File conversion tools can be a must for bloggers, business owners, authors and publishers or just about anyone who works with many different file types all the time. You never know when you need a handy-dandy tool on hand that can do the job when you need to convert something. I was able to try a new one out: Able2Extract 9.0 by Investintech. Even though it may not cater to all author/publisher needs (at least right now), it could help you with most!
Disclaimer: I was contacted by Investintech to try their product Able2Extract 9.0 for free. This has no effect on my views of the review of the product or my overall experience.
What is Able2Extract?
Able2Extract is a type of file conversion software that can convert just about any file into PDF or vice versa. You can open the PDF and make a few tweaks to it, but it is not a “PDF Editor Tool”. It also gets its name of being able to “extract” some information chosen by the user prior to conversion.
Before you simply think “it’s just another file conversion tool, and we have so many of them already”, there are some things that help set it apart from many of the others (not all).
It is one of the few programs you can download to your computer when you try it for a free trial or purchase a license to use it. You don’t have to bookmark a page and login on the Internet. This is nice if you aren’t in a place to get on the Internet and need to convert something on-the-go. Plus, there will be no need to upload and then download the finished file. Saves time and data usage (if that would apply to your internet connection).
It is also one of the few programs that I have been able to find or try that can handle PDFs that come from a scanned document. Some tools simply do not like them. Not sure why. This is one of the things that really stood out in my mind.
Have a lot of files to do at once? Then you can also do a batch conversion.
You can encrypt and protect your converted documents should you feel the need.
About the User Interface
The interface is straightforward and easy to use. Appearance was clean and user friendly. There are available tutorials available to you should you need them on their blog as well as on Facebook and Twitter. They also provide customer support. I have a couple such tutorials as a sample below.
They have many file conversion options to choose from: Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Open Office, Publisher, HTML, and any of the image file types (bmp, png, jpg), and more.
Some of the settings can be easily tweaked to fit your needs. It’s very easy to play around with and not worry about breaking anything!
The pricing for the full license for all the features is pretty reasonable and will pay for itself in the long run if you expect you will do lot of file conversions for your business in time and resources saved. Furthermore you have one tool to do the job, not several that all have separate licenses. Click here to compare pricing and features and get a paid subscription.
Not sure or want to try it out before buying? They have a free trial available to you. Click here.
Everything was very neat and user friendly. I didn’t really run into any crashes or technical issues during my trial. The download went smoothly and the program didn’t take up a ton of space on my computer or bog down the RAM.
This already great product could always have some kind of improvements to make it even better. Some capacity to share documents via email or to sharing tools like Dropbox, Google Drive, or Photobucket from the interface for instance? Possibly watermarking should the occasion call for it?
My contact at Investitech was very friendly and got back to me within reasonable timeframes and provided any information I needed for trying out the program.
Rating: 5/5 Cool B-)
Have you used it or would like to share comments or thoughts, please leave them below!