Reed D James wrote:
The way I see it, if I own a product, then it's mine to do whatever I want with it in the privacy of my own home.
Whether you can or can't do that depends on the laws of your country. It also depends on any promises that you may have made. If you had promised the person you bought if from that you would not open it, then you can't open it without breaking your promise. And whether any such promise is legally enforceable, depends on the laws of your country.
What is the difference between decompiling and/or copying and pasting from a software program and converting a PDF to an editable document to be indexed and searched by the owner?
This is a question that you should ask in a programmers' forum, and I think you'll find (to begin with) that it is widely understood that there is a distinct difference between altering data and/or using data and altering instructions and/or using instructions. But that is for another forum.
I also think (as I have said before) that you should not use the word "decompile" when talking about software if you don't mean what programmers mean by the word. What you call "decompile" is not what EULAs mean by it, and your continual use of that word creates unnecessary confusion.
As for the macros, I found them to be buggy... Somehow, the computer seized up when the macro told it to save the article, even though the timing was exactly the same as when I did it manually.
A macro recorder is nice, but sometimes it's better to write it from scratch.
Did you use the method that I describe in my previous post?