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    What is the best PDF to DOCX converter? (Standalone software, not website).

    I have a need to translate PDF documents.

    I have excellent software and workflow for translating Word (DOCX format) documents. Therefore I'm looking for the best PDF to DOCX conversion method.

    I'm defining "best conversion" as the one that produces the truest text and image formatting as it appears in the original PDF.

    I'm using Acrobat Pro XI (don't want to move 'up' to Acrobat DC because I don't like the 'Cloud' integration and, more importantly, I've got several Acrobat plugins that I use all the time that won't work in later versions of Acrobat.

    I'm also experimenting with LibreOffice (Writer) 7.03 and have tried MS Word (but not the latest version of Word - I want to keep MS Office off my machine if possible) - LibreOffice Writer works for me as a word processor, and it has a Zotero plugin, which matters to me.



    But if the general opinion turns out to be that the latest MS Word does the best job, well then I suppose I'll go for it.

    I'm getting pretty good results already, but I'm looking for as close to perfect as possible, so as to reduce post-conversion editing time.

    I suspect InDesign with the latest PDF2ID plugin would work real nice, but PDF2ID costs, big time!

    So... experiences and opinions gratefully received...

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    Nitro Pro

    Try Nitro Pro.
    I am using Nitro Pro.

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    if you need it for non occidetal laguage no one is good

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    Re Nitro Pro

    Quote Originally Posted by arv View Post
    Try Nitro Pro.
    I am using Nitro Pro.
    Ok, I'll try that. Thanks for the suggestion.

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    Re languages

    Quote Originally Posted by saifou View Post
    if you need it for non occidetal laguage no one is good
    No, I'm only doing European languages

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    Try this one:

    Code:
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    Quote Originally Posted by yahuu View Post
    Try this one:

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    Looks very good indeed. Even converts to LibreOffice format as well as Word.

    It says "The free download program version will convert the first three pages of a PDF to MS Word, only."

    Apparently no other restrictions. Three pages at a time it is, then!

    "The program will decrypt Restricted PDF files to WORD docs automatically." That's handy.

    Under "What users say" there's the following comment...

    "Convert PDF files to Word for free online is not my thing as I can never be sure what happens with my PDF files. Looking for a PDF Converter that I can install"

    Whether genuine or fake, the 'commenter' (or the developer) is highlighting concerns about privacy and security (of intellectual rights). I like that.

    Nice find.

    Thanks, yahuu

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    Abbyy finereader

    I have just installed a trial version of ABBYY FINEREADER PDF 15.
    Looks promising.
    YMMV...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shap View Post
    I have just installed a trial version of ABBYY FINEREADER PDF 15.
    Looks promising.
    YMMV...
    Yes, Finereader is very good, but my 'mileage' indicates Readiris has the edge over Finereader, in terms of accuracy.

    Readiris Corporate 17.3 Build 95 is actually posted here on PrintRoot...

    I'm still comparing results with various documents on suggestions received above.

    Thanks for your input

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob12345 View Post
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    Readiris Corporate 17.3 Build 95 is actually posted here on PrintRoot...
    Thanks, I'll try this Readiris version soon.
    Higher accuracy is valuable to me.
    The old version I did try wasn't much good.

    BTW, is the a/m version "clean" ?
    OR, can you recommend a "dis-infection method"?

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    Many programs exist to convert PDF files to whatever format you want. You could do that with a PDF editor like Foxit PhantomPDF, Nitro Pro, PDF X-Change or you can download specific softwares to convert a PDF to many formats including .docx.

    Personally I use CoolUtils Total PDF Converter which supports the largest files format and gives good results.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shap View Post
    Thanks, I'll try this Readiris version soon.
    Higher accuracy is valuable to me.
    The old version I did try wasn't much good.

    BTW, is the a/m version "clean" ?
    OR, can you recommend a "dis-infection method"?
    Readiris Corporate 17.3 Build 95 posted here by msstdfmt in "Classic Tools" section is clean (Never found any of his stuff not to be!) Just use the search box and you'll find it.

    I've compared many OCR programs now and I'm getting the best OCR accuracy ever with this version of Readiris. --- Of course, virtually ALL OCR programs promise "99% accurate results" in their advertsing blurb, but the difference between 99.1% accurate and 99.6% accurate can mean a LOT of time saved making corrections. Heck, some of them can't even differentiate between upper-case "I" and lower-case "l" - especially with horribly-designed sans serif fonts like the dreaded Arial.

    And don't forget, 99% accurate means one in every hundred CHARACTERS (not WORDS) is going to be wrong!

    So now I'm settled on Readiris for the OCR part.

    As regards getting the LAYOUT (PDF to DOCX) the same, Readiris can even handle that on its own sometimes. Alternative progs suggested above by other members have been helpful. I now alternate between three different progs to get the final layout result I want. It depends on the complexity of the source material... and translating the text from, say, English to German (or vice versa) can change the size of the paragraphs. Sometimes the new LibreOffice version 7 is doing it the best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by neopay View Post
    Many programs exist to convert PDF files to whatever format you want. You could do that with a PDF editor like Foxit PhantomPDF, Nitro Pro, PDF X-Change or you can download specific softwares to convert a PDF to many formats including .docx.

    Personally I use CoolUtils Total PDF Converter which supports the largest files format and gives good results.
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    Foxit PhantomPDF, Nitro Pro, PDF X-Change - I've not found those really up to scratch (but Nitro is good for quick text extraction).

    Thanks for your suggestion (coolutils). I'll give that a quick try, but I think I've achieved my goal now.

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    Reckon I'm there now

    Thank you to all those who have given their input

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