Converting PDF to Text
This is a link to a software product.
What I used to do. I would print the PDF file, scan it to a file, then run OCR software to convert it to text. It worked just fine for the occasions when I needed to use it.
New software solution. Take a look at the InvestInTech software at http://www.investintech.com. Download the 7-day trial and try it. If you need to convert PDF files with any frequency, it will be worth your time to buy it. No, it's not perfect, but it is at least as good as my previous method, and considerably faster.
P.S. If you're a Word Perfect user, use the Word "Standard" file option, and you will be able to open it in Word Perfect.