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Old Jun 4th, 2020, 12:58 PM   #11
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My bad on the rtf file format.

The OP might try converting the pdf into something more useable. I've never tried it, but the following utility says it can translate a pdf to .doc or .docx format.

https://pdfsam.org

Whether it will choke on the 700+ images is anybody's guess.

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Old Jun 4th, 2020, 01:53 PM   #12
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My bad on the rtf file format.

I don't think you goofed up regarding the RTF file format at all.

I do think the OP's description and how their 94 year old Mum-in-law Is working with the large document is all rather confusing and a bit messed up.

I would suggest they make a Backup or two and then get it into a format with an application that is designed for writing large 500+ page books tThehat it can use.

As I posted earlier, I would also check with the potential publisher as to what they suggest one should use, and what the final format file type should be.

They may even suggest what fonts to avoid using and a few other helpful hints.

I also wonder if the book's file Is just one large file, rather than being broken down into smaller chapter files.

Some proper organization is going to be needed for proofreading and spellchecking and grammar etc. Maybe even chapters and page numbers and are graphics included and are any footnotes or subtitles needed.

Lots of stuff to be considered I would say. But I wouldn't think that using a PDF would be the ideal way of writing and editing a book. Certainly NOT a book of 500+ pages. Gads!!!





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Old Jun 5th, 2020, 04:58 AM   #13
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I suspect if he was working with a Word file there would have been no problem in the first place.
Unfortunately, Word does not, to my working knowledge, support inline images.

ODT is a good choice for text-only. But RTFD is what I use, TextEdit, to create most docs with text & images. PDFs are a big drag to format to beautiful pages.

Will Wordpad convert to plaintext?

This one of those many dratted problems of PC-to-Mac. (Remember, Bill Gates just wants to save the world!)

There are good Mac OCR appls for PDFs such as FineReader & Readiris. But I don't think simple OCR is going to solve your problem.

Good on your Mum for giving this a go! Way to go, girl!
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Old Jun 5th, 2020, 05:02 AM   #14
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One other idea. Can PDFs be exported to Google Docs? Those are editable.
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Unfortunately, Word does not, to my working knowledge, support inline images.
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Your knowledge is quite incomplete then. Of course MS Word allows images to be embedded in a document inline. Lots of people use Word as a page layout program. It is miles more capable than Wordpad. Reading between the lines, I imagine the OP's 94 y.o, mother is bewildered by Word's user interface.

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Me, too, Craig!
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I imagine the OP's 94 y.o, mother is bewildered by Word's user interface.

Actually the OP's 94 year old Mum-in-law. And yes, even the interface of MS Office 2011 was bad enough and I'm sure it has got even more involved since, but I'll give it credit for its abilities, and it may be very worthwhile learning them.

It's much easier working with an application that CAN do what you want, rather than trying to work with an application CAN'T, and trying to figure out a workaround, regardless of any seemingly complicated. Interface.

BTW: I'm still a bit confused as to what computer and application she is using, Apple or Windows.





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