PDF to DOCX converter
The Portable Document Format (PDF) is a file format developed by Adobe in the early 1990s and used widely for distributing documents across networks and intranets. PDFs are designed to maintain the formatting of a document, and can contain text, images, hyperlinks, and 3D objects. PDF files are typically much smaller in size than their native counterparts and can be accessed on a range of devices, including mobile and tablet.
PDFs can be protected with passwords or digital signatures to prevent editing. They can also be locked from printing or copying. Furthermore, they offer text searching support, allowing users to easily locate material within a file. PDFs are often used for sharing official documents between organizations due to their security feature-set.
DOCX is an XML-based document format used primarily with Microsoft Word. It is the default file type for versions of Word from 2007 onwards, replacing the older DOC format used in earlier versions. It is a zipped, compressed file that contains a collection of XML files, which contain the text, formatting, images, charts and other miscellaneous parts of the document.
The DOCX extension indicates that all files within the archive are encoded in the UTF-8 character set. Because it is open and non-proprietary, some open-source applications have been developed to read and convert DOCX files into other file formats such as PDF. However, true editing of DOCX files requires access to some form of MS Office suite.