Re: How to convert .PS/.PRN/.PDF files to text

Subject: Re: How to convert .PS/.PRN/.PDF files to text
From: "Peter Ring, PRC" <prc -at- PRC -dot- DK>
Date: Thu, 3 Dec 1998 12:18:16 +1

Maura Betler asked:

> Is anyone aware of a utility that will convert a(n) *.prn or *.ps file
> to ascii text? Is is possible to convert from Acrobat PDF format to
> straight ascii text?

Yes, it can be done with the freeware/shareware programme Ghostview,
which is downloadable from e.g.
After downloading, follow the instructions given on the above

In Ghostview ...
1. Open the .PS or .PRN file.
2. Use the menu "Edit/Text Extract" and follow the instructions.

Please note, that Ghostview is very sensitive to what it interprets
as PS and PDF errors, which means that not all files can be opened.
But before you give up, see the help file for further instructions
about settings, etc., that _may_ solve your problem.

Greetings from Denmark

Peter Ring
PRC (Peter Ring Consultants)
- specialists in user friendly manuals.
prc -at- prc -dot- dk
- the "User Friendly Manuals" website with links, bibliography, list
of prof. associations, and tips for technical writers:
- text cleaning software, e.g. for reading difficult e-mails:

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