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Mats Wikberg  Identity Verified
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Dec 13, 2007

I have a PDF-file with tables that I need to convert into Word (quickly). Can someone give me a hint of which tool I can use to convert this PDF-file into Word and still keep the tables intact?

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Barbara Baldi  Identity Verified
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Useful tool Dec 13, 2007

Hi,
this tool is cheap and works well:
http://www.bluesquad.com/uk/prod.php?pid=1185
Personally I can't garantee for your tables, but you should be able to download a free trial version.
Good luck.
Barbara

[Edited at 2007-12-13 19:04]


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Jerzy Czopik  Identity Verified
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Abbyy Fine Reader Dec 13, 2007

will certainly do the trick.
However, I would at once drop all thoughts you'll get the file converted to Word with no additional work.
My way would be keeping no formatting from PDF at all and formatting the file from scratch, which is much faster than any other option.

Best regards
Jerzy


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Mats Wikberg  Identity Verified
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Thanks!! Dec 13, 2007

Great, thanks both for your advice! I was able to keep the format with the PDF-to-Word software.

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Evi Wollinger  Identity Verified
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I will convert your document if Dec 13, 2007

I am just sitting here, trying not to work...

If you want I can convert your document with Abbyy, just drop me a line.

Evi

ok, I better get back to work then...

[Edited at 2007-12-13 19:40]


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Stephanie Mitchel  Identity Verified
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Hi,
Was interested in this thread and so I tried to download the BlueSquad software trial version, and it's not working for me - instead another window pops up trying to get me to subscribe to another product's newsletter. Did you encounter this too?
Stephanie


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Laura Tridico  Identity Verified
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I just bought Abbyy PDF Transformer Dec 13, 2007

It's a lot cheaper than Abbyy Fine Reader ($99.99) and suits my needs - it converts PDF to Word and vice versa. I've been getting pretty good results so far - I used Able2Doc in the past but it was pretty weak. You can download it for a two week free trial (which I did), during which you can convert up to 50 pages.

http://www.pdftransformer.com/

Laura


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ViktoriaG  Identity Verified
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Is your PDF an image file or a text file? Dec 13, 2007

If you try to select part of the table with the text selection tooltip, does that work? Or is your document a fax or a scan? That is a major question here.

In case you are dealing with a text file (where you can select, copy and paste the text inside the file), then there is no need to buy anything - the solution is free.

AutoUnbreak is a tool that cuts the text out of a PDF document and pastes it into a word processor as RTF. It will delete unnecessary line breaks and keep the formatting. However, it can only handle 65K characters at a time, so if your document is longer than a dozen pages, you may have to do several runs to process the entire document.

If your document is an image file (e.g., scan), then you will need OCR and you should go with the solutions proposed by colleagues above.

You can download AutoUnbreak here: http://digital.hollmen.dk/products/autounbreak/index.htm

Tell us how it worked out.

All the best!

Edit: If you are looking for awesome OCR software, try Nuance's OmniPage. It's a little more expensive than other solutions, but it is worth it - the results are stunning!

[Edited at 2007-12-14 00:53]


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Jan Sundström  Identity Verified
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Hej Mats, Dec 14, 2007

Mats Wikberg wrote:

I have a PDF-file with tables that I need to convert into Word (quickly). Can someone give me a hint of which tool I can use to convert this PDF-file into Word and still keep the tables intact?


BTW, this question has been asked here on the forum litteraly 100's of times.
Try searching for these terms in the Forum Search window: +PDF +convert

You'll get lots of relevant info...

/Jan


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James O'Reilly
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Abbyy PDF Transformer Dec 14, 2007

Laura Tridico wrote:

It's a lot cheaper than Abbyy Fine Reader ($99.99) and suits my needs - it converts PDF to Word and vice versa. I've been getting pretty good results so far - I used Able2Doc in the past but it was pretty weak. You can download it for a two week free trial (which I did), during which you can convert up to 50 pages.

http://www.pdftransformer.com/

Laura


Abbyy PDF Transformer

I tried the trial version out. Great, works with a few clicks. The results were
impressing and stable enough to perform a word count and finish a quote
in one step.

I added it to my Preparation Checklist for Translations:
http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=dg9xxrf5_54fmnpcx

James O'Reilly, e-i-consulting


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Alyona Douglas  Identity Verified
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Readiris Pro Dec 14, 2007

I use this software and like it very much.

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Diana Lewis  Identity Verified
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PDF - Word Converter for Chinese Dec 15, 2007

Hi,

Thought I'd drop my own question into this thread - does anyone know of a PDF-Word converter that supports Chinese? I've been trying to find one for a while but the links suggested don't work with Chinese.

Thanks!

Diana


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Jan Sundström  Identity Verified
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Read previous posts Dec 17, 2007

Diana Lewis wrote:

Hi,

Thought I'd drop my own question into this thread - does anyone know of a PDF-Word converter that supports Chinese? I've been trying to find one for a while but the links suggested don't work with Chinese.



Hi Diana,

We did a round-up here on the Forum earlier this year. Read about all our findings here:
http://www.proz.com/post/551364#551364
Since I did my posting, there was also a recommendation for this software:
http://www.wintone.com.cn/en/prod/19/detail224.aspx

/Jan


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