PDF Conversion Software Review

PDF (Portable Document Format) documents are a world-wide popular way to exchange and share formal documents. However, it’s not that familiar for some users. They may get problem about how to open and read pdf files, or how to create pdf, or how to convert pdf document, or how to edit pdf. So in this article, we’ll review some PDF conversion softwares, and you can choose a suitable PDF conversion tool as your specific need.

PDF Creator

If you have tried to search these keywords ‘pdf creator’, you’ll see that it’s really a long list in the findings in Google, free, online or paid, so many PDF creators are developed for you to create PDF. Below are some ones I have tried and think they really do a good job to create PDF.

Word2PDF is an online Word to PDF Converter. It’s totally free to use this online service when you need to convert Word to PDF.

Disadvantage: It’s a pity that Word2PDF only supports to convert Word to PDF, no Excel to PDF or PowerPoint to PDF.

Microsoft Add-in is a free add-on developed by Microsoft to help Office users to save Office to PDF, If you are using Microsoft Office 2007 or above, you can download and install Microsoft Office Add-in.

Disadvantage: Only supports Office 2007 and later version, not for Office 2003 or former office version.

Simpo PDF Creator Lite is a comprehensive free PDF creator, it not only supports to convert office files to PDF, but also images to PDF and html to PDF.

Simpo PDF Creator Pro is the pro version of Simpo PDF Creator Lite, it provides more features, for example, you can not only create PDF from office and images, you can even combine mulitple files into one PDF with it.

Disadvantage: it’s not free, costs $29.95.

PrimoPDF is another comprehensive PDF creator, it also provides solution to convert most printable files to PDF format.

NitroPDF is the pro version of PrimoPDF, and it’s more powerful. It’s not only create PDF, but also convert, combine, edit, sign and share industry-standard PDF files.

Sometimes, you may need to download a PDF conversion software to convert PDF to other file formats like Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Text, even HTML and Images. Don’t worry, I’m sure that you can find a  suitable PDF converter in the following list.

PDF Converter

There are as many PDF converters on the internet as PDF creators, so, it’s not easy to get a good one. After trying one by one, I pick up some of them to fulfill kinds of needs.

ConvertPDFtoWord: It’s an online PDF to Word converter, so, you can just use it to convert PDF to word document, the most common file format to allows you to edit PDF in Word. And it preserves the layout quite well.

Disadvantage: only convert pdf to word.

By the way, its developer is the same one as Word2PDF, of course, the developer also provides solution for PDF to Images, PDF to Text and PDF to HTML.

ZamZar is another online PDF converter, but it has more functions, it not only supports to convert PDF to Word, but also PDF ot other file formats, such as .jpg, .png, .doc, .ppt, .xls, .html, .txt, etc. It also allows uploading up to 100MB PDF file.

Disadvantage: you need to sign up a free account first before using it, and the free account has limits to convert PDF.

Google Docs is developed by Google to allow users to convert PDF online. If you have a free Google Account, you can easily convert PDF to Word and RTF with Google Docs.

Simpo PDF Converter Ultimate is a 6-in-1 PDF converter. With it, you can convert PDF to Word, PDF to Excel, PDF to PowerPoint, PDF to HTML, PDF to Text and PDF to Images.

Disadvantage: not free, costs $59.95

If you want to convert scanned PDF, the normal PDF converters can’t do this and you need an OCR (Optical Character Recognition) software to make scanned PDF to editable file format.

OCR Converter

Online OCR: It can extract text from image (JPG, BMP, TIFF, GIF) and convert into editable Word, Text, Excel, PDF, Html output formats. Max file size is 4MB.

However, most OCR can’t recognize all characters in PDF well, anyway, you can find more in this article - top 5 free OCR software tools.

In this reivew of PDF conversion software, have you found a good one? If you know other PDF conversion software that works great to create or convert PDF but doesn’t list in the article, please feel free to raise it.

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