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    Converting PDF to Word

    Does any body know of a free pdf to text converter that does not come with a lot of rubbish

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    What do you use to read PDFs? Most pdf readers have a text select/copy option you can use to paste into a text editor.

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    I use PDFMate PDF Converter for this purpose (pdfmate.com, also on CNET).

    They have a free version. It does come with a bunch of junk, but the install program is refreshingly upfront and cheerfully lets you deselect what you don't want and still installs a fully functional version.

    I run it under XP; when I tried installing it on Win 7 it installs and runs but the "Convert" button is missing. Works fine in XP mode virtual machine under Win 7 Pro or in native XP.

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    Thanks chaps for getting back to me.

    Sorry I should have said I am on XP

    The pdf reader I use is Foxit Reader Pro, and there is a Select Text and Save Icon but on this file it does not work.

    I also have Lexcycle Stanza which I use for converting pdf files to Word you just open the file and save as ***.doc and that is it, but not this file, it goes through the motions but the file is blank, but for a few small squares on some of the pages.

    Jock does PDFMate open all pdf files?

    P.S.

    I also have Doxillion Document Converter and this again goes through the motions, but the file it saves is empty.
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    Chect the Security settings for the file in Foxit. It may have been set to prevent copying.

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    I haven't had any problems opening PDFs with PDFMate, including most recently a 4.7 MB price list with a lot of images and graphical elements on which it did a good job of extracting the text, keeping related text together and formatting into a pretty consistent text format.

    I was pleasantly surprised. There may be better programs out there, but most freeware versions are crippled in some way.

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    Hi Jerry

    Could not find Security Settings?

    The snap shot works, but not the Select Text

    I have had a thought; I can convert some PDF files and not others I have about 3 file I want to convert but cannot convert.

    Could it be that the ones I cannot convert are a scanning of a page saved in say jpg and are not a page of text?

    Is the a way of removing these from the pdf file

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    I don't use Foxit so I'm not sure where it's located. In Pdf Exchange which I use, it's under File > Document Properties > Security tab. If you have a File menu item, see if it contains document properties. Or search help for document properties.

    The jpg idea is a possibility but I still think the author set document security to prevent copying.

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    Hi Jerry

    Thanks for getting back to me

    Will Pdf Exchange remove jpg files.

    I have been looking a one of the files they are House of Common Papers dated 1845
    Report on local Charities.

    The one who made the pdf file typed on the top where it came from the page number etc.

    This I can copy in text but not the rest of the page.

    I think the only way out is to print and the scan with OCR etc

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    PDF Exchange is a Reader and won't remove jpg files. It does have a snapshot tool that will allow you to select and copy a graphic object. Foxit should have a similar facility.

    You may be right in that you will have to resort to OCR

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    Hi Jerry

    Yes there is a snapshot in Foxit but there is some thing like 20 pages to do.
    I think I will do the OCR

    Thanks again

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    You're welcome.

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    There are numerous free PDF to Word/text converters out there which would do the job as long as the PDF is in text rather than a graphic (Wondershare, PDF Area, bioPDf, Some, etc). If the subject is a graphic Wondershare have a PDF editor which has an inbuilt OCR function but the OCR plug in costs around $80. i haven't tried it but it may be worth it for lots of documents.
    But I think the best of them all for either graphic or text is FreeOCR http://www.freeocr.net/ . Simple, easy to use and accurate. Only requires you to organise the new page layout to look like the original if that is a requirement. And it's free. No need to print and scan and works for multiple pages.

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    You could also use the free pdf to Word convertor from Nitro.
    Go to their site: www.pdftoword.com , upload the file you want to convert , fill in your email-address and the two cptcha words.
    The converted file will then be emailed to you. They have also a paid desktop version which you can try for two weeks.

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    I suggest you try this one:

    FREE from PDF to Word Converter Download Online | UniPDF
    http://unipdf.com/download/

    As a 100% FREE all-in-one PDF converter software, UniPDF is designed to make it extremely easier for you to convert PDF files not only to word documents, but also to images, HTML, or plain text files. UniPDF supports produce high quality word documents out of PDF files in batch mode. Conversion only takes seconds to complete! Stop wasting time on online PDF to Word tools while you can do it easily and fast with a FREE desktop utility!

    Frank D

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