Word document template projects aren't all about building a
template to match a supplied layout design. Or rather, they are, but
there's more that can be added to that.
Building a document template can often be just the first stage
in a project. Once you've worked out precisely how you want your
templates to appear on-screen, the work to turn that
design into reality can be handled rapidly and smoothly, with a
single template being completed and fully tested within a couple of
days at most.
However, the template construction work may only be required
because you have a different end target in mind. You might want
several existing documents to follow your new layout design, so to
achieve this, creating a template is required as the basis for the
rest of the work.
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However, while transferring older Word documents across to the
new design might not be fraught with too many complications, sometimes
your old documents may not exist as Word or text documents.
Sometimes all you might have is a PDF. Trying to convert this into
a useable document will quickly have you tearing out your hair, so
having it recreated from scratch in Word is the best way to go.
Kessler Associates can certainly handle this for you, as it
can be time-consuming and tricky work to reproduce a PDF in Word
The project may be time-consuming but we won't be tearing out
any hair (and luckily there's plenty to spare even if we do!). Once
the template with the new design layout is in place, we'll extract
the basic text from your PDF, lay it into a new document and apply
the new formatting styles. Unfortunately, an added complication is
that each and every line of text will have a carriage return at the
end of it, and all of these have to be removed manually. That's
where much of the time-consumption comes in, but once done the
text will flow beautifully in your new document.
The next stage is to extract data from tables and rebuild those
in Word. A table style will probably have been specified in your
layout requirements, and this will have been added to the template
as the default table. The extracted table text needs to be reformatted
as plain text so that it can be converted back into a table, and then
the default table text formatting needs to be applied. Sounds
complicated but it's actually quite straightforward. Tables done.
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Any photos and images in the PDF will need to be exported,
and this can probably only be done by exporting the entire page
as an image or by taking a screenshot. This will need to be
cropped and improved in a popular image editor before being
imported into Word as a new picture. The same goes for logos.
Perhaps the final stage is adding any charts, again rebuilding
them from scratch using the data from the PDF. After that, if the
template has a built-in table of contents then this can be updated
to display all of the new document's sections and page numbering. And
Depending on the length of your PDF, the work to create a fully
formatted Word document from the information contained in the PDF
may take between half a day and perhaps a week (although two days
for a fairly complicated forty-page PDF seems to be a good average). At
the end, you have a document that you can edit and update, and even
create a new PDF from, ensuring that your clients and customers have
the latest information from you.
Recreating PDF files as Word documents is relatively straightforward,
but there are a lot of steps to go through, so you'd better let us
know as soon as possible about your own requirements so that we can
make a start. Before your competitors reach us first!
Whatever you need, we have the solution.
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