Conversion to .txt

.txt file
Can I covert a file in another format to.txt. For example PDF to .txt?

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I use iPad iOS 10.2 and iPhone

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For some document like a PDF to text you need a program that uses OCR (Optical Charcter Rocognition). Some thing like PDFConverter. You may have to scan it to a DOC then convert that to a TXT.. They are somewhat reliable but not all will convert with 100% accuracy in my experience. 

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  • Subhendu Sen
    If you have Adobe Acrobat/other PDF reader, open the file with this software, and there is select tool, click this one, after that you can copy the text portion by dragging the cursor or hold shift key and paste it to any text based tool (you can do it on a PC/laptop). This is somewhat more an easy way to convert a PDF file into a .txt file. Then sync the file on iPhone/iPad. Also there are so many web sites that also allow to convert online.
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  • ToddN2000
    Just remember if your PDF contains images as an example you may have to do some reformatting of the TXT file once it has been converted.
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  • TheRealRaven
    First, a .PDF might contain no "text" at all; it can be just 'images' of pages of text. But if you can copy text from a .PDF, you can sometimes just paste it into a text editor (e.g., Notepad).

    Unfortunately, many .PDF documents are created with little attention paid to logical order internally. Page- or line-breaks can result in many unexpected places in plain-text versions. Many .PDF documents may be barely readable as text, perhaps often due to leftover artifacts of sequence of edits when the original document was created and throughout the edit process.

    Also, .PDF printing is directed towards printers of different types and models printing in nearly the same ways. For this, printer positioning is incorporated in the document. That is, one section may be directed to print one inch down the page, another at three inches down, then a paragraph may be directed to 3.2 inches down, and a final paragraph at 1.2 inches down (i.e., back up the current page even if it's contained later in the .PDF file). Most printers for .PDFs don't care about repositioning within a page, but "text" can be jumbled.

    Overall, copy/paste is as reliable as anything you're likely to try, if anything can work as you wish at all for iPad/iPhone.
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