These days we’ve been using PDF more and more to transfer documents because PDF can be shared across many computer platforms and usually any computer with a proper PDF reader can open it without trouble. However, Word has not been abandoned because PDF is extremely unfriendly to users with editing needs while PDF has a bunch of other disadvantages:

  • PDF cannot be created or read without certain techniques and knowledge in Linux and Unix OS
  • PDF is not perfect for viewing on screen because it’s laid out in A4 or A3 size but most screens have aspect ratio between 4:3 and 16:9
  • PDF is actually an uneditable version of the source document which is not collaborative
  • You can’t read online PDF via web browsers without certain plugins

PDF is a universal document format but it is not flexible enough under many circumstances. Then what can we do if we have got a PDF from our clients and we need to extract the textual content into editable texts? I don’t have that many PDF files to process and my computer is always connected 24/7. Besides, I don’t want to purchase or install PDF converter software for occasional use. For me, the free online PDF to DOC converter like http://pdf2doc.org/ is an ideal choice.

I’ve been using this website to convert PDF to DOC format for a while and it can convert fast and works just like many similar online PDF to Word converter tools – Upload – Convert – Download. There are no quality options to tweak but what’s better than other online PDF converters is that it has no limitations. There is nothing complicated about the site – the home page is clean, with a short description of how to use it. You can click the “Choose File” button to upload the PDF file you want to convert but I prefer to directly drag the PDF to this page. After that, just click the “Export to Word” button. Then it will start the conversion and pops up the file download window in your browser as soon as the conversion’s finished. This is so far the easiest online PDF to DOC converter which can get the job done efficiently and can handle heavy sized PDF.

However, this is only a solution to native PDF to DOC conversion. Native PDF is usually created from electronic files like Word files. However, there are also scanned PDF and image PDF that can’t be converted into editable text. Scanned PDF is created by scanning paper documents and image PDF is created from image files. You can’t convert them into text even if you get a DOC result because that will end up with a DOC that includes images only. And frankly I don’t see any solution except for retyping and OCR.