SYNOPSISps2ascii [ input.ps [ output.txt ] ]
ps2ascii input.pdf [ output.txt ]
DESCRIPTIONps2ascii uses gs(1) to extract ASCII text from PostScript(tm) or Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) files. If no files are specified on the command line, gs reads from standard input; but PDF input must come from an explicitly-named file, not standard input. If no output file is specified, the ASCII text is written to standard output.
ps2ascii doesn't look at font encoding, and isn't very good at dealing with kerning, so for PostScript (but not currently PDF), you might consider pstotext (see below).
FILESRun "gs -h" to find the location of Ghostscript documentation on your system, from which you can get more details.
VERSIONThis document was last revised for Ghostscript version 9.19.
AUTHORArtifex Software, Inc. are the primary maintainers of Ghostscript. David M. Jones <[email protected]> made substantial improvements to ps2ascii.