[Tugindia] Adobe Acrobat to convert from pdflatex's pdf into Microsoft word?

Radhakrishnan CV cvr at river-valley.org
Mon Feb 1 08:06:38 CET 2010

On Mon, Feb 1, 2010 at 11:30 AM, Ajay Shah <ajayshah at mayin.org> wrote:
> Folks,
> I tried to take an ordinary (un-complex) pdf file produced using
> pdflatex, and feed it to Adobe Acrobat, and save as M S Word. The
> results are simply horrible. Am I missing something or is this route
> hopeless?
> And a related question: For this document it says "comments are
> disabled". Is there something about pdf produced by pdflatex that
> interferes with doing pdf annotation?

No idea of the above as I have not done the conversion from pdf to
Word myself and hence do not know about the problems involved.

> If an entire workgroup is using PDF files produced using pdflatex,
> what's the right tool for doing on-screen
> annotations/comments/modification to PDF files which can be used
> within the group? Ideally open source?

The best possible solution will be to make use of annotation feature
in Acrobat.  pdfLaTeX cannot legally produce an annotation enabled PDF
and therefore, this feature is not available in pdfTeX.  So you need
to enable annotation by opening the pdf (generated by pdfLaTeX) in
Acrobat (not Adobe Reader) and re-saving it after enabling annotations
(there is a menu item for this).  Once this is done, you can send the
PDF to your workgroup where any user can take it and annotate using
the free Adobe Reader.

It is not completely free software based, but the PDF specification
does not allow any other way to enable annotation so that you can make
use of free Adobe Reader to annotate your document.

Best regards

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