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PDFZilla 1.2.9 Giveaway

Giveaway of the day — PDFZilla 1.2.9

PDFZilla is a desktop application that quickly and accurately convert PDF files into editable MS Word Documents, Rich Text Documents, Plain Text Files, Images, HTML Files, and Shockwave Flash SWF Files.
$29.95 EXPIRED
User rating: 431 (54%) 365 (46%) 34 comments

PDFZilla 1.2.9 was available as a giveaway on January 2, 2011!

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PDFZilla is a desktop application that quickly and accurately convert PDF files into editable MS Word Documents, Rich Text Documents, Plain Text Files, Images, HTML Files, and Shockwave Flash SWF Files.

System Requirements:

Windows XP/ Vista/ 2000/ ME





File Size:

6.58 MB



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What about the peer-to-peer server that's installed??

The User Agreement mentions that a peer-to-peer server is installed to help with updates and distribution. The software might designate your computer as a "SuperServer" (their words).

Reply   |   Comment by jimmy  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

I just uninstalled the earlier version of this software. What am I missing? Yes, it will convert a PDF to Word format (also tried to RTF), but then its only editable as a photo. Is there a PDF to Word converter that will allow you to edit the text once you convert it? If I had that, it would be worthwhile. Otherwise, I will save my drive space for something more useful.

Reply   |   Comment by Jodyrose  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

#27 If you run program as administrator it will retain the registration.

Reply   |   Comment by pat  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

I downloaded this ... I registered this ... yet when I open a PDF file in order to convert it to a doc where I can then copy & paste, all I have are blank pages???

Reply   |   Comment by anne-ology  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

Installs and runs fine, and I think the interface is fine; no need for it to look like any other product. Would be more value if the text output was more than a couple of blanks, and if the html output was more that just a series of BMP files and an HTML page to display them. Actual conversion to text would be far more useful.

Reply   |   Comment by tjones  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

Useful program. I converted a 26 Mb pdf file with quite a few pictures and complicated text and Headings to MS Word, HTML, Flash and png.
Word conversion was very fast and accurate.
HTML conversion was fast but the images show as broken links although the text is there.
Flash conversion was not as fast but less than a minute. I also selected the Option of a Play button. This helps with the paging. Excellent conversion.
PNG conversion was just for interest sake. Took about a minute. Of course the text is also a png file so not practical for reading, but for obtaining images it is great.
Super program.

Reply   |   Comment by redspats  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

Stop complain about price. It free to day.

Reply   |   Comment by Xian  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)

Keeps saying has registered successfully, but it is not registered. Have reinstalled and tried to register multiple times.

Reply   |   Comment by marlene  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

Thank you GOTD as I had an immediate need for this. However, it seems to have left out any graphics, used a different font and size, and also lost some of the formatting. At least I was able to get the document "re-type" as the original was lost. Thank you again.

Reply   |   Comment by SactoBob  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

reinstalled this over the old one same version, tiny difference in code. just reregister new code or old the previous one for this version seems to work OK/ except as mentioned in comment #1 thanks for a great year GOTD as always and all the help,guidance and knowledge base, find many treasures here and the odd dud , but mostly now I have been coming here to learn and thank you again ,,, Bob

Reply   |   Comment by Bob  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

Installed fine on Vista Home Premium and works well Thanks!

Reply   |   Comment by Donna  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Nitro pdf on line did a better job, I'd rather wait for the quality than the speed. With pdfzilla I may as well select text in pdf and paste it in unformatted manner, at least then I don't get text boxes. Software seems therefore unnecessary.

I also attempted to first install it into the program folder but it would not accept registration until I reintalled it into it own pdfzilla folder

Reply   |   Comment by Eric Thalen  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)

Does not work on my system (Win7 x64). Either the program itself freezes or it freezes the entire system.

Reply   |   Comment by Davidrs  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

When I ran Setup, I got the following error message: The process cannot access the file because it is being used by another process.

