This one is for Macintosh only.
I suspect there are at least a dozen or so programs that will convert PDF files to Microsoft Word (.doc) format. Some of them will also convert PDF spreadsheets to Excel (.xls) files and a few will also convert to still other formats. However, Wondershare PDF Editor Pro is a PDF editor that also converts to all sorts of formats, including: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, EPUB, HTML, and Text (.txt).
Of course, Wondershare PDF Editor Pro is primarily an editor. With a standard PDF file, you can select the text you want to edit, double-click on a text block, and then you can easily make changes to the original PDF file. You can save the results as PDF or any of the other formats listed.
Best of all, the program will perform OCR (Optical Character Recognition) on scanned images to convert the images to editable and searchable text. Even if the original PDF file was created by scanning a book, Wondershare PDF Editor Pro will convert the words to text, allow the user to make changes, then publish the results as a word processing file, ebook, web page, or other format. Did you download an old book from Google Books or www.archive.org or purchase a scanned book on eBay? Wondershare PDF Editor Pro should be an excellent tool for converting scanned images of old books to more modern formats.
I purchased Wondershare PDF Editor Pro today and used it for a bit. In short, it worked perfectly. I opened several PDF files I happened to have on my hard drive. Each one required a few seconds to open the file in the editor, then displayed the contents in almost the same manner as the original PDF file. Any formatting changes were minimal. I found I could easily make changes and then store the results as a PDF file.
I also was able to convert any file, whether edited or not, as a Word, Excel, PowerPoint, EPUB, HTML, and Text (.txt) file. (Quick hint: most files don't look so good as PowerPoint files.) I even saved last year's income tax records as an HTML file although I certainly don't plan to post that on the web! However, I can report that the HTML version looks almost identical to the original tax forms created with a popular income tax preparation program.
Wondershare PDF Editor Pro is expensive at $99.95 but a free trial version is also available. You can learn more at http://www.wondershare.com/mac-pdf-editor/mac-pdf-editor-pro.html. The same program is available for $99.95 on the Apple App Store but without the free trial version.
As I write these words, MacUpdate Promo is offering Wondershare PDF Editor Pro at a 25% discount: $74.96. I doubt if this sale will last very long. You can find out at http://www.mupromo.com/deal/13132/12336/wondershare-pdf-editor-pro.
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