Convert PDF Documents to Word with Free PDFZilla ($30 Value)

Last Updated Jan 18, 2011 7:02 PM EST

Did someone send you a PDF you need to edit? Easier said than done: you can't just open a PDF in your word processor and have at it.

Fortunately, there are utilities that can bridge the gap. PDFZilla converts PDFs into Word documents with just three clicks. It normally sells for $29.95, but from now until Feb. 5, you can download PDFZilla absolutely free. (Make sure to apply registration code 8061822TWDV6YUK when instructed.)

Actually, PDFZilla can convert a PDF into all kinds of formats, including a text file, an image, HTML, or even SWF (a Shockwave Flash animation).

All you do is click the output format you want, choose one or more PDFs to convert (the software can batch-convert an unlimited number), and sit back while it goes to work. It's not an all-or-nothing proposition, either: PDFzilla lets you select individual pages to convert.

Even if you don't have any immediate PDF-conversion needs, I'd say grab this utility while it's free and add it to your software toolbox.

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