Anyone know why and how to get Setup to run properly? Thanks.

Reply   |   Comment by kathtalla  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

Installed and regiastered fine.

However, I tried this software on three different PDF file
and attempted to convert them to Microsoft word docs and only ONE conversion out of three worked.
I use Office 2007 here.

Doesn;t seem very consistent as it was only able to convert 1 out of 3 PDF documents

thanks anyway


Reply   |   Comment by glooney  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

Ok Win 7 Ultimate 32x. Had prior version installed but little used.
First choose to install this over that. Seemed to go ok. Run prg.
Then hit Registration tab on front page. It opens their web page.
Close it. Behind will be a popup box where you paste in the reg code
found in the Readme from GOTD zip extraction. Gets a flash saying Reg is ok. And in the prg on upper left it will say Registered.
Note this will be 1.2.9 but you can't tell that from within the prg so don't bother looking in About or Help. Just get 1.2 all over. But when I checked in the uninstaller prg ZSoft it is listed as V1.2.9 Maybe the main executable lists as 1.2.9 too but didn't bother checking.So no matter which install method used, overwrite or fresh is ok since I also did a fresh install.
Thanks guys for one for New Year.

Reply   |   Comment by beergas  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

PDFZilla is a small, VB [Visual Basic] app for making copies of a PDF file in .doc, .rtf, & .txt file formats -- it can also do .jpg, .bmp, .gif, .png, & .tif image files, as well as .html & .swf. It uses 3 cli [Command Line Interface rather than GUI] apps, & 2 are older versions -- the pdf2html site no longer exists [pdfimage.com], but pdf2swf & pdftk are here http://goo.gl/5mQfl & here http://goo.gl/zbeH ... if you want to try updating those 2 PDFZilla will still work, but I don't know if you'll gain anything by it or not [in quick tests the .swf files were smaller, but didn't notice anything else]. The .exe file for today's GOTD version is -- the version I had from GOTD [can't swear that it's the latest] is there's no change log included, but the newer version adds/uses richtx32.OCX. Running PDFZilla you get an initial window with buttons for 5 types of conversion -- click any one of them & you'll get the actual program window with a task/pdf doc list that supports drag/drop, & you select the output format on the right, along with selecting pages to convert & output destination. Annoyingly, closing the app's working window [or clicking File menu -> Exit] doesn't close the app but brings up that initial splash sort of screen. In quick tests PDF copies in .doc format looked very close to the original, with graphics & individual lines of editable text as movable objects. Copies in .swf format just cycled, showing one page after another, but they did look like the original. Three minor annoyances are: 1) the list of imported PDF files clears itself after conversion [I'd prefer something like a checkbox that got cleared, + a Clear button], 2) Windows Explorer opens to the destination folder whenever you complete a conversion, & 3) whenever I start the app I have to click the desktop to get it to actually start in 7.

Installing PDFZilla is [at least potentially] problematic... As Ashraf noted the default installation folder is c:\PDFZilla rather than under c:\Program Files [or Program Files (x86) for 64 bit Windows] -- bad practice but certainly not the end of the world. More important, PDFZilla puts MSCOMCTL.OCX & richtx32.OCX in the program's folder, & registers them there with Windows -- this older version of MSCOMCTL.OCX *might* have an effect on other apps you've installed that use it, & removing [or moving] the PDFZilla folder breaks any installed apps that use either file. Lots of apps use MSCOMCTL.OCX & it's usually already in Windows' system folder, meaning I could use the older version of PDFZilla [from GOTD] as if it was a portable app -- with richtx32.OCX added that's no longer the case (that VB file is much less common), so I'll probably not bother updating. PDFZilla's program folder holds 19 files, 2 folders, & takes up ~16 MB. PDFZilla itself has one registry key for uninstall, but registering those 2 VB files causes ~300 new or changed registry entries in XP -- it can have more impact in Vista/7 because .NET can get involved when you have VB apps.

