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Able2Doc

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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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  • 1.0 stars

    "My PDF was imported to Word as an image."

    September 8, 2011  |   By rtdillon1178

    Version: Able2Doc 6.0

    Pros

    None I can see.

    Cons

    Defeated purpose of using software. Had assumed it would be converted to a text document.
    Selection tools won't select and manually converting would not allow

    Summary

    Disappointment.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "it is easy over all,"

    January 31, 2009  |   By yasminaelh

    Version: Able2Doc 5.0

    Pros

    and very fast

    Cons

    if it can be vire versa it will be better

    Summary



    Updated on Jan 31, 2009

    and also if it can convert to other aplications of microsoft office like excel

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  • 4.0 stars

    "4-1/2 Stars - very good little program"

    October 20, 2006  |   By AdamNYC

    Version: Able2Doc 3

    Pros

    I'm reviewing based on the 7-day free trial of version 3.0, which as of this writing has not yet been reviewed by others. I'm impressed. This software completed clean conversions to Microsoft Word of PDF text with complex formatting. Beats the heck out of one of its similarly-priced competitors that I also tried. I can't comment on non-text conversion, which others here reported problems with in past versions of the software, but the documents I was converting included tables, charts, and other complex text, and the DOC versions looked almost identical to the PDF originals.

    Cons

    The user interface (kind of like the software's name) is a bit amateurish. You have to select each line of text you want to convert. For an entire document, just select everything. No big deal. Of slightly greater significance, the DOC results are not formatted in a way that makes editing as easy as it would be if an MS Word expert had created the DOCs from scratch. Example: "empty paragraphs" (AKA "hard returns") are sometimes used for blank spaces between paragraphs, rather than neater "space before" or "space after" paragraph formatting. But Able2 does as well or better than more expensive stuff that I've seen in corporate environments. The free trial version limits conversions to 3 pages per click, and 7 days, but within those constraints is fully functional. Even if you decide not to buy the software after the trial, you'll have good, useful DOC versions of the PDFs you converted. I may be missing something, but I haven't yet found freeware that does a good job converting PDF to DOC - DOC to PDF, yes, but not PDF to DOC. If I'm wrong, someone please correct me before I drop the 40 bucks on Able2.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "No comparison to the others"

    April 17, 2006  |   By zornot

    Version: Able2Doc 2

    Pros

    I tried every product I could find for under $50. Earlier I settled on docsmartz for $20, but it usually made awful conversions -- even for plain text. So far Able2Doc has worked flawlessly.

    Cons

    Trouble getting the pin to work. The interface is a bit more complex than tje others I tried, but it's the results that count! I suppose I'll use the convert a selection only feature after I get used to the idea.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Can't handle complex frames/Converts line & text colors orange"

    December 1, 2005  |   By mariner1500

    Version: Able2Doc 2

    Cons

    May be useful for text only but that's about it.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Rubbish"

    May 12, 2005  |   By stevebur

    Version: Able2Doc 1.0

    Pros

    none

    Cons

    Can't cope with a complex brochure. Therefore not suitable for any business task

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Works on very simple document"

    November 16, 2004  |  

    Version: Able2Doc 1.0

    Summary

    If you try to convert little more complex document, the output is trashed (test overwrap, etc.) Barcode in document were converted into trash characters, etc.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Try IT!! never regret"

    November 12, 2004  |  

    Version: Able2Doc 1.0

    Summary

    Try It you wont Regret ON it, BEST of the BEsT

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