Don't pay big bucks for a utility that converts PDF files to Microsoft Word text when you can convert for free!
There are a number of free or inexpensive utilities that print Office documents to a PDF file. Unfortunately, reversing the conversion isn't so easy. That's because a PDF file is really a collection of images, and not text. Utilities are available, but they're relatively expensive — until now. PDF to Word, an online service, will convert your PDF documents to Word for free. Simply upload your PDF file, choose the format you want (DOC or RTF), and wait. The service will send you an e-mail with a link to the converted document. It couldn't be easier and the results are something you can put to use right away.
Susan Sales Harkins is an IT consultant, specializing in desktop solutions. Previously, she was editor in chief for The Cobb Group, the world's largest publisher of technical journals.