Converting any file from one format to another can be a frustrating ordeal without the right tools. If you've tried to convert PDF to Microsoft® Excel before, you know exactly how challenging it can be, especially if you're programmatically processing high volumes of documents on a daily basis.
If you are looking to convert PDF to Excel with a .NET API, then this is the guide for you. In this article, we will look at the Excel software, discuss the reasons to convert PDF to Excel, and the simple process it takes to complete the task with DocConverter by ActivePDF.
Before converting a PDF file for use in Excel, it's important to know the actual file format you're converting.
Excel spreadsheets can use a few different file formats, the most popular being CSV (Comma-Separated Values) and XLSX (An XML-based spreadsheet file create by Microsoft specifically for use with Excel). Excel can use a few other formats as well, such as XLSM (a format which supports macros), and XLS (used in earlier versions of Excel).
However, for the purposes of this Learning Center article, we will focus primarily on a converting PDF to XLS/XLSX files.
There are a many reasons to convert a PDF to XLS or XLSX, such as:
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Now that we've covered Excel basics, why, how, and what software to use for converting PDF to Excel, let's take a look at how to perform the conversion.
Below is a C# code snippet to convert PDF to Excel conversion example:
// Convert a PDF to a XLSX
results = oDC.ConvertFormPDF("input.PDF", FromPDFFunction. ToExcel, "output.xlsx");
if (results.DocConverterStatus != DCDK.Results.DocConverterStatus.Success)
ErrorHandler("ConvertFromPDF", results, results.DocConverterStatus.ToString());
That's all it takes! It really is that simple to convert PDF to Excel with the help of DocConverter.
If you've researched PDF-to-XLSX document conversion software, you most likely became overwhelmed by the large amount of options. Unfortunately, most of the options could cost you dearly, and we're not just talking about wasting your time with long, and incorrect conversions. We're talking security risks which can incur fines from breaking industry-specific regulations and compliance rules.
Tools we warn against using are online and free (aka open source) PDF-to-Excel converters.
These are often the slowest and least secure way to convert a PDF file to XLSX (and vice versa). They can pose a huge security and compliance risk mainly because the files you convert are stored on their servers. When you convert a PDF to an Excel file using one of these online services, they gain control of your file and the contents within the files.
Even if the company promises to never use your data in a malicious way, you can't be sure if their server has been hardened properly and thus, putting your organization at risk for having a file leaked by using these services. This is why we always advocate completing a conversion using software installed to your workstation or server. This is recommended to save time and ensure file security..
Instead of uploading your file to their server, then waiting for the conversion to take place, and then downloading the new file, you're only performing one step: Converting the file. DONE!
This significantly cuts down on the time it takes do a conversion (Especially if you're doing a batch conversion, which may not even be supported by online converters).
Let's recap everything you need to know about converting PDF to Excel:
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