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PDF Editors - What is best choice for me.

I am looking for a program that will convert image files (jpg) into searchable pdf, and will break PDF files into smaller searchable PDF files. It would also be helpful if the program could convert files back and forth between PDF and various Microsoft Office formats.

I am considering the Nuance Power PDF standard or advanced,
I don't consider touch-screen capabilities important at this point.,
but there are other differences which might be important (for instance, the advanced has some "PDF verification" capabilities - I don't know what "PDF verification" is so don't know if I need it.

The Adobe Acrobat now leases montly subscriptions, so I prefer to get something of my own that will work permanently on my Windows 7 system.

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None will do.

Once in PDF I find issues going from PDF back to Word. Not one conversion had my Word Document I started with. Always a flaw.

As PDF versions move on, there is also so "always" versions out there. I tend to keep my documents back in the source so I can edit and for light edits I use the free stuff.

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Re: PDF Editors ... None will do.

Thanks - Discouraging, and not completely surprising. I'll have to live with the flaws. I'm not starting with Word documents or anything of the sort. Just with scanned batches of hard copy documents - either as batched pdf files that have to be broken into multiple separate documents or scanned images of separate pages that have to be loaded into searchable pdf documents of several pages each.

Sorry to hear that none work satisfactorily.

Phil S.

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Scanned images are not really documents.

Unless you run them through OCR. I was reading your search as if these were the run of the mill documents. Scanning to PDF is common but usually done for archives where cost is the issue. No budget to turn it back to text.

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