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Able2Extract is a commercial PDF conversion and PDF creation tool. It allows users to convert and transfer PDF data into file formats which they can edit. Able2Extract also provides users with the ability to create secure PDF documents for professional uses and edit PDF pages as well.

Developed by, Inc., Able2Extract was first released in 2002.[1] The application is used to convert data stored in a Portable Document Format (PDF) to editable Microsoft Office formats, such as Excel, Word,[2] Publisher, and PowerPoint. Able2Extract can convert PDF to non-Microsoft formats as well, including AutoCAD (DWG, DXF), Open Office, image(jpeg, bmp, png, tiff, etc.), HTML, Text files, and more.

Although Able2Extract is a PDF converter, there are certain versions which can convert XML Paper Specification (XPS) formats, the PDF-like format developed and released by Microsoft in 2007.

Able2Extract 8.0 was the first version to run on Windows, Mac, and Linux platforms.[3]

Able2Extract 9.0 was released on December 3, 2014. This version introduced the ability to create PDF documents from printable digital file formats.[4]

Able2Extract 10.0 was released December 8, 2015 and was the first version with the ability to convert any file to Microsoft Excel and edit PDF text.

Able2Extract Professional 11.0 was launched December 5, 2016. Added to this version was the ability to annotate and redact PDF content, enhanced encryption and decryption, and the ability to add images and vector shapes.

The Standard version was retired with the release of version 11.0 and rebranded as Able2Extract Professional. The software application contains the Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology needed for converting scanned and image-only PDFs into searchable PDFs.


As a PDF converter, Able2Extract allows users to work with PDF files developed by Adobe Systems, Inc., and, in particular, the electronic data contained within them.

Able2Extract is used to access the PDF data through file formats which users can edit. Accounting and banking professionals, for example, have used Able2Extract’s PDF to Excel conversion feature to re-access and then analyze financial statements.[5] In 2013, Able2Extract received an honourable mention from for “spreadsheet capabilities and aiding auditor control.”[6] Journalists have used the PDF to Excel conversion option as well, but for converting public records and database reports in the PDF format to Excel spreadsheets [7]

Able2Extract’s PDF to AutoCAD feature has been used by SolidWorks users to convert PDF to DWG and PDF to DXF for geometry capture[8] and creating 3D models in AutoCAD programs.[9]

Cross Platform Compatibility

Able2Extract Professional is cross platform compatible with the Mac OS and Linux platforms, and can be installed on the following systems:

  • Windows: Windows 10, 8, 8.1, 8,7, Vista, XP SP3, 2008, 2003 SP2 (x32 or x64 editions)
  • Mac OS X: Intel Mac running OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion), 10.9 (Mavericks), 10.10 (Yosemite), 10.11 (El Capitan), macOS 10.12 (Sierra) (x32 or 64 editions)
  • Linux: Fedora 20, 21, 22, 23 or newer (x32 edition), Ubuntu 13.10, 14.04, 14.10, 15.04, 15.10 or newer (x32 edition)


Able2Extract Professional is available for professional and personal use and can be downloaded for a 7-day free trial from the Investintech website.[10] The company offers single, volume, and subscription licensing options for the desktop software.

See also

List of PDF Software

External links