Digital documents are all around us. They come in a variety of different formats, making them sometimes difficult to work with. As you probably know, some formats are more oriented towards pure functionality, while others are more attractive and popular. One format that combines usability and pure functionality is the PDF — simply put the best file type for viewing and sharing documents. Users particularly like it for its file size compression, reliability, and security when sharing.
However, the PDF is not perfect. Other formats, such as Microsoft Word, are much better for document editing since their advanced content editing features allow users to manipulate and repurpose all sorts of information easily.
And even though PDF is not editable by nature, there are software that enables you to manipulate PDF documents in almost any way imaginable.
Today we’re taking a look at Able2Extract Professional 11 by Investintech.com. This all in one PDF solution has been on the market since the early days of PDF tools and has evolved into its 11th version on December the 5th, 2016.
Along the years, it has taken on a lot of new features, but right now it has 5 main ones:
With the last two being the latest additions to the new version.
As you can see, Able2Extract is aimed primarily towards business professionals in accounting, finance, retail and engineering industries. And with the seemingly endless range of features, it expands upon the free PDF converters we now encounter on a regular basis on the internet.
Let’s take a look at how Able2Extract helps users resolve all PDF issues they might have
Converting PDF Files to Different Formats
PDF conversion is where Able2Extract takes the crown for the best converter currently available. The entire conversion process is simple and fast and there are 10 output formats to choose from.
You just have to open your PDF file and then click on the desired file format in a toolbar. Just a quick note — before you do anything, you need to select which part of the document you’d like to convert. After that, you are free to convert your content.
As we’ve said earlier, the tool supports conversions to more than 10 file formats: from widely used Microsoft Office and AutoCAD to CSV, Images, and HTML. There is also an option to convert multiple documents at once, which is called Batch Conversion.
The version 11 is empowered with an improved OCR engine that enables you to successfully convert any scanned PDF document to all of the formats mentioned above. Conversions are accurate and faithfully replicate the source document layout, content and formatting.
One thing that makes Able2Extract really stand out is its PDF to Excel Custom Conversion. This feature allows users to visually control what they convert and even preview the conversion before hitting the green Convert button.
Two Way PDF Creation
Besides being a powerful converter, Able2Extract Pro 11 can also be used to create PDF files from all printable formats.
With complete document encryption and decryption, the tool can help you setup passwords and securely share your documents. This way you can prevent unauthorized people from viewing your sensitive information and make your boss happy in the long run.
To create a PDF, open any editable file format within the software and the program will automatically print it to PDF. Afterwards, you can save it as a new file, and the job is done.
Annotate and Collaborate
Last, but not the least, this software offers PDF annotation options, which you can access on the right sidebar. With this brand new feature, you can add various annotations to your documents and let your co-workers know what needs to be edited. You can:
- Add sticky notes
- Add comments
- Highlight text
- Underline words
- Strikeout words
- Add stamps
- Add watermarks
- Create Hyperlinks
- Insert attachments
The biggest downside to Able2Extract is its lack of cloud integration and digital signatures. This is something that has been almost a standard in some of its competitors, so it’s a shame that Investintech decided not to include it in this version.
However, Able2Extract is still primarily a PDF converter, so we will just treat as such – a leader in its own category.
Free Trial and Pricing
First of all, there is a free trial available, which lasts for 7 days. You can access it here.
When it comes to licensing, the tool’s primary pricing point is a single-user lifetime license that cost $149.95. Additionally, there is a one month license, which goes for $34.95 and has to be manually renewed each month.