Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Easily Convert TIFF to PDF

Using Solid PDF Tools v6 you can easily convert legacy scanned TIFF documents into standard PDF documents, or fully searchable and archivable PDF/A-1b documents.

Right-click or Drag and Drop functionality makes it easy to convert TIFF to PDF.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Solid PDF on Windows 7

Microsoft's latest operating system, Windows® 7, has received more than a few favorable reviews, so if you're thinking about upgrading from XP or Vista, you'll be happy to know that Solid Documents software runs seamlessly on this new operating system.

Simply install our software as you normally would and get to work converting, creating or editing your PDF documents.

But that's not all. Solid Converter PDF v6, Solid PDF Tools v6, Solid PDF Creator Plus v6 and Solid PDF Creator v6 now provide support for 64 bit versions of Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Available in 13 Languages

At Solid Documents our focus is to provide you with excellent tools that enhance your ability to produce high-quality documents. We build software that helps you create, convert, translate or publish electronic or paper documents, quickly and simply.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Easily Convert PDFs to Plain Text

Solid PDF Tools uses advanced document reconstruction technology to extract flowing text content from PDF documents. Document formatting is recognized to handle columns, remove headers and footers and remove graphics and images.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Going Paperless? Organize multiple documents for your E-Fax with Solid PDF Tools for a professional looking presentation.

How many times have you had to put various important documents together and make it look professional so it could be faxed?

Create one file from a multitude of other file types for upload and send

Many find themselves with a Word doc, a scanned PDF, a Tiff image and an Excel spreadsheet scattered all over their desktop. Let Solid Converter PDF and Solid PDF Tools help organize all this and more into one consistent and clean looking document that is compatible with most E-fax programs, such as Efax.com, faxitnice.com, or Metrofax.

"Quick View" PDFs In Your Browser

Google recently added links to search results that now makes it possible to view PDFs in your browser with formatting intact. The new "Quick View" links are based on the same technology available in Google Docs and Gmail, as well as to webmasters through the Google Docs viewer. At the time of this writing Google has added "Quick View" links to more than 50% of the PDFs in their index.

Clicking the "Quick View" link will open up the PDF in your browser with graphics, formatting and tables preserved.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Convert PDF to HTML with Solid PDF Tools v6

Did you know that you can easily convert PDF documents to HTML? Using Solid Converter® PDF v6 or Solid PDF Tools v6 you can convert your PDFs into formatted W3C compliant XHTML. Using advanced document reconstruction, both products will figure out columns and remove headers, footers and images.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Solid PDF Creator Plus v6 Available

Solid PDF Creator Plus v6 now includes the ability for users to specify options for creating structured PDF files from Microsoft® Word documents and other popular Office applications.

Options include:

Hyperlinks - All hyperlinks can be carried over to the new PDF file, or they can be omitted.

Bookmarks - PDF Outline bookmarks can be created according to the logical structure of the original document.

Document Information - Document Summary details in the original document can be used for the Document Information in the new PDF file.

PDF Creation From Word dialog screen. Click to view full size image.

Solid Converter PDF v6 and Solid PDF Tools v6 also include these same options for creating structured PDF documents.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Solid PDF Tools v6 Now Available

Solid Documents has released version 6 of Solid PDF Tools, our popular PDF creation, conversion and archiving software. With Solid PDF Tools you can:

• Convert PDFs to PDF/A
Validate PDF/A
• Convert PDF to MS Word
• Convert PDFs to HTML
• Convert PDFs to Text
• Convert PDF Tables to Excel
Scan directly to MS Word
• Create PDF Bookmarks from Office
And much more!

Per specifications from the PDF/D Consortium, version 6 now exports PDF/A validation and conversion reports. The validator and converter have also been improved to:

• provide support for XMP validation
• pass 100% of the Bavaria Test Suite cases (v5 already passed the Isartor cases)

With the improvements to our PDF/A technology, we believe version 6 is now one of the best PDF/A tools availabe on the market today. This PDF/A functionality is also available to both .NET and C++ developers through our Solid Framework SDK product.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Solid Converter PDF to Word v6 Now Available

PDF to Word Converter
The release of Solid Converter® PDF to Word v6 represents yet another milestone in the development of our popular PDF to Word conversion software. Solid Converter PDF not only gives you the power and flexibility to get the job done, it does so at a fraction of the cost of other PDF to Word conversion products.

