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Trying to convert a pdg to a word document does not mirror image the pdf.  The word Doc is badly formatted and varing font sizes and style. Totallyhopeless. And trying to contact Adobe is like trying to walk to the south pole. - you cannot do it!!!!!! Very bad experience for over something so simple

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Trying to convert a pdg to a word document does not mirror image the pdf.  The word Doc is badly formatted and varing font sizes and style. Totallyhopeless. And trying to contact Adobe is like trying to walk to the south pole. - you cannot do it!!!!!! Very bad experience for over something so simple

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Are you asking about Acrobat, or the online PDF service?

Please post the exact name of the Adobe program you use so a Moderator may move this message to that forum

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>>>The word Doc is badly formatted and varing font sizes and style.

 

That's always the case with PDF to Word conversions. Mine are never perfect either but it's a darn sight better than re-creating the page from scratch in Word. Expect about a 90% result through converting.

 

Comparing the PDF and Word docs you posted, the conversion looks pretty good. Just needs a bit of a tidy up.

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To be a bit more specific, PDF files can be much more graphically-complex than Microsoft's Office formats provide for. For example, Word (and Excel and PowerPoint) do not support colors other than untagged RGB (i.e., no CMYK, Lab, and spot colors as well as no ICC color management), 15 out 16 transparency modes, layers, complex smooth shading, etc. The ISO PDF format does not have the concept of sentences, paragraphs, columns, articles, headers, footers, etc. PDF is a “final form file format” and not a source / editable document format. For that matter, a PDF file that you are exporting to Word format might originally have been created from an InDesign document or a CAD design program with many more and/or different features than you have in Word.

 

As such PDF export requires use of heuristics to guess at what an equivalent Word document might look like. And the exported results often do require a significant amount of manual fixup to match expectations. The export function isn't Claire, i.e. Clairvoyant!

 

- Dov Isaacs, Principal Scientist, Adobe

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Thanks for the specifics, Dov.

 

Intriguing to know that after all the excellent PDF heuristics and science have been applied in the conversion process, a human is still required for the final polish.

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Hi @Wes5E23,

 

We aplogize for the issue you are facing. But we totally agree with Dov Isaacs comment. Export PDF to word or any other format is totally heuristic based and it doesn't guarantee 100% correct conversion, and we are continuously working on improving the heuristic to improve the user experience.

 

Thanks and Regards,

Akanksha

Senior Software Engineer

Adobe Acrobat Team

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