PDF2Text Pilot is open-source freeware text from PDF extractor with batch processing feature. Developers can use the code of the program as an example of solving text from PDF extracting task.
Did exactly what it says. I converted about 200 PDFs to txt. Was impressed that the text is spaced/formatted according to the PDF spacing.
Great idea. Neat little program. Just couldn't get it to work. Tried several PDF's and it couldn't open them or converted them to empty text files or best case coverted the data but zero formatting. Perhaps this worked better on older version pdf's? Any hope of an update?