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I have read in many places that kword can open pdf and save it in doc format ! but on ubuntu 11.10 I can not open pdf using kword as it does not showing pdf as supported files ?!!!

I want a pdf to doc converter on Ubuntu 11.10. I can open pdf using libreofffice but it displaying garbled characters with over 1000+ pages for a pdf with only 15 pages.

What can I do so that Kword became able to open pdf and save it to doc or odt format ??

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Install the package libreoffice-pdfimport:

Install via the software center

Or by using the command sudo apt-get install libreoffice-pdfimport and Writer will be able to open your PDF's correctly, then you can save them in ODT or DOC.

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I already have that package installed. Read my query again. – Curious Apprentice Apr 7 '12 at 7:11
If you insist on importing PDF directly into Kword, install the tarball here: – titaniumtux Apr 8 '12 at 5:14
You may be able to simply do File>Import in Kword...see:… – titaniumtux Apr 8 '12 at 5:20
Tarball does not work. It giving lots of erroes. It might be due to my lack of knowledge or there is a bug in the souce itself. – Curious Apprentice Apr 9 '12 at 10:01
@CuriousApprentice what errors does it give you? Missing dependencies per chance? – titaniumtux Apr 10 '12 at 4:46

abiwordInstall abiword works for me:

Step I:

Simultaneously press CTRL+ALT+T to open the terminal.

Step II:

At terminal type sudo apt-get install abiword .

Step III:

At terminal type abiword .

In the abiword (on the system panel - located at the top-left corner of your desktop)click 'File' and select 'Open' and locate the file in pdf. Make changes to your file and click of 'File' again, select 'Save as...' . Type filename to save with and select 'microsoft (.doc)' from below in save file as type and click save.

After finishing with the aforesaid, locate your file in doc format and open it with your doc app - like openoffice or libreoffice.

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You don't to install Kword - on the command line you can use this command to extract text from PDF:


NAME pdftotext - Portable Document Format (PDF) to text converter (version 3.00)

SYNOPSIS pdftotext [options] [PDF-file [text-file]]

DESCRIPTION Pdftotext converts Portable Document Format (PDF) files to plain text.

   Pdftotext  reads  the  PDF  file, PDF-file, and writes a text file, text-file.  If text-file is not specified, pdftotext converts file.pdf to file.txt.  If
   text-file is ´-', the text is sent to stdout.
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I don't think the author wants an output in plain text, but rather a ODT or DOC word processing document that would retain all the formatting as seen in the original PDF. – titaniumtux Apr 8 '12 at 5:15
@user30275: I do need to preserve the formating. Why installing pdf2text. If i need something like that then I can Simply use "Okular." – Curious Apprentice Apr 9 '12 at 9:57
pdftotext is part of the default install of Ubuntu, you don't have to install it afterwards. – Clive van Hilten Apr 9 '12 at 20:29

Ok This is for all those who neither can open pdf using Kword nor using LibreOffice.

Install AbiWord with Software Center:

Install via the software center

Or with the Terminal:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install abiword

With abiword you can easily open pdf files and then edit them.

Note: First try using LibreOffice. Then KWord. If none works then go for AbiWord.

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