I recently guest wrote an article over at Planet PDF titled ‘PDF Reflow in Microsoft Word 2013: Is it any good?‘. I am going to compare a couple of the pages generated by the Microsoft Word 2013 Preview that I mentioned in that article with our PDF to HTML 5 Converter. So if you haven’t already, it would be worth checking out the article over at Planet PDF first.
I was interested in seeing how well the PDF Reflow feature in Word 2013 worked because Microsoft are essentially doing the same as we do for our products; extracting content from PDF, and outputting it in a different format. We have a Java PDF Library that can extract the content; and built on that, a Java PDF Viewer, conversion to PDF to HTML5, FX, FXML and more (SVG coming soon).
If anything, Microsoft should be able to do a better job than us as they are not limiting themselves to using Java. But it seems for now at least, that is not the case. Here are some side by side comparisons with what we output for our PDF to HTML5 Converter vs what Word 2013 output.
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