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Joshua Peeler | Forum Activity | Posted: Tue, Jul 30 2013 10:35 PM

 does anyone know of a software program that allows me to load several PDFs then export them into word? I also would like to be able to add some type of break between each document as either a page break or a symbol. Thanks to anyone who can help. 

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MJ. Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jul 30 2013 10:55 PM

I do the concatenation in Word rather than in the PDF converter. Sorry, I can't be of help.

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Joshua Peeler | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jul 30 2013 11:14 PM

Yeah I have a huge apologetic library I'd love to data that contains very old documents. 

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Ed | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Jul 31 2013 2:27 AM

Joshua Peeler:

 does anyone know of a software program that allows me to load several PDFs then export them into word? I also would like to be able to add some type of break between each document as either a page break or a symbol. Thanks to anyone who can help. 

If you're not afraid of the command line, you can use textutil. This command in included by default on Macs (and possible some Linux distros). I did a quick Google search, and it appears to have been ported to Windows, as well.

I personally used textutil -convert docx [*filename*] on Mac to convert almost a decade of sermons in various formats to docx (e.g. MS Word 97-XP, and OpenOffice). Hope that helps.

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Ed | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Jul 31 2013 2:38 AM

ADDENDUM: I just read that textutil may not be able to read PDF's any longer. In that case, you may have to use pdftotext (or something similar) to convert from PDF before you can convert to docx. So in short, there are free command line utilities that will do this quickly. Smile

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Kevin Maples | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Jul 31 2013 7:42 AM

Joshua Peeler:
does anyone know of a software program that allows me to load several PDFs then export them into word?

 I use http://finereader.abbyy.com/ . 

It works very well. The only time I have errors is with blurry fonts or old scripts. If you have clean PDFs, it will convert them flawlessly. 

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James William Roberts, Jr. | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Jul 31 2013 9:32 AM

I have seen a post about Mobi creator and Word to make PBBs of PDFs.

Mobi Creator is a free app.

You open the pdf in Mobi Creator and it imports it to a HTML file that you open in the browser of your choice and then Control-A for select all and then go to Word and Control-v for Paste.

I've found it works better than copy paste from the PDF. You don't get the line breaks at each line.

Hope this helps. Wish I could find the post. But this is the essence of it.

https://sites.google.com/a/oldpaths.org.uk/oldpaths-the-sword-of-the-spiritthe-word-of-god--eph-617b/personal-books/jamesroberts-docx

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MJ. Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Jul 31 2013 6:53 PM

The current MS Word converts PDFs quite well, no utility needed

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Fred Littlefield | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Aug 1 2013 10:44 PM

I use a Program by Nuance called PaperPort 14 Pro. It has an OCR engine in it called OmniPage in it that it uses. You can just drag the file to the MS Word Icon and it converts in to Word format. I have put several books in my personal books library with it. It will remove all the returns and give you text that flows into the document. The document will be formatted in to look like the original, but in MS Word .docx format.

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Fred Littlefield | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Aug 5 2013 10:46 AM

As an update to the above Post. PDF Convert comes with PaperPort 14 and is what actually does the PDF converting to MS Word. It is cheaper to just buy this if that is all you need. It is also made by Nuance. You can convert files in Bulk, just point it to a directory and select some or all the files in it an it will convert them all. I just used it last night to make some Personal Books from some PDF files. It will convert an entire book if you need it to.

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Joshua Peeler | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Aug 5 2013 12:12 PM

I downloaded the demo, how can I batch convert the pdf files? I have 87 gigs of apologetics stuff.

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Rosie Perera | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Aug 5 2013 12:22 PM

Word can open lots of files at once, though depending on how much memory you have on your computer you might run into snags. Could group them into folders of 25 pdf files and open each batch together then run a macro to convert to .docx. Here's what I'd do...

Record a Word macro to save currently open file as .docx and then close it; assign it to a keystroke.

Then go to a folder of 25 pdf files, File Open *.pdf, select all the files, click Open, then run the macro repeatedly by pressing the keystroke over and over until all the files are closed. Could make it even more automated than that if you know some programming and can put it into a loop. But for stuff like this I prefer having a bit of manual control so that I can see if it's working as I go.