What’s new in Version 6? Great new features that will save you time and money.

Convert PDF to HTML. Use advanced document reconstruction to convert PDF to formatted W3C compliant XHTML. Figures out columns. Removes headers and footers and images. PDF to HTML...

Convert PDF to Text. Use advanced document reconstruction to extract flowing text content from your PDFs. Figures out columns. Removes headers and footers and images. PDF to Text...

PDF Bookmarks from Office. Automatically create PDF bookmark outlines from Word, PowerPoint, Excel or Publisher documents.

64 bit Platform Support. Solid Documents products now run seamlessly on Windows XP 64 and Windows Vista 64.

Visit our web site for a complete feature list for Version 6 or to download our FREE 2 week trial version.

Compared to other PDF conversion tools costing hundreds of dollars, Solid Converter PDF to Word v6 is only $79.95 - Buy Now and see how much time you'll save!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

WYSIWYG Content Extraction

With the Solid PDF Tools WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) user interface you can:

• Extract tables from PDFs directly into an Excel worksheet with a single click.
• Quickly extract vector and bitmap images from your PDF documents.

Extracting Tables to Excel
Using Shift+Click or Ctrl+Click, select the desired pages in your PDF.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Fast and Easy Drag and Drop PDF Creation

Creating PDF Files
Solid PDF Tools can create PDF documents from most of today's popular file formats...

Simply drag and drop your file from your desktop onto the Solid PDF Tools user interface...

Working With Your New File in Solid PDF Tools
Your new PDF will be displayed in Solid PDF Tools where you can easily rearrange, delete or add pages. Add, or use pre-packaged watermarks and stamps, or optimize your document for it's intended use.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009


(or, a brief history of unarchivable document formats)

What were you doing 20 years ago? Did you work in an office? Was much of your job centered around creating or editing documents?

Let's assume it was. You may have been using a PC with an Intel 386 CPU:

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

PDF/A: PDF Designed for long-term Archival

Have you ever wondered about how today's documents might look on your computer 20 or 30 years from now? Will they look the same? Will they be viewable at all? While I can't say what might happen with other document formats, I can tell you that today's PDF files will look the same - provided they are saved as PDF/A-1b (ISO 19005-1:2005), a subset of the PDF standard designed for the long-term archival of documents.

Archive Formats

Although there are many formats available for document archival, PDF/A documents are:

Monday, July 27, 2009

Converting PDF Documents into Archivable PDF/A

Convert PDF to PDF/A
Solid PDF Tools allows you to convert your existing PDF documents (normal or scanned) into fully searchable ISO 19005-1 compliant archivable documents. This helps to ensure that you can find the right document when you need it, and that it will appear the same way it did when you archived it.

Many organizations use PDF files to archive important documents. However, just because a document has been stored as a PDF file does not mean that it will be searchable, nor does it mean that it will look the same when viewed years after it was created.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Extract Tables to Excel

One of the many powerful features of Solid PDF Tools is the ability to extract tables from a PDF file to Excel. The same feature is also available in Solid Converter PDF to Word. You choose whether you want to extract tables from an entire document, from a single page or a range of pages. You can even automate this process with scripts.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Scan to PDF Using Solid PDF Tools

Solid PDF Tools provides a number of powerful scanning features for creating PDF documents, including:

• Scanning multiple pages into one or more PDF documents

• The use of automatic document feeders to scan multiple pages quickly
• Applying OCR during the scanning process to create a searchable text layer in your scanned PDF documents.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Convert PDF to Word with Solid PDF Tools

Converting a PDF document into a Microsoft® Word document is easy with Solid PDF Tools. On the Solid PDF Tools Start Page, simply click the “Convert PDF to Word” link in the “Getting Started” section. Then on the palette choose a file (or files) using the file dialog screen.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Convert PDF to Word on OS X and Linux

(or, why online services matter)

Once in a while we get customers that ask when we're going to port our software to OS X so that they can use them on their shiny new Mac desktop or notebook (a few people ask for Linux support as well, although they are few and far between).

