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Giveaway of the day — PDFZilla 3.0.6

PDFZilla is a desktop application that quickly and accurately converts PDF files into editable MS Word Documents, MS Excel Tables, Rich Text Documents, Plain Text Files, Images, HTML Files, and Shockwave Flash SWF Files.
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PDFZilla is a desktop application that quickly and accurately converts PDF files into editable MS Word Documents, MS Excel Tables, Rich Text Documents, Plain Text Files, Images, HTML Files, and Shockwave Flash SWF Files. PDZilla also allows users to rotate, cut and merge PDF files.

Besides, the program can convert images like PNG, TIF, BMP or JPG to PDF files, which means users can simply create PDF files from images.

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#19

Has Giovanni left us? Haven't seen any comments from him for a long time.I really miss his comments and suggestions. I'm glad GOTD has previous giveaway comments archived.
Also, I appreciate the inputs from others like Karl, Mike, XP-Man, Jahid and others. I frequently cut and past into a text doc their comments regarding specific software and alternatives, etc.. Also, the 'short courses' on various topics from especially Mike and XP-Man. Thanks to all the contributors that give insights, evaluations and useful info rather than just trashing the programs offered.

Reply   |   Comment by Ernie Bell  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)
#18

Registered OK. That's about all this software can do. An attempt to convert a PDF file to Word results in a picture with no text AT ALL !

Reply   |   Comment by Jean-Pierre Lepage  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#17

Is a site someplace where somebody can learn what giveawayoftheday is offfering? Perhaps a course ? OR a file definition site ? Cause i don't know what the offer is about. Praying . signed Wanna Lurn

Reply   |   Comment by WannaLurn  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#16

OK, blueskying required, on this obvious GADGET. Can be useful, once in a while, as long as you know what you get, which is NOT what you see, especially if you believe such announcements as "High Quality (etc.)"!..

10 modules (buttons):


— "PDF to Word Converter": original layout of PDF is lost, but MIGHT be useful, if you don't care...

— "PDF to Image Converter": works (easy task, OK, but does what it claims).

— "PDF to Text Converter": works (plain text = no layout retained, of course).

— "PDF to HTML Converter": got me an HTML page out of some PDF ; only... all included images skipped ("who cares about images, after all...").

— "PDF to SWF Converter": worked! Got a mulitpage SWF alright ; now, I just wonder of what use this module could be...

— "PDF to Excel Converter": not tested.

— "Image to PDF Converter": works too.

— "PDF Merger": watch out! Better double check EVERY page = good luck, with more than, say 20 to 50 pages. Works OK: SOMETIMES. In general, the 1st PDF is OK ; the next ones, that you add, sometimes end up totally garbled, unreadable.

— "PDF Cutter": works (select the pages you don't wan anymore).

— "PDF Rotator": works also.


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Reply   |   Comment by gadget  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#15

The best pdf to word converter is NITRO. I have tried several software, but do not exceed this feature.

Reply   |   Comment by rapunzelo  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#14

After downloading & installing - the PDF I tried was the "Owner's Manual for an Inspiron Notebook". I am using Win 8.1 - 8Gbs RAM - 1Tb HDD - Word 2010 & This program. First, All of the fonts are wrong. Second, When translating the "Contents" - ALL of the formatting went out the window - periods over words, numbers over words - periods over the margins, etc. Third, (And this I thought was a little bit comical) This being a manual, it had many pics & diagrams - with numbers & arrows pointing towards what the author wants the owner to see - BUT - in the PDFzilla's version - ALL arrows & numbers are printed backwards (mirrored, if I had to guess). I am trying NOT to be cynical - BUT - if it basically has to be RE-EDITED from the very 1st page - then why not scan the manual - manually page by page into Word. I wish I had better results to share & I am praying for peace. Thanks PDFZilla & GOTD - until tomorrow. (Strange about those numbers?!?)

Reply   |   Comment by Thomas Roberts  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#13

Downloaded and installed without problem. Tried converting a credit card billing pdf to excel. Crashed immediately. So much for the fancy claims. Uninstalled.

Reply   |   Comment by Jim Hawley  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)
#12

this software allows you to split and merge PDF files which is why i am downloading it.don't expect much from the conversion function though after reading so many negative comments.

Reply   |   Comment by the mask  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

You may find this freeware useful for splitting and merging pdfs.
http://icecreamapps.com/Manuals/PDF-Split-and-Merge/program-s-features.html
They also have other useful free ware eg.
http://icecreamapps.com/PDF-Converter/

Reply   |   Comment by chrstphr  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#11

Purely FWIW...

