Retain formatting from Adobe?

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I have a document in PDF and in an Indesign documentagh123. I haven't figured out how to retain the formating when pasting it into my Yola website. I posted the actual PDF by changing it into a jpeg file and posting it as a picture, but I'd rather have it in a text or html window so that it loads faster and can be read by search engines.

It's the menu on www.foodwithheart.com
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Hello Jonathon,

To display the content of a pdf file as text would require a converter. (PDF to Text).

There are a few of these around including of course the licensed version of Adobe.

I have a converter here and would be happy to try it if you can put it up as a pdf file on your site somewhere and tell me the URL of the page.
This may work, generally does for certain versions and scripts.
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Hi Jonathan,

Has Peter helped you solve your problem? Or do you require further assistance?
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Hi Peter and Ruth,

I am able to get it into plain text but it strips the formatting (fonts, color, bold etc.) and messes up some of the spacing etc.

The PDF can be downloaded from www.foodwithheart.com or you can go directly to this URL that should start the download: http://www.foodwithheart.com/resource...

Thanks,
Jonathon
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Hi Jonathon,

Yes now I see the complexity of the problem. A simple conversion like I have is not likely to allow for all the formatting nuances on your page.

I'm thinking and have researched. There are OCR packages that will do this but for significant cost and purchase of hardware and software. (Don't you hate statements like this?) Can you leave it with me for a little bit and I'll explore further.
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Hi Peter,

Sure thing. I appreciate your work on this.

I do have Adobe Acrobat Professional. I hadn't thought of using that before. I was able to export it to html, open that, view page source, and copy/paste into the html content widget. However, 1. The column width is wider than the columns in the template, and 2. I can't edit the text itself--I need to fix some glitches in the text.

Here's what I have so far:
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Jonathon,

I would try the Acrobat professional first. This is most likely to give you the most accurate transcription. As far as the column widths are concerend this will remain the case. It's a function of the style.

One way to overcome this is to proportionately reduce all elements in the text to the proportional difference of your style vs. the actual physical size of the (text)page. Text is unlikely to be a problem but your boxes will need manual adjustment. I daresay that even if it was an almost perfect fix, you will still need to do some manual adjustments ( I think quite a bit).