Question : I have a few PDF files which i would like to get them converted into Microsoft Word Document files following which i can edit them easily and also access them using the Microsoft Office Package. I also want to send the PDF files in Word Format to my friend because they don’t have the Adobe Reader Installed at their office. Is there any good option for this where in I don’t have to pay for any software.
Solution : Before you start thinking about the conversion you will have to first make a note that PDF [Portable Document Format] is a version of any file which can be accessed from any computer even if there are no fonts available locally, while in case of the MS Word this is not available because the file would ask you to select some close fonts. This means that the Microsoft Word Document files are those which try to search for the same fonts, styles etc on another computer when you send the same to someone else, but in case of a PDF format all the settings are fixed and even if you try to access the same from any other computer it would look perfectly the same.
In short the job of the PDF Files is to look the same everywhere instead of getting changed based on the computers configuration. The first solution to the editing of the PDF file would be to either edit the original Word file and then recreate the PDF file. Another solution would be using a OCR Software [Optical Character Recognition] whose job is to grab the text from a given file and try to merge them into a single file back, though the chances of getting a perfect Word file back is less because of different kinds of data merged in a single file like Photos, Text, Clipart etc.
One good recommendation of Free PDF to Word Doc Converter is hellopdf.com which is an online service which supports Adobe PDF 1.0 to 1.6 formats and also make sure that all the text labels, graphics files, shapes etc from the PDF file are converted into an editable Word Document along with the maximum try to retaining the original layout. You need to just download a copy of the software to your computer and browse the original PDF file, followed by selecting the options like converting selected pages or all the pages of your file. You can click on the check boxes to
Retain shapes and Images
Preserve Character Spacing
Use Formatted Text to retain page layout.
Once this is selected your file would be converted to an Editable Microsoft Word file.