Text Mining Tool is a free program that can extract text from PDF, DOC, RTF, CHM and HTML files without needing to have any other installed programs that open these files such as MS Word or a PDF reader.
If you ever need to extract text out of any of the above mentioned file formats you can use Text Mining Tool to do so quickly and easily. All you have to do is load the source file and it will extract the text and display it for you, afterwhich you can either save the text file or copy it into the clipboard.
Of course, you can always use a free program such as OpenOffice to open and edit a number of these formats, and many PDF readers allow you to select text from the PDF file and copy it into the clipboard. However, if you don’t want to install any programs or have to open these programs and then manually go through the process of grabbing the text, Text Mining Tool can do it all for you in a single click.
The only issue I have encountered with this program is that when I tried to extract text from a .CHM file it did not work, and I got an error message instead. I am assuming that this error will be fixed in future versions of this program. Here are some other notes:
- Hotkeys: all functions can be performed using hotkeys (open/save/copy to clipboard).
- Portable: no install necessary, simply extract and run.
- CLI tool: entitled minetext is included for use from the command line interface.
Text Mining Toolis a nice, simple tool that supports a good range of file types and is 100% free. If you need to extract text from files you will really appreciate this one.
Version tested: 1.1.42
Compatibility: WinAll. Requires Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0.
Go to the program page to get the latest version (approx 8 megs).