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    Has anyone successfully used any converter to convert Acrobat to Word 2003/2007?
    Thanks.
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    Are these files protected, if so most programs will NOT work.

    I have been able to select, copy and paste on most of the unprotected files that I needed information from.

    But I have found that most pdf files can be OCR'd and then sent to Word.

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    [quote name='DaveA' post='793539' date='16-Sep-2009 23:01']Are these files protected, if so most programs will NOT work.

    I have been able to select, copy and paste on most of the unprotected files that I needed information from.

    But I have found that most pdf files can be OCR'd and then sent to Word.[/quote]

    Hi DaveA,
    None of the PDFs is protected. Yes, currently I'm using OCR, but it's a tedious procedure. In particular, I'm interested in converting some ebooks into Word 07 .docx files.
    Armstrong

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    These eBooks may not be protected, but most are copyrighted, if so I would be very careful.

    I use OmniPage version 17 and it will read any unprotected pdf file directly.

    I think you will find that most of these PDF to Word converters are a small OCR program without all the bells and whistles.

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    [quote name='DaveA' post='793543' date='16-Sep-2009 23:17']These eBooks may not be protected, but most are copyrighted, if so I would be very careful.

    I use OmniPage version 17 and it will read any unprotected pdf file directly.

    I think you will find that most of these PDF to Word converters are a small OCR program without all the bells and whistles.[/quote]
    Is there any major difference between OmniPage 16 and 17?
    Is OmniPage significantly better?
    Armstrong

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    [quote name='armsys' post='793544' date='16-Sep-2009 08:23']Is there any major difference between OmniPage 16 and 17?
    Is OmniPage significantly better?
    Armstrong[/quote]
    1, works with both Vista and Windows 7 without issues. I have it installed on a 64 bit copy of Windows 7 TRM.
    2, yes, I have liked OmniPage Pro for many years. The strip down version that came or may still come with some scanners is not bad, but the Pro version is worth the money.

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    [quote name='armsys' post='793536' date='16-Sep-2009 07:50']Has anyone successfully used any converter to convert Acrobat to Word 2003/2007?[/quote]
    My efforts have generally met only with partial success. The problem is that the converter will use text frames to micromanage the position of fragments of text, rather than figuring out how it would flow best for purposes of editing.

    There are trial editions of many converter products, so you might try some more recent versions if you don't have one already.

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    [quote name='jscher2000' post='793607' date='17-Sep-2009 05:15']My efforts have generally met only with partial success. The problem is that the converter will use text frames to micromanage the position of fragments of text, rather than figuring out how it would flow best for purposes of editing.

    There are trial editions of many converter products, so you might try some more recent versions if you don't have one already.[/quote]
    Hi jscher2000.
    "Text frames" exactly are the core issue, which often divides a paragraph into multiple section. Look like I've to do it manually. Thanks for your help.
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    [quote name='armsys' post='793631' date='17-Sep-2009 08:54']"Text frames" exactly are the core issue, which often divides a paragraph into multiple section. Look like I've to do it manually.[/quote]
    Doing it manually doesn't sound like much fun. I would try copying and pasting special as text only to remove the text frames. Alternatively, you could get the OCR output in a text only format to begin with.
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    [quote name='armsys' post='793631' date='16-Sep-2009 15:54']"Text frames" exactly are the core issue, which often divides a paragraph into multiple section. Look like I've to do it manually.[/quote]
    Didn't someone post a macro for this in another thread earlier this year? (I'm not finding it in a search...)

    You could try this and see what kind of chaos it causes:

    Code:
    Sub RemoveTextBoxesAndFrames()
    Dim intCount As Integer
    ' Comb Shapes collection for TextBoxes and convert to frames
    With ActiveDocument.Shapes
    	For intCount = .Count To 1 Step -1
    		If .Item(intCount).Type = msoTextBox Then
    			.Item(intCount).ConvertToFrame
    		End If
    	Next
    End With
    ' Remove frames (contents typically become a new paragraph)
    With ActiveDocument.Frames
    	For intCount = .Count To 1 Step -1
    		.Item(intCount).Delete
    	Next
    End With
    End Sub

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    [quote name='armsys' post='793536' date='17-Sep-2009 00:50']Has anyone successfully used any converter to convert Acrobat to Word 2003/2007?
    Thanks.
    Armstrong[/quote]
    There are some free online services you might want to try:
    PDF2Word Online: Convert PDF to Word for Free
    Convert PDF to Word (DOC) 100% Free!
    PDF to Word Converter. Convert PDF to Word DOC or Excel XLS Online, Extract Images from PDF.

    More around - do a Google search.

    Alan

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    [quote name='jscher2000' post='793652' date='17-Sep-2009 09:00']Didn't someone post a macro for this in another thread earlier this year? (I'm not finding it in a search...)

    You could try this and see what kind of chaos it causes:

    Code:
    Sub RemoveTextBoxesAndFrames()
     Dim intCount As Integer
     ' Comb Shapes collection for TextBoxes and convert to frames
     With ActiveDocument.Shapes
    	 For intCount = .Count To 1 Step -1
    		 If .Item(intCount).Type = msoTextBox Then
    			 .Item(intCount).ConvertToFrame
    		 End If
    	 Next
     End With
     ' Remove frames (contents typically become a new paragraph)
     With ActiveDocument.Frames
    	 For intCount = .Count To 1 Step -1
    		 .Item(intCount).Delete
    	 Next
     End With
     End Sub
    [/quote]
    Hi jscher2000,
    Thanks for taking time to write a macro.
    Armstrong

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