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Software to convert PDF to other formats

By Steven2011 ยท 10 replies
May 5, 2017
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  1. As the title, I want to convert my PDF, scanned or not scanned, to other formats. Any suggestion?
  2. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 10,048   +763

    Foxit PhantomPDF - - it's not free but there's lots you can do with a PDF, including Save As ...
  3. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Posts: 7,265   +739

    You don't mention a particular file format but turning that PDF into editable text is probably the desired outcome.

    Acrobat CC can convert your PDF apparently, just not sure if this means the paid version only. Scroll to where it says "How to convert scanned PDFs to instantly editable text using automatic OCR software in Acrobat" for instructions.

    A good alternative to this, no app install required, is to use Google Docs:

  4. amstech

    amstech TS Evangelist Posts: 1,632   +828

    A little off topic but I feel its worth mentioning, CutePDF is free and allows you to convert anything you can print to a PDF.
  5. Squid Surprise

    Squid Surprise TS Evangelist Posts: 1,192   +483

    There are tons of free tools to do this... I prefer to convert to MS Word, which can actually be done via MS Word itself... or you can go online to something like http://pdf2docx.com/ and it can be done for you... If you Google "Convert PDF to 'desired format' ", you will probably get a bunch of other tools...
  6. Abby Normal

    Abby Normal TS Rookie

    It depends on the format of the source PDF. I have 5 different PDF to Word convertors in my toolkit. Each one is a little different and does better on some formats than others.
  7. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Posts: 7,265   +739

    Name your 2-3 best ones so OP can get more info :)
  8. trparky

    trparky TS Booster Posts: 193   +81

    I have a few books in PDF format that I'd like to convert to true eBooks but I've yet to find a clean way of doing this.
  9. OutlawCecil

    OutlawCecil TS Addict Posts: 139   +64

    My findings...

    Most Expensive and bloated: Adobe Pro
    Best for the price (cheapest): PhantomPDF
    Best Overall (I like it because it's fast and intuitive): PDF-XChange
  10. JaredTheDragon

    JaredTheDragon TS Member Posts: 55   +11

    These other suggestions are good, but if you want to try the big dog for anything .pdf-related, it's NitroPDF. It converts almost all formats and allows full editing. I've even done entire restaurant menus from scratch in Nitro, although Adobe stuff is much easier, but Nitro at least has a usable word processor built-in.

    It will also install (optionally) plugins for all of MS-Office, so you have powerful conversion tools and batch tools without even opening Nitro itself. If you do a lot of .pdf and .docx work, Nitro is a very big time saver.
  11. Steven2011

    Steven2011 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    We have Adobe, why we need the third-party applications. Sometimes I am confused.

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