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Overview

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The brand-new Soda PDF Online offers web-based PDF tools you can use on any device, including desktop, laptop, smartphone,...

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All-in-one PDF solution for Windows, Mac, and Linux with perpetual licensing.

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  • Typical customers
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  • Small businesses
  • Mid size businesses
  • Large enterprises
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Pricing

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User reviews

3.4

103

5

4

3

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18

10

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45%
would recommend this app

4.7

79

5

4

3

2

1

56

22

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99%
would recommend this app

Pros

It is very nice software, especially for the money, and suited my needs for this perfectly.

CC

Carole C.

Trial version for starting and test the software is very good. Functionality is great for the job.

FR

FR R.

The ease of use and daily interaction with same is good and allows the company to do what it needs to do with regards to portable document management.

DK

Dave K.

Pros

I've been using this for over a decade. It's reliable, it has great features and it's not too expensive.

AR

Anonymous Reviewer

I've used a lot of PDF conversion / editing tools over the years and Able2Extract is by far the best one. It's very easy to use and understand and their customer service is great.

Jl

Jean l.

This is a very cost effective product to change different file types to other file types. Super easy to go from pdf to excel which is what we mainly use it for.

AF

Adam F.

Cons

You would think after over 2 years of customers complaining regarding the poor customer service experience, they would have fixed it by now.

DW

Donna W.

Logged a complaint because its not working and nobody even got back to me.

JV

Jan V.

Product disconnects regularly and requires you to re log in. This is EXTREMELY annoying and interrupts your working day.

PO

Peter O.

Cons

Getting stuck and coming fatal error reports. Data not capturing when there are images frequently.

HC

Hashan Chandrasekara K.

Sometimes the software guesses wrong about words so that review is required and sometimes formatting is off.

AR

Anonymous Reviewer

In 12, one has more of an ability to apply the same table structure to non-consecutive pages, but it has a bug and does not work well. My worker actually went back to using 11, she says 12 is bad.

CK

Carl K.

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Key features

  • Total features27
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Annotations
  • Archiving & Retention
  • Batch Processing
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Commenting/Notes
  • Compression
  • Convert to PDF
  • Customizable Fields
  • Customizable Forms
  • Customizable Templates
  • Data Import/Export
  • Delete Pages
  • Digital Signature
  • Document Automation
  • Document Capture
  • Document Classification
  • Document Generation
  • Document Review
  • Document Storage
  • Electronic Signature
  • Encryption
  • File Conversion
  • File Recovery
  • File Sharing
  • Forms Management
  • Full Text Search
  • Image Editing
  • Indexing
  • Merge/Append Files
  • Offline Access
  • Optical Character Recognition
  • PDF Conversion
  • PDF Reader
  • Rearrange Pages
  • Rich Text Editor
  • Rotate Pages
  • Search/Filter
  • Side-by-Side Comparison
  • Text Editing
  • Watermarking
  • Workflow Management
  • Total features37
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Annotations
  • Archiving & Retention
  • Batch Processing
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Commenting/Notes
  • Compression
  • Convert to PDF
  • Customizable Fields
  • Customizable Forms
  • Customizable Templates
  • Data Import/Export
  • Delete Pages
  • Digital Signature
  • Document Automation
  • Document Capture
  • Document Classification
  • Document Generation
  • Document Review
  • Document Storage
  • Electronic Signature
  • Encryption
  • File Conversion
  • File Recovery
  • File Sharing
  • Forms Management
  • Full Text Search
  • Image Editing
  • Indexing
  • Merge/Append Files
  • Offline Access
  • Optical Character Recognition
  • PDF Conversion
  • PDF Reader
  • Rearrange Pages
  • Rich Text Editor
  • Rotate Pages
  • Search/Filter
  • Side-by-Side Comparison
  • Text Editing
  • Watermarking
  • Workflow Management

Integrations

  • Total integrations5
  • Adobe Commerce
  • Dropbox Business
  • Google Calendar
  • Google Drive
  • Mailchimp
  • Microsoft 365
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • NetSuite
  • PayPal
  • QuickBooks Online Advanced
  • Quickbooks Online
  • SAP Business One
  • Salesforce Sales Cloud
  • Shopify
  • Slack
  • Stripe
  • WooCommerce
  • Xero
  • Zapier
  • Total integrationsN/A
  • Adobe Commerce
  • Dropbox Business
  • Google Calendar
  • Google Drive
  • Mailchimp
  • Microsoft 365
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • NetSuite
  • PayPal
  • QuickBooks Online Advanced
  • Quickbooks Online
  • SAP Business One
  • Salesforce Sales Cloud
  • Shopify
  • Slack
  • Stripe
  • WooCommerce
  • Xero
  • Zapier

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Soda PDF

Watch out Adobe! Soda is on your heels.

