Able2Extract Professional

Able2Extract Professional 14.0

Converts digital formats that can be printed into PDF format
3.9  (83 votes)
14.0.7 (See all)
Offers a multitude of methods to convert and export data. For example, the PDF to Excel conversion technology allows you to manually designate the column and row structure of your data before conversion, and preview how the converted document will look. Also, there is PDF to WORD conversion, PDF to PUBLISHER, or even PDF to Image file.

Due to the rising popularity of the PDF format, creating and editing PDF files is becoming more of a necessity, far from that highly specialized task reserved for printing houses and professional designers. Able2Extract Professional makes PDF editing easy and straightforward, with tools and features present in other high-end PDF tools, such as OCR support, electronic signatures, and file conversion capabilities.

The “Professional” label in the program’s name denotes two things mainly – the fact that some of its features can only be found in similar professional tools and an attempt to justify its pricey tag. It is true that OCR support, electronic signatures, or the conversion to a wide range of formats is not easy to find in non-professional PDF editors, but it is also true that the program’s OCR engine not always yields the expected results and that its conversion to other formats produces the same mixed results as any other PDF conversion tool.

The program’s interface is clear and easy to work with – it won’t have you checking the manual every time you need to use a new feature, and most icons are quite self-explanatory. It is based on tabs, which means that you are allowed to have a large number of PDF files open and within easy reach at any given time. As some of its most notable competitors, it also offers a thumbnail view to help you locate specific objects or pages at a glance. Able2Extract Professional opens an initial menu with the most demanded tasks, and all of them will take you to the same main interface but with different sets of options and tools.

Without going into too many details about each of the features that the program offers, suffice it to say that you will find a good choice of editing, conversion, watermarking, signing, protection, form filling, and enhancing utilities. Do not expect to find the same wealth of features and capabilities present in reference tools, such as Adobe Acrobat DC. For the same reason, do not expect to pay its outrageous tag price either.

Francisco Martínez
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Review summary

Pros

  • Can create PDF files from scratch
  • Includes a powerful text conversion tool
  • Supports OCR
  • Electronic signatures are supported

Cons

  • It is a bit pricey
  • The OCR engine struggles to recognize some scanned PDFs
  • Text align tool produces terrible results
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