pdf to word
Thread poster: parsifalia

Local time: 08:19
English to French
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Dec 8, 2006

I have a 200+ pages pdf document that I need to convert into word, with lay-out, before translating it.

I tried a few freeware apps from Tucows but with poor result (or none).

Does anyone know a good free convertor?



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Carolin Haase  Identity Verified
Local time: 08:19
Member (2006)
English to German
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Abbyy FineReader Dec 8, 2006


Try Abbyy FineReader, although I think it's just a trial: www.freefunfiles.com/software/graphics/editors/abbyy-finereader.html

Good luck,


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Jan Sundström  Identity Verified
Local time: 08:19
English to Swedish
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No free lunch Dec 8, 2006

Hi Marc,

when it comes to good professional OCR software, there's no such thing as a free lunch.

As discussed many times before here on Proz, the best OCR to convert PDF to Word is Abbyy FineReader, followed by Omnipage and ReadIris.

The bad news: all of these cost over USD 100 in the shop.
The good news: all of them can be found on Ebay from time to time, for around USD 10, including shipping to Belgium!

If you search the forum, you'll find many many recommendations to buy Abbyy FineReader, it's sooo worth it! Don't waste your time with trials and hobbyist products.

Take a look:



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Rocío Cordero  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 02:19
English to Spanish
Abbyy FineReader Dec 8, 2006

I agree with Carolin, at least in my case, this software has proved very useful.



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Heinrich Pesch  Identity Verified
Local time: 09:19
Member (2003)
Finnish to German
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Did you make sure you have to start from pdf? Dec 8, 2006

We should avoid using pdf as source material at all cost. Every pdf has been generated from some other file-format, and mostly its better to translate these source files straight.
Depending on the lenght difference of the two languages you will run into problems when trying to conserve the layout.


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Local time: 08:19
English to German
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I would split the file in equal parts and then convert Dec 8, 2006

Hi! this enables good overview and your OCR work goes in batches without consuming much of system resources, time and other related issues. Best Brandis

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Andrey Slyadnev  Identity Verified
Russian Federation
Local time: 15:19
English to Russian
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Solid Converter PDF Pro Dec 8, 2006

Hi Marc!

I've recently tested Solid Converter trying to convert pdf-files into doc-files, and it did a really good job keeping the original layout intact.

I believe you can find this software over the internet, it's about 20 MB to download.

I'm using Solid Converter PDF Pro 3.1.147. Please drop me a line if you have any questions.


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Luis Zepeda
United States
Local time: 23:19
Spanish to English
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pdf to word conversions Dec 8, 2006

Please find a link to a free conversion from pfd to word.

It has worked for me and you can do up to 100 documents before having to buy a license.


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