Part of the original nature of Adobe's Acrobat -- PDF -- like Microsoft's XPS Document Writer, is to provide some basic measure of DRM, so people & biz will use it without worrying quite as much that their work, in it's final distribution format, will be re-used or re-purposed without their knowledge or consent. Partly because of that PDF files can be difficult to convert to a more editable format like .doc.

Another issue when converting PDF files is the number of ways a PDF can be put together -- in that respect it's kind of like a web page or video file, where there can be quite a few technical differences between one site or another, one video & another, even though what you see would [wrongly] suggest that under the hood they're all the same.

One constant with most PDF files is that text is stored as text, images as images, & unless a PDF file expressly prohibits it, both can be copied, pasted into a new word processor doc for example, and formatting applied, though you may lose some image resolution.In some cases that may be easier than jumping through hoops, trying to get a PDF to convert.

As a container, PDF files can also hold only images, like when scanner or screenshot saves an image as a PDF rather than .tif or .jpg, or whatever format image file. In that case OCR is necessary to convert a picture of text into actual editable text. OCR software has been around a long time -- I used Textbridge with a PC running a 286 [the 1st generation of IBM PC clones widely available]. OCR software can be quite good at recognizing & maintaining the formatting in a document -- so good in fact that some might consider it worthwhile to use OCR software to work with an image of a PDF file rather than use the text that's already there. That said, since OCR works by pattern matching, given the huge number of variables because of different fonts, letter & word spacing etc., at least a few errors are to be expected.

SO... where does PDFZilla fit into all of this? At its simplest it's a GUI, a front end for [mostly cli or command line interface] free &/or open source code -- in that respect it's not much different than the many video conversion apps & such based on ffmpeg. Personally I've never liked the way it installs itself -- it's always registered a VB [Visual Basic] runtime file in its program folder, so moving or removing that folder breaks other software that needs that same VB runtime file. That said, VB is one of those somewhat ancient tech relics that refuses to die -- odds are you don't have any other VB software to break.

I have some old VB software I still use, albeit very occasionally, so I handle the problem by letting PDFZilla's installation routine do what it likes in a VM [Virtual Machine], then copy the program to a regular Windows install.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+31)

A few points that need correction are as follows:-
PDF was initially conceived to control a method of printing, it evolved into a format that could be used irrespective of OS, hardware and the software application controlling it.

Text is rarely in its raw format in the PDF file it is generally compressed so that searching requires specially adapted software.

Graphics within the document are generally viewable at the original size by zooming in, very useful in allowing really attractive page layouts without any loss of information.
Hence copying and pasting from a PDF page is a rather poor solution.

Reply   |   Comment by XP-Man  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Lately some regular contributors have been getting kudos from this audience. Mike, you need recognition here for your great posts. They are thoughtful and nuanced, going into depth on a particular topic. As a result they provide both useful specific solutions and educational background information leading to a better overall understanding of the topic. Within about three sentences I can recognize your style of writing without looking to the end. Please keep up the good work.

PS: Then there is Mike's doppelganger, MikeR. Although different in style and content from Mike, much of the above also applies to you. Your work also is appreciated and you are strongly encouraged to continue contributing.

Reply   |   Comment by acarolinensis  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#10

Gentlemen (and Women), if I may interject.

I, and I'm sure others, appreciate what many of you have to say here today about PDzilla and I can see that this company has given this product away before with few, if any, improvements. Might I suggest that rather than everyone jumping on the bandwagon and saying (or writing) the same thing over and over again why not try suggesting specific improvements to the product. After all isn't that what this site was originally about? They would give us a free product and we would recommend improvements or point out specific faults that the company could make to offer a better product to the public.

I would follow my own advise except that I have no use for the product, consequently, I've never used the it, but most importantly I don't posses the technical skills to properly evaluate the product and suggest improvements. If you've tried other similar products that worked better, what did they do better and how did the do it? I'm sure that these kinds of suggestions would be appreciated and implemented.

And think of it, Next time they give away this product we would all receive a much improved product that all of us could use.

Thanks for reading and please, Say a Prayer for Peace

Reply   |   Comment by Madmaler  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+16)

I don't know if I'm allowed to reply to my own comment but this is the only way I know to edit a comment after it's been published.

Here Goes,

Again, thanks to XP-man. His comments are exactly what I was writing about - specific executable steps that can be taken for an improved product and examples of better products. I always look forward to his input.

A second example is the comment above XP-man's by nc. I don't know if what he is suggesting works but IF they do, can't they be simplified through the use of macros and if you can use macros can't the company code those steps into the product?

Thanks to people like these two, and so many of you, I always look forward to visiting this site and reading the comments.

Reply   |   Comment by Madmaler  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+14)

FWIW [as always ;) ]...

