Basically I had an instance of Word 2007 that I could NOT close. [I didn’t resort to firing up TASK MANAGER to cancel the application.]
Was distressing and discouraging. I had hoped that Windows 7 was more robust in this area of application ‘clean up.’
To be fair it was a Word 2007 problem. But, Word got it’s knickers in a knot thanks to Adobe Acrobat Professional 9.2.
My father, Dr. Ananda Guruge, like I, is an author — a much more prolific and successful one at that. He is working on his 80th (we think) book … a fictional trilogy. He had a PDF sent to him by his publisher in Sri Lanka. It was 689 pages long. He wanted it in Word. [Now 81 we wrote it in long hand and his publisher had it data entered.]
I opened it up Acrobat 9.2 and saved it as a Word (97-2003 compatible) document. Opened it up. Opened fine for me. Reformatted it a bit and saved it. Opened it again and all was fine.
Emailed it to my father. He calls back to say that he only got the first 286 pages! Checked the document again on my Windows 7 machine using Word 2007. No problem.
So decided to try it on my XP machine using Word 2002 … since this would be closer to what my father had.
He was right. Doesn’t open all the pages. Plus it hangs Word 2002. Hhhmmmm.
Tried various tricks. Tried Adobe Acrobat 6 Professional. That hung.
Tried three of the PDF-to-Word conversion products on a trial basis. Not impressed. In the end used the online (meaning you give them PDF … they email Word back) nitoPDF converter. Wow. Very impressed. They converted and sent me back the 689 page document in minutes. Based on that I have no problem endorsing nitroPDF. Take a bow, nitoPDF. You saved my day. I had heard a lot about them. First time I have used them.
Well, though by now I was doing most of the PDF work on my XP system, I had opened various versions of the Adobe converted document using Word 2007. One version being RTF. Anyway, when I was trying to close my multiple instances of Word, the last one would not close.
Basically, Windows 7 though displaying the window was not recognizing it. Not good. Not happy. Rather than mess around, I restarted Windows 7. Here is the SAD sequel. I checked my RELIABILITY HISTORY. Nothing on it. Not happy.
Well, I am now wondering … when will we see Windows 7 SP1. I’ve heard that it might be available around June 2010.