RE: Convert PDF tables to Word?

Subject: RE: Convert PDF tables to Word?
From: Fred Ridder <docudoc -at- hotmail -dot- com>
To: <jaguarjam -at- yahoo -dot- com>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 12 Feb 2009 11:27:23 -0500

Rich asked:

> I'm having trouble converting a PDF with long tables into a Word file.
> I see there are a lot of different plugins out there also but no
> procedures for directly getting the tables into Word. I'm using
> Adobe Acrobat 9 Pro Extended and Word 2003. I've tried saving
> and exporting it as Word and rtf but no luck. Someone mentioned
> the PrimoPDF tool in another posting.

Tables always present a huge challenge to any tool that tries to
convert PDF back into some editable format. PDF is essentially an
electronic form of a printed document, and has no real notion of
paragraphs or even of sentences. In a PDF file, you have lines of
text and you have graphic objects. When there's a table, you
have a lot of small lines of text that aren't read linearly across
the page, but do (presumably) make sense when assembled into
paragraphs and table cells/rows/columns by a human reader. But
it's really asking a lot to expect a software tool to correctly
reassemble all those short text fragments based solely on their
position on the page.

-Fred Ridder


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