Technical Workings and Operation of PDF to Word Converters

by GuestPoster on December 7, 2011

In order to have a full understanding of the underlying technical workings and operation of PDF to Word converters, we first of all need to have some appreciation of the role served by these programs. That is where we come to learn that, in a nutshell, and as their name suggests, these are software programs designed to make it possible for people with PDF files to convert them into (Microsoft) Word format. Having done so, the people with the said files can proceed to edit them, and do with them many other things they couldn’t have done with the files when they were in PDF format.

The operation of PDF to Word converters:
In most cases, all a person has to do is copy the PDF file in need of conversion into the PDF to Word converter (either directly, by uploading it to the converter, or indirectly, by emailing it). When we talk of ‘directly’ uploading the PDF file to the converter, we may be looking at a situation where the converter is locally installed on the user’s computer. There are also some Internet-based PDF to Word converters that take files directly – such that users don’t have to email them.

The PDF to Word conversion takes a short duration of time (the exact duration of which depends on the specific converter selected, the size of PDF file in question, and the mechanism through which the conversion takes place). Thereafter, one receives, in terms of output, a ‘converted’ word file: which may be directly outputted by the program, or emailed to the person in question – depending on the type of PDF to word converter selected.

Thus, we end up with some PDF to Word converters you have to download and install locally to your computer, and others you can use online (meaning that you never have to download them). The locally installed converters are advantageous in the sense that they can be used even when one doesn’t have a live Internet connection. The downside to them is in the fact that they take space (in the computers where they are installed). Furthermore, people may fear downloading and installing them, since they could be conduits for malware.

Conversely, the main advantage associated with Internet-based converters is in the fact that they don’t consume storage space: as they are fully accessed and used online, without being installed on the users’ computers. The downside to such converters is, of course, in the fact that they can’t be used unless one has a live Internet connection.

The underlying technical workings of PDF to Word converters:
In a nutshell, it can be said that the PDF to Word converters, including a free doc to pdf converter, strip the PDF documents uploaded to them of PDF-specific features (which can’t be handled by Microsoft Word), in order to make them readable and editable using Microsoft word. That is not as easy as it sounds. It typically involves converting the PDF document data into binary format, and then making the binary additions and subtractions necessary to convert the PDF data into a form that can be handled by Microsoft Word. This is precisely the reason as to why the PDF to Word conversion process seems to takes quite a bit of time – a few seconds, which in computing terms amounts to quite ‘a lot of time.’

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