Thanks to its ability to define custom tables, Able2Extract is one of the best options we've found for converting PDFs to spreadsheets - especially for the price. It can even handle tricky documents that stump other programs and comes complete with decent OCR.
The OCR technology used by Able2Extract is both reliable and effective on simple tasks, although it was quite slow processing larger collections of PDFs. Our toughest document, a PDF with some converted text, also stumped the software completely.
It's ability to convert PDFs to Excel, however, is Able2Extract's standout feature. It's even easy to use (see our tutorial). Simply open the PDF, select what you want to convert and click on the Excel button to complete the process. There's even great documentation and options to get additional help from the company via social media.
While the automatic options works for simpler, straightforward PDFs, the custom option is what sets Able2Extract apart.
Users can draw and move their own row and column lines or use specific table areas as a key. The option helps tackle tables with tricky formatting, like wrapped text and separated headings.
No other PDF tool we've tested has this custom feature for this price point, which keeps it at the low end of the product range (and even some higher-end software doesn't have it).
Able2Extract won't do it all though, as our embedded font document showed.
While it doesn't completely eliminate the need for data cleanup, it certainly will minimize such work. The time you'll save not having to play around on free converter websites is worth the price tag alone.
Conversion of this simple table of Bernie Madoff's customers is quick, easy and accurate with Able2Extract. Column alignment is perfect and the text conversion is perfect as well.READ OUR FULL TEST RESULT »
Able2Extract takes these scanned in memos and quickly and reliably makes them searchable.READ OUR FULL TEST RESULT »
Able2Extract was nearly perfect in converting these scanned, typed transcripts of detainee interviews into searchable text.READ OUR FULL TEST RESULT »
Able2Extract quickly and accurately converts this PDF of housing violations from a database report to a spreadsheet, conserving rows and columns and perfectly transferring the text from the original document. It preserves some information we don't need too, meaning there was some cleanup required.READ OUR FULL TEST RESULT »
Able2Extract took a very long time to process this large PDF of nearly 1,700 pages of scanned-in forms, some with handwritten responses. After nearly four hours, it did eventually produce a legible, search-ready document, but missed a few terms.READ OUR FULL TEST RESULT »
Although the result isn't perfect, Able2Extract's customization options help it turn this tricky unlined table of Clinton's political appointments into a sortable spreadsheet.READ OUR FULL TEST RESULT »
While the formatting of this table of Gov. Jan Brewer's border fence contributors is perfect after running it through Able2Extract, the information contained within is not. The words are replaced with random characters for the whole spreadsheet.READ OUR FULL TEST RESULT »
Able2Extract completely fails with this difficult document, a PDF already partially processed with OCR.READ OUR FULL TEST RESULT »