Help: PDF Conversion to MS Word, RTF or Text File
Thread poster: Vadney (X)

Vadney (X)
German to English
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Jul 5, 2005

I have two pdf catalogues I am attempting to convert to MS Word, RTF or Text format so that I can extract the terms for a working glossary for a project I am working on.

My system doesn't seem to want to digest the things.

Would anyone be interested in spending a couple of minutes converting these things for me?

I'll be happy to pay for your time.

Thanks very much!

hvadney@mhcable. com


kimjasper  Identity Verified
Local time: 12:08
Member (2006)
English to Danish
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windows copy & paste may get you far Jul 5, 2005

Since you want to update your dictionary you probably do not care too much about formatting. In fact, using Ctrl-A and the Ctrl-C within Adobe Reader copies the whole document to the clipboard. You may have to select text copy mode rather than image copy mode (one of the menu bar options).
Then you can open an empty word document (or a .txt file with Wordpad for that sake) and paste the text there. In windows you can select Edit / Paste / Special / Unicode text - then you get the text only with no formatting whatsoever.
Do it in the same way with both PDFs. If they are identical with regards to formatting you will find the lines to appear more or less in the same place in the target documents so it would be easy for you having them next to each other and do your thing.

[Edited at 2005-07-06 05:07]


GoodWords  Identity Verified
Local time: 05:08
Spanish to English
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Images Jul 5, 2005

Unless they are images, then copy&paste will not help. In that case, your best strategy is indeed to do exactly what you are doing; ask someone with an OCR program to provide the service for you. It would help if you specify the language(s) involved, because you need someone who has the dictionaries for the particular language(s) in your document installed in his/her OCR program.


Michael Hesselnberg (X)  Identity Verified
Local time: 12:08
French to German
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you can try Read Iris for free in a deo-version for 30 days, Jul 5, 2005

otherwise you cans send me the files, I will TRY it


Simon Gregory
Russian to English
Why I do not use converting picture letters in the text format Jul 6, 2005

I do not have experience with this really important staff for translators, but familiar to me specialists told me that with Latin letters these programs work well. Some new scanners have programs converting pictures of letter in a text files in their software from manufacturers for free. For Russian letters also available program with name “Finereader” which costs $300. It works for Cyrillic and Latin. Nevertheless each program needs adjustment of brightness and contrast, for example by “Microsoft Photoeditor” before converting and serious editing manually after converting. Some dirt on paper can be converted in a false letter. Converting need experience, indeed. It makes sense only if you will have long term extensive works such kind. I decided for occasional work not to study this new headache


Heinrich Pesch  Identity Verified
Local time: 13:08
Member (2003)
Finnish to German
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Dirt on pdf? Jul 6, 2005

PDFs are digital documents which do not aquire dirt or dust. So using Finereader or other OCR software always works well. Also faxed documents need not to be printed on paper but can be scanned in digital mode in your computer. Either use Efax or a virtual fax program.
But cyrillic text is somewhat more difficult to scan than latin characters, because of the many similiar looking characters like p, i, n, etc.


Local time: 12:08
German to English
PDF Transformer Jul 6, 2005

There's a program called PDF Transformer that does the job really well (and quickly).

If you still haven't sorted it out you can send them onto me too... it'd be no trouble, only takes a second. (


Vadney (X)
German to English
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Thank You! Jul 8, 2005

Good morning Rossana, Heinrich, Simon, Michael, GoodWords, Kim:

[I apologize if I missed anyone!}

I'd like to take a moment to thank you very much for your kind offer of assistance in response to my request for help converting two pdf catalogues.

In the meantime, however, the client did respond and informed me that the files were actually created on QuarkExpress and converted to pdf ... that may have caused the hiccups with my OmniPage system.

The client was kind enough to have converted the files to MS Word for me and so the problem was quickly solved without wasting anyone's time (except for mine, of courseicon_wink.gif ).

In short, I did not want to neglect extending my grateful appreciation of your generosity and readiness to help.

Have a lovely weekend!

Harold Vadney


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