RE: convert FROM pdf
- From: Lene Fredborg <lf@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Fri, 26 Oct 2007 16:48:01 -0700
In addition to text, I suppose the manuals include illustrations (drawings,
screen dumps, etc.). If you save the PDF files as .txt files, you will lose
all such content.
I think I would do the following for each manual:
1. Save the PDF document as a .doc file.
2. Create a new Word document based on Word template that contains all the
company's publishing styles (I suppose you have a Word template with the
relevant styles, page setup, etc.).
3. Select Insert > File and insert the file you converted from PDF to .doc
(or copy and paste the content).
4. Reformat the entire document. To a great extent, you should be able to
use Find and Replace to search for a style and replace it with the
appropriate company style (via More > Format > Style). When working, turn on
formatting marks (Ctrl+Shift+8) to make sure that you can see everything
found in the document.
You will also need to carefully correct numbering, headers/footers, etc. It
may be helpful to check the use of styles in Normal view with Tools > Options
Style area width set to an appropriate amount so that you can see the stylenames applied to all paragraphs (however, in case of tables, the style names
are not shown).
You can use Ctrl+Spacebar to remove any direct character formatting from
selected text. You can use Ctrl+Q to remove any direct paragraph formatting
from selected text.
5. When finished, delete any irrelevant styles left over from the converted
Make backup copies regularly so that you have a version to revert to just in
Note that you can copy styles from one Word document/template to another via
Tools > Templates and Add-Ins > Organizer if needed.
Maybe you could make a test with a few pages first in order to find out
whether the result in ePublisher Pro is OK.
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I need to convert four 100-page user manuals into my company’s publication.
style. The manuals are only available in PDF (no source files), and I need to
make them into Word files in order to make changes/additions, and add my
company’s publication styles. I will then convert them back to PDFs, and
eventually might have to convert them into online Help with WebWorks
Believe me when I say that any little glitch in the Word documents will
create oodles of trouble for me if it is picked up in ePublisher Pro. So I
want to make this conversion to the company styles as CLEAN as possible.
Please give me your opinion for a clean conversion from PDF to Word.
Here is what I am thinking:
Use Adobe Acrobat 8 and Save As a Text (Plain) .txt file.
Open a blank Word document and import the company styles.
Copy/paste from the .txt file into the new Word document, and then apply
I talk, but really I don’t know how to “import the company styles.” How do I
I’m nervous to use Acrobat 8 and Save As a Word .doc file because there
might be hidden junk that, even though I will fix the formatting, might trip
me up in the conversion to online Help.
Thanks for any and all suggestions.
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