I think you're correct in saying suggestions are generally more useful than critique. At the same time however I wouldn't expect much in the way of suggestions today, given that PDFZilla has remained largely the same for years.

That said, maybe this link to Wikipedia might be useful:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_PDF_software

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+21)
#9

In the description section it mention a 25% discount during the giveaway period for those who chose to buy a lifetime license to PDFZilla. How long is the registration for what we are downloading and installing today valid?

Reply   |   Comment by James  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#8

I have been looking for a converter, would someone please tell me if this would convert a letterhead with a logo on it into MsWord? Thank you

Reply   |   Comment by Gilda  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-13)

Sure, email the document to me. I'll install the software, register it, try it out, then email the result back to you.
On second thought, why don't you do that yourself, instead of expecting others to do it for you?

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

Short answer is YES. Only if the Source is a PDF of a text document.

Long answer is: The Logo is preserved and in the right place too. But due to the software trying to preserve the formatting layout of the original document, each line is inside its own text box (a MsWord jargon) with its own EOL character.
If you plan to edit the text in a sensible paragraph style that has only 1 EOL character at the end of each paragraph, then follow steps stated in my earlier comment.

Please note that if the Source is an image (e.g. jpg) of a letter with logo/letterhead, then PDFZilla will just "convert" it to an image object in a MsWord document. It will NOT be editable text.

Reply   |   Comment by ric  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+13)

To Bruce Fraser: I’m sorry to say that in my opinion your reply to Gilda did not match couresy standards prevailing on this forum – at least so far.

The question was reasonable, because it is really wise to learn more about a softare piece before you try it. Otherwise, the computer gets loaded with lost of trash/remnants of installed and uninstalled software.

Hence, the question, as I read it, was not a demonstration of Gilda being too lazy to try the software, but of her being careful. I think, her question was addressed to those who may have gained some experience with the software, and your reply was not a demonstration of your being polite and helpful.

What this forum would be good for, if each of us was ironically scolded to shut up and try software on our his/her own?

Reply   |   Comment by Marek  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#7

I tried it in the earlier version. In my view PDF converter means.. It should convert the contents as it is on the other formats and after editing when you go for conversion to PDF, it should be same. Till date I tried so many software's and I 100% satisfied with WONDERSHARE PDF CONVERTER. Excellent performance. I don't remember.. when I have installed it... but I have installed from Giveaway of the Day site only.

Reply   |   Comment by G.JANAKI RAM  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+11)
#6

If you are tired of not being able to edit the contents of a PDF file when you really need it, go for PDFZilla! This ultimate PDF Converter is compatible with virtually any kind of PDF file, no matter what version of Adobe Acrobat is used to create them.

Cool Program!

Best Alternative: Total PDF Converter from CoolUtils

Reply   |   Comment by james  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-54)
#5

After reading Karl's comment not going to bother even testing it, previous experience of this companies PDF converter makes it look like they haven't improved this atrocious piece of software.

A Free and decent converter is available at the following link:-
http://unipdf.com/

One of the major problems, of most converters is their inability to keep the formatting anything like the original, yet presenting them on screen does not seem to be a problem nor does converting them to image.
The latter made me wonder if converting a PDF to image and then doing an OCR on it would be better
because of the amazing standards of OCR that Abbyy Finereader present.
This has been by far the most successful method of conversion I have found in preserving the format, links are lost if they exist but they are easily restored by editing.

Abbyy Finereader is now and again available for free if you search the Internet, or failing that old versions can now and again be found quite cheaply. Modern versions directly import PDF and convert them with the added advantage of about 100+ languages being supported.

Converting to image is not difficult if you use the free tools program available at the following link:-
http://www.pdfill.com/

Reply   |   Comment by XP-Man  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+62)

Xp-Man, Just a heads-up! The link you posted, http://unipdf.com, lead me to a download that my AV flagged and blocked for a PUP...

Reply   |   Comment by acybersleuth  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

You’re right and I do agree with you except that ABBY is capable to read also those pdf files that contain text and not only images. So there is no need to convert a pdf file into image and then read/convert it in ABBY, because you can read them directly in ABBY.

Reply   |   Comment by Marek  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#4

Thanks to PDFZilla + GOTD.
I Like it.
In this new version PDF Zilla has changed something.
In this version, when you output conversion of PDF document to MsWord, sometimes the EOL at the end of EACH line are not easily removed.

You copy the whole (PDF converted to MsWord) output. Paste into any editor.
EditpadLite will do.
Then copy whole plain text editor document and paste into a NEW MsWord document.
Then click on main menu Format, click Autoformat, click OK.

