ABBYY PDF Transformer

ABBYY PDF Transformer 3.00

Converts, merges, and edits PDF documents
4.1  (87 votes)
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Create a PDF file out of a text document, convert existing PDFs into Office files, split, merge and edit their content, etc. The original layout of data is preserved, screenshot-taking tools are available, bates stamping and redaction are included. The suite supports 184 recognition languages.

PDF is the most common document file type that people share on the Internet. E-books are generally created in this format. The free Adobe PDF Reader has limited usage: it can only view the files. So if you need to edit a PDF file or create one, you will need to buy Adobe Acrobat or a third-party tool.

ABBYY PDF Transformer is a program for those who cannot pay for Adobe Acrobat (which retails at 700 USD). The program is very easy to use. We can just drag and drop a PDF file or Word document and start editing. The program has text recognition capabilities like those of ABBYY FineReader. Those who have worked with FineReader will find the editing style similar. We only need to edit the file to rectify those minute problems that the text recognition program cannot see. Or we can leave it to do the conversion automatically. Supported input and output formats are TXT, RTF, MS Word, and HTML. Toolbar and menu extensions are installed for MS Office programs. So we can easily save any document as PDF.

There are two executables: “Create PDF File” and “Transform PDF File”. The PDF Creator converts the file from any supported format to PDF. It does lack the advanced features of Adobe Acrobat. It also lacks support for newer versions of PDF like 9.0. But the PDF transformer's advanced text recognition capability and easy editing of files, plus the low price, make this suite one of the best PDF transforming tools available.

Zack Martin
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Review summary


  • Fair price
  • Text recognition


  • Creates older versions of PDF files
  • Less features for editing files
  • Larger file sizes
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