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Old 05-01-2007, 11:05 PM   #1
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Is there a way to convert a PDF file to another format?


Is there a way to convert a PDF file to another format?
Because..... The PDF file I have does not print correctly, half of some pages are blurry.
I figure if I convert it to another format it might print right?
Also it needs a password (I have it) to open the file.
 
Old 05-02-2007, 01:50 AM   #2
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Try pdf2ps

The ghostscript pdf2ps could convert your pdf to a postscript file which can be printed on any postscript printer or you can pipe it to ps2ascii to a text-only format. For the Password option, see the Ghostscript documentation, which should also be on your system.

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Old 05-02-2007, 02:49 AM   #3
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If you do not need to preserve graphics and formatting, there is also pdftotext which allows plain text extraction.
 
Old 05-02-2007, 03:31 PM   #4
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Is there a way to convert a PDF file to another format?
Because..... The PDF file I have does not print correctly, half of some pages are blurry.
I figure if I convert it to another format it might print right?
Also it needs a password (I have it) to open the file.
Are you sure it's the PDF format that os the problem here?

If the problem is with the PDS reader you're using then you could try a different reader (or try to solve the problem with the one you've got). If the problem is with the system then it will be the same whatever format the file is in.

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If you do not need to preserve graphics and formatting, there is also pdftotext which allows plain text extraction.
Why not just copy and paste from a PDF reader into a text editor, or use Adobe Reader's "Save As Text" function?

There's only any point installing a special utility for this job if you're regulary converting files on an industrial scale
 
Old 05-02-2007, 11:32 PM   #5
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Yea, I need to preserve graphics. I found a way of printing the PDF files but its kinda archaic. I open each page, open up screen snapshot in KDE, choose the page and then save it as a jpeg, then I can print it. I guess the PDF has some kind of corruption that prevents it from printing correctly.
 
Old 05-03-2007, 02:25 AM   #6
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If you have Acrobat 8 Professional, it can convert PDF to Word, although it's not perfect.

Try this website, although I wouldn't upload anything confidential

http://www.zamzar.com/
 
Old 05-03-2007, 08:50 AM   #7
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open office writer can convert it to html
you can get it from http://openoffice.org
 
Old 05-03-2007, 12:47 PM   #8
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open office writer can convert it to html
If you mean convert pdf to html, it can't.

This is a common OOo request for enhancement that hasn't been implemented (yet?):

http://www.openoffice.org/issues/show_bug.cgi?id=10384
 
Old 05-03-2007, 04:42 PM   #9
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Another alternative is to open the PDF file in KOffice then save it as a different format. Graphics should be preserved, but the formatting might be damaged a bit.

You haven't said what PDF reader is causing this problem, but the best solution would probably be to use a different reader. There are a number available.
 
Old 05-05-2007, 11:52 PM   #10
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Another alternative is to open the PDF file in KOffice then save it as a different format. Graphics should be preserved, but the formatting might be damaged a bit.

You haven't said what PDF reader is causing this problem, but the best solution would probably be to use a different reader. There are a number available.
I have tried Kpdf and Xpdf with the same results printing, it looks fine on the monitor but when I print some of the pages are completely unreadable, only half the page of those, the same ones over and over every time I try to print them, but other pages print fine. Its not a problem with graphics or text because some of the pages that print good are graphics and some are text.
Koffice or Kword do not open pdf files, I tried and I get a message saying cannot open file, unsupported file format.

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Old 05-09-2007, 02:43 AM   #11
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I think there are some websites which offers PDF converters. The
problem is, you have to pay first.



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