how to un-pdf pdf?

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  1. penmanila

    penmanila The Pinoy Penman
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    hi, folks, quick question--is there any quick way to un-pdf a pdf file? in other words, to extract the text from a pdf file so that it becomes editable? a client sent me a cd full of stuff for editing--in pdf format! grrrr.....
     
  2. nox

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    try opening it from openoffice and do a save as doc format :D
     
  3. elbert

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    As long as the pdf was created from an actual document (and not a scanned image), you should be able to select all then copy and paste (from the pdf viewer into a word processor)

    If it is a scanned document, an OCR might be able to convert the text into real text.

    hth
     
    #3 elbert, Jul 23, 2006
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  4. maryannemoll

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    hi, sir butch. i usually do what elbert does, but it's such a pain when there are footnotes. mano-mano. when there are footnotes in the pdf file i just select the text portion by portion, and then re-create the footnotes manually. it's annoying, i know.
     
  5. Kenneth

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    FYI Butch, if the pdfs aren't security locked, you can used Adobe Acrobat Pro (not the free downloadble version) to edit them, add notes, etc. then save it
     
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    I use Adobe Illustrator to open and edit pdf files.
     
  7. Gomi

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    On the down side, although you can simply copy and paste text, the pasted content usually retains the formatted line breaks... which can even be more annoying.
     

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