Convert PDF to Word: text flow vs. original format
Adobe PDF and Microsoft Word formats are both very popular although
they are essentially different. And each of them has appropriate scope of
use. PDF format is the best choice for high-quality print job with precise
format layout and high resolution images. On the other hand MS Word is
very powerful document editor that allows to create complex documents with
ease. So, Microsoft Word format is ideal for editing purposes or any tasks
requiring frequent updates of documents.
Because of that difference between Adobe PDF and Microsoft Word formats
it is necessary to choose how to optimize PDF to Word conversion:
either to preserve text flow or to make the resulting document look
most close to the original. PDF to Word converter
supports both of these modes in quite intelligent way.
Unlike MS Word, PDF format doesn't have paragraphs, columns and other
complex format structures. Each PDF document is a set of text chunks with
coordinates that allow high-quality viewing and printing. When user chooses
to preserve text flow, PDF to Word recognizes paragraphs, columns and other
format structures in the source document and converts them in MS Word format.
The converter attempts to keep the original layout using line and character
spacing while generating logical structure of PDF file. This trick allows to
modify text position on page but it does not destroy paragraphs, columns and
tables in the resulting document.
If user chooses to make the resulting document look most close to the
original, PDF to Word defines position of text on the page directly using
MS Word formatting feature known as "frames" or "boxes". It is an invisible
margin that allows to specify exact position for the text enclosed.
Even being focused on visual equality of source and destination documents,
the converted attempts to make MS Word document easy to edit. Following this
way PDF to Word tries to merge as much text into frames as possible unless
it destroys the original layout.
Sounds complicated, doesn't it? Indeed, the conversion algorithm is
not simple at all. But, as most of Intelligent Converters products,
PDF to Word is easy-to-use yet powerful utility. You don't need to
be an IT expert to use it. Try free demo version to see for yourself:
Demo version of PDF to Word replaces random symbols in the resulting MS Word
document with asterisks.