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From Tom Backer Johnsen <>
Subject Re: open pdf documents and save them as spreadsheets or word documents
Date Thu, 03 Jul 2014 07:05:14 GMT

The solution is much simpler, at least on a Mac.  Simply mark, copy, and paste to wherever
you want the text to be.  However, you loose formatting.  As to spreadsheets, copy the table
to a temporary file, replace whatever separates the cell contents with a comma or semicolon,
and read the temporary file as a .CSV file.
On 2. Jul 2014, at 22:21 , Baccara <> wrote:

> Rory O'Farrell wrote:
>> On Wed, 2 Jul 2014 13:39:12 -0400
>> "Thomas, John" <> wrote:
>>> Can open office translate .pdf files to spreadsheets or word documents?
>>> Sincerely,
>>> John Thomas
>> No. You need to use an OCR (Optical Character recognition) application to do that.
For spreadsheets and other work involving figures most careful proof-reading of the OCR output
is required.
> OCR - does that equate to Adobe creates an image (jpg or ?) from any document "printed
to / saved as" a pdf document? 
> PDF document can be opened with a pdf reader (free from Adobe and other sources), content
highlighted, copied then pasted to another program such as OO Writer; MS Word then saved in
the new format?

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