PDF Note Automator
Use one keypress in Adobe Reader to create and pre-fill ’Note’ annotations with the highlighted text, making it possible to extract your highlights from exported FDF data files.
The lack of standardisation for the FDF format has made this software really difficult to maintain.
Instead, I now use Zotero together with the ZotFile plugin. ZotFile can pull highlighted text directly from a PDF (no save-to-FDF step needed) and save it into notes that live with the parent item in Zotero. This makes it way better than PDF Note Automator ever was, so go use that instead!
When you try to export highlights as a .FDF from a PDF document, what gets exported is the position of the highlights within the document and not the text thats been highlighted. Lame!
PDF Note Automator is a free Windows program for Adobe Reader that gets around this problem. It creates a note around your selected block of text and fills the note with the very text thats just been highlighted, all with one keystroke.
Once you’ve got a bunch of annotations you can export them all into a .FDF, and then extract your text from it with my companion program FDF Text Extractor.
PDF Note Automator only works with Adobe Reader on Windows.
PDF Note Automator.exeand set your preferred hotkey combination.