Friday, 22 July 2016

How can I convert a PDF to Word for free?

The Portable Document Format, better known as PDF, can often be a slippery slope due to its restrictive structure and limiting possibilities when it comes to editing and adding content. In the world of technology there is no place for words such as “limiting” and “restrictive structure” because in the last 20-something years we have made bigger steps in this industry than any other. That is why a few years ago the demand for desktop software, mobile apps and online tools that convert and manage formats efficiently has immensely grown.

How to Modify PDF File ? 

But first, let’s make a quick overview of these 3 categories and see how each one of them works:
1.    Online tools either exist as independent web based software, or they are more basic, online versions of something bigger, in most cases a desktop software, which give us a preview of what that “bigger” thing does, and how efficiently you can use it.
2.    Desktop software are what we all call “programs”. We install those programs on our computers and laptops and proceed to use them everyday, every now and then, or once in a lifetime, depending on the purpose of the software. They come in trial and full versions, with the only difference between the two being that trial versions in most cases (looking at you, WinRar) end in a few days or weeks.
3.    Mobile applications are usually small pieces of software intended for use on cell phones or tablets, while the previous two are for computer users.

So, now that we know of different categories of software for different file format conversions, let’s see a couple tools, programs and apps that can help you successfully convert from PDF to Word.

InvestInTech has a free online conversion tool that comes in 2 shapes, one with OCR (Optical Character Recognition) feature and one without it. The main difference between the two is that the one with OCR can convert scanned PDFs, while the one without OCR can only convert native PDFs, which means that only the files originally made on a computer can be converted. 

The tool is very convenient and the simplicity of the interface is just mind-boggling. It takes just a couple of seconds to figure out the what’s and how’s in order to convert your first file. They also have a desktop software with unmatched conversion outcome which has a free trial version!

PDFconverter is also a standout website that offers both desktop software and a viable online tool. What separates this tool from others is that you can choose from several different outcome formats. So, aside from PDF to Word, this tool offers conversions to Excel, PowerPoint and even creating a new PDF.

Just like the previous tool, PDFconverter offers a desktop tool with a week-long trial version with full access to all of its features.

PDF to Word mobile app is the definition of what a mobile converter should look and perform like. You can import your PDF from multiple locations such as your Gmail inbox, your Google Drive, Dropbox folder and other.There is no limit on the number of conversions, or the file size. Once the conversion is done, you can edit and reuse your Word (.docx) file.

Layout, formatting, photos and texts remain exactly as in the original file. This makes your newly converted file easy to edit and search through. The app is available on both iOS and Android so feel free to try it out and let us know what you think.