About this blog

Translator's Shack is a collection of links, news, reviews and opinions about translation technologies. It's edited and updated by Roberto Savelli, an English to Italian translator, project manager and company owner of Albatros Soluzioni Linguistiche, a team of English-Italian translators, which hosts and supports this blog.


The Life as a PM category, managed by Gabriella Ascari, contains topics that are less technical in nature, but which we're sure will be appreciated by owners of small translation businesses and freelancers.


Here are links to my pages on some social networks:


Highly recommended:


High-quality, free PDF to Word conversion

i_index Using PDF files as the source for a translation is always challenging, especially with documents that have a non-linear text flow like brochures and presentations.

Our standard policy is to ask our clients to send the original file that was used to produce the PDF file that they want us to translate. This is usually the best option and allows us to deliver a translated document that is editable with the same program that was used to produce the original (although I do not like working with the verbose “tag soup” produced by XPress or InDesign converters and would sometimes rather convert the PDF to Word when dealing with these two translator-unfriendly formats).

Freewaregenius has published a review about PDF to Word Free. Here is a short excerpt

[…] in terms of conversion quality this is hands down the best free PDF to DOC/RTF converter that I have seen; there is simply nothing that comes close.

The service is still in private beta. The freewaregenius review contains an invite code that may allow you to join the program.

Update: Lifehacker also posted a review about PDF-to-Word. One piece of information that is added by this review is the fact that the service actually performs an OCR extraction of the source file. So the conversion to Word allows to extract text from those lousy “static” (non-editable) PDF files that contain text pages pasted as images (yes, sadly we sometimes receive that sort of file from clients). Lifehacker also offers an invite code to test the service.

Update 2: as pointed out by readers on the LifeHacker blog and on this MemoQ forum thread, PDFtoWord does not perform any OCR.

PDF to Word Free: a web service that delivers free, high quality PDF to DOC conversions | freewaregenius.com
PDF-to-Word Converter Pulls Readable Text from Scanned Images

8 comments to High-quality, free PDF to Word conversion

  • Mary Rose

    Great post! But online PDF to Word converter are not that stable and reliable as desktop converter. And most of them don’t support encrypted PDF conversion. So when it comes to PDF conversion, I’ll recommend Anybizsoft PDF to
    Word converter
    , which supports batch and partial conversion, even protected PDF can be converted. The ouput quality is quite good,no weired textboxes and overlapped.

  • Thanks guys for resources, I highly recommend this quick and free doc to pdf convertion service

  • mc

    You might wanna add this also to your list of free converters. Try http://www.converterwordtopdf.com/
    Its an online tool that will let you convert word files to pdf and vice versa. No need to download or install anything.

  • Why i can’t install OnTranslator on my macbook? Can’t understand what the problem. Does anyone uses that translator?

  • Jan

    There are several solution to convert PDF to Word. Online and Offline. Personally speaking, online converter would be a quite easy way to do your job. But in return you need to provide your email address, wait for your word document and followed by lots of spam information. Offline converter means you need to pay the money, but it could be the fastest way to convert your PDF. I had tested some of them, I think PDF Converter beats the others. If you don’t mind the money, it should be the best choice to convert your PDF.

  • It’s perfect time to make some plans for the future and it is time to be happy. I have learn this post and if I may I want to suggest you some interesting things or advice. Maybe you can write next articles regarding this article. I desire to read more issues approximately it!

  • The information about free quality pdf to word creator really help me to learn. Thanks to you for posting this information. I want to mentioned that there are new website http://pdfburger.com are available where you can convert pdf file to word in easily and within short time.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>