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converting a pdf to a doc

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  1. ckaas

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    hey guys, i'm having real trouble with this. i have been trying to convert a pdf into a doc format. the pdf is here:
    http://www.edron.edu.mx/images/PDFs/Maths%20No%20Coursework%202005.pdf
    All i need is pages 5 to 9 (CURRICULUM CONTENT), but when i convert to doc, the text goes up along the sides of the page, and does other really crazy things. Can anybody help me? Thanks,

    Christian K.
     
  2. kiwiguy

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    PDF's are not always designed to be converted to .DOC format, particularly this one.

    Its in 3 column format in the original, but you cannot copy the text column at a time from the PDF. Any copy in text copy mode ignores the original format. This is normal behaviour.

    You can copy column by column in graphics mode, but its not editable text then.

    If you explain why you need to have it as a .doc perhaps a solution will evolve?
     
  3. DaveBurnett

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    You could try copying each column and running an OCR against it.
     
  4. ckaas

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    well, the syllabus itself needs to be edited in order to reflect the changes it has underone these past years.
     
  5. ckaas

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    OCR?
     
  6. DaveBurnett

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    Optical Character Recognition
    Software that scans printed material into the likes of Word
     
  7. kiwiguy

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    OCR works OK for nice clean fonts, but I think it would spit the dummy on the complex maths characters, big time. Often the time spent in correcting all the errors is longer than it would take to re-compose it in Word.

    You need to get hold of the original document that was used to create the pdf.
    It will have been created in a mainstream word processor package (probably Word) before it was run through the pdf compiler.
     
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