TESTING the new Office 2013 PDF > .docx converter
Thread poster: Michael Beijer

Michael Beijer  Identity Verified
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May 7, 2013

I thought I might mention something that I just now discovered after installing the new MS Office 2013:

Office 2013 comes with a new feature where you can open a PDF and convert it to a Word doc. I wasn't expecting much, to be honest, but I just tried it on a PDF I recently had to convert for a job, and guess what: the results are better than the one I did manually using ABBYY FineReader 11 (and way better than the original I received from my client!).

I'm sure there will be cases where ABBY will beat it, but it is a welcome addition to my arsenal.

I now have 3 good ways to convert a PDF:

1. ABBY FineReader 11 (my favourite)
2. Adobe Acrobat (very good for certain types of PDF!)
3. Office 2013 (new favourite)

Michael


 

Emma Goldsmith  Identity Verified
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What sort of PDF? May 7, 2013

Michael Beijer wrote:

I just tried it on a PDF I recently had to convert for a job




Thanks for the heads up, Michael. Did you test an editable PDF or a scanned one?


 

Siegfried Armbruster  Identity Verified
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Only editable PDFs May 7, 2013

Emma Goldsmith wrote:

Did you test an editable PDF or a scanned one?


This works only with editable PDFs, see http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/office/forum/office_2013_release-word/unable-ot-convert-pdf-files-with-office-2013-word/eb9c5ccc-a19c-418d-9a74-039d0ab04fdc


 

Michael Beijer  Identity Verified
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editable May 7, 2013

Hi Emma,

It was indeed an editable PDF. However, it did a much better job than either ABBYY FineReader 11 or Actobat on this particular one, so it is definitely worth having around.

When converting PDFs I always try several programs, just in case one does a much better job than the others.

Michael


 

Emma Goldsmith  Identity Verified
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Interesting May 8, 2013

Thanks for the clarification, Michael and Siegfried. It's an interesting new option, all the same.

 


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