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Convert PDFs to Word Docs with this businesslike utility.

Able2Doc PDF to Word Converter basically does one thing very well--it converts PDF files into Word or Open Office Writer documents so that you can use and manage them in Microsoft Word, the OpenOffice.org open-source program, or a compatible word processor. It also saves files in both DOC and RTF formats.

The program has advantages beyond doing away with a PDF reader and standardizing your documents and files, such as preserving the look and feel of PDF files in your Word documents. It offers several conversion options, including the ability to convert .PDFs into fillable Word forms, to place converted PDFs into frames in Word, or to just convert the text. Able2Doc also handles XPS files, Microsoft's PDF competitor. The program uses Investintech's Accumax CT conversion engine. Able2Doc downloads and installs politely. The clean, businesslike interface offers effective guidance for first-time users with optional Quick Start Tips and pop-up Tip Balloons. It's easy to select which conversion option best suits your needs and which parts of the PDF file to convert. Something we'd like to see is output options to make it easier to send saved converted files to target folders, e-mail, and such.

Able2Doc performs well, but the free seven-day trial version has limitations, such as the capability to convert only a few pages. You must buy and register your copy to get full functionality. However, for the business user with a specific need, Able2Doc PDF to Word Converter will be a valuable productivity tool.

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