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Able2Extract

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Though they required minor editing, this file converter quickly and easily converted our PDFs to Word, Excel, and other file formats. We were, however, disappointed by its double-whammy of a trial limitation.

Able2Extract PDF Converter has a sleek and professional-looking user interface. Intuitive commands and navigational buttons reside at the top of the window. Novice users will especially appreciate the tips and the step-by-step guide it employs to walk you through the conversion process. The process was extremely easy and fast. Once we located our PDF, it was simply a matter of selecting the text we wanted to convert, and clicking on the file format icon on the toolbar. When we converted the PDF text to a Word file, we did have to clean it up a bit, removing a few extraneous lines and characters, but the text itself required no editing whatsoever. The program also has the capability to convert PDFs to HTML, Excel, and text files, which worked perfectly when we put them to the test. The Batch Conversion feature let us add multiple files to convert to the same file format in one fell swoop, a very handy tool for users handling numerous files.

The program offers a built-in Help feature. We were a little put off by its meager seven-day trial period, and three-page conversion limit. We also had to manually remove files during the uninstallation. But despite its few drawbacks, we highly recommend this PDF converter for all user levels.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "The only one that ever worked so far for me."

    November 10, 2013  |   By francho42

    Version: Able2Extract 7.0.0.14

    Pros

    A no-brainier to figure out how to run and it actually works, unlike all the other software I have tried which upon conversion return nothing, or gibberish. Decent price too considering the time it saves.

    Cons

    Doesn't like large pdf files. One has to reduce their size in Adobe of Bluebeam before it will open them, but once it opens them magic happens.

    Summary

    I have spent hours, let me correct that, numerous days inserting coordinates into a spreadsheet for survey layout points manually because no software appeared to exist that would extract data from a PDF to Excel. I was quite astounded that in 2013 there still only appears to be one program that does this and Able2extract pro is it. I have no idea and don't care how well it works with text but if you are looking for something that extracts numerical data from a PDF file, even ones created by a scanner then this is your lucky day. Just be aware that it doesn't like large files but if you reduce them in size in Bluebeam or Adobe it will open them and allow your hands to do something useful like tip back a beer instead of punching in numbers.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Did what it claimed"

    June 28, 2013  |   By CP7212

    Version: Able2Extract 8.0.34

    Pros

    It successfully converted a .pdf to .doc (Word). It took very little time to make the conversion.

    Cons

    It uninstalled my C++ package and then re-installed the same package, and it took awhile. Uneditable fields in the .pdf were still uneditable in Word.

    Summary

    Scanned by anti-virus and malware checker, they both came up clean. Software seems to do what they claim. Those two things seem to be more than some of the same software around here.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "some problems with some characters in text and graphics"

    March 8, 2013  |   By dacnec

    Version: Able2Extract 8.0.26

    Pros

    easy and fast

    Cons

    some text converted to symbols and some letters missing entirely. pictures and graphics were not as editable as I would like.

    Summary

    better than many but not perfect

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Works great when it works"

    February 7, 2013  |   By T00intense

    Version: Able2Extract 8.0.24

    Pros

    Converts PDF's to the most popular MS Office platforms

    Cons

    Fails more often than not. It will continue to process and process until the application is cancelled. Then a Fatal Exception error will finally show up.

    Summary

    If this application worked 90% of the time it would be a great utility to own. Unfortunately, it doesn't live up to the hype. Though I'm sure if enough people complain about the product it will either be improved or you don't have to worry about purchasing it.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Batch doesn't work all the time"

    February 5, 2013  |   By dhm88

    Version: Able2Extract 7.0.0.14

    Pros

    Does the basics

    Cons

    batch conversion is a mess

    Summary

    I bought the professional version to do batch conversions. First the program completely crashes with certain files, instead of just skipping over them. Next I turn on the OCR engine to perform image-based conversion but that gets reseted to default when I apply batch conversions, works great with single conversions though. Lastly I contacted tech support but have been completely ignored for a week now.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Works perfectly with clean PDF's"

    February 4, 2013  |   By janene33

    Version: Able2Extract 8.0.24

    Pros

    I use this program all the time to convert PDF's to Word and Excel. I've used it with Windows XP Pro and Windows 7, Office 2k3 and 2k7. If the document is straight and is a clean PDF (as in very readable), it works perfectly.

    Cons

    If the PDF is a crooked scanned document, if it's a fax, or otherwise hard-to-read document, the OCR is not accurate.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "This company is SHADY - avoid at all costs."

    May 14, 2012  |   By Steven_Singer

    Version: Able2Extract 7.0.0.14

    Pros

    None. Company website said my credit card was declined twice, turns out that both attempts were succesful but the "company" and never sent me the key. Read below....

    Cons

    If your experience is anything like mine, this "company" will charge you twice while telling you that the card was denied both times. However, the charges will go through but they will not send you the key to unlock the software. When you try to call them to straighten it out the "company" will not pick up the phone. They also will not respond to your credit card company when they attempt to resolve the problem. Shady shady shady.

    Summary

    As of this writing I will need to wait 4 business days to get my money back. Again: The company website from which I ordered told me TWICE that my card was denied. Although I suspected a software glitch I later noted that my credit card was indeed debited. I have still not received a key and I cannot get a refund for a few days.

    After reading previous comments and taking into account my own experience, I would avoid this company entirely.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Converted a scanned pdf file into editable excel file"

    November 4, 2011  |   By melissasolano

    Version: Able2Extract 7.0.0.14

    Pros

    user friendly, easy to use interface and step by step instructions. provided an option to edit column width, etc.

    Cons

    none to date

    Summary

    strongly recommend this product! worked for me in a pinch! Saved me time and money!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Did not work for me"

    September 15, 2011  |   By tonytunison

    Version: Able2Extract 7.0.0.14

    Pros

    None the s/w was unable to read my file.

    Cons

    would not read the file

    Summary

    213 pdf converter read file and I was able to use the pdf in powerpoint but had some problems with the graphics. If I would have done a text only option in 123 pdf converter I may have not had a problem at all. I was not able to get that far with able2extract.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "High-Cost but High-Value"

    July 14, 2011  |   By Bellerophony

    Version: Able2Extract 7.0.11

    Pros

    Downloads quickly and easily; Helpful balloon tips guide you on exactly what to do first time; Most importantly - worked very well in converting a PDF form to an pretty-much exact Word replica

    Cons

    Trial version limitations; High price

    Summary

    I tried various other converters that just failed to convert. This worked quickly, straightforwardly, and well. Halve the price and I might even buy a copy!

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