Able2Extract for Mac allows conversion from PDFs to a number of office document formats, something even the newer versions of office software suites don't support. The program offers an intuitive interface and supports conversion to all the major file types such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Open Office, HTML, AutoCAD, and to most popular image formats. The program's conversion features are useful, despite occasional failures to load files which occurred during testing.
After a clean installation using the program's well-designed native installer, the program initiated a menu describing the trial version's limitations and displaying a link to purchase the full version. The main interface is easy to navigate and the user is guided with a step-by-step tutorial. Large buttons label the major features, including opening PDFs as well as converting them to different formats. Each potential format for conversion has its own button, which is a welcome feature. There is support for almost every type of document file imaginable, as well as several image file formats such as BMP, JPG, PNG, GIF, and TIFF. The user is also able to select the complete document or just a portion of it to convert--another helpful option. Able2Extract for Mac also allows the output file to be e-mailed or uploaded to the Internet, directly. During testing, a number of PDF files failed to load and returned error messages. The ones that did load converted quickly, as would be expected.
Despite occasional errors in importing files, Able2Extract for Mac allows conversion of PDFs to a surprising number of file formats and types. The program offers additional features that will prove useful to users frequently working with different types of documents.
Editors' note: This is a review of the full version of Able2Extract for Mac 8.0.34. The trial version is limited to seven days.
New features for Able2Extract Professional 15 include the ability to create PDFs from multiple files, merge batch converted and created PDFs into a single output file, batch convert PDFs to HTML, create blank PDF files, split a document into even parts, set Custom Excel properties for individual table structures. Other improvements include a revamped UI and new OCR languages (French, Spanish, and German), Dark theme support, useful infotips, faster PDF search function, a new hand tool for easier document navigation, and much more. This new version comes with a redesigned user interface. With a streamlined ribbon-style tabbed menu and side panel, Able2Extract offers access to the tools and options needed for major PDF tasks. A new Start Page lets users customize the appearance of the interface, set languages, access recent files and walkthrough tutorials.
Version 15.0 has support for Light and Dark themes. Users can switch between both themes to adapt to the lighting conditions of their workplace. It also has added support for different languages. Users can customize the interface to French, Spanish, and German. These languages are also supported in scanned PDF conversions. The advanced OCR engine can recognize special French, Spanish and German language characters. There is a newly added Batch PDF creator to create PDFs from multiple formats. Batch PDF conversion has also been improved with PDF to HTML conversion. Users can also refine the selection of files to batch convert with a new File Type filter. Both batch creation and conversion tools can batch merge results into a single file. The Custom Excel feature offers more flexibility, letting users set properties for each table structure. Able2Extract also has a new hand tool for easier navigation and the ability to split PDFs into even parts. New infotips help users learn about the PDF tools on the toolbar. Able2Extract Professional is a standalone application that does not require the Internet, Adobe Acrobat or Microsoft Office to work.