[Contest] Able2Extract PDF Converter version 8 [Forum Exclusive]

| December 27, 2012

Do we need to convert a PDF into a Word document accurately? Do we ever require a tool that would help convert a PDF into an editable spreadsheet? Many of us would answer in Yes. Many of us would have come across a situation where we wanted that PDF to convert into some or the other editable format for reuse. Here comes Investintech’s Able2Extract PDF converter to our rescue.

Investintech’s Able2Extract PDF converter version 8 is the First Ever Cross-Platform PDF Converter. It is compatible with Windows, Mac and Linux platforms.



Feature Highlights

1. Extensive Conversion Options – ranges from Word, Excel and PowerPoint files, to Publisher, AutoCAD and various image formats.

2. Accurate Conversion

3. Advanced PDF Recognition

4. Cross platform on Windows, Mac and Linux

Below conversions are supported:

PDF to Office (Word, Excel, Power Point and Publisher)

PDF to OpenOffice


PDF to AutoCAD

PDF to Image

PDF to Text file

Read more on features using the link below:



Upon installation, the first run of the program asks to select either a 7 Day Trial or activate a license. The interface is very simple, yet elegant. The visible options (on the top bar) are Open, Select, Conversion Types, Batch processing, Tell a Friend and search. Until a document is opened, all options are grayed out, except Open. The main interface also has Investintech’s twitter and facebook links integrated- not useful though. These links are listed as icons on the footerbar, and you could remove the entire footerbar from View menu>F8.

The interface opens the files in tabbed mode. So at any point of time, you can have multiple open files in separate tabs.

I went ahead and tried to convert a table (from a pdf) to Excel. It presented me two options: Automatic and Custom. However, note that there are no similar options available for conversion to OpenOffice Calc format.

The default Automatic conversion option into Excel is recommended for most conversions into Excel. Under this conversion option, the software algorithm automatically determines the positioning of the Excel columns. In most cases, this will result in perfect alignment within Excel.

The Custom option allows the user to make a manual designation as to where the columns of data will be created once converted into Excel. This designation is made visually by the user prior to conversion to Excel. You can also save the custom made template for future/later use.

The converted Excel (shown below) preserved the table structure very well.

NOTE: The application fails to convert to PowerPoint, Excel and Word if you do not have these specific MS Office components installed. To overcome this, you can select PowerPoint2007 option from menu View>Options>General, and Word2007 and Excel2007 option from menu View>Options> MS Word/Excel Conversion Parameters.

Another conversion to HTML also provided me a neat file, keeping the original table structure very well.

The “Convert to Word” command has a sub-menu that offers 3 different conversion options shown below:

The following briefly explains the pros and cons of the various conversion options:

*Standard – The default conversion option will retain background graphics, as a background image in the converted output, and the textual layout using the layout of the original PDF document for guidance. For most documents, this will provide the best looking output in a format that is simple to edit. As such, it is the recommended format for most documents.

*Frames – Under certain circumstances, because the text boxes are designed to correlate with the structural positioning of the original PDF document, it may be possible to generate a more accurate layout than with the Standard conversion selection option.

*Text – The PDF to Word Text Only conversion option will only convert the text portions of selected items. The text will appear as a standard paragraph without special formatting or text boxes in a new word document. This conversion is most useful when preserving the look and feel of the PDF in Word format is not important, but the user desires easy access to the text information.

The Convert to Images option provides a way to convert the PDF page into an image. Below are the options regarding the extracted PDF page image.

You can specify the image format that you would like to create. The options provided are: BMP, JPG, PNG, GIF and TIFF. Moreover, you can also set the image quality for the output file format. If “Create HTML Gallery” is selected, an HTML page will be created upon conversion, in addition to the image created based on the selected file format.

Batch Conversion

A batch conversion feature is also available if you have multiple documents that require conversion. This feature saves a lot of time. However, you will not be able to pick specific portions for conversion, as the Batch tool works only with the whole document. An anti-spam human verification test is required for Batch conversion to prevent automation of this application.


1. User-friendly, clean, simple, and professional interface.

2. Balloon tips to provide step by step instructions and guide users through the conversion process.

3. Batch conversion ability.

4. Ability to convert an entire document, selected pages, or even a certain area/lines of a page.

5. Ability to convert PDF, HTML, XPS, and text files.

6. Cross platform.

7. Faster conversion.

8. 3-Step simple conversion process.

9. Supports PDF conversion to Open Source Formats.

10. Ability to customize the conversion to Excel format.

11. Does not require Adobe Acrobat or any PDF application.


1. Unavailability of Custom option for OpenOffice Calc, like Excel.

2. No free upgrade to latest version.

3. Hefty price.

4. Fails to convert to Publisher if you do not have this specific MS Office component installed. Although, it can convert to OpenOffice formats- even when it is not installed.

5. As per the Help file (see image below) “Take Snapshot” option is available for scanned PDFs only. However developer confirmed and I tested that this option works for all PDFs. Therefore, a correction is required in the help file.


Able2Extract PDF converter is an excellent PDF program for users of all skill levels. One can quickly and easily convert any PDF file into various available formats. It just takes 3 steps to perform a conversion, and is therefore extremely easy to use.

The simple interface, intuitive commands and navigational options at the top, along with step by step balloon tips makes it a child’s play to do a conversion.

In my testing, I got very accurate converted files. A 7 day free trial with 3 files conversion limit could be accessed via the link below:


I would also like to take an opportunity to introduce you all to the free tools provided by Investintech.com. You can access them using the link below:


1. Bloatware Free Slim PDF Reader

2. Docx to Doc Online converter

3. PDF to HTML Online converter

4. 12 HTML CSS templates

5. 12 free PowerPoint templates

Reviewed by Grr

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