Unlike many other PDF converters, Able2Extract PDF Converter has been designed mainly to transform existing PDF documents into Office, OpenOffice, HTML, AutoCAD, Publisher, and image files. The inverse conversion process is also possible – referred to in this program as “Create PDF” – as well as a limited number of editing options that will let you rotate, resize, delete, or move pages and change the viewing preferences of the new PDF file.
Transforming the perfect layout of a PDF document into a Word, Excel, or HTML file without losing any of its original look and feel is not an easy task. Visually speaking, you can work your way around this task by converting the original PDF file into a set of image files. Able2Extract can take “screenshots” of each page and transfer them into a Word or an Excel file where each page is but an image whose content cannot be altered and which looks exactly the same as the original file. However, this program can also create searchable (or text-based) documents, which you can edit and re-design to fit your preferences. This is why each of the output formats supported has its own set of customizable settings, which are absolutely necessary to create good-quality PDF conversions into output formats and tools that are so different from one another as are AutoCAD and Excel, Publisher and HTML.
The inverse conversion process will allow you to go from an Office, OpenOffice, HTML, Publisher, or AutoCAD file to PDF. Within the program’s interface, this is referred to as “Create PDF”, though it won’t let you actually “create” new PDF files from a blank page. This “conversion to PDF” function has its own range of settings, from security settings (that allow you to add a user and/or owner password to the PDF file) to compression settings (for color, grayscale, and monochrome images), and from the fonts and colors used to how the PDF file will be displayed when opened in a PDF reading tool. There are also specific settings for how to treat hyperlinks, bookmarks, and comments coming from an Office file, as well as how to convert an Excel spreadsheet into PDF.
All in all, Able2Extract PDF Converter offers a high level of flexibility when it comes to its two-way conversion processes. PDF editing is a completely different matter. Here the limitations are greater than the assets. Far from allowing you to change the contents of the active PDF file, all the “editing” that you can do with this tool refers to entire pages – you can delete, move, resize, scale, and rotate them, but you cannot change a comma.
Despite this flaw, Ablet2Extract is an over-average tool – it converts PDF files into formats that are not commonly found in similar tools, and it does this efficiently and with a good level of flexibility. Its support for batch conversion is also a great advantage when compared to similar competitors. The price of the full license may put off some potential clients, but you also have the possibility of purchasing a one-month license to meet punctual needs.