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PDF Converters: What You Need to Know

What is a PDF converter, and why do you need one? For business users, these simple questions are well worth answering. Learn everything that you need to know about this software and why it's critical to keep on hand.


How Do PDF Converters Work?

Think of file formats as different languages. Programs can understand files that are in the language that they speak, but not files in other languages. If you try to open a PDF in Word, for example, it simply won't work—if you get any data at all, it will resemble garbled text. A PDF converter works as a translator, taking the information contained in a PDF and making it understandable to another program by digitally transforming the contents into another form.

The mechanics of this conversion can be complex and will differ from format to format, but it all takes place behind the scenes. To support business use, with the swiftness of modern computers, most conversions are exceptionally fast.

Why "Free" PDF Converter Options Aren't Ideal

When you're in a pinch and need to convert a file right away for editing and modification, the first instinct that you might have is to look for something free—after all, it's just one file. As you search for options, you'll quickly realize one thing: all free converters fall short in some way.

A free converter might add a watermark to your document that you can only remove by paying. You may also encounter security concerns: do you want to upload a document with potentially sensitive information in it to an unknown third-party website just to convert the file? Standalone software on your machine is the safer, faster, and easier way to go.


The Best Converter Options for SMBs

What should you look for when you need an option for converting files? Equipping your business with the tools to work effectively with all files is an essential step. The right software should fulfill several criteria:

  • Quick to learn and easy to use.
  • Feature-rich, with support for as many file format conversions as possible.
  • Versatile, providing options for both creating and editing PDFs, not only converting them.

Kofax Power PDF meets each of these requirements. Built for business, Power PDF is more than a converter—it is a fully capable software solution that can become as fundamental to your business's daily work as Microsoft Word or Excel.

Explore Effortless Editing and Conversion with Power PDF

Leave the frustration of file formats in the past and equip your business with a solution built from the ground up to deliver better performance for users working with all aspects of PDFs. Available as a one-time purchase with a perpetual license, you can quickly add this software to your arsenal and begin using PDFs more effectively. Start a free trial today to see firsthand how easy it is to use.


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