RE: Conversion of PDF to Word

Subject: RE: Conversion of PDF to Word
From: "Combs, Richard" <richard -dot- combs -at- Polycom -dot- com>
To: "Keith Hansen" <KRH -at- weiland-wfg -dot- com>, "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 7 Jul 2008 11:57:31 -0600

Keith Hansen wrote:

> What is the best way to convert a PDF file into a Word file?

There was a fairly long thread about this on 6/30 - 7/1 entitled
"Looking for a miracle." It contained some good advice and some not so
good. One short, simple suggestion was to Google "PDF to RTF."

> And I mean a good conversion--not just converting the PDF's text into
> Word, but getting the Word document to resemble the original PDF
> in every aspect: images, formatting, etc.
> In Adobe Acrobat Professional, I tried doing "File... Save As...
> The resulting Word doc leave much to be desired. Its appearance is
> certainly not identical to the original PDF...

Try RTF. But you can't expect miracles. As others have noted, PDF is an
output format, and the best solution is to find the source file(s) from
which the PDF was created. No matter what tool you use, expect to do a
fair amount of work restoring styles and other metadata to get back to a
good Word doc.


Richard G. Combs
Senior Technical Writer
Polycom, Inc.
richardDOTcombs AT polycomDOTcom
rgcombs AT gmailDOTcom


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