Reply   |   Comment by ric  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-8)
#3

I have an old GOTD Version of Pdfzilla from 2012 .
-It doesn't include OCR so it can not handle a scanned PDF copy.
- Even the output 'Word' from a simple text based Pdf is also poor.

Only PDF to any image format or Html format has the better quality.

Compared to 'Wondershare PDF converter' It will be nowhere near. But I have to say even with the OCR technology The Wondershare's output word file also has some flaws.

I have only found the clean editable pdf after applying OCR to any Scanned Pdf using PDF-XChange Viewer .

Reply   |   Comment by Jahid  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+37)
#2

Can the program convert any languages other then English ?

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

Eddie, PDFzilla is a "converter" not a "translator." It will not translate one language to another. What a PDF converter attempts (with heavy emphasis one attempts) to do is to make an exact copy of the page in a format that allows you to edit it. If the original document is in Spanish then the converted document is in Spanish.

And, I didn't quit understand Frasiers reply, were you asking anyone to DO something for you or were you only asking for someone to share their knowledge with you? After all isn't that what this site is all about?

I appreciate your question because it wasn't snide and questions always cause others to add light to darkened areas of our knowledge.

Say a Prayer for Peace.

Reply   |   Comment by Madmaler  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+10)

Asking about other languages is a very good question. If it doesn't use OCR and simply extracts underlying data, then it can NOT convert all PDFs, as some PDF creators automatically change some input into images. If it uses OCR it needs to recognize other alphabets, and must have dictionaries for them as well, as word images are spell-checked for matches. Can the product handle oomlats or tildas? Can it handle cyrillic, arabic, chinese, sanskrit, hebrew or any of the other non-latin languages? Does it know how to make the flow left to right, right to left, or up and down according to the language needs?

I'm actually quite surprised in the interest in changing a pdf to editable formats. There certainly have been a lot of products that have come out once the inner workings of pdfs became general knowledge. None of them actually work very well, though.

Consider some of the online competitors. I have found a few ONLINE tools that do a very good job, though I can't say they handle foreign languages, as I don't speak any well enough to easily catch mistakes. One that is free for basic use, and very good is CometDocs. There are several others, both free and paid, icluding some that have a installable version as well as an online version. I suggest trying the online PDF converters until you try something that works for you.

Reply   |   Comment by George  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I think your question was misunderstood on the forum. I presume, you were interested in converting texts with diacritics (such as those used in French, Spanish, Polish, Czech) etc., that is – the question is about proper rendering of non-latin characters in the converted file which has nothing to do with translating.

According to my experience, the software is too poor to do such a "diffucult" job and my test with some Polish diacritics failed.
Regards
Andy

Reply   |   Comment by Marek  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#1

Installed and registered without problems on a Win 8.1.3 Pro 64 bit system.


We had the same version on July 14, 2014. Here are the old reviews:
http://www.giveawayoftheday.com/pdfzilla-3-0-6/

My old reviews are still valid, even if the built is from July 16, 2014.

This is the problem:
http://i.imgur.com/6WLfm0D.png

These "converters" are insufficient. They can only do some conversion on a very simple PDF structure. All more complex PDF result in:
http://i.imgur.com/EoMg3py.png and
http://i.imgur.com/xwD4qK4.png

I am polite, so I do not write, what I think, but I have to admit, that I admire the price tag and the claim: High Quality - Convert PDF To Word with ALL text and Graphical Data.
Uninstalled via reboot.

Reply   |   Comment by Karl  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+170)

I tested this proram with several .pdf files; only plain text can be converted, even then with problems. text with figures is not converted properly.

Reply   |   Comment by Hans  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+65)

A better giveaway is an old version of ABBYY Pro version 5. It is given away regularly, recently by BitsduJour. ABBYY supports many languages and has quite good OCR. You will have to transform your pdf first to e.g. png. It can make perfect XLS-sheets of banking statements. In the Netherlands, banks will only provide pdfs if you ask for statements several years old.

Even when registered, PDFZilla still has a menu entry "Register". But if you select that, you will be informed you have a registered copy.

Reply   |   Comment by krypteller  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+50)

Karl, again you said exactly what I wanted to say. I've tried to convert a simple calendar created in excel, saved as pdf, back to excel. The output is worse than adobe's built in converter. I hope Giovanni is around today.

Reply   |   Comment by Paul  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+39)

karl,
your opinion is always valuable, no need to not say what you think, a lot of your reviews are more than spot on thanks for the reviews and dont hold back, if a program is bad its bad and if its good its good i for one am thankful for your opinion thanks for doing the reviews and not soft soaping the more often times than not the obvious......

Reply   |   Comment by johnathan  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+47)
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