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If you have Acrobat, try exporting to a Word DOCX file.
Begs the question of why you are getting a PDF from the publisher. Why don't they return their ID file?
Why don't you convert from PDF to Word? You don't have to copy an paste.
ps. Just realized Mike already suggested that. I think that's the way to go. I've done it and you get a workable word document.
Ask the publisher to tell the typesetter to export the text to RTF if that's feasible. It's feasible if there aren't too many stories in the file.
Another option (if you cannot implement the two suggestions above) is: with your document open go to Save As and choose Text. This will give a plain text document with no formatting. You might need to clean it up a bit but you'll have your file in plain text and from there you copy/paste to word.
Thanks for your lightning-swift and helpful replies, Mike & Ellis.
I don't have InDesign myself, so I know hardly anything about how it's used. I'm just trying to research what an internationally-known publisher should already know how to do, but apparently doesn't!
Following your suggestion, Mike, I have downloaded the trial version of Acrobat and exported the PDF to a Word file. This has been moderately successful as there are far fewer spurious Return characters, just a few that I suspect may be hangovers from the typesetter having introduced soft returns in ID.
As you've suggested Peter and Ellis, I'll suggest that the publisher asks the typesettter to export from ID to RTF and Text to see if that's even better.
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If you have Acrobat, you can save it as text. Just go to Save As and choose text. Then copy/paste to a word document. I've used it to send chapters at a time to translators.
Thanks, Ellis, I tried that and, although free of the bulk of the spurious Return characters, it had the same residual few that the export to DOCX had.
For the benefit of anyone else reading this, the export from Acrobat to DOCX is only as successful as it is at losing spurious Returns, if you retain the default Save As: Settings: Layout Settings: Retain Flowing Text.
Yes. I think you'll most likely have some of those if the original formatting had some forced-break lines (which seems to be the case with the ones you're getting). Good luck with your project.