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#18110 - 10/09/11 01:29 AM How to convert PDF to word on Mac?
doll Offline
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Registered: 09/08/11
Hi,guys.Is there any one tell me how to convert PDF to word on Mac?
I am a teacher from New York.Recently I have a download some PDF file need to transfer to word as material for my working.As I use Mac OS has been doubly difficult for me,beacuse I am not familiar with mac system.
So any idea helpfully would be appreciated.


Edited by cyn (08/30/12 02:58 AM)
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#18114 - 10/09/11 02:43 AM Re: How to convert PDF to word on Mac? [Re: doll]
jchuzi Online


Registered: 08/04/09
Loc: New York State
You'll find several relevant links at this Google search page.
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#18121 - 10/09/11 09:03 AM Re: How to convert PDF to word on Mac? [Re: doll]
Ira L Offline


Registered: 08/13/09
Loc: California
While I have not checked every link Artie provided in his comment above, I believe you will find that most, if not all, are not free. That is, you would need to purchase software to make the conversion.
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#18124 - 10/09/11 09:37 AM Re: How to convert PDF to word on Mac? [Re: Ira L]
MG2009 Offline


Registered: 08/05/09
Here is a work-a-round (maybe?):

I do not use WORD, but if WORD can open a "txt" document, a FREE program called CALIBRE will convert PDF files to TXT.

http://calibre-ebook.com/download_osx


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#18130 - 10/09/11 11:49 AM Re: How to convert PDF to word on Mac? [Re: MG2009]
roger Offline


Registered: 08/04/09
Loc: Vermont
if you have gmail account and google docs, you can upload the pdf and google docs will convert it to a text file which you could then download and open in Word.
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#18131 - 10/09/11 12:34 PM Re: How to convert PDF to word on Mac? [Re: roger]
macnerd10 Offline


Registered: 08/04/09
Loc: Los Angeles, CA
Very good suggestion. A good old copy and paste also works, except that the format will be gone.
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#18132 - 10/09/11 01:16 PM Re: How to convert PDF to word on Mac? [Re: macnerd10]
MG2009 Offline


Registered: 08/05/09
True.

However, some PDFs are "locked" so that one cannot copy the text - although a SCREENSHOT could be taken of each page.

(Similarly, CALIBRE may not be able to convert some PDFs . . . but I have yet to encounter a PDF I could not convert to TXT in CALIBRE.)

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#18133 - 10/09/11 01:21 PM Re: How to convert PDF to word on Mac? [Re: roger]
Pendragon Offline


Registered: 08/04/09
Loc: Georgetown, Texas, USA
A great tip, Roger.

I just gave it go and voilà. A small pagination error and an embedded graphic was not incorporated (which I could manually insert in the final Word document), but text wise, just perfect.

Thanks!



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#18135 - 10/09/11 01:34 PM Re: How to convert PDF to word on Mac? [Re: MG2009]
jchuzi Online


Registered: 08/04/09
Loc: New York State
A possible workaround to a locked PDF is to invoke the Print dialog box (File>Print) but save it as a PDF instead of printing. The new PDF may be unlocked. I don't have a locked PDF to try this with, but it might work.
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#18136 - 10/09/11 01:34 PM Re: How to convert PDF to word on Mac? [Re: Ira L]
jchuzi Online


Registered: 08/04/09
Loc: New York State
Originally Posted By: Ira L
While I have not checked every link Artie provided in his comment above, I believe you will find that most, if not all, are not free. That is, you would need to purchase software to make the conversion.
I'm flattered that you mistook me for Artie but he may not be so pleased. shocked
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#18142 - 10/09/11 03:33 PM Re: How to convert PDF to word on Mac? [Re: jchuzi]
artie505 Online


Registered: 08/04/09
Originally Posted By: jchuzi
Originally Posted By: Ira L
While I have not checked every link Artie provided in his comment above, I believe you will find that most, if not all, are not free. That is, you would need to purchase software to make the conversion.
I'm flattered that you mistook me for Artie but he may not be so pleased. shocked

I'm flattered both that you're flattered and that Ira gave you the opportunity to flatter me. confused
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#18162 - 10/10/11 09:26 AM Re: How to convert PDF to word on Mac? [Re: jchuzi]
Ira L Offline


Registered: 08/13/09
Loc: California
Mea culpa. crazy

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#18166 - 10/10/11 10:14 AM Re: How to convert PDF to word on Mac? [Re: MG2009]
macnerd10 Offline


Registered: 08/04/09
Loc: Los Angeles, CA
The remedy to protected (not locked) PDF files is fairly cheap. It is called PDFprotect from Sybrex. Never failed me.
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#18174 - 10/10/11 01:38 PM Re: How to convert PDF to word on Mac? [Re: Pendragon]
roger Offline


Registered: 08/04/09
Loc: Vermont
Originally Posted By: Pendragon
A great tip, Roger.

