Converting PDF Documents to Word

November 22, 2011

converting pdf documents to Wordby Justine Parsons

I sat down with a blank post screen ready to review some of the tools available for converting your pdf documents to Word.  This is a task I am often asked for help with and a much cheaper option than purchasing the full Adobe product needed to edit pdf documents.

One thing to be aware of is the use of text and image boxes which will significantly increase the size of your document, I always delete these and insert as text which makes it easy for the client to make further alterations.

In researching the article I came across this great post reviewing many of the same tools I use:

How to convert PDF to Word DOC for free: a comparative test

Image handling: a common issue here is that many services blend all images and visual elements on the page into a single page-wide background image, as opposed to rendering distinct images and distinct formatting. This is obviously ok if you are merely interested in editing the text, but will make editing a document holistically somewhat difficult.

  1. Free PDF to Word Converter from SmartSoft: does not create a single background image that lumps all images within it, which is a good thing. Instead it will render distinct, individual images, which can be easily moved around or manipulated. **Excellent**
  2. gDOC Creator: blends all images and formatting within a page into a single background image. This makes it difficult and/or labor intensive to edit images or change image placement, but can make life simpler if you just want to edit the text.
  3. AnyBizSoft PDF to Word Free: image handling seems to vary but is generally excellent; at times it will combine all images and formatting on a page into a single background image, while other times the images are extracted individually and in the correct placement. It seems to depends on the source. **Excellent**
  4. OpenOffice with PDF import extension: images are rendered correctly where they should be, and are generally easy to work with. **Excellent**
  5. Some PDF to Word Converter: unpredictable. Will extract individual images at times, while other times it simply will not extract any images at all. In general image placement and layout will most certainly be incorrect.
  6. NuancePDF: does not create a single background image that lumps all images into it; rather, it seems to merge adjoining clusters of images together, which actually kind of works well and generally speaking is not a bad way to handle images. **Excellent**
  7. PDF to Word Free from NitroPDF: image handling seems to vary but is generally excellent; at times it will combine all images and formatting on a page into a single background image, while other times the images are extracted individually and in the correct placement. It seems to depends on the source. **Excellent**
  8. Zamzar: blends all images and formatting within a page into a single background image
  9. PDF to Word Online: image handling seems to vary but is generally excellent; at times it will combine all images and formatting on a page into a single background image, while other times the images are extracted individually and in the correct placement. It seems to depends on the source. **Excellent**

View the full article on “How to Convert PDF to Word DOC” here.

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