Reviewed 4 years ago

Love! Try it.

Pros

Before I started using InDesign, I had used this free online software to merge large PDF files into a booklet for our Magazine company. It is very fast to compile your data and create professional looking booklets absolutely free. Also, you can use this online without the need to download software.

Cons

Honestly, I do not have any real complaints. You can download this software if you choose and use it as an overall PDF reader and editor.

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Soda PDF

Soda PDF -- Intuitive and User Friendly Way to Create and Edit PDF Documents

Reviewed a year ago

Overall? Excellent! This is a VERY user-friendly way to both create and convert PDFs, edit/fill in a PDF, sign a PDF with a created signature, and then deliver/download/share. If for some reason I need to have a colleague review a document, the review/comment function is great for easily getting document feedback. We don't use that feature as often, but it's nice to have in the available functions.

Pros

It's easy to use with little to no formal training -- very intuitive. I like that it converts documents TO PDF, PDF to MSWord or other types of files, and lets me upload a document for PDF filler access. I think forms are more professional when they're typed instead of being handwritten -- cleaner and neater for sure! We use SODA to upload forms sent to us, then fill in via the PDF filler. I love how easy SODA is to use via Mac/PC, tablets, and phones. Even when my staff and I are outside the office -- at home or on the road -- we can access SODA to ensure our work continues seamlessly. PDFs created can be saved to the Cloud, Desktop, or even e-mailed. I love this software/app!

Cons

My only small complaint is that it can be hard to locate a file once it's complete. That's likely on me instead of SODA. We downloaded the software/app, and have been learning as we go. Perhaps some training on our part would make archiving easier.

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Review of pdf software

Reviewed a month ago
Pros

It's features of pdf optimisation, pdf conversion and pdf editing helps effectively

Cons

Pricing can be made little more comfortable

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Pays for itself the first time you use it.

Reviewed 4 years ago
Pros

We mostly use this for converting PDF's to DWG format. The software is intuitive to use and conversion is fast

Cons

PDF to CAD could be more accurate with linework. Does not capture the OCR layer in PDF. Does not do well creating text with CAD PDF files.

Vendor response

Thanks for sharing your comments, David! As to your issue, from what you describe, it seems like you¿re dealing with a scanned PDF document. When working with native (electronic) PDFs, Able2Extract is designed to convert text as text and lines as lines (as they are in the source PDF file). However, scanned or image-based PDFs are simply images that have no information embedded in them. So, this is why our application converts "text" from such files into set of lines, instead of a proper text (and this is the issue you¿ve been experiencing, if we understood you correctly). If you can send in a sample file to us at techsupport@investintech.com, we can take a closer look.

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Worthy

Reviewed a year ago

Making pdf's editable

Pros

Ease of use. Ongoing improvements. Customer Service.

Cons

Conversions from pdf to Windows and PPT is excellent. Conversion from pdf to Excel is lacking

Vendor response

Thanks for dropping in with that feedback, Dan. If you're having issues with a specific PDF to Excel conversion, please don't hesitate to get in touch with us. Send in an email with the file and a description of your conversion issue to techsupport@investintech.com, if you can. We can get our developers to take a look at it, and see how we can help you get the most out of the PDF to Excel feature. Cheers!

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Time saver

Reviewed 4 years ago

Quick conversion of PDF to Excel.

Pros

I like the software for its ease of use. The interface is simple and straightforward. As a person who gets a lot of PDF reports that need to be analysed, Able2Extract allowed me the get the data into Excel sheets.

Cons

Some PDF files do not convert to Excel cleanly. Information from two columns are entered in one cell. I then have to correct the data manually. It is not often enough to make me look for something else but can be irksome when I am in a hurry.

