How do I keep my file from being rotated 90 degrees when exporting an PDF to XLS

When I export a file from Acrobat X to a XLS format it rotated te file 90 degrees. How do I prevent that?


Fred Willson


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What we have is a situation specific to ExportPDF.
No Acrobat (the desktop application) involvement.

My guess is that how the PDF was created has bearing on ExportPDF's processing.

From: http://forums.adobe.com/docs/DOC-1513

Will Adobe ExportPDF convert both text and formatting information?

Adobe ExportPDF is capable of exporting high quality information, but the quality of your Word document depends on the quality of the PDF file you start with. For instance, if your PDF file was originally authored in Microsoft Word and converted to PDF using the PDFMaker functionality of Adobe Acrobat®, your PDF file contains a rich set of information that can be captured by Adobe ExportPDF. This includes relative positioning of tables, images, and even multi-column text, as well as page, paragraph, and font attributes.


By David Austin   

To clarify - are you using Adobe's online service "ExportPDF" or are you using Acrobat X to Save As...


David Austin   

I'm bran new at this. I downloaded Acrobat X and then used it to export a PDF to XLS. When it said the conversion was complete it asked me to save te document. I did that and ten loaded the document with Microsoft office Excell and the document had been rotated 90 degrees from the orientation in the PDF file.


Fred Willson   

And yes I'm using the online service, at least that is what I thought I paid the extra $21.00 for


Fred Willson   

Ok,
You have the online service ExportPDF.
For reference there is comprehensive information is available at Adobe's ExportPDF Forum:
http://forums.adobe.com/community/exportpdf

It appears the ExportPDF process is, for some reason, causing the rotation. This may be related to how the content was placed into the PDF page(s).

Another question. Are you using Adobe Reader X?
This is the free product.
Acrobat X must be purchased.
Asking as Acrobat X Pro comes with the ability to export table content to Excel or XML spreadsheet.

Be well...


David Austin   

Yes, I'm using Adobe Reader X


Fred Willson   

Thanks! It appears that the conversion does the same thing as the print command does with the table. If I print the PDF it rotates 80 degrees to fit the paper in landscape format. When I try to convert it to an xls format, it does the samething. Other than that it is an exact copy of the table in the PDF file. In other words it goes from orizontal orientation on my computer screen to vertical orientation on the printer and in the newly created xls file.


Fred Willson   

For Adobe Reader - Open the Print Setup dialog (File > Print Setup).
Configure for landscape orientation and appropriate page size.
When using File > Print to the hardcopy printer the Print dialog should now be reflective of the print setup you've established.

There will be a similar configuration option associated with ExportPDF.

Be well...


David Austin   


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