If you want to extract text from a PDF on your Mac, then one easy-as-pie way to go about it is to use TextEdit as a go-between. Because you can paste plain text into that program, it makes such tasks a snap! Melissa Holt’s going to go over the whole process for us.
TextEdit is a free word processor included in OS X that offers powerful rich text formatting options. But sometimes it’s best to use TextEdit to handle plain text documents. Here’s an overview of the differences between rich and plain text, and how to use plain text in TextEdit.