Vendor response

With the Custom PDF to Excel feature you can avoid having to correct the data manually. From what you describe in your particular case, you would first set up your table structure (rows and columns) as usual using the Custom PDF to Excel mode. Then select the "Split only between words" option from the drop down list in the Columns section from the right hand panel. You can find a walkthrough here: https://www.investintech.com/resources/blog/archives/7993-pdf-to-excel-fix-misplaced-column-content.html In addition, you can save and load Custom Excel templates (via File menu) to instantly set up the same table structure for conversion if you deal with similarly formatted reports often. We hope that helps! Feel free to get in touch with any questions.

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Good product especially for the money.

Reviewed a month ago

Bringing PDF reports into Excel is great!

Pros

Love that you can bring the document into several different types of files.

Cons

Newer versions are updated with even more features.

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I have used two previous version, each one gets better

Reviewed 4 years ago

I can use pdf reports and easily change to Excel

Pros

I use the convert from pdf to excel the most. This newest version works extremely well. the software launches easily

Cons

Sometimes i have to adjust the vertical lines that separate the pdf into columns but its very good after that

Vendor response

Thanks for sharing, Dave! If you ever have any questions about making adjustments to your table structures and vertical lines, feel free to get in touch with us.

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extracting information from PDFs

Reviewed 4 years ago
Pros

This software is superb, exporting to many useful formats, very easy and highly accurate

Cons

Nothing so far, other PDF extractors have failed too often

Vendor response

Thanks, Jon!

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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AEP Professional Ver15

Reviewed a month ago

Happy

Pros

The conversion ability from PDF to other formats

Cons

You need to learn the curve to master the product

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  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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Review

Reviewed a month ago
Pros

Speed and comprehensive approach to any PDF documents.

Cons

Why does it always ask to save an office documents before it's openned in MS Office.

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  • Likelihood to recommend5/10

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Able2Extract Professional

Excellent Extraction Tool

Reviewed 4 years ago

I get reports in PDF and extract them to excel so I can slice and dice the data.

Pros

The ability to customize what and how you extract from PDF's

Cons

Sometimes columns are combined that shouldn't be.

Vendor response

Thanks! We'll pass this feedback over to our developers. If you have table samples on which that column merging consistently occurs, please send that to techsupport@investintech.com and they can take a look.

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Able2Extract Review

Reviewed a month ago

Good, I need it as a forensic accountant to do my work.

Pros

Conversion of pdf documents to Excel in order work with them.

Cons

Conversion does not always line up the columns properly.

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Brenda

Reviewed a month ago

good

Pros

I can change PDF to Excel and then run it in a program

Cons

nothing. I do not have anything that I can think of.

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Very useful, very powerful

Reviewed 24 days ago
Pros

Best conversion quality from PDF to Excel. Always get the tables and formats right.

Cons

Large PDFs are slow to load and change between pages.

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Great for converting documents

Reviewed a month ago

Overall, it is excellent.

Pros

I use this mostly for converting pdf documents to excel - pricing sheets, construction specs, etc.

Cons

It can be a little cumbersome at times, but that's the price of the extensive functionality.

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  • Likelihood to recommend5/10

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Pdf to dxf

Reviewed a month ago
Pros

Pdf to dfx transition. Dfx is an extension used by modelers to comunicate with autocad layouts.

Cons

We miss an option to rotate the resulted dxf file according to modeling needs (ie, to straighten the results parallel to the north).

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Able2Extract - The only thing that IS Able to Extract what you need from a PDF

Reviewed 4 years ago

I have been using Able2Extract for many years now and it consistently performs the job of PDF > Word extraction for indexing and research.

Pros

Able2Extract 12 is easy to use, straight-forward to access and just works.

Cons

Table handling could be a little better at times - but it's still lightyears ahead of the competition.

Vendor response

Thanks for the comments, Andrew. If you have any specific comments on where we can clean up the table handling a bit, please do let us know via our Request A Feature form: https://www.investintech.com/products/desktop/request/ We'd be interested in hearing your thoughts on that.

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Quite useful tool

Reviewed 3 years ago

All in all its good and not so expensive

Pros

It has OCR, and its easy to use. Extracting useful info from pdf and making tables got easy

Cons

Sometimes does not align table rows properly, i have to use manual selection of tables.