The answers we've given over the years typically amounts to "Porting them would take a lot of work and we don't know if we could recoup the cost".

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

WYSIWYG Content Extraction

WYSIWYG Content Extraction

Extracting PDF Tables to Excel
Using Solid PDF Tools or Solid Converter PDF® you can quickly and easily extract tables or images from your PDF files for use in other documents.

With our new WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) user interface you can extract tables from a selected set of pages within your PDF document with a single click.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Headers and Footers in Free PDF to Word Services

Earlier this month we compared the conversion quality of Free PDF to Word and Zamzar. Although we touched on many features our service supports, one that we didn't explore was detecting and creating headers and footers when converting PDF files to Word.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Scan to Microsoft® Word

Solid PDF Tools offers powerful scanning features that allow users to scan multiple pages directly into one or more Word documents.

Scanning a paper document produces an image file. In order to create an editable Word document Solid PDF Tools needs to convert the images of letters into text characters. The OCR (Optical Character Recognition) feature in Solid PDF Tools does this.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Comparison of Free PDF to Word Services

Our Free PDF to Word service has been public for about 6 months now. Although this in and of itself is pretty neat, this kind of service isn't that uncommon.

What is uncommon about our free service is that it produces extremely accurate conversions to Word. Although you can obviously see this yourself with your own files (again, for free) comparing our free service to another free service in this post is informative.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Zamzar Adds Text to Speech Conversions

Zamzar has offered various online conversions (including PDF to Word, something our Free PDF to Word service also offers) for some time now.

Recently they added the ability to do text to speech conversions. This new feature is handy for people needing to listen to documents on their personal media players (e.g. iPod, Zune, iRiver) or any other device that can play audio.

We tried doing a free conversion at Zamzar earlier this morning and received a result in a few hours. The audio quality was decent, as it sounds like they're using the free Festival speech synthesizer. As with any free online service, your mileage may vary.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Extract Tables from Your PDF Files into Excel

Do you need to get tabular data from a PDF file into Excel? No problem with Solid Converter® PDF to Word or Solid PDF Tools.

Extracting All Tables

Solid Converter PDF and Solid PDF Tools can recognize tables within PDF files even though your PDF doesn’t say “table data” in the file. Bordered and borderless tables are recognized.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

New Security Concerns Raised For Google Docs

Last week TechCrunch posted an interesting look at some "loopholes" found in Google Docs.

None of them seemed particularly counterintuitive to us, but Google did clarify the issue on the official Google Docs blog.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Choosing the Right Password for your PDF file

Choosing a good password for your PDF file in Solid PDF Tools Scan to PDF can be hard. However, Bruce Schneier reminds us that choosing a bad password has real-world consequences:

February 27, 2009


Wikileaks has cracked the encryption to a key document relating to the war in Afghanistan. The document, titled "NATO in Afghanistan: Master Narrative", details the "story" NATO representatives are to give to, and to avoid giving to, journalists.


Friday, January 30, 2009

Friday Fun - Bus Slogan Generator

Since Solid PDF Tools Scan to Word is so much more stable and user friendly than Adobe Acrobat is we figured that expanding our marketing efforts to explain this would be a good idea:

Thanks to ruletheweb.co.uk for making the image generator we used. You can make your own bus slogan at http://ruletheweb.co.uk/b3ta/bus.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

New updates are available...

Recently a computer worm, variously known as Downadup, Conficker or Kido, has infected as many as 15 million Windows computers (possibly more at the time of this writing). Although we don't yet know why this worm was written, similar worms in the past have been used for spamming, stealing credit card details and other nefarious things.