PDF pic puller

Extract images from PDFs with this free tool.

People who use a lot of files in Adobe's Portable Document Format (PDF) but can't afford one of Adobe's high-end products often end up buying third-party utilities designed to make creating and managing PDFs easier, which they do, but since many cost $50 or more, it quickly becomes an expensive proposition. Fortunately, software maker Some PDF has several high-quality PDF utilities that have the added advantage of being totally free. One of them is PDF Image Extract, which extracts images from PDF files without having to cut and paste and saves files in a wide range of formats, including JPEG, GIF, TIFF, BMP, and PNG.

Image Extract downloads, installs, and opens quickly and gets right down to business. A simple, well-thought-out interface makes it easy to load your PDFs, select your output options (such as image quality, gray scale levels, and other settings), and perform the extraction. You can import single files or whole directories. Tabs on the main window's toolbar let you enter the owner's and user's passwords.

The program works well, which is just as well, since the help and documentation features are sparse and often seem to have lost some clarity in the translation to English. Online help is available, though, and Image Extract is easy enough to figure out without much guidance. Some PDF Image Extract is freeware, but for donations of $20 and up the developer will automatically notify of new releases.

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