Able2Extract Updated for PDF Conversion and Editing

When it comes to old document formats, Adobe's Portable Document Format (PDF) is no spring chicken, going way back to the early 1990s. As a subset of Adobe's seminal PostScript page description language, PDF was originally confined to the "desktop publishing" field but soon found acceptance within the broader business domain as a method for sharing documents that contained text and graphics.

If you're a subscriber to a full version of Adobe's Creative Cloud, then you have access to Acrobat Pro and most of your PDF-related needs are handled, with another option being just a monthly rental of Acrobat Standard or Pro. For the rest of us, how to handle the many PDF-related tasks that can arise within graphics and publishing workflows?

The good news is that Adobe made PDF an open standard in 2008, with the result being a wide range of third-party applications. One of which is the recently-updated Able2Extract.

One of its strengths is its conversion of digitally generated or scanned PDFs into a wide range of formats, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, AutoCAD or graphics formats, such as JPG, BMP, PNG, TIFF and GIF, with the ability to set up templates to automate recurring conversion tasks. Such conversions can be customized at a granular level to ensure that the formatting isn't lost. Your client sent you documents in printed format that you need to incorporate within designs for print or online? Yes, your scanner came with OCR capabilities but Able2Extract provides a few extra tricks, such as being able to work with native or scanned PDFs and recognize images within a document and convert those as well. Other capabilities include the ability to merge and split PDFs, insert and extract pages, password-protect documents, and process via batch conversion.

Version 11 includes the ability to annotate files via the addition of notes, striking out of text, leaving comments and highlighting. It's also possible to now selectively redact text to protect confidential data; add text, vector shapes and images; edit text, rotate and customize the color of vector shapes, and set page content object drawing properties. Also of note is improved AutoCAD PDF conversion; and file encryption and decryption.

Able2Extract 11 for Mac, Windows and Linux can be purchased for $149.95 on the Investintech site. A free trial is also available for download.