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Old 09-08-2007, 11:51 AM   #1
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Free online PDF converter

http://www.zamzar.com/ provides the ability to convert PDFs to various formats eg. doc, rtf, html. You simply upload your file and when the conversion is done (a few seconds later), a download location link is emailed to you for your converted file.

I tested this on a PDF and the converted doc looked very good. Before I convert the doc via book designer though, I need to reformat as follows:
  • Remove all the text frames
  • Remove all the carriage returns at the end of each line
  • Convert all lines that are indented more than other lines to paragraph marks.
  • Justify all the paragraphs that are left justified by default.

Is there a tool that I can use for this purpose? I tried a word macro I found in this forum but all the text ran into a long stream i.e. all the paragraph separators got lost.

I will experiment with writing my own macros (will need to learn some VB). This might be a quick and cheap solution to reading PDF's on the Sony Reader with proper resizable text.
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Old 09-09-2007, 06:46 AM   #2
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Unfortunately, this, along with all the other PDF-to-whatever converters, cannot handle PDF's that have been rasterized; i.e., they must have the text still intact. Your only real option with this type of PDF is to run OCR and hope for the best.

BTW I tried Zamzar and a couple others on some PDF's I have a little while back, best bet is to find a tool that makes the PDF work for your device. Thanks for the resource, I'm sure many can still benefit from it!
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