Vendor response

Thanks for the comments, Zoran! Yes, the table selection in the custom Excel conversion feature will always give you the opportunity to fix those misalignments, so you don't have to re-convert and clean the rows post-conversion. We're glad you'r finding the software helpful. Cheers!

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PDF to Excel Conversion

Reviewed 19 days ago

Taking large data chunks and making it usable through excel was great.

Pros

gets data from a PDF to an excel so it can be used to manage and manipulate INFO

Cons

data was usually in excel but many times it was everywhere but it was usable / easy to pull it together from the everywhere spots.

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Reliable and consistent OCR with a simple interface and good ability to batch process

Reviewed 4 years ago

Ease of getting an impression of what the document did

Pros

Given a good PDF, the ability to be consistent about how it is treated rather than picking up minor inconsistencies

Cons

Inability to be trained or learn. I would like to see more intelligent interactive pre-OCR which allows you to select the elements you want

Vendor response

Thanks for the suggestion and comments, Adrian. We'll pass that OCR feedback on to our developers. They'd be interested in hearing that. Cheers!

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Ability to access PDF content to create Excel workbooks and Word documents

Reviewed 4 years ago

We create Excel workbooks for gain/loss input in tax software and Word documents for deeds and estate planning work

Pros

Ease of use in creating new documents from PDFs

Cons

Sometimes the software guesses wrong about words so that review is required and sometimes formatting is off. Having a very clean PDF helps

Vendor response

Agreed, having a clean PDF does help. The quality of any PDF conversion relies on what you have in the original document, especially when you¿re dealing with scanned PDFs. However, we¿re always making improvements to the conversion algorithm. So, if you¿re consistently having issues with certain types of content in a PDF (lettering, format, font, etc.), please send in a sample to techsupport@investintech.com. Our developers would be interested in taking a look. Thanks for sharing your experience with Able2Extract.

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The best pdf program out there

Reviewed 4 years ago
Pros

easy to convert pdf's to any format and editing and can allow to modify any pdf and create a word document.

Cons

program is hard to read on high resolution displays. So it is ok on a 1920x1080 display , but on a 4k display you need good eyes

Vendor response

Thanks for sharing, Tony. Regarding the display resolution you mentioned, for ideal vieiwng, Able2Extract is best when on 1366 (Width) x 768 (Height) screens across all platforms. You will need a higher resolution screen on Windows and Linux machines if your OS scaling is more than 100%. On Mac systems, you can also view the software on 1280 (Width) x 800 (Height) non-Retina screen resolution or 2560 (Width) x 1600 (Height) Retina screen resolution. Hopefully the above specs help!

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Makes PDF Manageable

Reviewed 25 days ago
Pros

By far, this is the easiest way to extract text and images from a PDF or image. It's fast and accurate.

Cons

Version 17 does not work on my Ubuntu computer, however version 16 is more than adequate.

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The software does what you want it to do

Reviewed 4 years ago
Pros

It's fast and saves me a lot of time when converting data to Excel. It has not problems with PDF forms when converting

Cons

Sometimes the coloumn layout gets warped a bit. The fonts don't always come through as per original document

Vendor response

Thanks for your input, Eben! With regards to the font conversions, this is most often the case where the font in the PDF file is embedded. Embedded fonts cannot be perfectly extracted since most embedded font formats used in PDF aren't recognized by Excel and also because using such fonts could be considered a copyright issue due to their proprietary nature. As such, Excel (including Word) will...

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Quick and Done!

Reviewed a year ago

I was struggling with getting some documents converted into a PDF format to edit and stumbled across this company. The process was easy, self explanatory and quick! I would use it again.

Pros

This was an easy program to download and convert my document into a pdf for editing. Fast, simple and to the point!

Cons

I didn't have any issues with the software.

Vendor response

Great to hear everything went perfectly for you. We always aim to put the user experience first! Thanks, Laurie :)

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A must for economists

Reviewed 25 days ago

I do a lot of statistical work and use data frequently: Able2 Extract makes it easy to extract data from PDF documents accurately and quickly: this is exceptionally useful.

Pros

The ability to extract data from PDFs, into readily useable spreadsheets or Word documents - an enormous benefit.

Cons

Nothing comes to mind - occasionally tables with more complex formatting do not get extracted exactly, but it is usually easy to fix the problem.