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PDF to word and vice versa without Acrobat program
Thread poster: Herbert Fipke

Herbert Fipke  Identity Verified
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Dec 17, 2004

Hi Folks!
After having rejected several projects because I didn't have the very expensive full size Adobe Acrobat programme (min. 300 Euro) just to be able to convert a word file into PDF and vice versa, I searched the internet for some time and found this:

http://www.solidpdf.com/

This is a licensed little tool which does exact that: Just conversion between word and PDF.
It is shareware and costs 45 USD if satisfied after 15 days of testing.

I love it! I can now finally send my invoices WITH a secured signature to my clients, and word counting as wellas text preparation for translating is far more easier after having converted a pdf into a working! Word file.

Check it out!
Rgds
Herbert

PS: I am not a salesman for this company and I don't get any bonus for this. I just want to share my experience with all of you.


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Pilar T. Bayle  Identity Verified
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SolidPDF Dec 17, 2004



http://www.solidpdf.com/

This is a licensed little tool which does exact that: Just conversion between word and PDF.



I have Acrobat 6.0 and I actually uninstalled it because it was interfering with SolidPDF

I love that program too. And I don't work on a comission.

P.


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Konstantin Kisin  Identity Verified
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search the web for cutepdf Dec 17, 2004

works a treat

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Robin Salmon  Identity Verified
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My experience Dec 17, 2004

Found it absolutely useless: I mean Solid PDF. I don't think it is quite as bad as WORD2PDF, though. I bought that one (there isn't a trial version). Their support team cannot understand English and write it very badly. They totally missed my point -they thought I was happy with their product when I was telling them it did not work!

I believe those tools should be user-friendly and not require hours of trial-and-error tuning.

[Edited at 2004-12-17 15:08]


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avsie  Identity Verified
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CutePDF Dec 17, 2004

I'm using it for a few months now, it works like a charm!

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Piotr Sawiec  Identity Verified
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PDF transformer Dec 17, 2004

And how about PDF transformer by Abbyy? Has anybody any experience?
I read some opinions and they are rather encouraging. Besides the OCR programs should have an option of recognizing PDFs.

Piotr


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Nazim Aziz Gokdemir  Identity Verified
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PrimoPDF Dec 17, 2004

I've been using PrimoPDF for a few months now and I'm happy with it. I'll also give Gymnast a try soon. It's supposed to have extra capabilities, such as turning URLs in Word documents into clickable links in the converted PDF file (which Primo can't do).

They're both free, no strings attached -- and no ads.

Aziz


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Russell Gillis  Identity Verified
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About PDF Transformer Dec 17, 2004

Regarding the question about ABBYY PDF Transformer, I have been using it for a few months, and it works great. I does an excellent job on converting scanned PDF files into Word. I have used it for a variety of faxed documents and have been happy with the results.

Usually there are a few mis-read errors, but they are minimal (only a few per page). The time it saves is well worth it!

I don't work for or receive a commission from the company either...



Russell


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Piotr Sawiec  Identity Verified
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what about the opposite direction? Dec 17, 2004

Nazim Aziz Gokdemir wrote:

I've been using PrimoPDF for a few months now and I'm happy with it. I'll also give Gymnast a try soon. It's supposed to have extra capabilities, such as turning URLs in Word documents into clickable links in the converted PDF file (which Primo can't do).

They're both free, no strings attached -- and no ads.

Aziz

Can PrimoPDF convert PDFs into Word? I think that is the whole discussion about.

Piotr


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xxxHirschmann  Identity Verified
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An excellent solution is ... Dec 17, 2004

... OpenOffice for Windows or Linux. With this free software, you can create excellent .pdf files from Word or OpenOffice files.

For conversion of .pdf files to Word files, I suggest a good OCR software (I use OmniPage 14).


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Pamela Brizzola  Identity Verified
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PDF955 Dec 17, 2004

This freeware software is great in transforming Excel and Word files into PDFs.
You can find in on the net, sorry but I don't remember the site.

HTH


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Nazim Aziz Gokdemir  Identity Verified
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one direction only Dec 17, 2004

Piotr Sawiec wrote:

Can PrimoPDF convert PDFs into Word? I think that is the whole discussion about.

Piotr


I just read the first part of the original problem - "to convert a word file into PDF and vice versa" - and overlooked the "vice versa" part. Primo only deals with Word-to-PDF. Hope this clears it up.


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Jabberwock  Identity Verified
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PDFCreator Dec 18, 2004

Another tool for making PDFs is PDFCreator. It has some (small) glitches, but for most purposes it is quite good. Considering it is free (open source), you really get a bargain!

As for PDF to Word, I agree that OCR seems to be the best option now. I got mine bundled with my scanner and it works quite well.


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Jackie Bowman

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Creating PDF from Word Dec 19, 2004

Hi Folks,

I can convert to Acrobat from Word, but this is more of an additional question than a response to the asker. In Word, if I go to Print, under Printer Name my default printer appears first in the drop-down list. But If I click on the list I get an “Acrobat PDF Writer” option. If I select that, I’m asked where to save the file. It is then saved as PDF and opens with Acrobat Reader. I have never bought Acrobat Writer, so I’m just curious as to why I have this option. Anybody know?


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Nazim Aziz Gokdemir  Identity Verified
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Adobe may have installed it Dec 19, 2004

Jack Bowman wrote:
I have never bought Acrobat Writer, so I’m just curious as to why I have this option. Anybody know?


Do you have PageMaker or another Adobe program? Some Adobe installations install Adobe Distiller, a pdf creator that works from *.ps files, which in turn are created when you select "Print to file" from Word. Given that Adobe does this, I find it likely that an Adobe program you installed at some point added the plug-in to Word.

PrimoPDF works the same way, presenting itself as an option in the Printer dialog box.

Aziz


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