// PDF to Word

17 07 2009

Further to my blog entry the other day on The Rejection of PDF’s, I’ve stumbled across a website which claims to be the Most Accurate PDF-to-Word Converter.

Given the problems I mentioned, with some job sites only accepting Word docs instead of the more stable PDF format, I thought I’d give it a try…I heard mixed reviews, from those saying it worked perfectly, to those for whom it failed spectacularly.

I personally was neither impressed nor unimpressed. Sure, it did it. Not appallingly, but not outstandingly either. One of my main issues is that on my CV I was using fonts that aren’t available on all systems (another reason why PDF wins as a file type) and this application has converted my headings from Adobe Garamond Pro to Times New Roman. Sigh.

Needs must though, if you’re going to use a Word document. As for the body text, it’s there, but there are some huge issues with my kerning for some reason. And I’m not even sure if kerning can be adjusted in MS Word. That’s a problem for another day, as so far I’ve been able to work around the non-PDF friendly sites, finding the same job vacancy posted on a site that does accept PDF’s.

Try it yourself here, and let me know if you have any more or less success than I did.


// The Rejection of PDF’s

2 07 2009

As you know by now, I am currently seeking employment, having been made redundant from my last Graphic Design position. My current frustration is dedicated job sites who refuse to accept a PDF file for a CV. And I quote, Unfortunately we are unable to accept the file format you have just tried to upload. Please save your CV as either a Word Document (.doc or .docx), a Text file (.txt) or in Rich Text Format (.rtf) and try again.

A text file? Why would anybody produce a CV as a text file? This is not a personal attack on anyone producing their CV in Microsoft Word, quite the opposite in fact – if you want to produce a simple CV, then go for it! MS Word is fine as a Word Processor, in fact I’d go so far as to say it’s great as a Word Processor, but I’m a Graphic Designer, my CV has been designed. Am I really going to have a shoddy CV produced using a generic MS Word “résumé” template? No. I don’t think I am. My CV has been created using Adobe InDesign. It’s personal to me. It isn’t a template. It looks good. Need I go on?

Enough complaining for now, I need to hunt down this job vacancy on an alternate website. One that accepts PDF documents.

// Frustrations

30 01 2009

I’m currently working on a page layout which can be used by everyone in the company to create uniform documents and presentations, following our brand guidelines. Unfortunately, it needs to be editable in Microsoft Word which all members of staff have access to. & so it transpires that MS Word is actually the devil. I’m confident that I am not the only person in the world to feel this way about Microsoft and their many products.

Doing this in Adobe InDesign would be no problem. InDesign is my life. I work with it constantly, five days a week for eight hours a day – excluding toilet breaks of course – and it’s fair to say my program knowledge is extensive; I can do exactly what I want in terms of layout, formatting etc.

MS Word (or, The Devil, as I’m beginning to refer to it) is a whole different ball game…I’ll check back once I have defeated it.