Re: Word to PDF and back again

Subject: Re: Word to PDF and back again
From: Stuart Burnfield <sburnf -at- au1 -dot- ibm -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2006 08:51:26 +0800

As Chris and Dan say, free (or cheap) is good. It depends what Martin is

For Word to PDF I'd expect to find a free tool that does an
adequate-to-good job.

For PDF to Word I'd do more testing and be prepared to pay. I'd expect that
there are some tools that simply return a Word document that resembles the
look of the PDF document, while other tools have some ability to recognise
structure (such as tables and page headers) and save it in the Word
document. A better-quality conversion would probably save many hours of
cleanup, so in this case I would choose the best tool and price would be

If I needed to edit PDFs, not just do conversions, I'd be looking for
something that's functionally equivalent to Acrobat Pro but costs less.
Nuance has a product of this type. I haven't used it myself but it was
recommended to me by another TW as a non-bloated Acrobat replacement.

My current client already has Acrobat licences so there's not much
incentive to look at equivalents. If I ever need to do Acrobatty things at
home or for other clients I'll certainly look at Nuance and its




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