Although deskUNPDF is capable of a few simple tasks, using the program to convert documents into spreadsheets creates more problems than it solves.
The converter stumbled in every one of our tests, producing multiple pages instead of one spreadsheet. This problem makes sorting and filtering a tedious challenge that requires manual navigation.
Larger files also affected performance. A test with a 163-page lined document proved troublesome. Instead of converting the PDF file into one spreadsheet, the program took 35 minutes to create multiple pages that were cluttered and difficult to read.
We reached out to the company for help solving these problems, but have not heard back.
There are benefits of using deskUNPDF for simple tasks. The learning curve is low and it converts most PDFs quickly into other formats.
Installation is speedy and the user guide gives easy-to-follow set-up guidelines. The interface is also well designed and selecting a source PDF and choosing an output format, including Microsoft Office, image and Web, transforms the file into the specified format.
These issues make deskUNPDF useful for plain files but not more demanding documents like spreadsheets or files with embedded or damaged fonts. For the $59.99 price, the software isn't well suited for the journalist's toolkit
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