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Giveaway of the day — PDF to Word 3.0

With PDF to Word you can open a pdf file and save the content of the document as word file.
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With PDF to Word you can open a pdf file and save the content of the document as word file. The program maintains the layout, that means the position of the the text, the pictures and the vector graphics.But this is of cause no lossless conversation but the most important thing can be maintained. If you want to edit PDF files completly lossless then you should use our CAD-KAS PDF Editor.

System Requirements:

Windows 95/ 98/ ME/ NT 4.x/ 2000/ XP/ 2003/ Vista/ 7

Publisher:

CAD-KAS Kassler Computersoftware GbR

Homepage:

http://www.cadkas.com/downengpdf9.php

File Size:

3.29 MB

Price:

$39

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#28

As an IT person, this is one terrible program. I downloaded PDF 2 Word from quickpdf here on GAOTD last year... soooo much better. At least it tries to retain the formatting. This one.... go back to the drawing board folks, this one aint ready for prime time.

Reply   |   Comment by Carol  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#27

What is it with this site's inability to work right with firefox?

Reply   |   Comment by firefox user  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-6)
#26

#14, Linda:

I have Adobe Reader 9 on my XP machine. It has an option to "Save as text..." on the File Menu. I haven't used it enough to know if its results are better than other programs or not, but it seems to work okay on uncomplicated pdf documents.

Reply   |   Comment by Hutch  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#25

#16
Thanks Lily, I'll give it a try (but I fear... ;-)

#17
Indeed, Mike, we tend to forget that PDF is "just" a virtual printer. However, the first part of your post is looking at it from an author's point of view. And you're quite correct pointing out that "the PDF format was/is intended for final delivery".

Nevertheless, for someone (like me) who fairly often uses PDF-documents that do not exist in any other format to extract more than just text from (for illustrative or pedagogical means - mostly graphics and tables from scientific articles), "final delivery" just isn't "my final delivery".

Reading the second part of your message it seems to me that we agree on the need for "a free or low cost alternative that works the same way PDF Creator does, that is *prints* what we’re shown on-screen, but to an editable, open format rather than PDF". In this we're not talking solely from an author's standpoint but also from a potential "editor's viewpoint".

And, as we both know, "editing" an original publication for other purposes than simple reproduction is not something anyone should consider doing lightly -e.g. not respecting copyright law or purposefully harm the original author intelectually or otherwise. But this is going way beyond the purely technical aspects of document production, editing, publication etc.

Anyway, by the looks of it, this software probably is a long way from addressing my simple needs ;-)

Greetz!
Patrick.

Reply   |   Comment by Patrick  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#24

Downloaded and installed perfectly. Output is horrible.

Reply   |   Comment by weezy  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#23

Normally a PDF file is not something you would edit.

Think of PDF as a "compiler output" for documents. When you write a program, you would generally write it in a high-level language. Then you would compile it to a machine-readable executable binary. If you need to change it, you would not edit the binary. You would edit the source code and recompile.

There may be rare occasions where you have to amend someone else's program for which you don't have the source. In that case you might use a decompiler or disassembler to turn the binary into something you can read and edit--but chances are it won't be as good as the original source.

Decompiling PDF works the same way. The "source code" in which you normally create and amend documents is the DOC or DOCX or RTF, which you can easily edit and "compile" to a PDF output. Reversing that conversion is something you would need to do only if you have to amend someone else's PDF and you don't have the source file. In that case, a PDF-to-Word converter may prove useful--but it isn't surprising that the "decompiled" file won't look as good as the original.

Reply   |   Comment by Neil from Beachwood  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#22

#17, I can't entirely agree with you:
My long time search for reasonably good PDF to Word (or at least PDF to text) converter is motivated by fact, that many times I found/received a PDF document having valuable content worth re-using (after some changes/additions/extractions), citations or other "postprocessing". And as good PDF editors, allowing direct PDF document editing are rare and as a rule very expensive, the only way to "reuse" such document is trying to convert it to some editable format ...

Reply   |   Comment by peli11  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#21

#15: "... I have, over the years, never enjoyed a FREE PDF-to-whatever converter that does a 100% flawless job. It seems like such a thing does not exist..."

Purely FWIW, the PDF format was/is intended for final delivery [like Flash or Video DVDs etc] & not for something you're working on or editing [like Microsoft's .doc format]... presumably you'll do whatever you need to do before you finalize your work in or as a PDF file. Working backwards from a PDF usually just doesn't work out that well, though the capability would be nice -- PDF printers are very handy, producing stand-a-lone files [unlike .html web pages with image folders] that can be read just about anywhere, but indexing/searching the content in multiple text/rtf/doc files is much easier than PDFs. Converting just the text portions often works, but graphics & their positioning doesn't, & if all you were after was the text there's little reason to use the PDF format to begin with.

