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Promo2day Review Able2Extract Professional 16: Your Swiss Army Knife for PDF Files
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Able2Extract Professional 16: Your Swiss Army Knife for PDF Files

Convert, Create, Edit, OCR, Compare and Sign PDF Documents

The Portable Document Format (PDF) was created in 1993 by Adobe with the idea that every document should be available to read and print on all users’ devices while preserving the fidelity of the content. At the start; the format wasn’t popular however, it evolved steadily over the years to become the most popular electronic document file formats today.

For long time, workplaces have been striving towards a “paperless office”. This concept relies heavily on PDF format which was introduced as a standard to increased productivity and better workflows when dealing with a lot of documents. For example, scanning invoices, making a CV database, archiving spreadsheets or eBook files, PDFs are the go-to choice.

You can scan in all your documents and make your filing system more accessible. However, if you can’t effectively retrieve, extract and work with those scanned documents, your digital switch won’t be complete and effective

The only drawback of the PDF format is that it’s not easily to manage in the same simple way as word documents. For example, it is difficult to edit or to convert to Excel format.  If you want to make changes to PDFs, you need a special software that make all these operations simple and easy to do.

To help you choose a professional PDF software, we have decided to review Able2Extract Professional. The new version 16 was released few days ago with many new features and tools that make the program the best option for you to convert, create, edit, OCR, Compare and Sign PDF Documents.

Contrary to some other, more expensive options, Able2Extract Pro 16 offers a lifetime license for $149.95.

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User Interface:

The user interface is very friendly, easy to use and well arranged. You can customize the user interface regarding the theme (dark and light), language (english, deutch, france and spanish) and scale. There is also a guided tour that helps you to make different jobs of the program. Simply click on any tool and the program will guide you step by step to complete the job.

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These toolbars include all the program features and tools. It is well arranged according to the feature you are going to use. For example, PDF convert, edit, sign and so on

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Some of its most popular features include:

Convert PDF:

Convert PDF to all popular editable file formats like MS Office, CSV, AutoCAD, image formats and more from the safety of your desktop.

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Custom PDF to Excel conversion option that allows you to adjust your output and preview it before conversion

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Create PDF:

You can create new PDF file (blank) or convert any supported file to PDF using the program itself or the built-in virtual printer with no need to open the program

Create PDFs from 300+ compatible file formats.

Print PDF from ANY printable file.

Encrypt your PDFs and set file permissions.

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Batch create PDFs and merge them into a single output file.

Create blank PDF documents.

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Edit PDF files without converting them to editable formats:

Able2Extract is a powerful PDF editor that allows you to instantly:

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Add and edit PDF text.

Insert vector shapes and bitmap images.

Redact and annotate PDF content.

Split and merge PDF files.

Modify PDF pages and add blank ones.

Edit PDF forms and more.

Sign PDF and verify PDF signatures.


The program has an advanced OCR technology that helps you with all scanned PDF documents. You can easily manage scanned PDF documents as follows:

Extract data from image PDFs

Convert scanned documents, even those documents with poor quality scans

Extract all your image-based PDF tables into perfectly formatted Excel spreadsheets for immediate analysis and manipulation

Multi-language Support: the upgraded OCR engine to accurately recognize Spanish, French, and German characters in addition to English. This is very important to help you if the document is not in English language

Batch PDF Tools: 

This useful feature will let you manage many PDF documents in one click. This will make your job easier and save your time 

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Batch convert multiple files quickly and accurately

Batch PDF Creator: Create PDFs from multiple files in one go.

Batch Merge Documents:

Convert whole folders of PDFs to a single output file (Word, Excel, AutoCAD, HTML and more)

Instantly merge batch created PDFs.

PDF Forms:

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Fill in interactive PDF forms directly by clicking onto the fields and entering and editing your information.

Create and Edit PDF Forms: turn non-interactive PDF forms into fillable ones, repurpose them, or create PDF forms from scratch

PDF Viewer:

The program can be used as your default PDF viewer with no need to install any other apps

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Open and read any PDF in Able2Extract Professional’s complimentary PDF viewer.

Simultaneously open and view two or more PDFs.

Easily navigate and search through your PDF document.

View two pages at a time, zoom in and out or rotate PDF pages if needed.

Fill in and submit interactive PDF forms.

View PDFs even if you don’t have a license for using its advanced features.

Dark theme support for working in low-light conditions.

Hand tool provides easier document navigation.

Use mouse cursor position as the pivot point for view zoom operations.

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PDF Annotations

Annotate PDF content and collaborate with others like never before. Able2Extract Professional offers a full range of markup options you can directly insert on the PDF page.

Insert comments, sticky notes, and stamps.

Highlight, underline or strikethrough specific content.

Attach various files.

Add a squiggly (jagged) underline and caret.

Fine tune your document by adjusting color, opacity and other relevant properties.

PDF Security and Signatures:

Add Signatures to PDFs: insert electronic and valid digital signatures to your PDF documents from your desktop.

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Validate PDF Signatures: Verify the authenticity of digital (cryptographic) signatures in PDF documents by inspecting the signature validation status.

Advanced PDF Encryption and Decryption: Secure your confidential PDF documents with 256-bit password protection.