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John | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Aug 5 2013 7:48 PM

Joshua Peeler:

 does anyone know of a software program that allows me to load several PDFs then export them into word? I also would like to be able to add some type of break between each document as either a page break or a symbol. Thanks to anyone who can help. 

Interesting that nobody in this thread even mentioned Adobe Acrobat. It does a great job. Just open the PDF, and "Save as".

Maybe because it is so expensive is why no one recommends it. It does have several open source competitors that are free. I cannot vouch for their capability though. You would need the Pro version of Acrobat to batch conversion. Standard version lacks the batch tools.

If you cannot afford Acrobat, have you tried Foxit Reader?

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Mike Childs | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Aug 7 2013 7:22 AM

MJ. Smith:

The current MS Word converts PDFs quite well, no utility needed

MJ,

Sounds like it would worthwhile for me to upgrade my Word program to the current (2013) version just for pdf files and Logos personal books.

Does Word handle conversions of pdf's with footnotes to docx well?

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John | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Aug 7 2013 6:47 PM

Michael Childs:

MJ. Smith:

The current MS Word converts PDFs quite well, no utility needed

MJ,

Sounds like it would worthwhile for me to upgrade my Word program to the current (2013) version just for pdf files and Logos personal books.

Does Word handle conversions of pdf's with footnotes to docx well?

MJ is partly correct. MS Word can EXPORT to a PDF file. But MS Word 2013 does not IMPORT PDF files.

There is an add-in utility for earlier versions, which is built-in to 2013 that can EXPORT to PDF or XPS

But it is a one-way trip. You cannot read a PDF back in for editing.

You can use the Office programs to save your files as PDFs so you can share your files or print your files using commercial printers. And you won’t need any other software or add-ins.

Important   After you’ve saved a file as a PDF, you can’t convert it back to an Office file format without specialized software or a third-party add-in.

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Mark Barnes | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Aug 8 2013 7:08 AM

John:
But MS Word 2013 does not IMPORT PDF files.

It does, and it does an excellent job.

It the PDF is a scanned document, then it imports the file as scanned pages, and doesn't appear to import the text. But if you delete the images, you should find the text underneath.

That said, for batch converting PDFs to Word, it's probably best to use a professional OCR programme like OmniPage and Abbyy. I own both, but Abbyy is better for Biblical Studies, as it does a much better job of recognising text that is a mix of English/Greek/Hebrew. However, you have to buy the Corporate edition to get batch mode, and that's more expensive. With OmniPage, batch processing is available in the basic version.

Abbyy also offer a PDF Transformer, which is cheaper than the full OCR package, but might be better for the purpose discussed here. I don't know if this offers batch, I've never used it.

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Michael A. Lasley | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Aug 8 2013 8:30 AM

I use Solid PDF to Word for Mac from Solid Documents. There is also a PC version.

http://www.mac-pdf-converter.com

http://www.soliddocuments.com

It takes a PDF or multiple PDFs and converts them to docx's

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John | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Aug 8 2013 5:06 PM

Mark Barnes:

It does, and it does an excellent job.

Ok, I went back and tried to do it, and mine still cant do it. I looked at your link, and it took me a while to figure out.

Turns out that the computer I am on currently is using Office 2010 and I thought I had 2013 Big Smile

I think Microsoft had originally wanted the XPS format to subvert and replace PDF.

Adobe responded by releasing the PDF spec to the public domain.

Microsoft lost. So now they are supporting it (like they should have been all along).

 

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kentuckyliz | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Aug 17 2013 9:18 AM

One solution is if you have Adobe Acrobat (which I have and love--it's the full software, not just the free Reader)--you can convert PDF to Word 2010.

(I know that's not helpful if you don't have Acrobat.)

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kentuckyliz | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Aug 17 2013 9:19 AM

In Acrobat, you can combine separate PDF's into one file, or put them into a portfolio.  Another reason why I heart Acrobat.

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