I just gave it go and voilà. A small pagination error and an embedded graphic was not incorporated (which I could manually insert in the final Word document), but text wise, just perfect.

Thanks!



awesome!! glad it worked! I am a big fan of Google docs and am only learning all that can be done. laugh
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#18200 - 10/11/11 04:05 PM Re: How to convert PDF to word on Mac? [Re: doll]
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Registered: 08/04/09
Coincidence? I don't know, but here is yet another take on the topic: How to convert PDFs to Word (and other formats)
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#18234 - 10/12/11 04:45 PM Re: How to convert PDF to word on Mac? [Re: alternaut]
artie505 Online


Registered: 08/04/09
Originally Posted By: alternaut
Coincidence? I don't know, but here is yet another take on the topic: How to convert PDFs to Word (and other formats)

cool    I like that one; thanks. (Maybe my first venture into Automator?)   
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#18264 - 10/13/11 11:39 AM Re: How to convert PDF to word on Mac? [Re: jchuzi]
MG2009 Offline


Registered: 08/05/09
Tried JCHUZI's work-a-round with a LOCKED pdf.

1. opened a "locked" PDF with ADOBE READER;

2. selected EDIT / SAVE AS . . .

3. chose txt, pdf, or word online to convert the file.

Note: When converted to TXT, the new file was unlocked and its content could be edited.

However, when converted (copied) as a PDF, the PDF stayed locked like the original and could not be edited.

P.S. I did not try the WORD conversion as that online service requires a paid subscription fee.



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#18269 - 10/13/11 12:26 PM Re: How to convert PDF to word on Mac? [Re: MG2009]
jchuzi Online


Registered: 08/04/09
Loc: New York State
Originally Posted By: MG2009
2. selected EDIT / SAVE AS . .
You misunderstood. I meant that you should attempt to print the PDF but don't actually print it. Instead, click the PDF button in the print dialog box and select Save As PDF. I don't know if this will work differently from what you did but it's worth trying. You have nothing to lose.
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#18278 - 10/13/11 01:13 PM Re: How to convert PDF to word on Mac? [Re: jchuzi]
MG2009 Offline


Registered: 08/05/09
Sorry . . . I understood you correctly, but Adobe Reader 10.1.1 does NOT give me the option you mentioned when hitting the PRINT button. (Consequently, this is what prompted me to check out the drop down menu under EDIT.)

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#18281 - 10/13/11 01:24 PM Re: How to convert PDF to word on Mac? [Re: MG2009]
macnerd10 Offline


Registered: 08/04/09
Loc: Los Angeles, CA
Jon is right. When in the Reader print dialog box, click on "printer" and the option "pdf" will be there. Click on it and select save as pdf.
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#18282 - 10/13/11 02:08 PM Re: How to convert PDF to word on Mac? [Re: macnerd10]
MG2009 Offline


Registered: 08/05/09
Using 10.1.1 with exactly the procedures you (both) mentioned, I get the following pop-up message from ADOBE:

Saving a PDF file when printing is not supported. Instead, choose File > Save.

Thus . . . I went to Plan B, as described in my 1:39 posting.

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#18289 - 10/13/11 02:36 PM Re: How to convert PDF to word on Mac? [Re: MG2009]
alternaut Offline

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Registered: 08/04/09
The inability to save a PDF as PDF via the print dialog doesn't just apply to Reader 10.x, but to preceding versions as well.
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#18290 - 10/13/11 02:45 PM Re: How to convert PDF to word on Mac? [Re: alternaut]
MG2009 Offline


Registered: 08/05/09
Thank you for the clarification. smile

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#18291 - 10/13/11 02:52 PM Re: How to convert PDF to word on Mac? [Re: MG2009]
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Registered: 08/04/09
Loc: New York State
Open the PDF in Preview instead of Adobe Reader. That option is available in Preview's Print dialog box.
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#18292 - 10/13/11 02:58 PM Re: How to convert PDF to word on Mac? [Re: jchuzi]
MG2009 Offline


Registered: 08/05/09
Yes, PREVIEW is not the same as ADOBE (hehehe).

I went through the steps and the "new" PDF copy is also 'locked' like the original (i.e. not able to edit the "new" document with either PREVIEW or ADOBE. Not sure if WORD - as raised in the poster's original question - will open the "new" PDF . . . and allow editing).

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