If your client gives you a PDF and wants you to extract the text and pictures for use in QuarkXPress, give www.PDFtoWord.com a try. You can upload any PDF file and it will convert it to Microsoft Word or RTF format and email the result to you.
We gave it our four-column newsletter to convert, and the text became quite easy to select, even if the layout was compromised.
Through creative use of Style Sheets in Word, the text could be brought under control and much of the appearance maintained.
Jay Nelson is the editorial director of PlanetQuark.com, and the editor and publisher of Design Tools Monthly. He’s also the author of the QuarkXPress 8 and QuarkXPress 7 training titles at Lynda.com, as well as the training videos Quark includes in the box with QuarkXPress 7 . In addition, Jay writes regularly for Macworld and Photoshop User magazines and speaks at industry events.