[teknoids] RE: pdf conversion software

Richard Abbott Rabbit at shaw.ca
Mon Feb 28 12:56:04 EST 2011

There is another way...

One command ( mogrify -format pdf *.tiff ) will convert every tiff in a directory to pdfs of the same name. Mogrify is part of the ImageMagik toolset. 

Groklaw also has a great tutorial on batch-converting pdfs into text files using Tesseract open source character recognition.

And for complex or otherwise difficult documents ...


----- Original Message -----
From: "Leers, Susanna" <leers at pitt.edu>
Date: Monday, February 28, 2011 6:03 am
Subject: [teknoids] RE: pdf conversion software
To: Teknoids <teknoids at ruckus.law.cornell.edu>

> For a big project doing batch conversions of  TIFF files to 
> PDF we used AdultPDF available at adultpdf.com (and ignore the 
> name, it's not what you think).  We had about 200,000 
> documents with 11 million pages in TIFFs that we converted to 
> PDF files.  We used this product on the recommendation of 
> the computer science doctoral student who was advising us.  
> It cost us about $50.00.
> Warm regards,
> Susanna Leers
> eResearch & Technology Services Librarian
> Barco Law Library
> University of Pittsburgh School of Law
> 412 648-1329
> From: teknoids-bounces at ruckus.law.cornell.edu [mailto:teknoids-
> bounces at ruckus.law.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Whitcomb, Jeff
> Sent: Monday, February 28, 2011 8:44 AM
> To: Teknoids
> Subject: [teknoids] RE: pdf conversion software
> PDF to DOC is always going to glitch, but just depends on the 
> document.  If there are any graphics at all, it changes the 
> whole game.  Adobe Acrobat Pro X actually does a pretty 
> good job at converting a text PDF to a doc.  I found that 
> running OCR on the PDF prior to saving as a .doc works well.
> I would venture to say that Adobe Acrobat is always going to be 
> the best, obviously.
> Jeff Whitcomb
> Technology Services Manager
> Cumberland School of Law - Samford University
> 205-726-4662
> jmwhitco <at> samford <dot> edu
> P<http://www.samford.edu/gogreen/> Think before you print
> Why are computers so difficult?  Because of errors like this:
> Service X depends on service Y, which failed to start because of 
> the following error:  The operation completed successfully.
> From: teknoids-bounces at ruckus.law.cornell.edu [mailto:teknoids-
> bounces at ruckus.law.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of David Lowe
> Sent: Friday, February 25, 2011 9:09 AM
> To: Teknoids
> Subject: [teknoids] pdf conversion software
> What is the best software for someone who needs to do a lot of 
> PDF/DOC (or DOCX) conversions in both directions?  I 
> remember Nuance as glitchy, but that was a couple of years ago.
> David Lowe
> Computer Services Librarian
> Bounds Law Library
> University of Alabama School of Law
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