[Review] AnyBizSoft PDF to Word (v2.5.3)

{rw_text}Software reviewed in this article:

AnyBizSoft PDF to Word

Version reviewed:

v2.5.3

System Requirements:

Windows 2003/XP/Vista/7 32bit

Need to have Microsoft Word 2003/2007/2010 installed

Price:

AnyBizSoft v2.5.3 is now freeware. AnyBizSoft v3.0.0 costs $29.95 (USD).

Software description as per the developer:

AnyBizSoft PDF to Word 2.5 is an easy-to-use application, which is specially designed for converting PDF to Word 2010 (.docx) 2007(.docx), 2003(.doc).  The original text, layouts, images, and hyperlinks can be exactly retained in the generated Word documents.  Just with one click, you can convert your read-only PDF files into fully formatted editable Word documents less one minute.

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  • Straightforward and easy to use.
  • Fairly good conversion accuracy.
  • You can convert up to 200 PDFs in batch.
  • Allows you to convert whole PDF or select pages.
  • Can convert encrypted PDFs.
  • Supports drag + drop.
  • Gives user the option to add a entry into right-click context menu for quick access.
  • Works fairly quickly.

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  • You need Microsoft Office installed to use.
  • Only converts to DOCX (no option for DOC) if you have Office 2007/2010.
  • No way to add right-click context menu entry after installation if you opt-out of it during installation.
  • Doesn’t always properly convert tables.

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{for=”Ease of Use” value=”8″}Point and click for the most part. However if you have Microsoft Office 2007/2010, AnyBizSoft PDF to Word will convert to DOCX instead of DOC so you will have to open up the DOCX and save it as DOC manually if you plan on sending it to someone who can’t open DOCXs.
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{for=”Performance” value=”9″}Although not 100% perfect, the conversion accuracy is pretty good.
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{for=”Usefulness” value=”5″}Because it needs Microsoft Word to convert, many people won’t find this useful because many people don’t have Microsoft Word.
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{for=”Price” value=”8″}Seeing as many other good PDF converters cost $50+, $29.95 is not a bad price at all although I would prefer if it was somewhere around $20.
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{for=”Arbitrary Equalizer” value=”7″}This category reflects an arbitrary number that does not specifically stand for anything. Rather this number is used to reflect my overall rating/verdict of the program in which I considered all the features and free alternatives.
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AnyBizSoft PDF to Word is a simple, easy-to-use program that converts PDFs to Word documents (DOC or DOCX depending on which version of Microsoft Office you have installed).

This is whatAnyBizSoft PDF to Word (ABS PtW) looks like:

Using ABS PtW) is very easy; even easier than eating cake. You simply click on “Add PDF Files…” and add the PDFs you want to convert (or you can drag + drop the PDFs). You can convert 200 PDFs in batch so feel free to add as many PDFs (up to 200) as you want.

Once you have added a PDF, you can select to convert only specific pages…

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…or if you would rather just convert the whole PDF you can leave it at “All”. After that, simply hit “Convert” to begin converting the PDFs. When the conversions are done, you should be able to click on the hyperlink under “Status” to access the Word documents directly:

Conversions are done at a pretty good speed, although not “blazing fast” either: it took me about 25 seconds to convert a 72 page PDF; computer resource usage is not too bad either (~50% CPU and ~50 MB RAM combined between Word and ABS PtW during conversion process).

Furthermore, the conversion accuracy is pretty good; ABS PtW converts the text and images of PDFs fairly accurately. I test-converted multiple PDFs and the output Word documents looked very similar to the input PDFs. See for yourself:

  1. Example (PDF) | Example (DOC)
  2. Example (PDF) | Example (DOC)

Note: I did not create those PDFs. I found them (via a Google query) here and here.

However, the ABS PtW does not always convert 100% accurately:

  • I tried to convert my resume and the output Word document we, literally, just blank pages. Where there should have been text, there was white, empty, lonely space. I am not sure what caused this problem, but I can say with a fair amount of confidence that this was an “exception to the rule” rather than the rule, because all other PDFs that I tried to convert converted fairly well.
  • The font size/type is not always perfectly converted. Not too big of a deal but worth mentioning.
  • The text detection works well; too well. I noticed the text detection works so well that sometimes it even converts the text of images in editable text. In other words, in the PDF there is an image with text in it. Sometimes, ABS PtW converts that text in the image into editable text instead of just converting the whole thing as an image. Now this is not necessarily a “bad” thing. However it is just something worth pointing out.
  • Sometimes the images may be converted in such as way that they will not be single images which you can play around with individually but rather multiple images may be combined together as one image or the image and background may be combined together as one image. (The text, however, is usually always converted into editable text so no worries about that.) This again is not that big of a deal but still worth mentioning.
  • ABS PtW doesn’t always properly convert tables.

Last but not least, here is other note worthy aspects of ABS PtW:

  • ABS PtW can convert encrypted PDFs. If the PDF is encrypted with a “user” password, you first need to enter the password (ABS PtW will not crack it for you):

If the PDF is encrypted with an “owner” password, you need not do anything; just load it into ABS PtW and convert like normal – ABS PtW will do the rest for you.

