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The use of PDF Conversion and Editing Software and data tools in the creation of valuable data.


In the investigative industry, especially the investigation of white collar crime, electronic data is used extensively. This applies in particular in the data analysis division, which is an essential component of any forensic inquest. In forensics the data interrogation function extracts useful information from volumes of data from different sources. Typically Microsoft Office ™ applications are used to analyse, with the use of Ms Excel, present, with Ms PowerPoint and report with the use of Ms Word ™.

The use of digital information is, however, not restricted to the investigation of crime. Computer software such as the Ms Office ™ packages is commonly used at the workplace and at home in almost any imaginable capacity. Despite the fact that Microsoft software is so common and popular, these are not the only applications in use. Some software titles such as Open Office is in direct competition with Microsoft.

Adobe another software giant specialises in amongst others PDF creation and conversion, as with Adobe Acrobat ™, which is a field, which is not in competition with Microsoft ™. Both Microsoft ™ and Adobe ™ despite their hefty price tags are often still considered the standard benchmarks in computer usage. The advanced users of some Microsoft ™ applications stand by their products of choice despite the cost, simply as a result of their acquired expertise and familiarity with the programmes.

PDF conversion from Microsoft™ applications are traditionally as a standard done with the use of Adobe Acrobat ™. Adobe Reader ™ comes pre-installed on most computers on purchase and as a result users are familiar and accustomed to the Adobe ™ brand name. The reasons for converting documents or spread sheets into PDF, or Portable Document Format, are amongst others compression, concealment of codes and standardising the format to be used on any machine without the applicable Microsoft™ software installed.

 Nitro PDF Professional with OCR

Adobe Acrobat ™ needs to be purchased separately at a considerable cost. There are, however alternatives to Adobe that perform equivalent functions at a fraction of the price. Nitro PDF ™ is such an application with all the required functions to perform PDF related tasks. With Nitro PDF Ms Office documents can be converted to PDF at the push of a button. Conversely PDFs can be changed to Ms Word or Ms Excel documents. The programme also comes equipped with powerful OCR functionality to make scanned documents editable and convert image documents to text.

OCR or Optical Character Recognition is a state of the art technology whereby an image of intelligible words and characters are converted into editable text. This process saves an enormous amount of time especially for those who work with large amounts of data or when it is not economically viable to capture data from source documents. Nitro PDF ™ Professional comes with a potent optional OCR version, which competes extremely well with the competitors.

The OCR functionality that comes with the industry standard software programmes is good for normal usage, however lacks the control and precision required for those “hard to reach places” or extensive analytical purposes, where broad strokes just won’t do the job. Abbyy Fine Reader ™ is considered one of the best OCR tools on the market and is used by many of the major investigative bodies in South Africa to convert image data accurately and efficiently.

Abbyy Fine Reader ™ is in the author’s experience the best out there for the job, but does come with a heavy price tag. There are other slightly more modestly priced alternatives yet the author has no personal experience with these options and can only convey other’s recommendations based on his enquiries.

In the same way the author stands by his personal experience of Nitro PDF Professional ™ to fulfil the challenging and demanding roles required in information and data analysis. Nitro PDF ™ is a considerably more economical alternative to Adobe Acrobat ™, however, as a comprehensive set of software tools that caters for most PDF needs, is still expensive for someone with less challenging requirements. Anybizsoft is a software company that the author has also had personal experience with many packages, which may prove just what is required for most users.



  1. AnyBizSoft PDF Converter AnyBizSoft PDF Converter
    Convert PDF to Word, PowerPoint, HTML, TEXT
  2. AnyBizSoft PDF Converter for Mac
    PDF Converter for Mac is a powerful 6-in-1 PDF conversion tools which is special designed for Mac users. It can convert PDF to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, EPUB, Text and HTML.
  3. AnyBizSoft PDF Password Remover
    AnyBizSoft PDF Password Remover -Help You Remove PDF Password Easily
  4. AnyBizSoft PDF Password Remover for Mac
    AnyBizSoft PDF Password Remover for Mac is a small yet powerful PDF decryption tool on Mac OS X. It enables Mac users to remove copying and printing restrictions from encrypted PDF files.
  5. AnyBizSoft PDF to EPUB Converter
    AnyBizSoft PDF to EPUB Converter helps you convert eBooks from PDF to EPUB format, so you can read eBooks more easily on your iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Sony Reader or other eBook Readers.
  6. AnyBizSoft PDF to EPUB for Mac
    AnyBizSoft PDF to EPUB for Mac is designed to convert eBooks from PDF to EPUB format on Mac OS X. So Mac users can transfer EPUB eBooks to iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch.
  7. AnyBizSoft PDF to Excel Converter
    AnyBizSoft PDF to Excel Converter is a practical conversion tool to help you convert PDF files to Microsoft Excel spreadsheets.
  8. AnyBizSoft PDF to Excel for Mac
    AnyBizSoft PDF to Excel for Mac is a program specially designed for Mac users. It Convert PDF tables into accurate Excel spreadsheets on Mac OS X.
  9. AnyBizSoft PDF to PowerPoint Converter
    Convert PDF files back to PowerPoint presentations. Convert PDF files to PPT presentations quickly and accurately. Retain all the layout, images, and hyperlinks in the output documents;
  10. AnyBizSoft PDF to PowerPoint for Mac
    AnyBizSoft PDF to PowerPoint for Mac is specially designed for Mac users to convert PDF to Microsoft PowerPoint on Mac OS X.
  11. AnyBizSoft PDF to Text Converter
    AnyBizSoft PDF to Text Converter (PDF to TXT) enables you to copy and reuse text in the read-only PDF files by converting PDF to TXT.
  12. AnyBizSoft PDF to Word Converter
    AnyBizSoft PDF to Word converts read-only PDF files into fully formatted editable Microsoft® Word documents with one click.
  13. AnyBizSoft PDF to Word for Mac
    AnyBizSoft PDF to Word for Mac is a program specially designed for Mac OS X users. It solves the problems to convert PDF to Word on Mac OS X.
  14. AnybizSoft PDF Splitter
    AnyBizSoft PDF Splitter is a quick and easy-to-use PDF splitting tool, which helps you produce new PDF files by extracting any specific pages from the multi-page PDF file.
  15. Nitro PDF Professional
    Nitro PDF® Professional, the complete Adobe® Acrobat® replacement, helps you do what you need to with its powerful tools.



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