RE: Convert PDF tables to Word?

Subject: RE: Convert PDF tables to Word?
From: "Dan Goldstein" <DGoldstein -at- riverainmedical -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 12 Feb 2009 12:02:03 -0500

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Fred Ridder
> Sent: Thursday, February 12, 2009 11:27 AM
> To: ; techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
> Subject: RE: Convert PDF tables to Word?
> 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.

Well, maybe it's asking a lot, but ($30) claims to do
this. I've read good things about it, but never tried it myself. I
believe there are other tools that make the same claim.

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