Recently, a colleague asked, “What would be the best way to convert a 200+ page PDF file to a format like Rich Text Format (RTF) or Word? GoogleDocs won’t work because the file is 33megs and the limit is about 10 megs.”
The following approaches–which I used on a GNU/Linux machine at the command line–will convert the PDF to text, but depending on formatting, you will get just text without anything else (looks atrocious):
Approach #1 – Use LibreOffice to convert PDF to ODT
This is a command line option…what you actually type in on a computer running GNU/Linux and that has Libreoffice installed.
- libreoffice –headless –invisible –convert-to odt –outdir ~/dir ~/dir/filename.pdf
Approach #2 – Use AbiWord to Convert PDF to RTF, Txt, etc.
This is a command line option…what you actually type in on a computer running GNU/Linux and that has Abiword installed.
- abiword –to=rtf *.pdf
- abiword –to=txt *.pdf
- abiword –to=odt *.pdf
- abiword –to=doc *.pdf
Of the options, the best was CloudConvert because it worked very well, keeping original formatting, is not specific to an operating system (e.g. GNU/Linux), and allows you to save converted file directly to Dropbox, GoogleDrive, or to your own computer/device .
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