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    PDF to Word converter

    A potentially very useful <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15>bie, available for today only at
    Giveaway of the Day - free licensed software daily. PDF to Word - PDF to Word converter.

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    Re: PDF to Word converter

    Thanks, Alan - I've been trying to get a PDF-to-Word converter that does a decent job.

    I would point out that, not only do you have to download the setup file before the 24 hours is up, you also have to install the program itself!
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    Re: PDF to Word converter

    This is true, but I would also point out that (unlike many of the GOTD freebies) this one will work as a portable app.
    This is what I did:
    1. <LI>Install as instructed
      <LI>Copy just the program folder and files to USB stick
      <LI>Uninstall program via Add/Remove Programs
      <LI>Fiddle with INI file on stick (maybe you can figure what all the settings mean)
      <LI>Run from stick, copy back to your C: drive, run from whatever wherever whenever.
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    Re: PDF to Word converter

    The INI file parameters are not intuitive, are they! Only a couple have an obvious meaning. Perhaps playing with the options would elucidate?
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    Re: PDF to Word converter

    Just tried it on one of my reports. Visually it made a decent job of the conversion, even the embeded equations are recognisable but there are a huge number of redundant paragraph marks, section breaks, column breaks etc. plus the lines of some paragraphs that end with new line characters rather than word wrap. I'd stil have to spend a lot of time reformatiing the .rtf it created before I could comfortably work on the doc.

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    Re: PDF to Word converter

    The thing to realize is that there are no "direct equivalents" between formatting codes in PDF and word processors. It's virtually impossible to expect "perfect" in a translation from one complex format into another. Often there may be no direct equivalent in one, of a feature or method used in the other. It then becomes a matter of using a "best guess" approach.

    Take a look at How to convert PDF to Word DOC for free: a comparative test - review & download link | freewaregenius.com for possible alternatives. But if you are expecting near perfect, I think you'll be disappointed. It's a bit like trying to find something that can convert a bunch of hamburgers back into a cow! <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

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    Re: PDF to Word converter

    I'm well aware of the problems of converting a PDF to Word and normally would only try to do so as a last resort. I was just curious to see how this latest tool fared.

    To restate my appraisal on a scale of 1 to 10 where 1 is bunch of hamburgers and 10 is a cow, on the surface my report looked somewhere around 8-9/10 but on closer inspection <img src=/S/eyeout.gif border=0 alt=eyeout width=15 height=15> you could see how all the hamburgers had been stiched together and you wouldn't be able to pass it off to others <img src=/S/innocent.gif border=0 alt=innocent width=20 height=20> as prime steak!

    <img src=/S/burga.gif border=0 alt=burga width=40 height=15>

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    Re: PDF to Word converter

    <IMG SRC=http://tbn0.google.com/images?q=tbn:PgbMWa1gIZ9_oM:http://www.qx100.com/en_sj/2006-10/5/2006105162942575.jpg>

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    Re: PDF to Word converter

    <img src=/S/yep.gif border=0 alt=yep width=15 height=15> that looks about right.

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    Re: PDF to Word converter

    Perhaps you could recommend some of the others you've tried, which give a more satisfactory result.

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    Re: PDF to Word converter

    <hr>Alan wrote:

    Fiddle with INI file on stick (maybe you can figure what all the settings mean)<hr>
    Okay, so just what is one to "fiddle" with in that INI file? ... and to accomplish what with the "fiddling"? <IMG SRC=http://www.the-highway.com/Smileys/Ask.gif>
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    Re: PDF to Word converter

    In order to "portablize" the application, it is necessary to remove certain absolute paths and replace them with relative paths. This is because we are never sure what drive letter will be assigned to the USB. The "fiddling" I did to achieve this resulted in the following:

    [Main]
    LastSelected=0
    2=1
    3=75
    4=True
    5=True
    6=True
    7=
    8=1

    I'm afraid I no longer have the original to compare with now!

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    Re: PDF to Word converter

    Alan

    This is what I have after working on an application, but without any attempt to portable-ise:<pre>[Main]
    LastSelected=0
    1=C:Program FilesPDF to WordPDF
    2=1
    3=75
    4=True
    5=True
    6=True
    7=C:170614.pdf
    8=1</pre>

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