- Open Automator, found in Applications > Utilities
- In Automator drag out “Get Selected Finder Items”, then “Extract PDF Text”. I recommend changing the output option to Rich Text.
- Save the file. Either as an application or a file.
- Test. Drag a PDF file onto the Automator file and let it do its work, after a short time you will have a text file with the extracted text.
I was looking for a program that would merge Adobe PDF files. At first I found this trial program, A-PDF Merger, which worked fine but left a small watermark on the first page. Then I found this open source program, PDF Split and Merge, which did the trick but the UI is kind of slow, possibly because it is written in Java. It looks like there are plenty of other free programs available too.
Often I find myself wondering what version of Adobe Flash or Shockwave I am running. Here are some useful pages for doing that.
- if you’ve installed Flash and/or Shockwave
- what version of Flash you are running
- install Flash
- install Shockwave
One day I might try to figure what is the difference between Flash and Shockwave, when I actually care.
Adobe Photoshop Elements 4.0 has a small utility called the Card Reader. Whenever you connect a camera USB or insert a card in a USB card reader the Card Reader pops up and allows you to download the photos onto your local hard drive and be added to the Photoshop Elements catalog.
However unlike with previous versions this Card Reader has proved to be problematic. It does not respond properly to the Windows close event so you have to manually close it when you are hibernating or logging off or shutting down.
Also the Card Reader for reasons unclear to me prevents certain applications from installing. Again the only way to get around this problem is to close the Card Reader.
In the end the convenience of the Card Reader was not worth the problems so I turned it off. It’s my impression as well as many others (see the reviews for 4.0 and 5.0 on Amazon.com) that Adobe is continually degrading the quality and functionality of the Photoshop Elements product in every subsequent version.
This is an article on how to speed up the excruciatingly slow Adobe Reader 6.
A probably better way than what is proposed in this article is to move all the unused plugins from the
plug_ins directory to the
Or you could simply just upgrade to Adobe Reader 7, which is much faster. 🙂