How to Convert PDF to RTF on Mac or on Windows PC?

2017-09-05 21:30:50 / Posted by Connie Wisley to PDF Follow @ Connie

A great part of word processors allow users to read and write RTF files, which makes RTF an easily accessible file format. Also, since PDF has worked as a standard format nowadays, the PDF to RTF conversion happens very often. In the following parts, you will be able to get a basic understanding about RTF and how to convert PDF to RTF both on Mac and on Windows PC.

Basic Knowledge about RTF/RTFD

What is RTF?

RTF is the abbreviation of Rich Text Format, a proprietary document file format developed by Microsoft. RTF can be read and edited by most of word processors, so users can share RTF file with different incompatible word processing programs, even on different operating systems. Unlike txt, RTF also supports text style formatting (bold, italics and different fonts), as well as images within the text.

What is RTFD?

RTFD, also known as Rich Text Format Directory, is a primary document format of a Mac application---TextEdit. It contains rich text format, also some attachments, such as images and animations. Hence, RTFD is always packed in a bundle or a folder. 

Therefore, if you are using a Mac, you need to convert PDF to RTFD, since MacOS supports opening bundles directly, while Windows does not. If you are using Windows, you will just need to export PDF to RTF.

How to Convert PDF to RTF on Mac or Windows PC?

There may be abundant solutions to export PDF to RTF, but if you want to convert PDF to RTF with best quality outcome, a dedicated PDF Converter will be highly recommended.

Why Choose A PDF Converter?

  1. Convert PDF to well-formatted RTF
  2. Image resolution won’t be sacrificed after the conversion
  3. Stand-alone program to keep your files save
  4. Process conversion fast
  5. Provide extended features: Edit PDF, Do PDF OCR, Batch Conversion, etc

If you are using Windows

Foxit PhantomPDF, a powerful PDF Editor and Converter for Windows users, enables users to edit, convert, organize and manage PDF files as needed. It can convert both native and scanned PDFs into RTF, Word, PowerPoint, Excel, HTML, Txt and Image formats.

  1. Launch Foxit PhantomPDF on your Windows PC, open the PDF file with Foxit.
  2. Choose the output format and output folder. Go to Convert>To Other>RTF.convert pdf to rtf on windows
  3. The RTF file will be automatically opened by your default word processor, save the RTF file on your Windows PC.

If you are using MacOS

Cisdem PDF Converter OCR for Mac, is an all-round PDF OCR program to convert native, scanned, even encrypted PDFs into 16 formats, including RTFD, searchable PDF, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, HTML, Text, ePub, Keynote, Pages and Image formats. It can preserve the original file quality in output files, also supports batch processing to speed up the conversion. What's more, you can utilize this mac application to create PDF and customize PDF freely.

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  1. Import PDFs into the program by drag and drop. Batch conversion is supported, drag as many file as you can to the program for processing.
  2. Choose output as RTFD. Also you can select pages or fill page range to customize your conversion. If you want to convert scanned PDF to RTFD, turn the OCR function ON before conversion.convert pdf to rtfd on mac For accurate OCR results, click on “Settings" icon to bring up a new interface. You will find all the contents are automatically marked as Texts, Images or Tables in different colors, for the program to recognize each part accurately. First, you need to check all the OCR applied zone are marked properly, if not, manually adjust (delete the defaulted mark box, chooes the tool under OCR Applied Zone, then drag a mark box to select specific contents).mark ocr
  3. Click “Convert” to convert PDF to RTFD on Mac.

Convert PDF to RTF Online Free

However, for some users, they don’t need to do PDF-to-RTF conversion very often, or they are not that picky on the conversion quality. Then, online free PDF converter will be a good choice.

Yet, before converting PDF to RTFD with these online free tools, make sure you understand that:

  • Online free programs store your PDF file for a while, so don’t upload highly private PDF files for conversion;
  • Online free programs cannot preserve the original file quality in each conversion, check the converted file to make sure there are no conversion errors;
  • Online free programs set a file size limit;
  • Online free programs may process conversion slowly due to poor internet connection or PDF file size

#Method 1 Google Docs

Google offers its members a platform to manage PDFs online---Google Docs, you can utilize this built-in feature to edit, convert and organize documents.

  1. Login in your Google Account>Google Drive.
  2. Click New>File Upload to import PDF files into Google Drive.
  3. Right click on the uploaded PDF, choose “Open with”> “Google Docs”.
  4. The PDF file is opened in Google Docs now, go to File>Download as>RTF.convert pdf to rtf

#Method 2 Zamzar 

Zamzar is an online file converter to convert different types of videos, audios and documents. You don’t need to register or download any software, just submit your email address to download the RTF file.

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  1. Upload PDFs to the online server.
  2. Choose output as RTF.
  3. Submit email address to receive download link
  4. Download RTF file according to the address Zamzar sent to your email box.


As people are now pursuing higher productivity to deal with documents, dedicated PDF converters hence become more and more popular due to its high-quality outcomes. To decide which PDF program you should subscribe, just have a try on above-mentioned recommendations. 

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