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    PDF to Word Converter (XP Pro SP3)

    My daughter needs to convert a resume she created on her university's PDF form to a Word document for submission to a company that will only accept it as a Word document or in plain text pasted into an internet form on their site.

    As this is only a one time thing I'd like to get it done for free, but don't know what software might be available out there that I can trust. A google search presented a few options, but I'd like to have some personal recommendations from people I trust before trying things out. I grabbed the offering available on Giveaway of the Day yesterday http://www.giveawayoftheday.com/pdf-to-word/, but it trashed the formatting of the 3 or 4 documents I tried to convert so I removed it.

    Anyone have any suggestions ??
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    Re: PDF to Word Converter (XP Pro SP3)

    If plain text is acceptable, she should be able to grab the text in Adobe Reader and copy/paste it into Word, Notepad or directly into the web form.

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    Re: PDF to Word Converter (XP Pro SP3)

    I have ScanSoft PDF Converter 4. I find it to do only an "okay" job, but if you haven't tested this one yet, I can do a trial conversion for you.

    Considering that most automated resume scanning systems do not particularly care about beautiful layout, it might be easiest for her to do a simple "Save as Text" from Adobe Reader and then clean up and re-format the document by hand. Then she can add MS Word formatting to her list of skills. <img src=/S/wink.gif border=0 alt=wink width=15 height=15>

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    Re: PDF to Word Converter (XP Pro SP3)

    Thanks Hans. I wasn't aware that Reader allowed one to copy text from the document. I thought it only allowed for reading and saving the document. I'll have her try it. She was, however, complaining that the online submission method would trash the formatting of any document. Jefferson seems to have addressed that issue and indicates it would be a non-issue.
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    Re: PDF to Word Converter (XP Pro SP3)

    I have Visioneer PaperPort software and it has a convert to Word function that sometimes works OK and sometimes not so OK. I'll give that a shot when I get the document from her. It scans to a PDF for documents.

    I wasn't aware of the "automated" aspect of resume scanning systems and I don't suppose my daughteris either since she is concerned about the formatting. I'll tell her about the "Save as text" option. I've personally done the manual conversion from PDF to Word on a few occasions and it is not for the faint of heart. <img src=/S/nope.gif border=0 alt=nope width=15 height=15>

    Thanks for the reply. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>
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    Re: PDF to Word Converter (XP Pro SP3)

    Yes, some PDF files can be set that you can NOT copy and paste, and even set so that they can not be printed only read. So depending on the settings at the time the file was made, you may be limited as to what you can do with it.

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