Documenting an Install



I have been recommended to document a PeopleSoft installation by printing out the installation notes and writing down in the margins what I did and what problems I ran into.  I think that is a great idea.

But, what if I could convert the installation notes into Microsoft Word or Open Office so that I could take my notes directly in the document.  The advantage is that I would have something I could search through for reference or in case of problems.  Also, I could easily include screen shots and such.

The problem is that I haven’t found a way to convert the PDF.  Here is a link that I tried, it and might help you if you have a smaller PDF.  I think the installation notes are too large.  It didn’t work for me.  Let me know if you get it to work.

I am exploring some other options, too.

Please let me know if you have any other ideas for PDFs or for installation documentation.


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3 Comments

  1. James says:

    You didn’t say if you were only looking for a free utility but Adobe Acrobat Professional can convert PDFs to .doc files easily. You can also strip out the chapters you don’t need so you don’t have to convert the entire thing.

  2. digitaleagle says:

    James,

    That is a good point. I am curious how Adobe Acrobat Professional works. Since this is my only use, I don’t know that I want to put money toward it. I have a co-worker who already has it installed. I may ask if she would do it for me.

    That is a good idea about stripping out the chapters we don’t need.

  3. David says:

    http://www.hellopdf.com/download.php
    or
    http://www.freepdfconvert.com/convert_pdf_to_source.asp

    Search Google for
    “PDF to Word”
    and you’ll get enough hits

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