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Quick Reference Guide

Welcome to ScanSoft PDF Converter 3

The ScanSoft® PDF Converter 3 lets you unlock PDF files to edit them as Microsoft® Word, Microsoft Excel, CorelTM WordPerfect®, and generic RTF files. It also lets you open PDF files directly from these applications, edit them and save them in the appropriate file type. It converts Portable Document Format (PDF) files up to and including version 1.6. Encrypted PDF files can be opened if the required password is provided. PDF Converter distinguishes three types of PDF conversion: for documents, forms and spreadsheets. You must choose one of these descriptions before starting the conversion because PDF Converter uses different algorithms for each. Your choices and target applications are as follows:













True Page®
























Flowing Column

























Rich Text (RTF)






























Logical Form















Recognition (LFR)































Spreadsheet Excel

Most PDF files contain a text layer with standard character encoding. ScanSoft PDF Converter is designed to convert these files directly. PDF files not meeting these criteria must be converted by Optical Character Recognition (OCR). This is the process of extracting text from an image. OCR conversion is supplied with the product.

Installation and Activation

Please remove any previous version of PDF Converter before the installation.

1.Insert the CD-ROM in your CD-ROM drive.

The installation program will start automatically. If it does not, locate your CD-ROM drive in Windows Explorer and double-click the converter's setup.exe file. Select a language for installation. The InstallShield® Wizard will appear.

(If you have downloaded the converter from the ScanSoft web site, double-click its setup.exe file.)

rectly entered, no user interaction is required and no personal information is transmitted. If you do not activate the product at installation time, you will be invited to do this each time you invoke the program. PDF Converter can be launched only five times without activation.

Note: System requirements are presented on the product box and in online Help. The user performing installation or un-installation should have Administrator rights on the computer. Administrator rights are recommended for activation and de-activation.

2. Follow the on-screen instructions.

You must accept the license agreement in order to proceed. You must enter a serial number. You will find this on the CD sleeve or on the ScanSoft web site at the download location. Be sure to keep the serial number in a safe place; it is fully checked only during product activation and is also needed for any re-installations. The installer offers a default location for the program. Accept it or define a different one.

3.Click Finish.

Registration runs at the end of installation. Select Register Online to establish a connection to the ScanSoft web site. We provide an easy electronic form that can be completed in a few moments. When the form is filled, click Submit. If you decide not to register or to be reminded later, you can go to to register online any time later. Click on Support and from the main support screen choose Register in the left-hand column. For a statement on the use of your registration data, please see ScanSoft's Privacy Policy.


You will be invited to activate the product at the end of installation. Please ensure that web access is available. Provided your serial number is found at its storage location and has been cor-

How to Get Help

This printed Quick Reference Guide accompanies the ScanSoft PDF Converter when it is supplied on a CD. This guide is also available as in a PDF file on the CD and after installation in the program folder. It can also be accessed from the About panel. When the program is delivered electronically, this PDF document should be consulted. It is available at the download site.

ScanSoft PDF Converter has an online Help system. All program screens have Help buttons. Help is provided in a PDF file; use the Table of Contents or the search function in your PDF viewer to find the information you need. You can download a PDF viewer free of charge from the web. ScanSoft PDF Converter Professional can also display PDF files.

Press F1 or click the Help button to open the online Help system at the first page.

A Readme file with latest information is available on the CD and in the program folder. The ScanSoft web site offers program information, with a regularly updated knowledge base and user forums.

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