Quickly Convert Documents with PDF Converter Elite [Review]

Review at a Glance

  • Software Name: PDF Converter Elite
  • Company: PDFConverter.com
  • Price: $99.95

The Good

  • Easily add and remove pages, add watermarks, crop pages, and more with any PDF file.
  • Conversion via virtual printing allows for very accurate conversion with wide format support.
  • Batch conversion feature can be a huge time saver.

The Bad

  • A bit expensive.
  • Just a converter. Can't actually edit the contents of an existing PDF without converting first.
  • Keeps a print handler process always running in the background.

Bottom Line

PDF Converter Elite is an excellent and easy to use PDF conversion tool that does the job easily and accurately, but it lacks a special feature that sets it apart from other similar products.

Rating:
8

Do you have a document, image, or web page you need converted into a PDF file? Portable Document Format (PDF) files are useful because they retain their formatting regardless of the software or operating system it is viewed on, unlike regular documents. Unfortunately, it can sometimes be difficult to create PDF files and paying a premium for Adobe Acrobat is often not an option.

PDFConverter.com tries to solve the problem by creating PDF Converter Elite, a PDF application that lets users easily create PDF files from almost any printable file type as well as edit PDFs by adding watermarks, inserting pages, and more.

PDF Converter Elite costs $99.95 for a single license (with 15 day trial). Is it worth the price? Let’s find out.

At the end of the review, you will also have a chance to win a free license to activate the software.

PDF Converter Elite

PDF Converter Elite Interface

The Quick Start Tips guides users through the steps to converting a PDF. To start, click either Open PDF, Create PDF, or Batch from the top menu. Other options are grayed out for now.

Create PDF Options

Options for converting a file into PDF

PDF Converter PrinterUnlike other PDF converters, PDF Converter Elite works by installing a virtual printer driver and therefore, the conversion is actually “printing” the file and creating a PDF. The advantage of this is that it allows for near perfect conversions in most cases because the output document will look exactly like it would look like if it printed.

The notable exception to this is with webpages, which usually don’t look right when printed, but this has nothing to do with the converter.

This printer driver also lets you convert a document, image, webpage, or any other printable file by using the app’s Print menu and selecting “PDF Converter Elite” as the printer. This feature is also available in the free edition. Unfortunately, to achieve this, a print dispatcher process is added to startup and must be left running in the background.

PDF Converter Elite can also edit existing PDFs. It does not edit any text that’s already in a PDF, but it can perform tasks such as adding or removing pages, adding watermarks, merging PDFs, etc…

PDF Converter Elite Editing

PDF Editing Options

Besides converting documents to PDFs, it can also convert the other way around. PDFs can be converted into Word (.doc, .docx, .rtf), Excel, Powerpoint, and Publisher, as well as into an image or HTML file. I wouldn’t recommend converting PDFs into HTML because the code becomes really messy with specific pixel positioning, but the feature is there and it works if you ever do need it.

Conversions from PDF worked quite well. It uses OCR technology to render everything and any element (such as rotated text, special shapes, etc…) that can’t be converted into text gets converted as an image or WordArt.

PDF to Word Converter

The PDF version of TechAirlines.com converted into Word

Batch conversion lets you convert multiple files at the same time. This is a huge time saver if you have many files. This feature is remarkably similar to the previously reviewed Able2Extract. I’m not sure why there needs to be an anti-spam human test here.

PDF Batch Conversion

Batch conversion can save you time.

Conclusion

PDF Converter Elite is a fast and easy to use program that allows users to convert any file into a PDF and any PDF into various popular formats. Conversion is very accurate thanks to the use of a virtual printer driver and OCR technology. While it is a bit expensive at $99.95 for a single license, it contains many useful features that can make it worth the price.

A 15 day trial is available, however, consider the free version (contains just the virtual printer feature) and the online version (create PDF and limited PDF-Office conversion) first. These can all be found on the PDF Converter Elite website.

Giveaway

As mentioned in the beginning, you have the opportunity to win a free license to PDF Converter Elite ($99.95 value each). The company has been generous enough to provide TechAirlines readers with 5 free license keys.

To enter this giveaway, follow these simple steps:

  1. Read the review above.
  2. Leave a comment to this review post. Be sure to use a valid email because this is the email that will be used to contact you if you are selected as a winner.

