Convert rtf doc to excel format

  Picklefactory 13:28 30 Oct 2008

I think I know the answer to this, but I'd like confirmation from my elders and betters

I have a report from a CMM (Co-ordinate measuring machine, for those who might ask), it runs something called PC-DMIS software, which is a specialist measuring software and generally prints hard copy reports.
Now, I would like the reports in a format that Excel can import, but so far, the only way our measurement guy has managed to output them electronically, is in rich text format within a word doc. They open fine in Word to view, but the data is displayed in a series of pictures of text, not actual text itself. I hope that makes sense.
I don't know of any way that I can drag text from an image within a Word doc, and I guess my route will be to investigate a way of exporting the data in a different format from the CMM, but I thought I'd check in case some clever bod reading this has some miracle answer.
Cheers folks

  Rahere 17:25 30 Oct 2008

Rich text documents are limited in what they can show but I guess what you have is formatted in a a table. Have you tried copy and paste special into excel?

this should give you the option to paste the values in plain text. There's a reasonable chance you won't have to edit the results too much

  Pesala 04:50 31 Oct 2008

Try FreeOCR: click here

My review: click here

  Picklefactory 07:53 31 Oct 2008

Thanks folks
I thought it would be something like that, but I often find somebody out there thinks of something I've never heard of.
I actually discovered that Windows comes loaded with it's own OCR software in Microsoft Office Document Imaging, I've been dabbling with that.
Thanks for input.

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