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    Best PDF to text Converter?

    Hi all,
    I would like to find the best PDF-to-text converter in Ubuntu. The end result has to be ePub, but I don't really care about the in-between steps.
    I have some older purchased (non-DRM) PDF books that I bought before ePub really took off and I'd like to read them on my iPod.
    I've tried Calibre, and it works great at converting everything else except PDF. For some reason, the PDFs run through Calibre always lose their text formatting and go all wonky.
    Thus, is there something better? I don't care if it has to be a two-step process (ex. PDF to odt, then ePub).
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    Re: Best PDF to text Converter?

    There are some cli tools to convert PDFs, and OO has an import PDF-extension, see here:
    https://answers.launchpad.net/ubuntu...+question/3438
    Last edited by lykeion; February 27th, 2011 at 05:41 PM.

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    Re: Best PDF to text Converter?

    What is the best program to convert PDFs to HTML in Ubuntu?
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    Re: Best PDF to text Converter?

    I suppose you already know about Calibre? (Which is in the repos.)
    It convert a lot of formats, though I'm not sure about PDF to html...

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    Re: Best PDF to text Converter?

    Hi All,

    I just installed Calibre and currently it has the feature to convert PDF into txt format and it does it pretty well.

    Thanks a lot for mentioning the name of this software.

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