PDF-to-Word

PDF-to-Word

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  • Conversion Settings
  • Select Files
  • Main Window
  • Conversion Complete
  • Conversion Screen
  • Working Menu
  • Welcome Menu
  • Main Window

Editorial review

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Alice Blest Senior editor

There are many applications that help you convert PDF documents into different file formats. PDF-to-Word is one of these converting tools and as its name says, it helps you convert PDF files into WORD format.

In my opinion, it is a very easy-to-use program and you don’t have to be a master of computers to be able to use it.
I believe that it’s perfect for beginners as it has a wizard-like graphical user-interface that guides you through the conversions steps.

What I liked about PDF-to-Word is that it has two conversion modes: exact and flowing and you can select between converting the entire document or a specific number of pages. Therefore, if you choose to convert in the exact mode, you’ll obtain the identical layout of the original document but it is quite difficult to edit it. The flowing mode does the opposite so it’s easier when it comes to editing but brings noticeable changes in the original layout. So, my advice is to try not to use it for converting documents that contain tables. Also, PDF-to-Word provides other functions like introducing command lines and performing batch conversion.

Unfortunately, PDF-to-Word is not able to convert formulas or bookmarks or to recognize OCR.

But, in the end, I believe that is an efficient and reliable tool. Although it has a few flaws I consider it’s worth its price for its specificity and proven performance.

Pros

  • Microsoft Word format with a minimum loss of formatting.
  • Wizard-like user-interface.

Cons

  • Has no optical character recognition (OCR) capabilities.
  • Does not convert scientific formulas.
  • Does not convert PDF bookmarks.
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What's new in version 3.1

Features:
- Extract paragraph alignment information
- Convert images and most of PDF drawing primitives
- Recognize tables
- Adobe Acrobat or Reader is NOT required
- Convert individual pages
- Easy-to-use wizard-style interface
 

Publisher's description

Adobe PDF and Microsoft Word formats are both very popular although they are essentially different. And each of them has appropriate scope of use. PDF format is the best choice for high-quality print job with precise format layout and high resolution images. On the other hand MS Word is very powerful document editor that allows to create complex documents with ease. So, Microsoft Word format is ideal for editing purposes or any tasks requiring frequent updates of documents.

Because of that difference between Adobe PDF and Microsoft Word formats it is necessary to choose how to optimize PDF to Word conversion: either to preserve text flow or to make the resulting document look most close to the original. PDF-to-Word converter supports both of these modes in quite intelligent way.

Unlike MS Word, PDF format doesn't have paragraphs, columns and other complex format structures. Each PDF document is a set of text chunks with coordinates that allow high-quality viewing and printing. When user chooses to preserve text flow, PDF-to-Word recognizes paragraphs, columns and other format structures in the source document and converts them in MS Word format. The converter attempts to keep the original layout using line and character spacing while generating logical structure of PDF file. This trick allows to modify text position on page but it does not destroy paragraphs, columns and tables in the resulting document.

If user chooses to make the resulting document look most close to the original, PDF-to-Word defines position of text on the page directly using MS Word formatting feature known as "frames" or "boxes". It is an invisible margin that allows to specify exact position for the text enclosed. Even being focused on visual equality of source and destination documents, the converted attempts to make MS Word document easy to edit. Following this way PDF-to-Word tries to merge as much text into frames as possible unless it destroys the original layout.

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