How can I convert a PDF to a DOC file and edit the text after conversion?

Sam Rosario June 20, 2013
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I seek to convert my PDF to a Doc file, where I can edit the text after conversion. Text which I can actually edit and not just an image.

I have tried several software and even Zamzar, where it converts the PDF to a Doc file, but in the doc file too the text is converted as an image, which I am not able to edit. I want a software or online site where it can recognise the text in PDF.

Thanks!
sam

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  1. ??????? G
    September 26, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    Try this free online PDF converter: http://www.coolutils.com/online-pdf-converter.php

  2. Brandon
    July 23, 2013 at 8:36 am

    You can use PDF Burger to convert PDF files to DOC online - http://pdfburger.com
    It is free service!

  3. Omstavan Samant
    June 27, 2013 at 4:48 am

    Try the latest version of Adobe reader, It has these features in built!

  4. Switchblade Switchblade
    June 26, 2013 at 8:10 am

    From one of the MUO articles, try this http://go4convert.com/

    Best converter site for doc files imo

  5. Oron Joffe
    June 21, 2013 at 9:28 am

    Just occured to me that you could use Serif Page Plus, which usually does a very good job of opening PDFs as editable documents. I wouldn't buy it solely on the strength of this feature (not at full price, at any rate), but if you also happen to be looking for a page layout program, then this would probably be the best solution.

  6. Paul Pruitt
    June 20, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    If it is the text you are interested in rather than the formatting, on the File menu of Adobe Acrobat Reader no less. Choose "Save As Other" and then choose "Text".

    There is also the online service, Adobe Export PDF which is available from the same menu. You choose instead to Save As Other and then "Word or Excel Online". The latter service cost $19.95 a year.

    If your pages are not made up of text and formatting but are instead images, you can try the OCR of a bunch of different free OCR projects. There is the NIH DocMorph: http://docmorph.nlm.nih.gov/docmorph/. There is an OCR service in IrfanView addin: http://irfanview.info/plugins/kadmos/ also see this FAQ in IrfanView: http://www.irfanview.com/faq.htm#Q37.

  7. Lisa Santika Onggrid
    June 20, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    It's a bit difficult and often the resulting DOC is a little bit off than the original PDF. Tried a couple of softwares, but I can only remember using NitroPRO last time. It's not free, but if you just need it for a couple of documents the trial version will do just fine.
    If you end up with images, do try OCR software. They're not foolproof though, as sometimes they'll introduce typos or extra spaces to your text.

  8. Jay H
    June 20, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    ....GoogleDrive also features Optical Character Recognition...
    (I THINK)

    :?

    • Lisa Santika Onggrid
      June 20, 2013 at 6:56 pm

      You're right. If one doesn't have an OCR software readily available, the quickest way is to upload them to GDrive and let it do the rest. He/she can then edit the contents.

    • Lisa Santika Onggrid
      June 20, 2013 at 6:59 pm

      It's a bit difficult and often the resulting DOC is a little bit off than the original PDF. Tried a couple of softwares, but I can only remember using NitroPRO last time. It's not free, but if you just need it for a couple of documents the trial version will do just fine.
      If you end up with images, do try OCR software. They're not foolproof though, as sometimes they'll introduce typos or extra spaces to your text.

  9. Jay H
    June 20, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    Try!
    ;]
    http://www.googledrive.com
    https://support.google.com/drive/answer/2423485?hl=en&ref_topic=2375192

    Google Drive lets you view these file types:
    •Image files (.JPEG, .PNG, .GIF, .TIFF, .BMP)
    •Video files (WebM, .MPEG4, .3GPP, .MOV, .AVI, .MPEGPS, .WMV, .FLV)
    •Text files (.TXT)
    •Markup/Code (.CSS, .HTML, .PHP, .C, .CPP, .H, .HPP, .JS)
    •Microsoft Word (.DOC and .DOCX)
    •Microsoft Excel (.XLS and .XLSX)
    •Microsoft PowerPoint (.PPT and .PPTX)
    •Adobe Portable Document Format (.PDF)
    •Apple Pages (.PAGES)
    •Adobe Illustrator (.AI)
    •Adobe Photoshop (.PSD)
    •Tagged Image File Format (.TIFF)
    •Autodesk AutoCad (.DXF)
    •Scalable Vector Graphics (.SVG)
    •PostScript (.EPS, .PS)
    •TrueType (.TTF)
    •XML Paper Specification (.XPS)
    •Archive file types (.ZIP and .RAR)
    ...........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................

  10. Leland Whitlock
    June 20, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    I would use LibreOffice from http://www.libreoffice.org/ with PDF Import from http://www.libreoffice.org/features/extensions/ If you already have Microsoft Office you might want to try PDFCore from http://www.pdfcore.com/ or PDFMate from http://www.pdfmate.com/ Good luck with your conversions.

  11. ha14
    June 20, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    PkPdfConverter
    http://sourceforge.net/projects/pkpdfconverter/
    i think it does convert pdf to text

  12. Rajaa Chowdhury
    June 20, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    Sam,

    there is a beautiful product for it known as Able2Extract. I use is personally and am very satisfied with it. It is a priced product and you can buy it from http://www.investintech.com/able2extract.html

    • Rita
      June 21, 2013 at 9:08 am

      I think the most important point to resolve Sam's question is that he needs a PDF to Word converter featuring OCR technology.

    • Rajaa Chowdhury
      June 22, 2013 at 12:15 am

      Yes Rita, the solution suggested by me does feature built-in OCR technology. Go to the website and download the trial and try it, and I assure you, you will be pleasantly surprised by this software's capability. :)

  13. Oron Joffe
    June 20, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    There's an old(ish) MakeUseOf article on the subject at http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/free-tools-convert-pdf-files-word-documents/ . There are also commercial products like ABBYY PDF Transformer and Nuance PDF Converter, which are not bad. However, for best results I suggest using high quality OCR software, i.e. ABBYY FineReader Pro (or Enterprise), or Nuance Omnipage Professional.

    • Justin Pot
      June 20, 2013 at 2:15 pm

      The reason the text becomes images, to help Oron's point, is that the text in your PDF actually is primarily images. OCR software can help you with that – it looks at the images and figures out what the words pictured are.

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