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Easy PDF to Text Converter

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Sorely lacking in features, Easy PDF to Text Converter is disappointing even by freeware standards. The problems start with its interface, which requires you to click a button named Open to browse to the file you want to convert. From there, you can select more than one input file at a time, but all must be in the same folder. Also, you have to select the input files and destinations at one go. If you cancel in the middle, you have to start over. Conversion itself is fast, though many users will dislike how the program creates a separate text file for each page of the PDF rather than uniting all in a single file. Since the converter can't handle protected PDFs, many will find it just as easy to copy and paste text from Acrobat Explorer. The only real advantage of Easy PDF to Text Converter main is batch processing, limited though that feature is.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    2.1 stars

    out of 35 votes

    • 5 star: 4
    • 4 star: 1
    • 3 star: 7
    • 2 star: 7
    • 1 star: 16
  • Current version:

    2.1 stars

    out of 35 votes

    • 5 star: 4
    • 4 star: 1
    • 3 star: 7
    • 2 star: 7
    • 1 star: 16
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  • 1.0 stars

    "Didn'
    Did NOT work"

    February 9, 2013  |   By djconklin

    Version: Easy PDF to Text Converter 2.0

    Pros

    FREE! And you get exactly what you paid!

    Cons

    Utterly and completely worthless.

    Summary

    Useless; converts the 1st page from a Google pdf file and that was it.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "WORTH A TRY."

    September 6, 2012  |   By BW1936

    Version: Easy PDF to Text Converter 2.0

    Pros

    When it works, it is very fast.
    Text only files convert readily.
    Text errors are few.

    Cons

    The interface is basic. One has to open the program and manually locate the pdf file for conversion and select it for the conversion to occur. (The program does not add a right-click conversion option).
    Some pdf files fail to convert - reported as 'encrypted'. (Happens to many files).
    Each pdf page is converted into one text file. Thus a 10 page pdf file converts to 10 separate text files, which have then to be combined using Word or similar program.

    Summary

    It's a no frills program with some limitations, but it is free!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Failed to work"

    March 31, 2012  |   By nai2

    Version: Easy PDF to Text Converter 2.0

    Pros

    None that I saw. Sure it's free, but when it wastes your time, even free isn't a benefit

    Cons

    Tried to use it with a PDF I'd just scanned. It claimed to have converted the file, but when I opened it I ended up with a blank page. Tried another file (that I'd downloaded) just to see if I could get it to work with anything, and it claimed to be encrypted. Clearly, it will be of no use to me.

    Summary

    Save yourself the frustration of uninstalling and don't bother to download.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Great with very large files, error prone"

    January 25, 2011  |   By yobama

    Version: Easy PDF to Text Converter 2.0

    Pros

    Can work with huge files, as it writes out one file per page, other converters crashed aroung the 7000-10,000 page.

    Cons

    Errors! Street becomes Stret, 25,000 becomes 250, etc...

    Summary

    Does not work with repeating characters. Hopefully there will be a fix out real soon!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Excellent for Text Extracts"

    October 6, 2010  |   By ken500

    Version: Easy PDF to Text Converter 2.0

    Pros

    Ever extracted a few 000 OCR output pages? Correcting a 2000 page document will drive you crazy if you have a single document. Single page outputs helps systematic corrections and keeping track of what you have done And combine .txt files later.

    Cons

    None - simple - neat!

    Summary

    I correct and validate text in PDFs that have been OCR ed - And there are 000s and 000s pages!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "So not worth it"

    September 13, 2010  |   By rla56520

    Version: Easy PDF to Text Converter 2.0

    Pros

    Nothing is good about it

    Cons

    Does NOT preserve the formatting.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Inexact conversion"

    June 14, 2010  |   By 744708

    Version: Easy PDF to Text Converter 2.0

    Pros

    Good for free, but not usefull for me

    Cons

    When PDF is in more than one column, do not follow the order of the text

    Summary

    When PDF is in more than one column, do not follow the order of the text

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Useless Waste of Time"

    June 22, 2009  |   By rajeev_bhalla

    Version: Easy PDF to Text Converter 2.0

    Pros

    LImited Pros.

    Cons

    created a bunch of files, 1 per page, when I wanted a single text file for the book.
    Limited options.
    Poor UI

    Summary

    Waste of Time, does not perform as needed

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Good enough for my needs"

    May 7, 2009  |   By lyc999

    Version: Easy PDF to Text Converter 2.0

    Pros

    - free, simple to install and quick

    Cons

    - generates 1 .txt fille per page in each .pdf
    - would be nice to have command line interface

    Summary

    I have straight forward .pdf files to begin with, no image etc. It does exactly what it claims and free. What's more can I expect? It is a keeper for me.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "didn't recognize my pdf file"

    January 28, 2009  |   By huttarl

    Version: Easy PDF to Text Converter 2.0

    Pros

    Free, small

    Cons

    Rejected my PDF file saying it was "encrypted". It isn't. (It's in format PDF 1.5.) Other viewers have no problem with it -- Foxit or Evince. Even if it were encrypted, which it's not, this program claims to support encrypted files.

    Summary

    For PDF files it accepts, it might work fine. When it doesn't, you're out of luck, apparently.

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