You would need to start with a well-formed, tagged PDF.
That is to say the PDF is compliant to ISO 32000-1 discussion of logical hierarchy and tagged PDF.
Such comes from an authoring application that has adequate tag management provided.
The content author must master content in a well-formed, logical hierarchy in conjunction with using built-in paragraph/character tags
Currently, three applications have adequate tag management.
Adobe FrameMaker, Adobe InDesign and MS Word (via Adobe PDFMaker or (for Office 2007) the Office save as to PDF or XPS.
From this, a well-formed Tagged output PDF may be provided.
Tagged PDF is a stylized use of PDF that builds on the logical structure framework.
It defines a set of standard structure types and attributes that allow page content (text, graphics, and images) to be extracted and reused for other purposes.
PDF’s logical structure facilities provide a mechanism for incorporating structural information about a document’s content into a PDF file.
--| Simple extraction of text and graphics for pasting into other applications
--| Automatic reflow of text and associated graphics to fit a page of a different size than was assumed for the original layout
--| Processing text for such purposes as searching, indexing, and spell-checking
--| Conversion to other common file formats (such as HTML, XML, and RTF) with document structure and basic styling information preserved
--| Making content accessible to users with visual impairments
If the PDF is not a well-formed, tagged PDF or is not tagged at all you can use Acrobat Professional to manually
develop the tagged PDF. Alternatively, you could let Acrobat make a "best-estimate" tagging
(after which you'd perform cleanup).
With that said, if the PDF content is a scanned image then you'd
use Acrobat's OCR mode Formatted Text & Graphics (Acrobat 8.x or earlier) or ClearScan (Acrobat 9.x).
You'd cleanup "suspects". Then you can manually develop the tagged PDF or use Acrobat to get a
"best-estimate" of the tag structure (after which you'd do manual cleanup).
"... convert pdf to word and remain the format?"
Retaining "format" upon export of PDF page content is often a 'no-start' if the PDF is not, at a minimum, a workable "Tagged PDF". After all, one of Tagged PDFs 'design criteria' is to support effective export.
With that said Acrobat, in particular Acrobat X, or other products can provide a relatively 'ok' export to Word / RTF from an untagged PDF.
The determining variable is, as daisymina8912 stated:
"... the output quality depends on much about how it was created."
The "created" refering to how the PDF's source authoring file was mastered by its author.
Sometimes you get what you want but not what you expect. Why? Well, that's in the details, eh?
I am using Adobe Acrobat X Pro. I just downloaded the free trial and then paid for the upgrade yesterday. I need to be able to edit PDF's and/or save them as Word files. I am able to Save the PDF as a Word docx but when I open the word docx file, I am not able to edit or change anything. It basicly seems to have saved the PDF as an image within a Word docx file. Can anyone help? I would like to be able to edit the document, hence why I bought the program.
Also when I open the Word docx file, I recieve the following pop up box message:
"This error usually occurs because of macro security settings. If you know that the macro comes from a source that you trust, you can change your macro security settings to allow you to enable the macro. The way that you change your macro security settings depends on the Microsoft Office System program that you are using.
This error may also occur for the following reasons:
This box opens up multiple times, 2-15 times, when I try and open a Word file and even shows up every time I open a new blank Word document. Can anyone help me with this annoying issue also?
Keep in mind that this forum is designed to help people with Adobe Digital Editions and the downloading, transfer and reading of ebooks (which include those in .pdf format). Your question really is about something that's not part of that design, and might be better off in the Adobe Reader forum.
In Adobe Acrobat simply choose File > Save As, and select Word or Spreadsheet.
If you only have Adobe Reader then you cannot convert PDF files to other formats, but the cloud-based Adobe ExportPDF service provides unlimited conversions for a small annual subscription fee.
Im looking for a littly easier method :/
this all seems either expensive as hell or complicated as hell...
so far ive not been lucky on google... gonna give it another search
E/ well after some googling ive tried using a site called http://pdftoword.pro/ but it only converts the text from the pdf into plain word text... so only if you are really desperate :/
There are 3rd party products out there that do the job supposedly, but they are dedicated and cost as much as Acrobat. How good the conversion is depends on how well-formed the PDF is (is properly tagged and such). A workflow that includes regular conversion back to WORD is not proper. You can do minor editing in Acrobat and depending on how you created the PDF you may be able to get back to WORD reasonably well. In general you should always keep your original file and edit it in your application, then create a new PDF, not expecting to convert it back for editing.