convert a PDF file back to word without losing format?
I tried the PDF Converter and found that it didn't work well for large files with lots of graphics (2MB to 6MB). The converter is a plug-in for Word that does indeed act like a scanner. The files I tried to convert had lots of light and dark areas in the background, and each of those was identified as a region. All of those frames made the columns of text break differently in the Word document than they did on the original, and removing the dozens of frames would have taken forever.
Also, some of the pages contained text that was embedded in the graphic, rather than the text being a separate layer, so the converter scanned the whole page as art. That meant that the text in it wasn't editable in the resulting Word doc. That's why I posted a question earlier asking if Acrobat 5.0 would let me edit PDF text that's embedded in graphics (I haven't had time to look through all of the threads in the forum to see if that question has been answered before!).
ScanSoft indicated that I would need their OCR software to be able to convert the graphics into editable text, but the cost for that is definitely prohibitive.
The PDF Converter would probably work for simple documents, but not for the complex projects that I work on.