I am wasting so much time in trying to find a converter that actually works. Has anyone actually converted a PDF to word such that text can be edited? The PDF I am trying to work with has many formats. The first page is a form & all progs I have tried convert it into a picture and the text cannot be changed. The second page is landscape format on a portrait page: it has two columns of small pictures and on the other side it has questions about them. The converters "convert" this into a picture in word. No use to me at all - I can import into PagePlus and "edit" by overlaying text frames but it's slow. I've tried the top 5 in MS Marketplace
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The PDF I want to convert is complex and the many converters I have tried have totally failed. To be fair, most converted a PDF of text only into word (it was created from a PagePlus publication). I will continue as Wiz-king suggests.
"Has anyone actually converted a PDF to word such that text can be edited?"
Yes many times.
Open the PDF file and select as much text as can be viewed on your screen.
Use the PDF’s Snapshot tool to save the text to the clipboard. Open a photo editor e.g. Paint Shop Pro and click on Edit > Save As New Image. The image will be saved as a photo image.
Repeat this procedure sequentially saving each snapshot as image1, image2, image3 etc. Now use an OCR program and select image from file, (not scanner). The text can be saved to Word. This will be saved as formatted text.
Repeat this with each text image, building up the text in the Word document. When you have saved sufficient text, use Control A to highlight the text and then Control C to copy it. Open a new Word document page and click on Edit > Paste Special. The Paste Special box will open. Now Select Unformatted Text > OK. The text can now be edited quite easily as required.
Note: Some PDF files disable the snapshot tool. Here we have to use a different technique. Use a digital camera to snap the screen shots and after downloading the images to the computer, save then in your image editing software program as previously described. This procedure may appear to be complicated but it’s easier to do than to describe it.
I’ve used this method a number of times successfully. I’ve also taken off screen teletext shots with my digital camera and saved them into Word. The black background / white text can be reversed by selecting negative image in your photo editing software.