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susehelp
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 19, 2006 5:11 am    Post subject: PDF to Writer Reply with quote

Dear all,

I'm on Suse 10.1 and OOW 2.0. How can i get a pdf copied to OOW or in otherwords do i have a method to convert PDF to some format which OOW will understand.

Thanks in advance
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 19, 2006 5:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't know, if it's possible with Linux, but on Windows you have generally two options:
a) Use a converter program (such as ScanSoft PDF converter) that can convert PDF to RTF or Microsoft Word (to the best of my knowledge, no program can directly convert PDF to Opendocument).
b) Feed a PDF file to an OCR program (such as ABBYY FineReader) and recognize it.

However, all programs of this kind that I know are not free.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 19, 2006 5:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

On Linux KWord ( www.koffice.org/kword ) will attempt to open a .pdf in an editable form.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 20, 2006 12:56 am    Post subject: WOw Reply with quote

Thanks robert. It worked for me. Will it work for all the PDFs ?

Thanks again
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 20, 2006 1:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It will probably work quite well for simple single column texts, except that it will make each line a paragraph.

Otherwise, extracting the text and the images with Xpdf's pdftotext and pdfimages and resetting the document will often prove to be the most effective way.
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