  • ABS PtW adds an entry into the right-click context menu to allow users to quickly convert PDFs:

There are two things to keep in mind about the context menu entry:

  • The option to add the context menu is presented to you during installation. If you opt-out of adding the context menu entry during installation, there is no way to add it after you install (bar reinstalling the whole program).
  • If you have ABS PtW open, using the context menu entry will not work. This, however, is not that big of a deal considering you can just drag + drop the file into ABS PtW if it is open. Nonetheless, it is worth mentioning.

Overall AnyBizSoft PDF to PowerPoint is a good program; I give it a thumbs up. However there is one major con that prevent this program from being “excellent”:

  • ABS PtW uses Microsoft Word as part of its conversion process. This means two things:
    • If you have Microsoft Office 2007/2010, you will be creating .DOCX instead of .DOC (if you have Microsoft Office 2003 you will create .DOC). Therefore you will have to manually go in and save the .DOCX as .DOC if you plan on sending them to anyone that cannot open .DOCX files. This can rather be annoying especially if you have to do it with multiple files.
    • If you don’t have Microsoft Office (2003/2007/2010) installed, you will not be able to use ABS PtW.

This review was conducted on a laptop running Windows 7 Professional 32-bit. The specs of the laptop are as follows: 3GB of RAM, a Radeon HD 2600 512MB graphics card, and an Intel T8300 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo processor.

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eXPert PDF Pro 5

Among all its features, eXPert PDF Pro 5 has a PDF to Word converter. It doesn’t support batch processing though.

Zamzar.com

Online PDF converter.

PDFtoWord.com

Online PDF to Word converter. Has a file limit on the size the output Word file can be (I think it’s 2 MB).

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{rw_verdict2}PDF conversion is a tricky process. There are many PDF “converters” out there, but most of them have horrible conversion accuracy. AnyBizSoft PDF to Word is one of the better ones; it converts well, converts quickly, converts in batch, and is easy to use. While AnyBizSoft PDF to Word will be useless to many people – since you have to have Microsoft Office installed to use it – ABS PtW is a very useful nice tool. I give it a thumbs up and recommend it to anyone that needs it.
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  1. Elina Terinoni

    Gday! It appears as though we both have a interest for the same thing. Your blog, “[Review] AnyBizSoft PDF to Word (v2.5.3) | Freeware Reviews | dotTech” and mine are very similar. Have you ever thought of writing a guest post for a similar blog? It will surely help gain exposure to your blog (my website recieves a lot of traffic). If you happen to be interested, e-mail me at: Servedio@yahoo.com. Thanks for your time

  2. EW

    Hi, has anyone tried to convert image-based PDFs into editable text using this? It did not work for me.
    Ashraff, perhaps in future you should verify this capability as well.
    Keep up the good work!

  3. binowin

    There are many PDF to Word Converters on the market,but it is important to choose a good one to convert our pdf documents to other format,i used a lot of version,and felt not very good.last week,I downloaded a program called Advanced pdf to word 5.0. It’s pretty good in preserving the formatting. It also allow us to convert a lot files at the same time.I am quite satisfied with it.
    You can learn more from
    http://www.advancedpdfconverter.com

  4. Janetb

    @Patrick:

    Not fair, Patrick. Ashraf ran some tests and gave us the results of his tests–did you not look at them? Excellent reproduction of tables. His assessment is obviously based on his tests…He doen’t claim that everyone will get the same results and doesn’t base his assessment on data he has no access to (e.g., others’ tests)!

    Ashraf–this brings up an issue I wanted to post about anyway: Why are the results SO different for different folks? Some posters got excellent results, some awful results, and some no results at all! What are the parameters here? It’s not the computer setup, as you yourself got such mixed results. Are you perhaps able to come up with any pattern in the results readers posted on the Goatd site? In your tests?

  5. Patrick

    Final comment on yesterday’s GOTD (Jan 26,2010)

    Hi Ashraf,

    As you stated in your review “PDF conversion is a tricky process.” PDF’s are complex in many ways.

    However, a developer who claims/advertises that his product has certain functionallities which, on closer scrutiny, it doesn’t have, should not put it on the market untill the product has no or only minor, easily remediable faults or unless he clearly states the limitations of it. Wether the program is free of charge for a limited period or has to be payed for is of no consequence.

    For this software, AnyBizSoft PDF to Word 2.5 claims that “The original text, layouts, images, and hyperlinks can be exactly retained in the generated Word documents.”

    A couple of trials/tests easily show that this claim does not hold.

    E.g., none of the PDF’s I converted to Word2003 kept the original tables intact -see my earlier post. Also hard returns and other layout specific issues in the output “resisted” editing. Actually most of the outputfile could not be edited in any way…

    Together with the comments on the GOTD-page for this “thing”, I do ask myself why it should deserve the final verdict “a thumbs up and recommend it to anyone that needs it”.

