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    pdf to Wprd (2000)

    I need to extract a few pages from a massive pdf document (several hundred pages in all) and get those 4 or 5 pages into Word. I s there a cheap or easy way to do this? Is there any way to do it? Thx

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    Re: pdf to Wprd (2000)

    It depends. If the document contains text (it isn't a compilation of scans) and you have Acrobat Standard or Pro and security allows, you can extract the pages to a new PDF and export to RTF. Scans can be OCR'd.

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    Re: pdf to Wprd (2000)

    Hi Randy,

    If you don't have the full Acrobat, and you just need the raw text, you can use GhostScript (free) to extract it. All formatting information will be lost.
    See: <post#=418883>post 418883</post#>

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    Re: pdf to Wprd (2000)

    I may be missing something here, but if the .PDF is text-based (rather than image-based) I often simply copy from Acrobat Reader (free) and Paste Special as RTF into a Word doc. Most formatting is preserved, although there are issues dealing with individual graphics. No need for an Acrobat editor program.

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    Re: pdf to Wprd (2000)

    I never tried Paste Special as RTF -- I guess that is the default format for pasting from PDF -- because I almost always want to get rid of the formatting. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15> However, that is a good workaround, even if it is a bit more work to copy blocks of text individually and clean up the line breaks.

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    Re: pdf to Wprd (2000)

    re GhostScript I have never been able to get it to work. It seems to be command driven. I tried typing in edit <filename> but just got a string of error msgs. I don't have time to learn cmd line interfaces for programs anymore. I did that for years in grad. school, but times change...

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    Re: pdf to Wprd (2000)

    Edited by Phil Rabichow to make the link clickable - see Help #19
    I generally find the time invested up front learning command-line syntaxes usually pays off big in the long run, but I know that's certainly a personal decision. There is the GSView GUI interface for ghostscript, available from: http://www.cs.wisc.edu/~ghost/gsview/.

    But I just realized that Adobe Reader 6.0 includes a Save As Text option, so the whole point is probably moot. If you're looking for a way to extract just some pages from a larger PDF, check out pdftk (http://www.accesspdf.com/pdftk/). Yet another command-line program, however.

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