pdf converter

at work we are running windows 7 enterprise, and one of our users has a large pdf file he wants to convert to excel. I tried using acrobat standard v11, but it errors out.
"Save as failed to process this document. No file was created"
Anybody use a good pdf converter that they would recommend?
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How big is big?  There are many online PDF to EXCEL converter.  You can try them.  Here are two for examples:


Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
Hi Jeff,

For PDF to Excel, I've had excellent results with this free online tool:

It does a good (but not perfect) job of maintaining the formatting, which is always the trick with any PDF to Excel (or Word) conversion. Another nice feature of this tool is that it performs OCR if the file is an image-only PDF, thereby automatically creating the text. I don't know if it will work well on your particular PDFs, but it's worth a (free!) shot. If you do like it and would prefer a local install rather than the online tool, it is available for purchase and download (not free, but it has a 7-day free trial):

Another local install (not free, but reasonably priced at $27) is Boxoft PDF to Excel:

Yet another local install worth trying is A-PDF to Excel (also not free, but reasonably priced at $39, and there's a free trial):

Both Boxoft PDF to Excel and A-PDF to Excel require that the PDF have text (not just an image), e.g., if your docs are scanned images, the PDFs need to have been processed with OCR software. You may do that with any OCR tool that you have. Then the A-PDF and Boxoft products will be able to process the text generated by OCR and attempt to create a properly formatted Excel spreadsheet. If you don't have an OCR tool, Boxoft has a free one:

And A-PDF has a reasonably priced one ($27):

Here's another approach instead of getting two products (one for OCR and one for conversion to Excel). Take a look at Nuance's PaperPort. The standard edition (i.e., non-Professional) can do what you want. Although the list price is $99, the street price is usually less than half that. Right now, the latest version (14) is just $25 at Amazon:

It has been built-in OCR and a built-in feature to convert PDF docs to Excel. It can even scan directly to an Excel spreadsheet. If you purchase PaperPort 14 and don't receive the latest "point" release (which is 14.5), this EE article explains how to upgrade for free to version 14.5:
PaperPort 14 - Free Upgrade to Version 14.5

Of course, if your PDF already has text (i.e., is not just a raster image/bitmap/graphic), then ignore all of my recommendations with respect to OCR.

As a disclaimer, I want to emphasize that I have no affiliation with any of the companies mentioned in this post and no financial interest in them whatsoever. I am simply a happy user/customer. Regards, Joe

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JeffBeallAuthor Commented:
Thank you for the help.
Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
You're welcome. Happy to help. Regards, Joe
Cheers Jeff!
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