It would also be greatly appreciated if you share this review via social networks such as Facebook and Twitter, but this is not a requirement to win.

This giveaway ends February 14, 2012 at 11:59 PM EST (GMT -5).

And the winners are…

Winners - Random.org

Congratulations to the winners! You should have received an email from me with your license key. If you did not, please contact me.

Thank you everyone for participating and flying with TechAirlines!

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Brian is the co-founder of TechAirlines. He is a developer currently focusing on mobile and web development. He is currently a sophomore at Stony Brook University, majoring in Computer Science.

  • Dacko

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  • Alex

    This is one of the best programs for working with PDF Files.
    I use Freeware. But the freeware has its limitations and defects.
    Of course I would like to work with professional software.
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  • berni42

    Nice program. I used to use it to PDF conversion.
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  • James

    PDF Converter Elite is, by far, one of the best PDF converters out there. Thanks to its very nice user interface. I would love to win one of the licenses. This would really be useful in my day to day works. Thanks for this gioveaway.

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  • Darek

    This is a very good program. Thanks for giveaway.

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  • Angel Velichkov

    PDF Converter Elite looks like powerful software! Thank you for the detailed review and the giveaway! Please count me in!

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    I’m so happy that I encountered this giveaway on the web. I just really need this software to be installed in my laptop especially when I’m out at the office. Office works just really got demanding sometimes. Hope to win this one. Thanks a lot for this giveaway…

  • AJ

    PDF Converter Elite looks promising. Thanks for the contest.

  • Cool

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  • Jarro

    PDF Converter Elite seems to be a grateful tool and very handy at creation some documents. It will be lovely and pleasure to have one. Thank you for the giveaway contents. Regards

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    thanks and count me in.
    Good review.

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  • Jam

    Please please count me in. I just really need this software. I am always using free PDF converters to convert important documents. This would really help me a lot. Thank you for this giveaway. Hope to win one of the licenses..
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  • john

    Thanks bro..great giveaway.

    Love to have one

  • alro

    love this.count me in.thanks

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  • salini

    nice offer …first i give thanks to techairlines for doing this giveaway……..happy to win one..thankzzzzzzzz a lot for giving us opportunity..

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  • striker

    nice giveaway…….hope to win one copy thank you

  • Indranil

    Thanks for giveaway PDF elite is very nice software…plz count me in..i really want this software

  • Konrad

    nice giveaway – love this

  • Grr

    Thanks Brian for putting a good review and offering this giveaway.

    It would be very helpful if I could win a license. Please count me in.

    Thanks,
    Grr

  • james brady

    As I have a continuing need for OCR based software for pdf conversions, I would be very grateful to receive the ability to do so with your desktop program without having the need for problematic on line sources Many thanks.

  • Raj

    From your review i can find that this is a very useful and good software. Thank you for the informative review. The free licenses giveaway is an added incentive, so thanks for that also. I would appreciate if you can put my name in the draw. This will be very useful for me.

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  • sysabi

    Thank you for this giveaway and review. Very useful software. I would like to take a part in this contest.

  • Pan Pikus

    Excellent giveaway. There’s nothing like comfort, all in one. The program very useful to me. No need to install many programs, this is enough. Count me please, because I want to win the PDF Converter Elite.
    Thanks and regards
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  • malkhaz

    Pdf is very useful and standard format for comfortable reading, but many of them miss many valuable features that I need. But your excellent offer is really amazing because it has everything what I need. Thank you. Done all necessary steps.

  • Grinch

    This a great software to have when dealing or creating PDF files. This is an all-in-one software. Please count me in. I would be very happy to win one of the licenses.

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  • crankz

    I would be very happy using this software in school. I know I’m gonna use this for my reserach paper..

  • Dacko

    Congrats to the lucky winners.

  • john d

    thanks Brian.

    I did receive your email today.

    john d

    • http://www.creastery.com Creastery

      Hello John D,
      Congratulations on winning a free copy of PDF Converter Elite!
      Hope you enjoy it :)

      Creastery

  • Salini

    thanks a lot..got licence key…..nice software……thanks

    • http://www.creastery.com Creastery

      Hello Salini,
      Hope you enjoy the giveaway! :)

      Creastery

  • crankz

    Thanks a lot, Brian, for the key. I was really hoping to win and I really made it. This software is really a big help for me. Congratulations to all the winners.