PDF to DOC please?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by 2012Tony2012, Aug 10, 2013.

  1. 2012Tony2012 macrumors 6502a


    Dec 2, 2012
    I really need to convert a PDF file, which contains text and pictures, into a DOC format that I can import into OpenOffice.

    Any free app for Mountain Lion that can do that please?

    IF that's not possible, is there a way to edit a PDF file text on Mountain Lion?
  2. saberahul macrumors 68040

    Nov 6, 2008
    The only way I know if acrobat (which does a pretty good job) but will charge you a lot. I've heard that PDF pen can do same but haven't tried. Don't know any free ones though I'm sure you could use the online ones - just google it. They require you to upload your document so I don't trust them.
  3. RedCroissant, Aug 11, 2013
    Last edited: Aug 11, 2013

    RedCroissant Suspended

    Aug 13, 2011
    Well, there's a way to do it and if the document isn't very long, you should be able to take care of it fairly quickly. Be warned though, this requires reformatting the document before you save it as a .doc to make sure what you wanted to convert it from looks the same.

    What I just did to test it was to create a regular document in Pages with one picture that I imported into the document(a small map of the Aegean). I then exported it as a .pdf to my desktop. Once that was done, I used Preview to open it. I used the tool at the top to select the text and selected all(Command + A). Then I simply pasted it into LibreOffice. Then I use the select tool to select the photo, went to the edit menu and selected "copy." I then pasted that into LibreOffice(command + v) as well and then went through the document in LibreOffice to make sure the formatting was as close as possible to the original and saved it as a .doc. Overall it took less than 5 minutes to make sure the formatting was the same and that the picture was in the right sport with the text placed as perfectly as possible. This was only a 3-page pdf with one picture though so if yours is more than that with multiple pictures, then I would say 15 minutes.

    It's not perfect but I think it is doable and will save you a bunch of money.

    I also have Pages and using that made it much easier to move the images back to where they are supposed to be with the document inspector.

    I don't know how long the document is or how many pictures there are, but I seriously doubt you'd have a problem with this.
  4. iphonedude2008 macrumors 65816


    Nov 7, 2009
    Irvine, CA
    Click and drag to select everything. Then copy and paste. Mountain lion has PDF to text conversion built in.
  5. RickyB macrumors regular

    Oct 28, 2007
    If you have a Microsoft account (e.g. A hotmail account) I think you can upload PDFs and convert them to Word that way (if I'm wrong then it could be Google Drive)
  6. 2012Tony2012 thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Dec 2, 2012
    I found an APP that is perfect, works really well, easy to edit TEXT and it's freeware. Called Skim :) It allowed me to edit text inside a PDF and export it:)

  7. PrePressAcrobat macrumors member

    Nov 2, 2010
    Have you tried just doing a "Save as" right out of Acrobat to Microsoft Word Document?

  8. 2012Tony2012 thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Dec 2, 2012
    When you choose SAVE AS, it only offers to save as MS Word if you have a PAID ACCOUNT:(
  9. Gregg2 macrumors 603

    May 22, 2008
    Milwaukee, WI
    I sure hope that this computer "culture of free" spills over into housing and automobiles someday. ;)

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