PDF to Word Converter Recommendation

Hello Experts,

Can someone please recommend a good PDF to Word converter for Windows PC

Cheers

Carlton
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
Hi Carlton,

For PDF to Word, I've had good (not perfect) results with this free online tool:
http://www.pdftoword.com/

If you prefer a local install, I've also had good (also not perfect) results with this free tool:
http://www.boxoft.com/pdf-to-word/

You may get better results with non-free products. I've gotten better (but still not perfect) results with Nuance's Power PDF (comes in both Standard and Advanced editions):
http://www.nuance.com/for-business/document-imaging-and-scanning/power-pdf-converter/index.htm

There's a free trial for the Advanced edition (but not Standard) so you can see how well it works for you before buying it:
http://www.nuance.com/for-business/document-imaging-and-scanning/power-pdf-converter/index.htm#resources

Another good (non-free) product is Able2Extract PDF Converter:
http://www.investintech.com/prod_downloadsa2e.htm

It also offers a free trial.

The first link in this post is to the (free) Nitro cloud. Nitro is a well-known name in PDF tools and their Nitro Pro has a PDF to Word feature:
http://www.nitropdf.com/pro/features/convert-export

There's also a free trial for this, but I've never used it, so can't vouch for its performance. However, it uses the same engine as the online tool, which I have used and is very good, so I would expect the same of Nitro Pro.

One more non-free product (but reasonably priced at $39) is CAD-KAS's PDF to Word:
http://www.cadkas.com/downengpdf9.php

I haven't used this product, but I have used their PDF Editor Objects, which is excellent. Based on the quality of PDF Editor Objects, I think that their PDF to Word is worth a try, and there's a free trial:
http://www.cadkas.com/pdf2word!.exe

It probably goes without saying, but Adobe Acrobat can do it — both Standard and Professional (but not Reader). As with everything, results aren't prefect.

I've been on previous threads here at EE where other experts have recommended these three (free) online tools:

http://www.convertpdftoword.org
http://www.pdfonline.com/pdf-to-word-converter
http://www.wondershare.net/pdf-converter/pdf-to-word-converter.html

I can't personally vouch for these, but based on the positive comments from other members, I'm passing them along for your consideration.

No matter which way you go, keep in mind that PDF-to-Word conversion is tricky business – maintaining the formatting/layout is tough stuff! I haven't found anything that is perfect, and results vary from one document to the next. So my suggestion is to put some, or all, of these products on your short list for evaluation. Define a few test docs – your docs! Compare the resulting Word files to see which, if any, of the tools produces Word files that are satisfactory. Regards, Joe
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cpatte7372Author Commented:
Wow!

Thanks Joe

I have a lot of PDFs to convert. Therefore, I'm looking for s local install.

I have Nuance, but it doesn't do PDF to Word.

Regards
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
What Nuance product do you have? Btw, do your PDFs already have text in them (such as PDF Normal files or PDF Searchable Image files) or are they image-only PDFs that need to have OCR performed on them in order to create text?
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Tapan PattanaikSenior EngineerCommented:
Hi cpatte7372,

These are the few desktop software from PDF to word conversion.

Aiseesoft        PDF to Word Converter from aiseesoft.com
Tipard           PDF to Word Converter from tipard.com
4Easysoft      PDF to Word Converter from 4easysoft.com
4Videosoft    PDF to Word Converter from 4videosoft.com
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cpatte7372Author Commented:
Experts,

Please see an example of what I'm trying to convert to Word.

Thanks again for your assistance.
ELAB-EXERCISES--page-Lab-46-.pdf
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cpatte7372Author Commented:
Experts,

The converters you have suggested won't work with the document I have uploaded. :-(
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
> The converters you have suggested won't work with the document I have uploaded. :-(

I'm guessing you mean that they don't work to your satisfaction. They probably "work" in the sense that they do create a Word file from the PDF. But going back to my initial post, I said, "No matter which way you go, keep in mind that PDF-to-Word conversion is tricky business – maintaining the formatting/layout is tough stuff! I haven't found anything that is perfect, and results vary from one document to the next."

I tried your PDF with four products. The results are attached. They all "worked" in that they created a DOCX. But it's certainly possible that none of them created one that is to your satisfaction. Hence, the caveat that I always provide to everyone asking about PDF to Word conversion. Regards, Joe
ELAB-EXERCISES--page-Lab-46-via-OmniPage
ELAB-EXERCISES--page-Lab-46-via-ABBYY-Fi
ELAB-EXERCISES--page-Lab-46-via-PaperPor
ELAB-EXERCISES--page-Lab-46-via-Power-PD
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cpatte7372Author Commented:
Hi Joe,

Sorry if it sounds like I'm being a numbty, but are you saying for each of the conversions I need to open the file with the the appropriate software? I say this because I don't see a DOCX.

Cheers
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
This appears to be a bug in the EE website uploads. The four files are all DOCX files, but apparently the EE file uploader kills the file name (and file type) after a certain number of characters. Do a right-click/Save Link As on all four files and give them a DOCX file type when you download them. The four file names are supposed to be:

ELAB-EXERCISES--page-Lab-46-via Power PDF Advanced.docx
ELAB-EXERCISES--page-Lab-46-via PaperPort14.docx
ELAB-EXERCISES--page-Lab-46-via ABBYY FineReader11.docx
ELAB-EXERCISES--page-Lab-46-via OmniPage19.docx

Regards, Joe
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cpatte7372Author Commented:
Hi Joe,

OK, it looks like the best of the bunch is Power PDF Advanced. Is that Nuance?

Cheers
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
Yes. Here's the link for it at the Nuance site:
http://www.nuance.com/for-business/document-imaging-and-scanning/power-pdf-converter/

It comes in two editions — Standard and Advanced. I use the Advanced edition, but the differences are in other areas, i.e., the OCR quality is the same in both. Here's a link to a PDF with a comparison table of the two editions:
http://www.nuance.com/ucmprod/groups/imaging/@web-enus/documents/collateral/nc_031870.pdf

There's a free trial for the Advanced edition (not for Standard):
http://www.nuance.com/for-business/document-imaging-and-scanning/power-pdf-converter-advanced/free_trial/index.htm

Here are two 5-minute EE video Micro Tutorials about specific features of the Advanced edition:

Bates Stamping: Numbering of PDF Files with Power PDF Advanced

Convert Scanned Image-Only PDF Files to PDF Searchable Image Files via OCR with Power PDF Advanced

Also, here's an EE article about another specific feature of the Advanced edition:

Batch Conversion of PDF and TIFF files via Command Line Interface

As a disclaimer, I want to emphasize that I have no affiliation with Nuance and no financial interest in it whatsoever. I am simply a happy user/customer. Regards, Joe
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cpatte7372Author Commented:
Joe,

The Advanced is working like a dream - I'm sold.

Cheers mate
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cpatte7372Author Commented:
Brilliant
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
Carlton,
I'm very glad to hear that! Cheers, Joe
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