How might I copy or export a table from a PDF document into Word, Excel, OneNote, etc. as a table instead of plain text?
Example pdf: ftp://ftp2.cits.rncan.gc.ca/pub/canvec/doc/CanVec_transition_guide_en.pdf, starting at page 9. I'm using Office 2003, OneNote trial 2007.
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www.freepdftoword.org - Does a reliable job of creating true tables objects in Word. Options for tailoring layout fidelity or text flow. Results are prompt. The service is email based, so there is the potential of opening yourself up to spam. The wizard does have an option to opt in/out of their newsletter.
www.pdfonline.com - visually faithful to original and retains table structure. Some cleanup needed as the pasted tables contain interleaved blank rows. Result is downloaded via browser (no email needed).
KWord on linux, which requires virtual machine to use on Windows.
Open the document with Adobe Acrobat . Click File > Save As. Select "HTML 4.01 with CSS 1.0 (*.htm, *.html)" in "Save as type", then save. Then open the saved HTML file in Microsoft Word, and it will be displayed as a table instead of plain text. (Note: not to be confused with the free Adobe Reader which can't do this).