Free PDFZilla (v1.2.9)! [Limited time offer]

Note: This freebie was originally posted about in Jan 2011. That particular promotion has ended. However, a new promotion for the same freebie is now available, so I have republished this article. Sorry to everyone that receives multiple notifications!

Software Description

The following is a description of PDFZilla, as per the developer:

PDFZilla is a desktop application that quickly and accurately convert PDF files into editable MS Word Documents, Rich Text Documents, Plain Text Files, Images, HTML Files, and Shockwave Flash SWF Files. PDFZilla supports most of popular formats: DOC, RTF, TXT, BMP, JPG, GIF, PNG, TIF, HTML, SWF formats. PDFZilla also supports batch convert mode and Page Selection.

PDFZilla Key Features

  • Convert PDF to Word
  • Convert PDF to Word with all text and Graphical data.
  • Convert PDF to RTF
  • Convert PDF to Rich Text Files. You can edit all text and graphic by Windows Wordpad.
  • Convert PDF to TXT
  • Convert PDF to plain text files. You can edit text by Notepad.
  • Convert PDF to Images
  • Convert PDF to BMP, JPG, GIF or TIF files.
  • Convert PDF to HTML
  • Convert PDF to HTML files and automatically generate the Index file.
  • Convert PDF to SWF
  • Convert PDF to Shockwave Flash Animation files which can be published on websites.
  • Page Selection
  • Convert all the pages, or partial pages of PDF file.
  • Easy to use software
  • Add a PDF File -> Select the Output File Format -> Click on Start Converting button, then just have a cup of coffee :)

dotTech Advice

dotTech reviewed PDFZilla (v1.2.9) last year. The final verdict sums up how I feel about the program:

If PDFZilla was just a PDF to Word, PDF to HTML, or PDF to TXT converter it would be rejected in an instant: PDFZilla performs very poorly in those conversions. However, PDFZilla’s good performance in converting PDF to images/SWF – with the exception of PDF to GIF – holds PDFZilla above that rejected threshold. So, all aspects of the program considered, my final rating of PDFZilla is “ordinary”; some of its features work well, while some don’t. The sad part is that the the conversions that would probably be the most useful to users (PDF to DOC/RTF) are the ones that perform poorly. […]

Honestly if you are looking for a good PDF to Word converter, you should skip out on PDFZilla and grab AnyBizSoft PDF To Word Converter 3.0.0. However, if you are looking for converting PDF -> Images/SWF, you may want to consider getting .PDFZilla because it does those conversions well (with the exception of PDF – > GIF).

Freebie Details

To get PDFZilla for free, follow these simple directions:

Version being given out for free: v1.2.9

Free updates: Unknown – Probably not

Supported OS: Windows 2000 and higher

Download size: 5.9 MB

Malware scan: 0/43 detections – VirusTotal scan results

Giveaway time-frame: Giveaway ends March 20, 2012

  • Download and install PDFZilla (v1.2.9). Take note when installing PDFZilla, the default installation directory is set to C:\PDFZilla. In other words, PDFZilla tries to install directly into the C:\ directory, which is very poor convention – it should be installing into C:\Program Files. So, be sure to change that.
  • After installation, run PDFZilla (Windows Vista/Win7 users should run PDFZilla as Administrator) and register it with the code AQ1W6F0ZN7Q9D85:

  • Enjoy!

If you have trouble getting PDFZilla (v1.2.9) for free, post below and other dotTechies or I will try to help.

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13 comments

  1. internet explorer

    Thank you, Jason Carver; now it says “Standard Version” instead of Unregistered in the top bar. Wonder why it takes that unusual step to accomplish (I guess Ashraf forgot to mention that little oddity)? Don’t want to make a big deal out of it, since all’s well that ends well, I guess.

    Oh, I also just found a new post on another one of Ashraf’s pages or articles that was wishing that he and his family are all right. Don’t know what that’s all about or even if the poster knows what (s)he’s talking about, but I would certainly join in the sentiment. Hope it’s nothing serious, whatever it is.

  2. Jason Carver

    If you are having problems registering your software you need to right click on the program shortcut, select run as administrator, and then register your program, if you don’t do this, It won’t work.

  3. internet explorer

    It told me that I had register (sic) successfully, but it still shows Unregistered up at the top bar. Oh, and the About drop-down does not tell what version of the software that this copy is, although it shows in the upper left side next to the top bar that still says Unregistered after rebooting two times now. While I am already commenting, instead of starting the key at the left side of the registration blank like all of the other programs that I have ever used (to the best of my memory anyway), this one centers the key in the middle of that space. Strange, but apparently just a minor quirk in the overall scheme of things.

    Also, a question, any idea how “lossy” the conversions are from PDF to various image formats? Since PDF is already a bit grainy in my experience, I would hope the conversions didn’t make it any worse. And by the way, wouldn’t it be nice if the same program converted both ways, either to or from PDF?

  4. mukhi

    i have always kept PDFZilla, AnyBizSoft PDF To Word Converter and Wondershare PDF Converter as i feel they are complementary to each other. Ashraf is very right that zilla is good with images (except for GIF) while anybizsoft is good with DOCS. wondershare is good as they can convert even secure PDFs.

  5. Lloydy

    I wanted to try PDFZilla, and like others had problems registering the giveaway. I still was able to convert with the free 8 conversions in the trial version, but sadly the quality of the final conversion is very poor. AS far as free PDF converters, AnyBizSoft PDF To Word Converter is as good as any other PDF converter I have tried, not perfect, but it’s getting there.

  6. Tyler

    (as of this comment) This software was givenaway for free on the developers website as well as a website called brothergiveaway.com.
    This application does not even do a good job of converting.