It’s such a shame that I just knew the existence of Mac built-in software—Automator. After a quick search, I found that we can do a lot of automations with it.
One of the automations that benefits me is that I can automatically extract text from PDF files. I often do textual analysis based on plain text, so PDF is not convenient. To do so, I only need to create one action in Automator, simply drag PDF files, and I’ll get all my TXTs. The quality is pretty good, better than a paid software.
- Open Automator
- Select Application when a window prompts you
- Select PDF --> select “Extract PDF text” --> drag it to the workflow
- Save the automation and you’ll see the application on your desktop or wherever you saved it
- Drag PDF file(s) to that App icon and voila!