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PDF to Excel

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You have many options for converting PDF files into Excel documents, depending on what software you already have, what the PDF contains, and what you expect as a finished product: everything from free Web-based tools to expensive pro tools and enterprise-level packages. Blue Label Software's PDF to Excel Converter falls somewhere in the middle, offering lots of speed and convenience, but at a significant cost, compared to the freeware.

PDF to Excel Converter's user interface is a nicely rendered variation on a common layout for tools of this type, with a tree view in a sidebar to the left of a file selecting list view, with a similar list view for batch jobs below. We looked for but couldn't find a Help file or even online instructions, but this tool isn't too hard to use: just browse to a folder, add one or more documents, and press Convert. After you've made your selections on the settings wizard, simply press Start. You can open finished files directly inside Excel from PDF to Excel Converter, too. Before we started, we reviewed the wizard's Properties and Security tabs. The Properties tab auto-formats cells by default, and we could also select automatic cell size or make manual choices. The Security tab let us set an optional user name and password combination to protect our workbooks. The captions and labels are clear, though a few terms didn't make the change from German to English (the two language choices).

We saw some bugginess with PDF to Excel Converter, especially in the PDF Viewer feature, which typically showed (Not Responding) when opening or closing; once or twice it took the program down with it when it crashed. But the converted files PDF to Excel Converter produced looked good, especially those best suited for converting to Excel documents, notably those with tables and lists. Others, like a camera manual we processed, are less useful, of course, but the program did a decent job on them. We always recommend trying free tools before buying shareware, and trying shareware before you buy it. That's the bottom line with PDF to Excel Converter, too.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of PDF to Excel Converter 2.4.

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    • 4 star: 8
    • 3 star: 7
    • 2 star: 6
    • 1 star: 17
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  • 5.0 stars

    "Simplistic yet useful app"

    April 2, 2014  |   By Khuerana

    Version: PDF to Excel 3.1

    Pros

    Got installed in few seconds and started converting pdf documents. No complexities in conversion from pdf to excel, or xls, xlsx formats to pdf. Excel to PDF is indeed is complete and no data loss or hidden.

    Read More:www.pdf-file-converter.com/pdf-converter-ultimate/

    Cons

    Green footer for trial

    Summary

    Nothing to loose for trying this PDF Converter
    Fast Installation
    Quick Conversion

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Do not buy"

    March 19, 2014  |   By sleet7864

    Version: PDF to Excel 3.1

    Pros

    not many - product is not very good.

    Cons

    does not convert dates correctly. I sent email to the company who create this monstrosity, they asked for a sample of a pdf that was not converting correctly, I sent and they never got back to me.
    I followed up a couple times and they said "their developer was working on it". I requested a refund.

    Summary

    Does not work very good IMHO

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  • 1.0 stars

    "C|net's stowaway apps suck! Done w/ download.dom 4ever!"

    February 21, 2014  |   By clvnst

    Version: PDF to Excel 3.1

    Pros

    * If you need a workout, your index finger will get one with all the Decline buttons you have to click. (Seriously, at least a dozen.)
    * If you love surprises -- Surprise! Your PC will be hijacked anyway.
    * If you hate waiting, you'll find out right away your PC has been hijacked by stowaway apps in spite of all the times you clicked Decline.

    Cons

    * Did I mention stowaway apps?
    * Did I mention that c|net is the "responsible" party? (The pdf2excel folks didn't sneak them into the install package, did they?)
    * Haven't mentioned this yet: It will take more time and effort to purge my PC of the offending browser-gobbling apps than it would have taken to manually convert ginormous pdfs to excel files.

    Summary

    Thanks to c|net, I'm no longer a skeptic, I'm a victim. Gosh, thanks c|net!
    Figured all the other folks who've posted similar complaints about c|net sneaking tons of bloatware/malware into their install packages were just lazy schlubs who couldn't be bothered to pay any attention to what they were saying Accept or Decline to. Nope.
    Sure, I've downloaded plenty of content from c|net that required paying A LOT of attention. And I should've bailed on c|net way back when it became obvious that their business model depends on snookering folks into unintentionally installing tons of excrement in addition to whatever program they intended to install.
    Is it ungrateful to complain about c|net? Is this looking a gift horse in the mouth? Not when c|net offers something they've said is a free horse, but they also stuff a bunch of Trojans inside that sneak out and take over. With friends like c|net, who needs enemies?
    Will be blocking the entire c|net domain from all my company's and family's devices. Gosh, c|net, thanks!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "DO NOT DOWNLOAD! INSTALLS ADWARE, HIJACKS BROWSER!"

    January 7, 2014  |   By mookphillups

    Version: PDF to Excel 3.1

    Pros

    Absolutely nothing.

    Cons

    Within seconds of installing, the executable suddenly downloaded again. Then my browser crashed, reopened and downloaded a third copy. A "ConnectDLC" toolbar appeared in my browser and numerous unwanted processes appeared in my task manager including ConnectedAgent.exe and something related to a website GreatArcadeHits. I found 4 or 5 programs installed with various names from the control panel, none of which I had intended to install, including PassShow, FastestFox and SearchProtect by Conduit. My default homepage was changed and various plugins (related to some of the above software) were enabled without my permission. YOU DO NOT WANT TO DOWNLOAD THIS.

    Summary

    DO NOT DOWNLOAD!

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