[If you install & then remove PDFZilla, & find that one or more of your installed apps no longer work, you'll need to re-register one or both of those 2 VB files mentioned with Windows. Registering files can be done from the Windows' command prompt [run -> cmd in XP, search cmd & then run as admin in Vista/7], using regsvr32.exe that can be found in Windows\System32 & Windows\SysWOW64 [in 64 bit windows use the one in SysWOW64 for 32 bit apps], or you can find .reg files on-line that, when merged with Windows registry adds the register/unregister commands to the right click, context menu, or you can use utilities like RegDrop http://goo.gl/OZjtZ [I keep a copy on my desktop, & in 7 it's set to run as admin]. If/when removing PDFZilla breaks something, search your hard drive for MSCOMCTL.OCX, & if you have more than one, register the file in Windows' system folder. Then do the same for richtx32.OCX -- don't worry if you don't find this one as it is a bit uncommon.]

Personally I've kept (& very occasionally used) PDFZilla from an earlier GOTD, but I just installed it to a VM [Virtual Machine], copied the program's folder to my regular Windows install, & then restored the VM [I just copy/paste a copy of the baseline virtual disk, replacing the changed one], so I never suffered any grief from it's installation. I could do the same for today's GOTD, using RegDrop to register richtx32.OCX after copying it to Windows' system folder [where it belongs], but I've used PDFZilla so rarely I'm not yet sure if it's worth the bother.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+31)

Already have the software from last time GAOTD did it, and it works great on Windows 7

Reply   |   Comment by Luke250  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)

Note that there is a workaround for Ashraf's listed "con" that states "PDF to Word/RTF uses text boxes for text": You can select the entire document (or, at least all the text boxes, if there are also pictures and other non-text objects) and then do an Edit / Paste Special, and paste everything as unformatted text, which, while it will lose formatting, will result in editable text that is not in a series of text boxes.

Also, related to the posts / suggestions regarding the progress bar - the one near the bottom of the program window worked for me. When I converted a small PDF, it converted so fast I didn't really see the progress bar. But when I converted a large PDF, the progress bar and percentages were reasonably accurate, and the "back and forth" finish-up graphic was only on-screen for a few seconds. Maybe that graphic is on screen for a longer period with slower processors?

Reply   |   Comment by BigG  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+14)

Installed and registered effortlessly on Win XP. Converted a 220 page PDF to a text doc
in about 4 minutes.
Simple and easy..

Reply   |   Comment by beachboy  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)

Very good & useful soft-ware.

Reply   |   Comment by Bikram keshari Naik  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-12)

Theres a few comments about no progress bar but I have tested this GOTD several times and each time it's worked great and I have had a progress bar !!!!!!
Had a mishap a while ago and everything on my memory stick got wiped including an earlier version of this so I am very happy to get it back
Thanks GOTD 2011 is starting off just great.

Reply   |   Comment by Margy Long  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

A rerun from http://www.giveawayoftheday.com/pdfzilla-1-2-9/
same version from may 7, 2010.

Reply   |   Comment by Buzz  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+12)

If you're looking to convert only to Word or formatted text, Simpo PDF to Word would be my recommendation.

Reply   |   Comment by Bob  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

set up easy
converts quickly - timeline shows as converting with percentages showing
converts new file into chosen file folder upon conversion
good offering

Reply   |   Comment by Elvira  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Is this Software handles Unicode as well ?

Reply   |   Comment by Pankaj  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

Read user reviews before download. Was concerned because of the negative feedback by users in general.
Downloaded, installed, and registered successfully.
My PC is AMD driven, Raid with two very large drives, video and audio on ASUS motherboard, one GIG memory, Windows XP Professional, SP3 and all updates installed.
Using Advanced System Care Professional running in background.
Installed PDFZilla into Program Files\
Registration was a snap
Did a 392 page conversion to word format
Some graphics included on three pages, one being full page graphic
Conversion completion took about 4 minutes
Saved conversion to a folder of choice
Opened file (took about 4 minutes)
Conclusion...great program, great conversion
Happy trooper here!
the magpie

Reply   |   Comment by the magpie  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)

I have this program from the last time it was given away.
It always did its job for me, so I have no complaints about it and would recommend it.

