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PDFMate PDF Converter

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With so many free PDF converters to choose from, AnvSoft's PDFMate PDF Converter stands out in a crowded field by offering a super-easy, wizard-based conversion process in an easy-to-use layout. PDFMate bundles six conversion tools in one interface: PDF to EPUB, Text, Image, HTML, SWF, and Word Converters, plus a tool for shrinking multipage PDF documents down to a single page. The latest release of PDFMate PDF Converter, Version 1.6.2, is suitable for Windows XP to 8.

PDFMate's immense, colorful, and clearly-labeled icons and buttons and step-by-step process make it a tool that nearly anyone can use. The program's layout explains the process, which starts with the Add PDF button. We added a test file, which appeared in a gridded list view in the main window. The program offers settings specific to each output file format, such as the ability to include or ignore images and create PDF passwords. PDFMate can process files individually or in batches, too: We simply had to select the files we wanted to process, choose the source or a custom directory, and then choose one of the seven output formats. We chose Doc, Word's output format, which can be a difficult format for some converters, in our experience. PDFMate offers several page merging options, too. We pressed Convert, but the tool produced a nag screen offering a paid upgrade, which we declined, and PDFMate proceeded to convert our file. We pressed Open to access the saved file, which opened normally in Word when we clicked it. The other conversion tools worked just as well, which wasn't surprising since the tool that handles Word docs well usually doesn't have too much trouble with text or HTML. But PDFMate also did a great job with EPUB files, which many eReader owners will doubtless appreciate.

PDFMate PDF Converter's nag screen is a bit annoying, but it doesn't compromise the program's functionality. The premium upgrade adds expanded page ranges and user support and removes the nag; but the free version will suit many users. Though many PDF converters offer ease of use, few are as seamless through each step as PDFMate PDF Converter.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    3.9 stars

    out of 20 votes

    • 5 star: 11
    • 4 star: 4
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 4
  • Current version:

    3.0 stars

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    • 5 star: 1
    • 4 star: 0
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 1
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  • 5.0 stars

    "OMG- This is the best and easiest converter (for me)"

    March 21, 2014  |   By bilzmail

    Version: PDFMate PDF Converter 1.71

    Pros

    1. Converted Annual Stmt from Citi Business (which could only be done as PDF which is less than helpful (actually impossible) in trying to get to do any accounting calculations. Duh! Also canceled my card! I could have downloaded the last 12 months in csv format but that did not get me the entire year I need for doing taxes. If I was smarter, I could have downloaded by month in late January and merged 13 separate files but the point is that having annual summary of expenses in PDF only makes no sense)

    2. Preserved my formatting which Acrobat XL (or whatever it is I bought did not.)

    Cons

    Cannot think of anything right now. I am sooooooooooooooooo happy. Will follow-up if anything goes wrong tomorrow using the file.(I am quitting today on this high note)

    Summary

    Cutting my throat but I only download once a year at tax time (and next year will not have to as I cancelled the card), I think these people could make a lot more money by allowing a limited number of days free trial. I would certainly buy it except that now I do not need it. Oh happy happy days.
    All three of my dogs and my husband are angry at me for being so grumpy for 2 days. I was just about ready start parsing a line at a time. These people probably saved my marriage. Thank-you. Thank-you. Thank-you. Time to go make amends with the warm-ware.

    PS I am not nearly so expressive most of the time ( I am a CPA) but it has been a rotten two days before I found this software.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Fails conversion to Word"

    December 10, 2013  |   By hwellerlewis

    Version: PDFMate PDF Converter 1.71

    Pros

    Converted the words, but not the order or the formatting

    Cons

    Completely failed to retain any formatting features. Font all over the place. It would be quicker to rekey the document than to try and remove the formatting errors.

    Summary

    Don't understand how anyone has rated this 5 stars - AFAICS, it's hopeless. Maybe it works for other formats, but for PDF to Word, waste of time. Will be uninstalling once I've submitted this.

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