This was originally going to be a simple “The Best…” list on ways to easily convert PDF files to Word, and to do the reverse. It started off small when I began, but there has recently been an explosion in sites offering free conversion services, and I just haven’t had time to try them all out, nor put much time to carefully revising this post.
So it’s turned more into a somewhat disjointed “list” of these kinds of services.
I didn’t really understand why I might want to convert a document to a PDF until I read this article listing ten reasons Why To Convert Word To PDF.
Here are links to several online conversion tools:
Now, for the other way around.
One thing that has annoyed me is the difficulty in copying and pasting text from a PDF document I find on the Internet. Sometimes I see a portion of a document, for example, on language learning research that I want to email to someone or incorporate in an something I’m writing (with attribution, of course!), but it won’t allow me to extract a portion of the text.
There’s a free online application that lets me insert the PDF and, in seconds, come out with an editable text from the PDF. It’s called PDF Text Online. It works like a charm, and certainly serves my purposes.
In addition, Zamzar and Cometdocs lets you convert both ways. As do You Convert It and Convert Files. You can also use them to grab and convert YouTube videos for your laptop to show in class (though I never do that and just use the excellent EdublogsTV service). PDF Hammer lets you do the same thing.
PDF My URL is an online app that lets you quickly and easily turn any webpage into a PDF file, too.
DocsPal is a new web application that lets you easily convert documents and images from one format to another, including PDF to Word and in the reverse.
Online-ConVert lets you convert lots of different files. It wasn’t working for me very well when I tried it, but others speak highly of it.
docDroid is an interesting take on document conversion. You upload a document in pretty much any format you want (Word, PDF, etc.). Then you email the link to someone, who can then download the document in any format you want. In other words, if you think someone might want to convert your doc, it saves them the extra step of having to go to a different document converter to do so.
PDF Online is another in a long list of tools available to convert files into PDF documents. What makes it stand-out, though, is that David Deubelbeiss says it’s the best he’s found. And David knows his stuff. So if he says it’s the best, that’s good enough for me.
Let me know which ones you think work best!