Able2Extract Professional 11

 Investintech PDF Solutions have just launched Able2Extract Professional 11 and even if you tried it before it is time for another look.

In early 2015 I reviewed Able2Extract PDF 9.0 which excelled in it's ability to convert PDFs back to word, excel, powerpoint, publisher, autocad, image formats and open document formats. I still use it regularly to turn the many PDFs I receive into usable documents.

At that time the ability to create PDFs had been launched with some basic editing capabilities that worked but didn't wow, but the PDF OCR engine was amazing and able to convert text and images whether native or scanned with ease.

Now with version 11 Able2Extract has matured into a complete PDF creation, editing and conversion tool that replaces the many individual applications I use for editing, splitting and merging, redacting, resizing and annotating PDFs. Somehow they have done this while keeping it affordable for home or office use.

So what's new?

  • PDF Annotation with great edit and review options
  • Selective redacting of sensitive information
  • The ability to add and update content including
    • images (jpg, bmp, png, gif and tiff)
    • vector shapes
    • text
  • Improved PDF content editor with drawing properties and image manipulation
  • More precise AUTOCAD conversion for complex images
  • Enhanced PDF security options
  • Improved OCR Engine (I didn't think it could get better, but it did)

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PDFtoExcel - 100% free online conversion is a totally unique approach to PDF conversion online:

  • No need to provide email or any other personal information
  • Import PDFs directly from your Google Drive, Dropbox or OneDrive
  • Really quick conversion (1 minute for average file sizes)
  • Files are kept on our servers only 6 hours
  • Converts scanned PDFs as well
  • Absolutely free service, no hidden costs
  • No ads whatsoever



I found this a refreshing new entry to this market. While there are now a plethora of conversion tools available on the market on mobile, online and offline most are ad-supported or require some form of registration or in-app purchase to get fast, reliable conversions.

Not only could PDF to Excel convert files direct from my desktop I could select files directly from One Drive, Google Drive and DropBox for conversion. No personal information needed to be provided and my file would only be retained on the cloud service for 6 hours before being totally deleted.

During my testing I found most tables within my PDF documents were extracted accurately into their original row and column structure - but in Excel - and now editable.

If you are looking for a fast, easy and 100% free solution for converting PDF files to Excel I recommend giving this a try.

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CometDocs - PDF To Word

 CometDocs has released a new upgraded version of PDF To Word for both Android and iOS.

 This app is free with no limits on file size or number of conversions but does include in-app purchases.

 Here are some of the new features of PDF to Word:

  • No limits on file size or number of converted files
  • Converting files from online services such as Gmail, Dropbox, OneDrive, etc.
  • Word documents are optimized for fast viewing and reuse
  • Layout, formatting, tables, images and text look exactly like the original
  • Your file is deleted from servers right after the conversion ends

The user interface of PDF to Word may not be as slick as some of the others but it will convert nearly anything you can throw at it!

Free conversions take approximately 1 hour but an affordable in-app purchase allows you to upgrade to immediate conversions. Conversion is done online so minimal impact on batter usage. I recommend forking out for the in-app purchase to get the benefit of immediate mobile conversion but otherwise a simple but effective app.

Personally I prefer the Android version but don't take my word, try it out yourself...

You can find PDF to Word in the Apple App Store or in the Google Play Store.


FREE Online PDF to Word Converter

I have reviewed many of Investintech's products previously but as you expect the best features always come in premium products. 

Not anymore! Their online PDF to Word converter now allows you to get access to one of the best features of Able2Extract for free and online. Simply select a PDF to have it converted to Word and emailed to you.

What sets it apart from the competition?

  • It converts both scanned (image) and standard PDFs to Word. 
  • It is free to use without limitations.
  • It accurately converts even complex PDF files. 

I attacked it with a few PDFs of different complexity and found it gave almost the same results as Able2Extract and from my earlier reviews you will see how impressed I was. But don't believe my, try it for yourself.

PDF Converter Elite 4 (Windows)

The team at produce software to help you convert a PDF to just about any editable format.  As PDF is the most common and compatible form of document for sharing with your partners and clients, improving your business workflow and efficiency when working with PDFs can save you a lot of time and money.

  • Spend less time on revising and modifying your documents
  • Prepare customized reports
  • Replace paper with electronic documents
  • Exchange documents instantly
  • Have total document protection
  • Cut your document archiving costs Handle scanned records

The latest software from is their beautiful PDF Converter Elite 4 which can provide your business with the most insightful way to create, edit and manipulate digital documents and is a great favorably-priced alternative to Adobe Acrobat. You can also try it free with their online converter or 7 day free trial.

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Dashboards with Style -

The Dash is a realtime dashboard app for your website, your business and your life.  The Dash allows you to create unique dashboards on a freeform canvas that connect to popular services or custom data sources and can be private or shared.

The Dash produces instantly good looking razor sharp dashboards that dazzle on high resolution displays yet work just as well on phones and tablets.

The Dash is the newest dashboard platform I have tested but it was definitely the most polished in terms of a clean, fresh and easy to use interface. What it lacked in terms of features it made up for in usability and simplicity.



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Dashboards with grunt -

Cyfe is an all-in-one business dashboard app that helps you easily monitor all your business data from one place.  Whether you work in support, sales or service, metrics are what drives your team and your business. Displaying those metrics on a clear and concise dashboard is the best way to incentivise your staff and help you to achieve your goals. Cyfe makes that easy with a wide range of powerful widgets available for display that can be configured in minutes and being cloud based there is no software to install and no configuration required.

This social dashboard I built in a few minutes integrating Twitter, LinkedIn, FaceBook and RSS.

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Able2Extract 9.0

The team at Investintech have just launched the latest update to their Able2Extract PDF Converter.

Able2Extract PDF Converter 9.0 excels in it's ability to convert PDFs back to word, excel, powerpoint, publisher, autocad, image formats and open document formats.

Version 9 now introduces some great new features including:

  • Ability to create PDFs
  • Apply security options to your PDFs
  • Document editing
    • Modify document meta data
    • Modify viewing preferences
    • delete, resize, rotate, scale or move PDF pages as required
  • Enhanced interface for easy PDF creation in 2 clicks
  • Improved PDF 2 Excel conversion panel for increased control
  • Advanced PDF rendering for a more accurate layout and sharp graphics
  • Cross Platform - now supports Windows, OS X and Linux (Ubuntu and Fedora)

Read more: Able2Extract 9.0

Tawk.To Free Live Chat

Tawk.To is a free live chat app that lets you monitor and chat with visitors on your webpage free of charge. 

Providing good support is about knowing your customers. This means you know when they need assistance and you provide them with easy ways to get assistance so they can find the answer they need in the shortest amount of time.  Tawk.To is by far the easiest and most efficient online chat app I have seen. It is not an awkward chat script or html frames, instead it is an inobtrusive interactive chat client that you can configure in minutes and begin servicing your customers while you spend time working through the advanced functionality it offers.

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Glasswire - Free Network Security Monitor

Glasswire Network Security Monitor & Firewall Tool

Glasswire is an easy to use personal network monitor providing a simple way to identify unusual network activity allowing you to monitor your bandwidth and identify rogue applications.

Once installed on your personal computer Glasswire hides unobtrusively in your system tray and unlike many firewall/security applications it does not continually prompt the user for action or interrupt your user experience. After installation no restart was required and it instantly began displaying network activity without affecting internet access for any of my existing applications.

Immediately I could monitor what applications were using my bandwidth and which hosts they were using. 

The best bit is that GlassWire is currently free. They do plan to add additional features for paying supporters in future version but currently you get everything for nothing.

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