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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
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> From: Fred Ridder
> Sent: Thursday, February 12, 2009 11:27 AM
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> 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 www.pdf-file.com ($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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