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Fine-Tuning Your Conversion Output

When it comes to PDF conversions, one size does not fit all. Converting a 100-page long document that you want to revise extensively is different from converting a two-page fill-in form. Solid Converter PDF provides numerous conversion output choices that help you get the results you want.

Reconstruction Modes

Sometimes you may want to only recover the text from a PDF and completely eliminate any formatting. At the other extreme, you may want to replicate the exact formatting without any changes at all. Reconstruction modes provide a range of output format selections to help you optimize your Word output for your purposes. These modes are:

  • Flowing. Recovers page layout, columns, formatting, and graphics, and preserves text flow. This is the best selection for most documents, particularly for those to which you want to make extensive revisions.
  • Continuous. Does not retain the exact layout of the document. the Continuous mode correctly reconstructs the text order but will only recover paragraph formatting, graphics, and text flow.
  • Plain Text. Displays text without any formatting or layout. This mode will not recover formatting (characters or paragraphs) or graphics but will recover text flow using column and page layout analysis. (Note: You must use the wizard when converting a PDF file to plain text.)
  • Exact. Uses Word text boxes to ensure that the text and graphic layout in the Word document is the same as the PDF file. This mode should not be used if you need to make lots of edits to the recovered content. It is most useful for short artistic or brochure-like documents. This is also your best choice if you want to convert a fill-in form and type entries into the form using Word.

Reconstruction Modes can be selected at the bottom of the main screen in Solid Converter PDF as well as in the conversion wizard. Once you get in the habit of using Reconstruction Modes, you'll find it useful to switch between them depending upon your needs.

Other Options

These selections also help ensure that your Word document is constructed to your specifications:

  • Recover or Remove Images. You can choose how you want your images anchored in the document - automatically, with the page, or with the paragraph. If you wish, images can be removed entirely.
  • Detect Tables. Solid Converter PDF can automatically recognize tables and convert them into table objects in the Word document. (Note: this option only works in Flowing or Continuous modes.)
  • Select Page Range. Convert all the pages in the document, or select a specific page range to convert.
  • Convert Headers and Footers. If the PDF contains headers and footers you can convert them to Word headers and footers, convert them as text boxes in the document, or have them removed.

If you use the Solid Converter PDF conversion wizard, you will be able to select your preferences for these items.

Why Should You Care?

Fine-tuning your output can help you save a substantial amount of time when you're making changes to the document in Word.

Let's say you're converting a 20-page document and want to make substantial edits including removing paragraphs and large sections of text. If the text is in text boxes (as with the Exact mode), that means that content won't automatically "flow" once you've made your edits. You will have to move around text boxes or combine them manually in order to format your text properly, which could take hours of time.

When building Solid Converter PDF we tried to add features that make the most difference to your output while at the same time "keeping it simple." We encourage you to test out the different options when doing your next conversion to see how these can help you save time.


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