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[Review] PDF To Excel Converter

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PDF To Excel Converter [1]

Version reviewed:

v3.0

Software description as per the developer:

PDF To Excel Converter is a windows application to convert PDF document to Excel XLS format fast and easily. With PDF To Excel Converter, users will be able to edit their PDF forms in MS Excel in few clicks.

Download size:

4.5 MB

Supported OS:

Windows 2000 and higher

Price:

$49.95 (USD)

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{for=”Ease of Use” value=”8″}Fairly easy to use; I only have three gripes: 1) You cannot select multiple PDFs at a time when using the “Add” button 2) There is no way to add an entry into the right-click context menu of Windows for easy conversions 3) Users are not allowed to pick if they want to output as .XLS or .XLSX.
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{for=”Performance” value=”1″}Very poor conversion accuracy/output quality; and cannot convert encrypted PDFs.
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{for=”Usefulness” value=”6″}Hit or miss usefulness.
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{for=”Price” value=”4″}Even if it performed flawlessly, $49.95 is a large sum to drop on a PDF to Excel converter considering there are fully-featured PDF editing/converting suites available for $99 – such as NitroPDF – or cheaper if you find them on sale. $20-30 is a much more fair price in my opinion.
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PDF To Excel Converter is a program that allows users to convert PDFs to .XLS (Excel) format. It supports batch processing (i.e. users can convert multiple PDFs at one time), allows users to select what pages of the PDFs to convert (i.e. convert the whole PDF, or a specific range of pages), and does not require Microsoft Excel installed to use.

Using PDF to Excel Converter is very straightforward:

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In regards to performance

Converting PDFs to Excel files is a tough task. In all honesty, after having reviewed other PDF to Excel converters, I didn’t have high hopes for this particular one; and the results of my tests justified my low exceptions from PDF To Excel Converter: The conversion accuracy of PDF To Excel Converter is poor, very poor.

For my tests, I converted multiple PDFs; for 2 out 3 of my test conversions, PDF To Excel Converter failed completely to convert, showing question marks in the output Excel spreadsheet where the data should have been. For the other one, PDF To Excel Converter was able to properly convert all the data but the formatting was not properly carried over. See for yourself:

  1. Example (PDF) [4] | Example (XLS) [5]
  2. Example (PDF) [6] | Example (XLS) [7]
  3. Example (PDF) [8] | Example (XLS) [9]

Note1: I did not create those PDFs. I found them (via a Google query) here [10] and here [11] and here [12] (the third PDF was created from an Excel file to get a PDF file with a good table in it, and that resulting PDF was used to test ABS PtE conversion accuracy).

Note2: I used the trial version of PDF To Excel Converter to conduct this review, hence only the first page of the first example PDF was converted. In the full version the whole PDF will be converted, so don’t hold that against PDF To Excel Converter. However, note the trial version of PDF To Excel Converter has no effect on the quality of conversions – the trial version only limits how many pages I can convert – so please don’t think the bad conversion accuracy is because I used the trial version.

Now, in defense of PDF To Excel Converter, even the Nitro PDF Professional (costs $99) fails to properly convert PDFs to Excel with good accuracy (in the examples above it could not convert example 1 at all, it converted example 2 but missed the table header/first line, and example 3 was totally messed up). So, yes, converting PDF files to Excel format is a tough task, but if I am going to shell out $49.95 to buy PDF To Excel Converter, I expect to be able to convert with at least moderately decent accuracy.

Furthermore, there are two other performance related aspects where I find PDF To Excel Converter to be lacking:

Last but not the least, there are two cautions I would like to point out:

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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The following are online PDF to Excel converters:

PDF to Excel Online [13]

Zamzar [14]

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{rw_verdict2}Before beginning my review, based off (negative) past experience with other PDF to excel converters, I wasn’t expecting much from PDF To Excel Converter; now, at the end of my review, I can say with confidence PDF To Excel Converter is no better than the other converters I have had the displeasure to use. Until the conversion accuracy/output quality can be improved to at least moderately decent accuracy/quality, PDF To Excel Converter¬† gets a thumbs down – rejected! That said, it is very hard to find good shareware PDF to excel converters; it is even harder to find good freeware ones. I don’t know of any, but if you do (shareware or freeware) please share in the comments below.{/rw_verdict2} –>