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Old 05-26-2005, 06:05 AM   #1
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Has anyone a solution for using a pdf for the body of a letter in Word and using mail merge for the address

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Old 05-26-2005, 11:31 AM   #2
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There is no end of programs that convert PDF to Word—as long as the PDF file consists of text. If the 'text' is just a graphic, you need to use a program that does OCR, in which case you may need to edit the result (though generally not very much).

   
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One can drag a PDF into a Word document, and Word has a mail merge feature. Have you run any tests to see if this works well enough for what you need.
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One can drag a PDF into a Word document
I was gob-smacked to read that. MS tolerating the existence of an Adobe object??? But, I'll try anything [don't we know], so I tried it.

What I got was a PDF icon on the Word page, and when I printed it, it included the PDF icon (not the PDF content).

Am I missing a step?

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There is no end of programs that convert PDF to Word.
But but, that doesn't respect format very well, does it? Like, it works well if the PDF contains whole intact lines of text, but if it's something perverted (like what one gets if a Quark PS file is converted to PDF), with every few characters in its own stringlet, the odds of good results are slim to none, in my experience.

Actually it's been a few years since I even bothered to try, so maybe it's improved. But I wouldn't expect precise results - just a partially converted mess, ready for surgery.

And if formatting's not a big deal, then I'd wonder, why bother futzing? Why not just copy & paste the text from the PDF into Word?

But there may be something I don't know about.

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Works here. Single page PDF only (or page 1 of a multi-page pdf). Mac OS X 10.4.1, Word 2004. Dragon-drop.
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Has anyone a solution for using a pdf for the body of a letter in Word and using mail merge for the address

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Here's the solution I'd use, although it may seem a bit kludgey. Create an art PDF at the final page size which has the stuff you want in the position you want it. Separately, create a Word document without the PDF stuff, but leaving room where the image from the PDF will appear. Do your mail-merge in Word and then print to PDF. Open the PDF you made from Word and use "Add Watermark and Background" to apply the art PDF as a background on all pages. This will effectively "merge" the Word document with the art PDF.

I'm assuming that you want something other than simple text from your PDF, so that you can't simply re-create it on your Word page. The "convert PDF to Word" approach will not let you match the original appearance of what's in your PDF, so it won't help. And while it may be possible to place a PDF as art in Word on the Mac (where PDF is a native graphic format), it won't work on Windows, unfortunately.
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Works here. Single page PDF only (or page 1 of a multi-page pdf). Mac OS X 10.4.1, Word 2004. Dragon-drop.
Inserting PDFs into Word on the Mac works in my experience, but not on the PC. I have Office X on the Mac, and Office XP on my Win2K laptop.

I used to tell PC users to insert Acrobat files, until one of them emailed back abusing me for giving wrong instructions.

   
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I tried putting it in a text box - but word doesnt support pdf format
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Thanks thats what i think is the problem - the mailing house has PC's
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