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Able2Extract PDF Converter
 

What is itHere’s an application that can convert PDFs into Word, Excel, Publisher, PowerPoint, Autocad (DWG, DXF) and Open Office files. It can also convert to image formats (jpeg, bmp, png, tiff, etc.), HTML and a host of other formats.

How does it work?  The technical process running the background is proprietary, but there is a handy step-by-step guide that the software uses to walk users through the conversion process. It’s really easy and really fast.

Able2ExtractHow hard is it to use? Users simply select the text they want to convert, and then click on the desired file format icon on the toolbar.

How well does it work? A bit of post-conversion cleaning up (removing extraneous lines and characters, etc.) is required, but the text itself requires no editing whatsoever.

At $99.99, the software is pricey. There is a free version, but that comes with a seven-day, three-file-per-day limit. If you have needs beyond a few files over the course of a week, you’ll probably want to go with the full version.

How do I use it in the classroom? Not quite a direct classroom resource, this is more of an administrative tool that teachers can use to better use PDF files they acquire from any number of sources.

 

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Article by Jason Tomaszewski, EducationWorld Associate Editor
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