Nowadays, iMac is more and more widely applied in study and work, not only in entertainment. Consequently, the demand for applications designed for Mac users is increasing. However, the amount of applications for Mac is relatively small compared with that for Windows. For instance, Word doc and PDF are the most popular formats in Office work, and occasionally we need to convert them from one to the other. It's easy to make it in Windows, but somewhat hard in Mac OS. A clear example is that Windows users can easily save PDF as Word with free PDF to Word Converter, while Mac users can hardly do that similar work using some applications effectively.
Fortunately, everything has a solution. For Mac users, there are still 4 feasible ways to save PDF as Word on Mac for reference.
1. PDF to Word for Mac
It would be a direct and appropriate way to save PDF as Word using PDF to Word for Mac. You just need to follow the steps of how to convert PDF to Word on Mac (Snow Leopard, Lion included) and the work would be done in seconds. The application allows you to convert files as well as pages of a file at a time. As the application is specially designed for Mac users, it is very friendly and meets the users' habit.
Pros: high efficiency and accuracy; good security-you can find it on PDF to Word for Mac on Apple Downloads
Cons: not free but would be cost-effective
If necessary, when viewing PDF files with Preview, users would habitually "save PDF as Word" in the process, which actually is, click Text Tool and select contents and then copy and paste from PDF to Word. Actually, only the text can be saved in Word. Most of time, they are just in a mess and you need to reformat them. Besides, the other elements like graphics, hyperlinks and layouts would be lost. Moreover, it would be tedious and hard work if there are tons of text need to manually copy and paste.
Pros: easy to realize
Cons: manual work, these formats and most of contents are lost
3. Online Software
Mac users can make use of online software. Taking zamzar.com for example, you just need to upload your PDF files and type in your email, then click convert and get a cup of coffee. After conversion, you would receive word document as an attachment in your email. However, considering its security, people may not choose this way to save PDF as Word, because some PDF files need to convert are confidential. It would be not safe if you upload them online. Another problem is that only one PDF file can be converted at a time. It would be a time-consuming job if you had many files to handle.
Pros: standalone of any operating OS
Cons: low efficiency and unsafe
4. Adobe Acrobat
Mac users can easily save PDF as Word on Mac if they have installed Adobe Acrobat previously. It is just like breaking a butterfly on the wheel. Add your PDF file in Acrobat and then directly save PDF as Word. The problem is that the app is designed for editing. If you have many files which need to be saved as Word, it would be still a tedious job. And some elements like graphics could not be re-edited.
Pros: fast and accurate
Cons: too expensive and not cost-effective.
The ways mentioned above are designed for single users, maybe there are many other applications which can do similar work like PDFpen and Open Office, but it would be either not cost-effective or inconvenient. Users can save PDF as Word on Mac for many purposes-you can extract graphics, quote data and views, edit text, reformat layouts, fill PDF form and etc. It's all up to you.