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    Default freeware pdf editor ?

    Hi, PF1 wont let me search old topics for "pdf" so ...

    whats a recommended free/cheap pdf editor, and/or a pdf to doc convertor (I only have Word2010 , so cant use the function in newer word versions)

    Do the free pdf-doc converters all screw up the formatting , I tried Google Drive & Office Online & both screwed up the formatting (some pages) in the conversion .
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1101 View Post
    Hi, PF1 wont let me search old topics for "pdf" so ...

    whats a recommended free/cheap pdf editor, and/or a pdf to doc convertor (I only have Word2010 , so cant use the function in newer word versions)

    Do the free pdf-doc converters all screw up the formatting , I tried Google Drive & Office Online & both screwed up the formatting (some pages) in the conversion .
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    You're in luck -- Shareware on sale have a giveaway at the moment, just tried it on a 31 page PDF lots of pictures etc, Word 2016 made a dogs breakfast of it but the free converter did a good job.

    Go to https://giveawayradar.weebly.com/ Scroll down to PDF to x which takes you to the download page https://sharewareonsale.com/s/pdf-to...ay-coupon-sale

    When you fill in your details, make sure you use a legit email as they will send you the activation key.

    The Only thing you have to watch out for is when the shareware exe runs look carefully, ( I THINK) its the second question it asks to install their own updater - you dont need to. once you download /install the Program open it and with the key thats in the email register to unlock the full version.

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    Thanks Wainui installed and used already

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    Tried a larger PDF, 1004 Pages ( not a typo) took a while to convert it, but when finished, when scrolling through the pages only saw 1 that wasn't as per the original and that was in the chapter list, it had multi layers of bullet points.

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    I tried it on a complex 7 page pdf , lots of pictures, bullet points etc . OCR needed to extract text. Something setup to really test it .
    It did a much better job than google docs
    About the same as Word2016's conversion , except pdf to x had some sentences without gaps between the words
    All 3 dropped the pictures completely
    bullet points do seem to cause issues in the conversion with all 3 converters (word, google, pdftox)

    Its free, its not perfect. Its usable .
    100% Ok if the pdf is actual txt , rather than a scanned image containing txt
    Want better then pay for Acrobat Pro i guess

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1101 View Post
    Its free, its not perfect. Its usable .
    100% Ok if the pdf is actual txt , rather than a scanned image containing txt
    That's some very important missed information there.

    Totally different to a document that was originally written in word (or some other text program) then saved to pdf. Basically a Scanned image with text is nothing more than a picture saved as pdf.

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    It cannot convert house plans to word at all and trying to do a jpg or any other type of picture output it crashes with my house plans.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gary67 View Post
    It cannot convert house plans to word at all and trying to do a jpg or any other type of picture output it crashes with my house plans.
    What were the original house plans drawn with ?? It may be impossible to convert to something that cant be converted, bit like trying to convert a Power point to excel -- Ain't gonna happen.

    Just made half dozen pictures into a PDF, then converted back to pictures no problems at all. As for the crashing maybe the PC isn't powerful enough. That 1004 page PDF would crash as well until I set it going the walked away. Trying to do anything while it was doing it was to much for the PC, and its an i5 with 16GB Memory.

    Not a big deal anyway, its free, many of the paid ones wont do certain tasks either I've seen some people spend lots of $$$$ on Adobe programs and they are useless.

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    Yes it was just a test but was surprised it wouldn't do jpg though, the plans are just drawings and notes, no idea what our architect uses though

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    Quote Originally Posted by gary67 View Post
    Yes it was just a test but was surprised it wouldn't do jpg though, the plans are just drawings and notes, no idea what our architect uses though
    Dunno why it wont do it for you, the option to convert to JPG is there, just tried it and it worked fine.

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    In fact I just tried something, an original document was done in word by one of my Suppliers ( An RMA form) it was downloaded from their site, comes as a PDF, I then converted it to .jpg, went perfectly.

    Sometimes depending on what the originals are I can see it causing a problem, or sometimes important information is left out of comments. Hows about sending me a copy of what is failing (upload and send a link via PM if you want), I'll see if it converts here ?

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