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Old 06-20-2011, 02:46 PM
 
Location: Nassau, Long Island, NY
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Our office has been having problems converting PDFs to Word. Mainly the problem is it takes too long to clean up once our software gets through with it!

The secretaries, WP operators, etc., have PDF Converter Enterprise 7 by Nuance. It is problematic in that it makes section breaks between every single page, it does not "recognize" footnotes and convert them to the Word way of footnotes, so each footnote is set on the bottom of each page manually, etc.

Also, if the PDF is older and has been copied a time or two, it tends to try and recreate the squished lettering from photocopying, etc., by messing around with the font spacing.

They used to use Adobe's PDF software and I don't remember that one being much better.

If any of you know of a more intuitive software for converting PDFs to Word, please let me know! We use Word 2007 and will be converting to Word 2010 in the future.

TIA!
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Old 06-20-2011, 02:49 PM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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We have had good luck with the Abbyy product.

Convert PDF, Create PDF and Modify PDF with ABBYY PDF Transformer
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Old 06-20-2011, 04:17 PM
 
Location: Barrington, IL area
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Search Results for "Document Converter"

The free online ones are best. Simply upload the file, and immediately download the converted file.
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Old 06-20-2011, 05:28 PM
 
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The free online ones are best.
The problem with these is that you lose control of the document, if it contains sensative data that's not a good option.
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Old 06-21-2011, 09:13 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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Search Results for "Document Converter"

The free online ones are best. Simply upload the file, and immediately download the converted file.
Says the guy who probably never tried a paid product.

You get what you pay for.

A business is willing to spend money on a quality product.

Hey I am a huge fan of free software. I have an online tool like that in my Favorites.
But being able to RIGHT CLICK a PDF file and say >Convert to Word is going to be much faster then any "online" tool. If you have more then a few documents you need software... not a website.
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Old 06-21-2011, 11:21 AM
 
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We have had good luck with the Abbyy product.

Convert PDF, Create PDF and Modify PDF with ABBYY PDF Transformer
This looks really good. And at only $80, I would think it'd be well worth the investment.

Any cons? Known conversion issues?
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Old 06-21-2011, 11:54 AM
 
Location: Nassau, Long Island, NY
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Thanks everyone for all your input!!!!
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Old 06-21-2011, 01:35 PM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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This looks really good. And at only $80, I would think it'd be well worth the investment.

Any cons? Known conversion issues?
I think it's fantastic. Obviously if the document is crap quality the output won't be that good.
Y'know: GIGO (Garbage In, Garbage Out).
But overall I would give it 4 stars out of 5. Been using it for 3 years.
It will convert charts to Excel but it is a bit more finicky about converting to Excel and isn't quite as good at converting to that format. That is where it loses one star.
90% of my conversions are just RIGHT CLICK > CONVERT. Rarely do I have to go in and tweak.

I believe they have a try before you buy version, too.
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Old 06-22-2011, 05:06 PM
 
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Does anyone know a good OCR programme for Arabic docs?
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Old 06-23-2011, 07:23 AM
 
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I think it's fantastic. Obviously if the document is crap quality the output won't be that good.
Y'know: GIGO (Garbage In, Garbage Out).
But overall I would give it 4 stars out of 5. Been using it for 3 years.
It will convert charts to Excel but it is a bit more finicky about converting to Excel and isn't quite as good at converting to that format. That is where it loses one star.
90% of my conversions are just RIGHT CLICK > CONVERT. Rarely do I have to go in and tweak.

I believe they have a try before you buy version, too.
Thanks for the info....this one's going in the bookmarks.
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