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I'm writing here following http://math.stackexchange.com/questions/402407/how-to-convert-pdf-containing-math-made-from-latex-to-word and http://meta.math.stackexchange.com/questions/9715/reopening-thread-that-i-dont-think-is-off-topic.

1. My main goal is just to use MathType in Word and to edit with Word. Therefore, what is the best way to convert an Adobe PDF containing math (equations, symbols, tables, etc.) into a Word document?

2. Is there another way to make the PDF appear in Word? I was thinking that maybe the PDF doesn't need to be converted. Instead, each page of the PDF could be convertered/terated as a picture which could then be pasted onto a Word document. This process takes too long to do for each page. What program or recourse is available? Thank you very much!

Unfortunately, it would take too much time for me to retype the PDF, because it is essentially a free textbook containing maths on which I must annotate. Also, I do not have the LaTeX source file for the PDF, only the PDF itself.

I've spent at least 3 hours trying to research and resolve this question, including reading http://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=507174 and http://forums.adobe.com/message/3906332.

I've tried the following PDF to Word converters, but ALL of them deform, disfigure, and distort the math, the fonts, and the formatting: Zamzar.com, Wondershare PDF to Word Converter 4.0.1, Able2Doc PDF to Word Converter v7.0.34, and UniPDF.

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Why not just type the equations up yourself? You can see the equations so you can manual add them. However, I would never use Word for mathematics. In fact, I never use Word at all. –  dustin May 26 '13 at 15:45
    
Welcome to TeX.SX! You may have a look on our starter guide. –  Peter Jansson May 26 '13 at 15:59
    
@dustin: Unfortunately, it would take too much time for me to retype the PDF, because it is essentially a free textbook containing maths on which I must annotate. PeterJansson: Thank you for the welcome. –  Upvote Law Area 51 Proposal May 26 '13 at 16:01
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If all you want to do is to annotate on top the the PDF, Word is probably not the way to go. I would recommend you use a PDF viewer (such as Preview on Mac) which allows you to annotate on the PDF directly. I use this to annoate notes on PDF user guides. Alternatively you could work with tikz and annotate on top of the image similar to Drawing on an image with TikZ‌​. –  Peter Grill May 26 '13 at 18:18
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@PeterJansson Thank you (belatedly)! –  Upvote Law Area 51 Proposal Jan 5 at 17:53

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It can not be done! PDF is a complex document format which is not intended for editing. Think of it as a crippled PostScript which is never meant to be open again. What can be done is uploading PDF in some kind a character recognition software which is going to extract the information. Short of that there are bunch of small command line text extract utilities which will get you text but formula no way. You can then use Pandoc to do the rest of the job.

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The commercial InftyReader claims it can convert scanned formulas into LaTeX. There are samples of its output here. –  marczellm Jun 24 '13 at 13:40

If you have the LaTeX source, you can try pandoc. It's not perfect, but it's a starting point.

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I am not sure he has the source because on the physics forum link it mentions using the source and that is one of his references. –  dustin May 26 '13 at 15:48
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@JosephR.: Thanks for your answer. However, I only have the PDF and not the Latex source file. i've updated my question with this info. –  Upvote Law Area 51 Proposal May 26 '13 at 16:01
    
Good. If you don't mind, I'll leave the answer up here all the same in case it can benefit someone else. –  Joseph R. May 26 '13 at 16:03
    
@JosephR. Thank you very much again for your answer. Sure! I don't mind at all. –  Upvote Law Area 51 Proposal May 26 '13 at 17:44

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