    I understand that reviewing a program like this -where you should test a really wide range of posibilities (e.g. from Word2003 and upward, tables, graphics, all kinds of pictures, etc.)- represents quite a workload. Still, your review could have been more critical, more in line with what we’re used to -your reviews usually being very much appreciated by me and lots of others.

    Perhaps you might consider adding a “Part 2″ to it and reconsider the “thumbs up” verdict?

    The fact that other (free) PDF-converters may deserve a thumbs down does not imply that this one deserves a thumbs up.

    I may run some further tests in the future, but for now I’ll leave it for what it is: a let down…

    Greetz,
    Patrick

  6. Patrick

    A bit disappointed…

    This converter does not leave anything intact of tables originally in pdf’s. In Word 2003 they show up as lables (from the tables)and data, everything seperated by “end collumn” and “end section” lines.

    I really don’t feel like spending valuable time trying to edit this kind of output manually -if at all possible. In a lot of cases just select/copy/paste tables fom pdf into Word works fine… and sometimes it does not work at all. It may depend on the format of the tables themselves (text or jpg/jpeg).

    Patrick.

  7. jivadas

    Just downloaded this gem from GOTD (after your approval), and was able to convert a 425K doc, faster than a speeding bullet,—and got, as a bonus, a gadget that allows me to right-click the START button, for easy access; and also an index of my apps which provides missed updates of my software!
    Since I’ve only done the one 425K doc, I can’t make any comment except that it’s great so far, and no probs.

    And let me remind my fellow members of this community that they ought to send our dear Ashraf a few bucks, in gratitude for this great service!

    xØx
    jd

  8. Richard

    Welcome back Ashraf…you were missed. I had trouble with the “Readme” file. It says to “Click Register then click Get KeyCode” It should only say…”click Get Keycode” as that leads to the website where you enter your name and email. (Watch the tick box for getting their newsletter.) Once done click “Get Keycode” on that page. Pop-up appears with the Keycode which you copy to your clipboard. Go back to the program and type your email exactly as you entered it on the web site. Then paste keycode in the Registration Code #, then press “Register”. If you did it right a popup says “Congratulations”. This worked for me.
    Hope this is helpful. Thanks again for all you do for the rest of us. Richard.

  9. Janetb

    I have been unable to complete the download, and now I can’t get the full GOATD page–the comments are missing….:-(….Is this a temporary GOATD blip…? Don’t seem to have problems with other sites…but I haven’t tried downloading anything else….

  10. Emrys

    Bah.I’m too poor and Miserly to use MS Word. Now (since Win7 trial expired) one of my two machines runs openSUSE I use openoffice on both. If ever there comes a reason to pay $100+ for software I would do it. You have taught me that the OS community and others do a fine job as`a service to the lesser of the geek community. At the risk of sounding ungrateful for your efforts, it is my heartfelt desire that you post a bit on Linux (openSUSE especially) and tweaks, software and the like. I just don’t know where else to turn to for well seasoned advice. GAOTD is a fair source of tech goodies for my old XP, But for my SUSE I geek along without a friend. With peace and respect; Emrys.

  11. JJSlider

    @Ninja: “Only converts to DOCX (no option for DOC) if you have Office 2007/2010.” If you have Office 2003, it will convert as a regular DOC. This was also mentioned in the article itself.

    You should probably read more thoroughly next time.

  12. Dave

    With such great reviews I will pick this one up. Also, just wanted to say it is good to see you back in the saddle again. With you not doing reviews it was hardly worth checking out GOTD. IMHO

  13. Ninja

    Ashraf, in the Bad you mentionned “Only converts to DOCX”. And last time I checked MS office 2003 does not support .docx files if I am not mistaking.
    My mate once brought some .docx files to me to check them out. But I could not open them because of compatibility issues.

  14. Adrian

    Hmm..

    I noticed that if you have Microsoft Word VIEWER 2007, this prog also works. Not that most people would install the MSWord Viewer just to use this prog.

    Anyway, where is the Free ALternatives list?

    Here are some examples:

    http://www.somepdf.com/some-pdf-to-word-converter.html

    Koolwire (doc[at]koolwire.com): Koolwire is a web service that allows you to upload a PDF file or send it via email as an attachment, will convert it to RTF format for you, and will email the converted document back.

    Zamzar: this is a web-based file conversion service. Zamzar will let you upload a file through its web interface, convert it, then email you a download link. It covers a very wide range of possible input and output formats.

    gDoc Creator http://www.globalgraphics.com/en/gdoc/free-creator

    http://www.pdftoword.com/default.aspx

    Etc.Etc.

    adrian

  15. Ashraf
    Author/Mr. Boss

    BTW, I just downloaded ABS PtW from GOTD – instead of the developer’s website – and noticed the v2.5.5 is being given away on GOTD where as v2.5.0 is available from the developer’s website. I realize that my review is of v2.5.0 but from what I can tell, there is no difference between v2.5.0 and v2.5.5 except v2.5.5 has advertisement on it. And no, I already tried using the registration code from GOTD for v2.5.0 and it doesn’t work.