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Poll: Which of these PDF-to-Word converters provides the most useful output?
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This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "Which of these PDF-to-Word converters provides the most useful output?".

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Susanna Martoni  Identity Verified
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Well... May 7, 2010

I am not an expert. Not at all.
But I know Omnipage and think that is really useful.

My very small contribution!


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Catherine Winzer  Identity Verified
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Can't compare May 7, 2010

I voted Abbyy as it's what I use and I'm quite happy with it. I've never tried anything else, however, so I can't really claim it to be the "most useful".

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B D Finch  Identity Verified
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Silly question? May 7, 2010

Seeing as it is highly unlikely that anyone who isn't a complete nerd would have tried more than one or, at most, two types of software, the answers to this question are rather meaningless.

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Spiros Doikas  Identity Verified
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Abbyy is not plain pdf converted it is OCR May 7, 2010

And hence can "convert" pdf files which contain images. The rest, can cope only with pdf files containing text. So really, the poll is misleading.

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keelin feeney  Identity Verified
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Other May 7, 2010

I use Zamzar and find it very useful, though I haven't tried it with images.

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Michael Harris  Identity Verified
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Ditto May 7, 2010

B D Finch wrote:

Seeing as it is highly unlikely that anyone who isn't a complete nerd would have tried more than one or, at most, two types of software, the answers to this question are rather meaningless.


How am I supposed to know? It is highly unlikely that any of us have all of these.


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Teresa Borges
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I did send the question to my computer technician... May 7, 2010

... as she is the person who advises me on these matters.

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Sabina Winkler CAPIRSI  Identity Verified
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Solid Converter May 7, 2010

I use „Solid Converter PDF“, a very powerfull tool.
Able to convert PDF files to Word or text files without losing the original document layout, fonts, colors, character format, columns, ...


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Oliver Lawrence  Identity Verified
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I actually think it's a good question May 7, 2010

B D Finch wrote:

Seeing as it is highly unlikely that anyone who isn't a complete nerd would have tried more than one or, at most, two types of software, the answers to this question are rather meaningless.


The questioner's point is clearly in effect "which conversion tool would you recommend for producing usable output from a PDF?", I don't think there is any need to get bogged down in literal interpretations of it here.


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Michael Harris  Identity Verified
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But.. May 7, 2010

Oliver Lawrence wrote:

B D Finch wrote:

Seeing as it is highly unlikely that anyone who isn't a complete nerd would have tried more than one or, at most, two types of software, the answers to this question are rather meaningless.


The questioner's point is clearly in effect "which conversion tool would you recommend for producing usable output from a PDF?", I don't think there is any need to get bogged down in literal interpretations of it here.


How are you supposed to know if you have only used one of them?
I have used Finereader10 and a couple of other ones that are not listed, all of them have only provided a sufficient result that have needed reworking / tidying up.
But would I recommend it?


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Colin Ryan  Identity Verified
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Solid as a rock... May 7, 2010

Capirsi wrote:

I use „Solid Converter PDF“, a very powerfull tool.
Able to convert PDF files to Word or text files without losing the original document layout, fonts, colors, character format, columns, ...


I use Solid too. Affordable and reliable, plus it has OCR, etc. etc. But even though I'm a pretty computer-literate person, I haven't tried any of the other converters listed here, which makes me wonder why the poll was even run!


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Mats Wiman  Identity Verified
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What about Nuance PDF converter? May 7, 2010

I have used PDF converter 3.0 and I was quite satisfied. It could also do OCR conversion.

I ahve just ordered the 6.0 version and will come back shortly about its qualities.

Mats


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J.H. Wang
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Nuance ScanSoft PDF converter May 7, 2010

I am using Nuance ScanSoft PDF converter 4.0, which is the best converter tool I have ever seen. Strongly recommended!

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Oliver Lawrence  Identity Verified
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Only you know if you would recommend it May 7, 2010

Michael Harris wrote:

Oliver Lawrence wrote:

B D Finch wrote:

Seeing as it is highly unlikely that anyone who isn't a complete nerd would have tried more than one or, at most, two types of software, the answers to this question are rather meaningless.


The questioner's point is clearly in effect "which conversion tool would you recommend for producing usable output from a PDF?", I don't think there is any need to get bogged down in literal interpretations of it here.


How are you supposed to know if you have only used one of them?
I have used Finereader10 and a couple of other ones that are not listed, all of them have only provided a sufficient result that have needed reworking / tidying up.
But would I recommend it?


If you think it's good, vote for it, if you're not convinced then abstain; I can't see what the problem is, no-one is seriously expecting a translator to have made an in-depth study of several different products. The spirit of the question is clear, no need for pedantry here.


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