Archive for May, 2009

Converting a PDF to Word format

Most of us have successfully converted Microsoft Word documents to PDF using Acrobat’s built-in PDFMaker application. If the Word document is set up correctly, then text, links, and images appear as expected in the PDF.
But what if you want to (re)convert that PDF content back into Word format so that you can reuse the content? Judging from the comments in forums and on Acrobat help pages, many users want to do this. You can convert PDFs to other file formats by using the File > Export command in Acrobat. A description of how to do this and some tips from the Acrobat community are in this Acrobat Help topic, “Convert PDFs to Word, RTF, or other text formats”.
But converting PDF to Word can be problematic. A lot depends on how complex the document is. See Duff Johnson’s blog entry on AcrobatUsers.com at http://www.acrobatusers.com/blogs/duffjohnson/converting-pdf-word-understanding-problem for some things to consider.

Random forms tips

Users continue to ask interesting questions about creating, completing, and submitting forms in Acrobat and Reader. I’ve tried to address most of those questions in the troubleshooting tips in this help topic: “Completing and submitting PDF forms”.
Here are some additional forms tips, gleaned from user comments on help pages.
- If you do not see a Submit button in the body of the form, look for it in the purple document message bar, just below the toolbar in Acrobat and Reader. Acrobat automatically creates this button if the form author did not add one.
- If you received a form in e-mail and have trouble submitting it in Microsoft Outlook, try clicking the Send button. This may help, depending on which version you’re using and how the application is set up.
- Although Acrobat does not provide a direct way to indicate that a submitted form was transmitted correctly, you can use JavaScript to create an Alert box. This Alert can inform your recipients that the form submission was received. For more information on how to do this, check out Thom Parker’s tutorial at:
http://www.acrobatusers.com/tutorials/2006/popup_windows_part1.
- The information you type into a field can extend beyond the visible space provided. The additional information is available when you click the + sign, but it does not print. You might be able to decrease the font size to display the entire contents of the field.
- You cannot edit a PDF form if you have the free Adobe Reader. You need at least Acrobat Standard to edit PDFs.
Do you have other forms tips?