What we need is a free or low cost alternative that works the same way PDF Creator does, that is *prints* what we're shown on-screen, but to an editable, open format rather than PDF -- it would bypass the need to print to PDF & provide accurate means for conversion. Microsoft had/has .xps, but it's *intentionally* limited like PDF, & AFAIK there's no decent, free/low cost ways to edit it [editing xps is possible, but you have to un-zip the file, edit content in something like Kaxaml, then put it back together in zipped form].

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)
#20

Have you tried this program: http://www.pdftodocconverterpro.com? It converts PDF to editable formats, it is very quick and easy.

Reply   |   Comment by Lilly  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-10)
#19

I don't usually comment on these programs because I don't get to use them enough to develop a firm opinion before the GOTD is over, but this one is bad enough that I felt the need to post. I am a scientist and wanted this to convert technical literature so I could extract the images and sometimes DNA sequences. However, it couldn't handle large papers and when it did convert was absolutely abysmal.

Then as luck would have it my wife asked me to convert some school menus for her. Again, no luck as the output file was almost unrecognizable as a menu and even the page of text was all messed up, out of order, etc. It seems it makes text boxes out of everything and then randomly places them on the page, often on top of each other!

I then compared Adobe professional output (didn't realize it has a built in converter) and Nitro PDF converter linked from above(#11; thanks peli11) as "Some PDF converter" found here http://www.nitropdf.com/promotions/. There was no comparison! Adobe made the calender/menu an image which was not useful for me, but it did do well with the text. However, Nitro was PERFECT. It maintained the calender as a chart with editable text. It even kept background images and everything. I was thoroughly impressed and my wife will be buying the software as she will need to do this on a monthly basis.

Reply   |   Comment by Kyle  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)
#18

The cost is way too high for this stuff.

Reply   |   Comment by Ash  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#17

PDF to Word looked promising, but converting a PDF of the developer's web site, created using the free PDF Creator, didn't fair any better than PDFZilla, that is to say the resulting .rtf file was for all practical purposes unusable. The reason may be PDF Creator -- there are differences between the PDF files created using Adobe apps & alternatives -- & PDF to Word may work well in some situations, with some PDF files etc, but not for me.

PDF to Word itself is a small, unintrusive app with 19 files taking up ~17MB. As already commented, the output is .rtf [Rich Text Format] rather than Word, which is actually much more flexible IMHO since .rtf can be opened by many, many more apps that .doc or .docx, & will hold/display images/graphics. The GUI is a bit more cluttered than the PDFZilla apps, but easily manageable & you get some limited editing functions.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#16

Really really terrible. The output is usually garbled and would require so much editing that it might be faster to copy and paste or just simply type it over. :(

Reply   |   Comment by BF  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#15

Hello,

@Joe #7
@Ashraf #1

Tearding Ashrafs review (see #1 above), you'll not be too happy to learn his final verdict (some items are already covered by other posters here):

"To me, editing a PDF before converting to RTF (or DOC/DOCX) makes no sense since one of the main reasons to convert to RTF is to be able to edit the PDF. I see no reason to mesh a PDF editor (which lacks the ability to save an edited PDF as a PDF) together with a PDF to Word converter. But hey who am I to judge - for those that desire the ability to edit a PDF before converting to RTF, CAD-KAS PDF to Word provides it. However, unfortunately, CAD-KAS PDF to Word has terrible conversion accuracy. The output files' contents are completely misaligned, disarranged, and do not resemble the original PDF files in the slightest. I give CAD-KAS PDF to Word converter a thumbs down - rejected! If you want an excellent PDF to Word converter, I highly recommend AnyBizSoft PDF to Word Converter; if you want a PDF editor - which also provides PDF to Word converting capabilities - eXPert PDF Pro 5 is the way to go."
The URL, by the way, is identical to the link Ashraf provides above (but with comments added): http://dottech.org/shareware-reviews/17379#comments

This is perhaps a bit confusing...

@Ashraf
Actually, it IS quite confusing! And if that is only due to calling the program differently, i.e. "PDF to Word 3.0" in stead of "CAD-KAS PDF to Word",is the question indeed...
The developer states that "If you want to edit PDF files completely loss less then you should use our CAD-KAS PDF Editor." (see above ànd Ashraf's full review).
Now, "of two, only one"... Is this GAOTD offer a stripped down version of CAD-KAS v 3.0 (i.e. a converter without the PDF-editing capabilities) or is it not. In which latter case Ashraf's review covers more than what is on offer here, namely "However, it isn't your average PDF to Word converter; CKPtW (CAD-KAS PDF to Word) offers users a unique experience when converting PDF files by allowing users to fully edit the PDF before converting it to RTF."

Does it make a difference? I should think so! The editing functions are about the only things that would interest me. Especially as everyone agrees on the (lack of) output quality.

As a final remark (and one I'm off on whenever talking about PDF-conversion - sorry guys): I have, over the years, never enjoyed a FREE PDF-to-whatever converter that does a 100% flawless job. It seems like such a thing does not exist. There is always at least one feature that fails (I myself have never encountered one that converts tables correctly - but that's my own experience and not a generally valid observation ;-)

Greetz to all (& Ashraf, of course)!
Patrick.

