There is a means to convert PDF files to Word files. You can then save them as 
ODT, though if there is special formatting in Word, the conversion may not be 

Foxit has a PDF Editor, as well as a free Reader version. The Editor is often 
available for a free trial period after you download the free Reader. A line 
from their web page describes the process of PDF to Word conversion:

      1.  Open the pdf file with Foxit PDF Editor, go to Convert tab>To MS 
office> Word or File tab>Export>To MS Office>Word>Save As, Save As window will 
pop up.
I do not have the Editor version, so don't know if it will also convert 
directly to ODT.

--D. Koch

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Dec 15, 2023, 11:08 by

> I assume that by 'totally distorted' Yvonne meant that the text was present 
> but the formatting was scrambled. If that is the case, I don't think that 
> optical character recognition (OCR) software would do any better, and it 
> might introduce errors in the text itself.
> I'm not aware of any better solution than using PDF-to-text conversion 
> software, which is what I assume the Best Buy people did. It might be worth 
> looking for such software that does a better job of reproducing the original 
> formatting. In my experience, a fair amount of manual editing is required, 
> depending on how complicated the formatting was.
> - Robert
> ________________________________
> From: Terence Warby <>
> Sent: December 15, 2023 10:38
> To: <>
> Subject: Re: PDF to odt problem
> I think the best thing to do is to run the pdf file through an OCR program. 
> This will recover the text and you can the edit this in OpenOffice writer. 
> Hope this helps.
> ________________________________
> From: AOL Mail <>
> Sent: Friday, December 15, 2023 1:14:50 AM
> To: <>
> Subject: PDF to odt problem
> I am trying to change a PDF file to odt.  I also take it to Best Buy and when 
> the techs converted it to odt and wanted to open it on Open Office --- it was 
> totally distorted.  If I send you a PDF file can you convert it for me to 
> odt, please.  It is a book my husband, who is an author, wrote, and it needs 
> some changes.  My odt files disappeared, so the only way out is converting a 
> PDF to odt.
> I will really appreciate it very much
> Yvonne Barkhuizen

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