- Category: Reviews
- Published on Wednesday, 28 December 2016 23:33
- Written by Christian Dunn
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
- 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)
To really give it a run for the money I picked the most complex PDF documents I could find with backgrounds, images, text and complicated layouts. I tested converting to and from a wide range of formats and found Able2Extract not just capable but outstanding. I couldn't fault the OCR conversion with perfect spelling and text conversion.
I annotated, edited and redacted multiple parts of the test and found it not just simple, but quick and effective. Converting to Word, Powerpoint and Excel was not only accurate but quick, really quick. I found the ability to merge PDFs and rearrange pages a breeze and the visual layout made it easy to confirm my changes before saving them.
You can see I even rearranged one of my software user guides while still in PDF format and added some notes for review.
In fact I found it almost too good. I tried the most complex and convoluted PDFs I could find and I couldn't break it with theme park maps, ebooks, invoices, questionnaires and more.
A permanent license of the Professional edition will set you back less than the yearly subscription costs of more well known PDF conversion and creation tools and includes access to their customer support and community.
This is no ordinary OCR with the engine able to convert text and images perfectly with no mistakes, spelling or grammatical errors.
Investintech have excelled in delivering a powerful desktop PDF conversion, creation and manipulation application that provides more advanced functionality for desktop users to supplement their great mobile application and replaced all of my previous PDF tools in the process.
If you are looking for a better way to work with PDFs then don't take my word for it, try Able2Extract Professional 11 today!