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    Is there a way to convert pdf files to Word 2k? Or to Copy and Paste a pdf file to Word 2K?

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    Re: pdf files

    I'll be very interested in better responses than mine, I often need to convert PDF content to Excel or Word. These are all I have found, neither of these are perfect, but they may help:

    ghostscript & ghostview

    In particular, neither of them handle tables well, if at all.

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    Re: pdf files

    Can Ghostscript be used on a PC w/ Windows 98 SE?

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    Re: pdf files

    Not certain, I'm running W95. I expect it would be safe, you'll have to read the info at the wisc.edu website. I do remember a couple months back that there was a version gap between the latest GS and GV; GV had not caught up with significant changes in GS, so at that time GS 6.31 (?) was the version to use with GV. Sorry, you're kinda on your own!
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    Re: pdf files

    There are three answers to this. However, you should start with acceptance of the fact that Acrobat was specifically designed to be a final form and to make conversions difficult Here are some suggestions though:
    1. <LI>Acrobat 4 has a table select tool which allows you to copy table data in rtf format and is actually better at preserving some formatting than the usual text selection and copy tools. The toolbar button is hidden under the text selection tool. An extended click on that button will produce a flyout of related tools

      <LI>Go to the Adobe User to User Forums, click the appropriate forum, probabaly Acrobat Windows. Start with the FAQs since this is the number one asked question. The people there are as helpful there as the people here, but brace yourself for being told that you are trying to do something contrary to the purpose and design of the program.

      <LI>Upgrade to Acrobat 5 (released this month) Due to popular demand, Adobe has supposedly enhanced the ability to "export PDF" to RTF. I have not tried it.
    The most common suggestion you should expect is to save or obtain the file used to create the PDF and make your edits there. If you did not create the PDF, you will still be asked to

    Good luck.

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    Re: pdf files

    As a longtime user of Acrobat (and a former frequenter of their forums as well), I must add that, while you are correct that Acrobat was specifically designed to be a final form, I doubt that Adobe specifically made conversions difficult, so much as providing for such would be counterproductive to the purpose of the product. Acrobat is intended to be a static version of a document...an archival version, if you will. It has been likened to being "electronic paper." It is not intended to be editable, or convertible, no more so than it is easy to take a piece of typewritten text and edit it (or convert it to a word processing format). It can be done, but not easily.

    That being the case, as you pointed out, Acrobat 4 has many selection capabilities which make copying RTF to the clipboard easier than ever (I'm not yet familiar with Acrobat 5). If one has the full version of Acrobat 4, you can use it to Save File to Clipboard, and then paste the entire document into a blank Word document.

    Frequenters of the Adobe forums do tire of answering the same questions over and over, especially when the answers are readily available in the FAQs. The sheer volume of such posts detracts from the ability to answer other questions.
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    Re: pdf files

    I don't think we disagree except to add that Acrobat contains far more and better tools to inhibit copying and converting than facilitating same.

    PDFs can be save to limit selecting text, printing, saving, anotating, etc. Acrobat has a built in 128 bit electronic signature system that will invalidate the signature if the PDF has been edited or changed in any way. Presently, I think it is the product of choice for electronic contracts.

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