[Tex/LaTex] Converting from pdf


So, I have ultimately important lecture to give. Now, I have to add material to it. I was stupid enough to erase tex and all support files. It is a great deal – 12 pages. So, it would take me a day to retype it, a luxury that I do not have. So, is it any way at all to convert from pdf to tex, so that I can edit. Please help. Otherwise, is it possible to merge documents with pdf, and how, in detail.

Best Answer

Short answer: No this is not possible

Long answer:

  1. You might try what @samcarted suggested and just copy and paste everying and add the formatting manually.

  2. Alternatively you could mix the old and the new slides/pages together by using pdfpages (not sure whether you're using beamer or article or something else, but the example should translate to other classes as well). Assuming your old document is named oldfile.pdfand you want to keep pages 2 and 3 from it, but add a new page 1 and a new last page, the following code will get you started. Note that you can also reorder the pages with this.


 New page 1
 \includepdf[fitpaper=true, pages=2-3]{oldfile.pdf}%this adds page 2-3 from the old file
 New page 4
  1. As pointed out by @ProrroMannix, there are softwares around for conversion between pdf and word, these in combination with copy-and-paste might give you a better result than plain copy-and-paste, espacially regarding the handling of ligatures (as in your follow-up question: Segments of letters)