The compact, cross platform and virtually virus-proof nature of Adobe’s PDF (Portable Document Format) technology has helped it become the common means of distributing document-based information.
There are many third-party PDF creation, conversion and editing utilities. However, most haven’t focused on editing and reusing the content of PDF files the way Converter PDF 2 does. The ability to cut and paste a few paragraphs from, say, a PDF report, without retyping everything has clear time-saving benefits.
Solid Converter PDF 2 can run as a stand-alone application to convert PDFs to RTF (Rich Text Format) files. This format is supported by Windows’ WordPad and many other word processors. Click here to view a screen shot.
Solid Converter PDF 2 can still convert to plain text and the DOC format, though, and if you have Microsoft Word 97 or later, can install a Word add-in allowing PDF files to be opened from File-Open. You can also install ‘Open PDF’ and ‘Create PDF’ quick-access toolbar buttons in Word.
Additionally, an ‘Open in Word’ option can be installed for the full version of Acrobat and Window’s right-click menu. Command line tools are also available for batch jobs.
The program uses a wizard interface to guide users through the conversion steps: layout and format, image recovery, character spacing, output format and page ranges. Fonts and page layout are reconstructed with mostly positive but varying results.
A 15-day trial is on the cover CD together with the complete version 1. PC World readers can upgrade for a special price of $US35.
This program allows you to open PDFs for editing. It’s a handy utility that can operate as a stand-alone application or from within Word, where it can it also create PDFs.
Price: $US49.95 (AU$60.75) (single user licence); Special offer for PC World readers, see May cover CD for details