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    PDF to Word...

    Hi,

    Is there any tool that can change a PDF file to an MSWord file?

    Thanks,

    m.q.

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    Re: PDF to Word...

    Acrobat 5 has an option to SaveAsRTF.

    THere are also 3rd party products that will save PDF as RTF.

    I just installed Acrobat 5.05 a few minutes ago.
    It did a reasonable job of converting the simple document I tested.

    Such conversions are rarely 100% satisfactory.

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    Re: PDF to Word...

    Remember that the pdf was designed to protect the author's work. If the author did NOT want you to print, cut and past, or change the document, he (she) could make these settings. Even with a copy of Acrobat if one does not have the password one is NOT going to make any changes. Some of the PDF files are a one way street, can NOT be converted to anything but a bunch of if and or's and one has to do a lot of clean up.

    The cleanest way is to print out a copy and then scan and OCR it.

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    Re: PDF to Word...

    Brilliant, thanks.

    Can you pls. advise me what 3rd party products are available (with URLs if poss.)?
    If you can - indicate which are known to be superior & why.

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    Re: PDF to Word...

    PDF has very weak protection, at least as of version 4.

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    Re: PDF to Word...

    Hi
    I was under the impression that a PDF was superior to the Word equivalent. If you look at the two together when printed out (even in 'best' on an inkjet} the difference is very obvious. It never occurred to me that anyone would want to go the other way. Such is life...

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    Re: PDF to Word...

    Well, now I'll give you reason to think me less brilliant.

    Each product, be it Acrobat or a 3rd party tool, has its strengths and weaknesses.

    Best place for discussion is comp.text.pdf newsgroup.
    You'll get all sorts of recommendations there.

    As we speak, I just experimented with a Word doc that has a few simple tables. I saved it as PDF and then saved the PDF as RTF using Acrobat 5.

    Well, the table structure was not retained and each row of each table seems to haved been extracted as a separate paragraph.

    Dunno which 3rd party tools would do better.
    Best conversions would be from mostly text documents.

    Take a look at <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.planetpdf.com/>http://www.planetpdf.com/</A> and
    <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.pdfzone.com/>http://www.pdfzone.com/</A>.

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    Re: PDF to Word...

    This is interesting, and I have some questions for Howard. Meanwhile see <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.wopr.com/cgi-bin/w3t/showflat.pl?Cat=&Board=off&Number=37751>this</A> older thread, with mention of free PDF "text extractors" that I use with mixed results. I haven't checked on GhostScript for a while.
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    Re: PDF to Word...

    Howard, can I assume that your conversions were with documents you created yourself with full Adobe Acrobat and did not encrypt?

    I frequently deal with Requests for Proposal delivered in secure PDF format, which contain tables of data I need, and extraction is a problem, and retyping seems wasteful. Am I missing some simple conversion technique from PDF to Text or RTF? Any insights may save me a bunch of time.
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    Re: PDF to Word...

    Hi
    I don't think going from a *.doc to a PDF via RTF is the only route to take. I usually go via a PostScript print file, which loses nothing in quality. You need to set up a dummy PostScript printer, print as a file then convert (free) either on-line or using Ghost Script. For more details, have a look on my website at PDF Files in the Index.
    The green and red buttons let you compare the two directly.

    I'm sorry I can't give you much help with going in the opposite direction, though.

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    Re: PDF to Word...

    Going from a doc to PDF is not relevant. I just used that as an example.

    THe question was how to go from PDF to RTF.
    Indeed, the PDF file I used was password protected, and Acrobat would not save such a file as RTF. However, since I created the PDF and knew the password, I was able to create the RTF.

    Hopefully, any reputable 3rd party PDF to RTF converter would also refuse to convert secure PDF to RTF.

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    Re: PDF to Word...

    IMHO, the most important criterion when creating PDF is to be compatible with the Acrobat Reader. The safest way to do that is to use the full Acrobat product, not 3rd party software.

    I became even more firmly convinced of this about 2 years ago when I was paid to read the PDF specs from Adobe and deal with a PDF developer. The PDF spec, as of version 1.3, was not adequate as a spec.

    I doubt that version 1.4, on which Acrobat 5 is based, is better specified.

    If one is doing regular creation of PDF, one must have Acrobat.

    For conversion from PDF to other formats, one should have Acrobat 5 and, likely, one, or more, 3rd party converters.

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    Re: PDF to Word...

    (Edited by Leif to make link live - see the <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.wopr.com/cgi-bin/w3t/showflat.pl?Cat=&Board=lounge&Number=98472&page=0& view=collapsed&sb=5&o=0&vc=1>quick guide</A>)

    There is at least one print driver available that uses the Word DOC format as the output. I just did a web search and found: <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.leadtools.com/home2/VertMkts/LTePrint.htm>http://www.leadtools.com/home2/VertMkts/LTePrint.htm</A>. I seem to remember a different one mentioned elsewhere -- perhaps in one of these forums.

    If you had one of these driver, then

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