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ByteScout PDF Multitool can help you perform a myriad of operations related to PDF documents. In this respect, the program integrates various utilities intended for extracting data, converting to other formats, managing sensitive data, recognizing text from scanned documents and merging PDFs, among some others.
The program has a straightforward interface, very similar to that of a word processor. However, it has the peculiarity of a left side panel in which the different utilities are organized as a tree according to their purposes. Regrettably, it does not allow opening various documents simultaneously.
Since some of the utilities in this suite deserve a separate review, I will mention some of the most important ones. In the Data Extraction category, you can find utilities that let you extract text from a PDF in such formats as TXT, CSV, XLS, XML and JSON. This has the advantage of detecting tables, so it will not make a mess of the text in a table. Fortunately, it lets you export the data entered in forms. In addition to text, there are utilities that can also extract embedded images and attachments.
In terms of conversion, there are various tools intended to convert the opened document to other formats, including a series of bitmaps, multi-page TIFFs, EMF and HTML. As to sensitive data, there are various separate utilities to analyze, detect and remove any data likely to affect your privacy.
Finally, there is a group of miscellaneous utilities. In this respect, you can use this program to remove images, pieces of text and vectors. Likewise, it lets you perform various operations on documents, such as splitting, merging and rotating. Moreover, it can make a PDF document searchable by applying OCR or reversely protect its contents by making it unsearchable.
All in all, the main advantage of ByteScout PDF Multitool is its versatility. However, there may be times in which using a more specific tool can be better. This is the case of merging documents, for instance, as it does not allow extracting specific page ranges from the original documents. The same happens when you want to rotate just some pages instead of the whole document. Similarly, it is not as powerful as other products in terms of editing. Despite these drawbacks, it is still great to have so many features available from a single product. So, do not miss this opportunity to use this product freely for personal purposes. Yet, be aware that, to use it for commercial purposes, you need to purchase it.
- Very versatile set of utilities
- Detects tables
- Converts to various formats
- Supports OCR
- Cannot merge specific page ranges
- Does not allow rotating some pages only
- Not as powerful in terms of editing