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Any software/idea how to convert pdf document to word document?

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-1 for no research efforts. it was just a google search away. there are plenty of them out there... – tumchaaditya Oct 19 '12 at 11:34
pls try to add some more info. – Deb Jun 9 '13 at 9:44
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PDF to Word?

Looks free, Just tried it and it works well for me.

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it sometimes takes a lot of time to receive the converted document, but it works well. – alex Sep 8 '09 at 12:47
I guess you should not use this for confidential documents, as you never know what they do with the documents you submit. – Snark Sep 8 '09 at 12:48

Google Docs is now testing a new API feature that uses OCR (Optical Character Recognition) on images and PDFs.

From Google Operating System:

Google Docs API tests a new feature that lets you perform OCR (optical character recognition) on an image. There's a live demo that illustrates this feature: you can upload a high-resolution JPG, GIF, or PNG image that has less than 10 MB and Google Docs extracts the text and converts it into a new document. Google mentions that "the operation can currently take up to 40 seconds" and a small test showed that the service is not yet reliable: it's slow and it frequently returns errors.

Google Docs OCR

The results are far from perfect and you'll find many errors, but the service is free and it's constantly improving. Here's the result of the OCR for this scanned document:

Google Docs OCR

A Google Docs document can be exported in a number of different formats, including HTML, OpenOffice, and Word:

Google Docs export options

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I read Google Drive will only OCR the first ten pages of a document. I wonder if this is true for this import feature. – Sun Sep 20 '14 at 22:14
I can't find this feature, anyone think it still exists? – raphael Jun 27 at 13:43

Per my answer on SO to Does anyone know of a way to easily convert a PDF to a docx format programmatically:

Convert PDF to SVG (ghostscript will do it) and import that...

...the point being that while Word won't embed PDF, it will embed SVG.

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pdfonline does a pretty decent job.

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Use an optical character recognition program, like Omnipage Pro for instance. It supports PDF as a document input and Word as an output.

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You may also try OCRTerminal which offers free service for 20 pages per month. They have a Beta Desktop Client that seems to be available for use by invitation (you have to contact them and express interest).

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