Extracting Only Highlighted Text From PDF Documents

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by AshleyBarkle, Aug 15, 2010.

  1. AshleyBarkle macrumors newbie

    Aug 15, 2010
    While reading long PDF documents I highlight text as I go. To assist reviewing and summarising the article once finished, I copy each section of highlighted text and past them onto a word document.
    I am aware of the bar at the side which allows you to view a list of annotations, and I have "selected all", but the option of copying is not available. I would to know if there is a possibility of me having all the highlighted text copied and available to be pasted on a word document in one hit?
  2. kiwicrunch macrumors newbie

    Jul 18, 2010
    For annotating PDFs, I highly recommend skim http://skim-app.sourceforge.net/ . It allows you to export highlighted sections as text, among other things. If you have a large collection of PDFs you may also want to consider something like mendeley.

    Good luck.
  3. lewis82 macrumors 68000


    Aug 26, 2009
    Totalitarian Republic of Northlandia
    Most likely you can't copy it because the creator of the pdf didn't want you to, and thus disabled the option.

    http://www.pdfunlock.com/ ;)
  4. holdenn macrumors newbie

    Oct 26, 2013
    There is a really simple yet robust tool for extracting highlights and notes from your pdf-files available at: http://www.sumnotes.net . Not only it supports various advanced features like selective extraction or predictive extraction, but it also allows you to save extracted highlights into TXT or DOC files. And yes, it is for free. Try it out :)

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