Advanced Permission Levels: these options let you retain full control over who can print, copy, or modify your sensitive PDF documents even when you’re not around.

PDF Redaction: Permanently remove sensitive information such as social security or financial information from your PDFs.

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Watermark PDF: Use Able2Extract Professional to add watermarks to your PDF pages to brand and safeguard your intellectual property

NEW Features in Able2Extract Professional 16:

Accurately transfer table structure and cell styles into Excel:

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There is no more problems with the format and readability after complex table transfer to Excel spreadsheets. The NEW smart layout detector will look for specific graphical attributes and place them along with the data in a tidy columnar format in your Excel spreadsheet, greatly increasing the readability of any table data and enhancing user productivity. 

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Able2Extract Professional 16 can transfer complex table properties and cell styles to Excel spreadsheets with almost no formatting discrepancies. For example; borders, background colors, merge info, fonts. The picture-perfect PDF to Excel output is now a reality with the latest Able2Extract Professional 16.

Compare Files:

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This new feature is very useful for you. Able2Extract Professional makes it be easy for you to compare any two printable documents to reveal discrepancies between them. The tiresome process of comparing documents line by line is a thing of the past. Thanks to the new built-in versatile document comparison tool, you can effortlessly compare two documents in a handy side by side view even if they are in different file formats like native PDF and Microsoft Word

The new comparison tool will highlight content that is similar in both documents or unique for one of them, allowing users to quickly identify any variations between the documents, check for unapproved content edits, or confirm that no changes have been made. After examining the discovered changes, users can both annotate or copy those differences from one document to another.

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The Statistics section in the right-hand panel of the Compare tab shows an overview of unique elements in both documents, as well as the number of differences. Furthermore, users can change annotation properties when it comes to color and opacity.

In addition, you can easily analyze substantial changes such as added, edited, or deleted text and images and also save comparison results as an annotated PDF file.

Cursor X & Y coordinates:

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This new feature can be handy especially when users are in either Custom Excel, Edit Document, or Edit Form modes for setting up perfectly precise layouts, evenly distributed tables and other elements.

The Footer toolbar now shows the cursor’s precise position. These X and Y coordinates indicate the distance between the upper left corner of the open document and the current location of the cursor. Users can change the coordinates unit to cm, mm, and points (in inches, by default).

New context menu options:

The context menus was introduced in the previous version of Able2Extract PRO. The latest 16.0 version expands upon the feature with a couple of new context menu options. You can access the most important functions of Custom Excel, Edit Document, and Edit Form modes by right-clicking on a selected element, or by hovering over an annotated difference while in Compare mode.

Product Information:


Designed for Windows, Mac & Linux platforms

Compatible with:

Windows 10/8.1/8/7, Windows Server 2019/2016/2012 R2/2012, 32-bit or 64-bit edition

Office 2003 and newer

macOS 11 (Big Sur)/10.15 (Catalina)/10.14 (Mojave)

Ubuntu 20.10/20.04

Fedora 33/32, 64-bit edition

Specifications (Requirements):

Hard Drive Space: Windows: 200 MB, macOS: 300 MB, Ubuntu: 200 MB,
Fedora: 200 MB
Memory: 512+ MB of free memory available
Monitor: 1366 (Width) x 768 (Height) screen resolution.

US$149.95 (Download Only)

Able2extract Professional 16 vs Adobe Acrobat Professional; which you choose?

This is a difficult to answer specially with Adobe Acrobat, but to help you choose the software suitable for you, we will summarize the differences  between Able2extract Professional 16 and Adobe acrobat. Both programs are professional PDF tools. In Able2extract Professional, the following features are unique:

One time payment, with lifetime use

PDF to Excel features present      
Manually designate column and row structure for conversion
Preview conversion results prior to conversion
Automate conversions with Custom Excel templates
Edit headers and footers for conversion
AI-assisted conversions
Easy table selection with Find similar table structures
Automatically extract PDF tables excluding surrounding content
Transfer PDF table structure and cell styles (borders, fonts, colors) into Excel New
Convert any file format to Excel

PDF Converter:

PDF to Publisher, PDF to CSV, PDF to AutoCAD, PDF to OpenOffice

Easily batch create and convert PDF files

Much smaller space required for installation: only 187 Mb

Linux (Fedora, Ubuntu) support.

Conclusion and Summary:

Able2Extract Professional 16 is a secure and reliable PDF solution that can handle all PDF tasks in your workflow. This will help to save time and increase productivity. If your work calls for quick and accurate extraction of PDF data into formatted MS Excel spreadsheets, AutoCAD formats or editable MS Word, Able2Extract Professional 16 delivers accurate conversion of native and scanned PDFs to editable MS Office (Word, Excel, PPT), AutoCAD, HTML, images and more, while ensuring that the original layout and formatting remain consistent after conversion. PDF text and content editing, customizing and interaction with PDF forms is not a problem anymore. 

In addition, you will enjoy many important features such as layered file security with password protection and digital signatures. Able2Extract Professional allows users to batch create and convert multiple PDF files at once. 

One-time payment will let you enjoy all these professional features for lifetime with small space required for installation and friendly easy to use interface

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Thanks a lot for this very good review, Tarek. This is definitely a great software.  Thumb

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