Reply   |   Comment by BobBagels  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-6)

Installed and activated/registered with no problems, except that it didn't install in the Program Files folder, but created a new C:\PDFZilla folder.

So far I've only attempted pdf -> swf conversion, which worked with one nasty glitch: the progress indicator didn't show progress - all it showed was "Please wait for a few minutes..." This continued even after the swf file had been written to the C:\PDFZilla\output folder, until I finally stopped it by clicking the "X" exit button.

Playing the resulting swf file exposed need for a user adjustable timing parameter - the pages changed too rapidly for reading (my objective is to convert to avi/divx so that I can play the pdf file on my standalone divx player setup.)

Reply   |   Comment by Genghiz  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

Isn't this the same version that was given away previously? I have it already. Thanks anyhow!

Reply   |   Comment by hayhaypaula  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-38)

I have PDFZilla Version 1.2 that was offered here on May 7, 2010. It installed and worked perfectly and was very easy to use.

Does anyone know if there is a difference between the previous version 1.2 and this version 1.2.9?

If there is, is it recommended to uninstall the previous version first or just install this version over it if this is newer or better.

Thanks PDFZilla & GAOTD for the previous version, this version and the daily gifts!

Reply   |   Comment by Dan  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-18)

DL and installed with no problems on Windows 7 64. I converted The Iliad to .txt within a couple of minutes and so far it looks accurate. I haven't tried the other file types as the conversions to text formats are the primary focus for me.

So from my point of view the program is very good, however, there are a couple of things that would improve it, at least for me,

1) I really wish it had a conversion to .odt for Open Office as I don't use Word. From my understanding although it's not as popular as Word there is a market for Open Office, .odt compatible software.

2) The actual conversion process would benefit from a progress % just so you know it's working, especially on long or large pdfs, as I had started to wonder if it was stuck while the conversion bar continued to go back and forth like a cylon's eye with no mention of how much time or % was left.

All in all, from my perspective, a useful tool to add to my office software. Thanks to GAOTD and PDFZilla.

Reply   |   Comment by Cassie  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+33)

Installed effortlessly on XP. Converted a pdf to Microsoft Word doc - perfect conversion. Thanks Giveaway of the Day. This is a good one.

Reply   |   Comment by Holly  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-24)

The Good
* Straightforward, non-complicated usage.
* Converts PDFs to .DOC, .RTF, .TXT, .JPG, .BMP, .GIF, .PNG, .TIF, .HTML, and .SWF formats.
* Users are allowed to convert whole PDFs or a select range of pages.
* Can convert encrypted PDFs.
* Converts fairly quickly.
* Supports batch processing.
* Supports drag + drop.
* Doesn't require users to have Microsoft Office/Word installed to do PDF to DOC conversions.

The Bad
* Poor conversion/output quality for all non-image/SWF outputs.
* PDF to GIF does not convert in color.
* PDF to HTML uses absolute paths for images instead of relative paths.
* PDF to Word/RTF uses text boxes for text.
* Overwrites existing files of the same name and same format in the output folder without prompt.
* For PDF to image conversions, lacks ability to directly control output image resolutions and poor usage of DPI property.
* For encrypted PDFs, users must enter password as that PDF comes up during conversions (cannot enter in prior to conversion), so batch processing becomes semi-useless since user has to sit there and type in passwords when prompted.
* Attempts to install directly into C:/ by default as opposed to C:/Program Files.
* No option to add an entry in the right-click context menu in Windows Explorer.
* Supports PDF to DOC but not PDF to DOCX.

Free Alternatives
AnyBizSoft PDF to Word Converter

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Reply   |   Comment by Ashraf  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+172)
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