BTW: Ashraf, your review also mentions "Encrypted PDFs are supported as input."
What do you mean exactly? I'm really at a loss as to what this 'cryptic' statement means ;-)

P.

[16:00 GMT+1]

Reply   |   Comment by Patrick  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-14)
#14

I find it strange that the website and description don't specify the file formats it will convert to. Someone posted that it will convert to .rtf and .txt. If this does pdf to txt it will be helpful for me to convert pdf files to read on Amazon Kindle. Still, a bit misleading... with the title "PDF to Word" I would expect it to convert .pdf to .doc.

Reply   |   Comment by Linda  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#13

The setup requires also loading the language converter and it's toolbar.
I don't need that and I don't load toolbars.

No thanks

Reply   |   Comment by RB  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#12

@10 - Charles
You're wrong. Although .doc and .docx are propietary formats, there's no neeed to pay a license fee to M$. Else, how would you explain OpenOffice.org being free?
Also, M$ has opened the .docx specs since they created the format; this makes it easier to include .docx compatibility and should allow better compatibility.

Reply   |   Comment by Gonzo  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+21)
#11

From several PDF to Word converters i tried I'd recommend free Some PDF to Word Converter

http://www.softpedia.com/get/Office-tools/PDF/Some-PDF-to-Word-Converter.shtml

The conversion is by no means ideal, but ts main advantage is that it is possible to set some parameters of conversion to adjust it to the type of document (amount of grafics, several columns, ...), especially possibility to avoid conversion of lines of text to separate textboxes (many converters put each line to separate textbox, which makes editing resulting Word document almost impossible).

Reply   |   Comment by peli11  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)
#10

Please note that .doc and .docx are proprietary formats copyrighted by Microsoft and to output in these forms would require the company paying a huge licence fee to Microsoft! .Rtf is a standard word processing format, and once opened using Word can simply be re-saved as .doc or .docx!

Hope GOTD team can find a PDF covertor that at provides acceptable output for most PDF files!!!!

Reply   |   Comment by Charles  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)
#9

The word converter sucks but if you want to export to pic file, try using bmp with 300 dpi and quality 0, the image was very good.

I like the way it can delete/edit the text and it can align your text with the texts in the pdf file. As a pdf editor, this is a good software. Currently I use pdf xchange as a pdf editor. If this software can print to file, it will be a great software.

Reply   |   Comment by Rhino  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)
#8

Unfortunately PDF to Word 3.0 did not work here either...
I converted a small and simple pdf file, but the resulting test.rtf file was always unreadable by any of my programs.
Installation and activation went fine anyways. Thanks !
Windows Vista Ultimate 64x SP2

Reply   |   Comment by Hector  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+29)
#7

I sure look forward to a GAOTD CAD-KAS PDF Editor. I've tried an older version and it beats Adobe Acrobat Pro.

Reply   |   Comment by Joe  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-47)
#6

Another question, when I exit this program, the website will pop up automatically, it's so bothered. A cleansoft is a better choice, so, i am using Simpo now.

Reply   |   Comment by Nemo  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#5

froment,it doesn't say it makes lossless conversion. It says it makes NO lossless conversion.

Reply   |   Comment by Joe Schmoe  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-15)
#4

I agree with two above comenters in regard to quality - program is fast, interface is user-friendly, available options are average and satisfying, but quality of output .rtf file is absolutely disastrous! Therefore, I have just uninstalled it, after testing it on ten conversions, as it doesn't make what it says, lossless conversion.

Reply   |   Comment by froment  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+62)
#3

It seems crash and crash again when covert PDF to rtf files
containing chinese characters. Is it not suitable for US files?

Reply   |   Comment by yoyo  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+26)
#2

According to the website: "this is of cause no lossless conversation" which I take to mean "this is of course not lossless conversion", or in other words, some information is lost. As they don't specify _what_ information is lost, or why, I don't feel very confident about this one.

Reply   |   Comment by Kevin STOCK  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+72)
#1

The Good
* Allows users to convert PDF files to RTF, TXT, and image formats (JPG, BMP, GIF, etc. supported but not PNG).
* Has a built-in, fully featured PDF editor allowing users to edit PDFs before converting them to RTF.
* Has a built-in Word to PDF converter.
* Supports encrypted PDFs.
* Supports drag + drop.

The Bad
* Horrible output quality - extremely inaccurate conversions.
* Can only convert one PDF at a time - batch processing is not supported.
* Does not support PDF to DOC/DOCX - only supports PDF to RTF/TXT/images.
* Does not support PDF to PNG.
* Built-in Word to PDF converter does not support DOCX - only supports DOC format.
* Bugs out if user accidentally clicks on the "Edit" tab without loading a PDF.
* Crashes after exporting PDF as an image.

Free Alternatives
AnyBizSoft PDF to Word Converter
eXPert PDF Pro 5

For final verdict, recommendations, and full review please click here.

Reply   |   Comment by Ashraf  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+206)
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