert them to text. That way you can delete all the extra stuff, like links and summary information. Then you have just your blog posts, (although the most recent are at the top, but you can’t have everything) and you can paste them into a program to create a real book. This can then be printed or put on a cd and handed out to people. You could even sell it online as a complete information product – especially if you have a lot of content added to your blog over the years. No, I haven’t done this yet, but it’s on my “to do” list.

My next reason, and one I’ve been enjoying: Once the pdf has been converted to text, you can send it to your Palm or ebook reader and catch up on all your reading whenever you have to wait somewhere. I like to do this when I’m a passenger on a long trip.

Okay, your turn. Any more ways I could use my PDF to Text converter?

Edit: Why didn’t I just save my blog posts as text instead of as pdf? I did have a reason for that, but I can’t for the life of me remember what it was. Guess I’ll have to try it again and refresh my memory.


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