xPDFConverter

xPDFConverter 1.2

Free
It is designed to convert PDF files into multiple document formats.
5.0  (1 vote)
1.2.6 (See all)

xPDFConverter is an application designed to convert PDF files into multiple document formats. Therefore, you will be able to use the information extracted from non-editable PDFs for further specialized editing. The tool works with both standard and scanned PDFs, as the program supports the handy OCR technology.

The utility has a simple and intuitive interface, with all functions conveniently placed on the main window. The first logical step is to load the file you wish to convert. Adding files is done either by browsing for files from within the application, or by using the drag-and-drop method. Once the file is imported, you can preview its content in the preview panel. The preview is quite generous and well-built, as it allows you to enlarge or reduce the page display by using an easily-manageable slide bar. What is good about this program is that it embeds the OCR function. For appropriate content recognition of scanned PDFs, you can choose among six different languages. Next, you need to select the output format and enable the conversion.

However, the free version of the tool has severe limitations. First of all, it only supports single-page PDFs. Although the description on the Mac App Store states that you can convert the first three pages of a multi-page PDF, this statement isn't true. The output profiles are locked for PDFs with multiple pages and you are invited to purchase the full version to proceed with the conversion. Most PDF readers providing an OCR function scan the documents by content type, such as text, tables, or images – still, with xPDFConverter this option isn't available.

To sum up, the free version of this application seems to be the demo presentation of a commercial program. Its major limitations make it practically useless. The advice is to search for alternatives, as many similar programs provide more functions than xPDFConverter and they are available at no cost.

Ioana Dumitrescu
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Review summary

Pros

  • Good preview of source PDF
  • Supports multiple output profiles
  • Easy-to-use interface

Cons

  • Supports single-page PDFs only
  • No advanced filters for content type recognition
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