Free PDF conversion software (Monday only)

Here's a great freebie for business users, but you have to act fast: After Monday, it won't be a freebie anymore from Giveaway of the Day. PDF Converter normally sells for $59.95.

PDF Converter retains all formatting when converting PDFs to Word documents. Rick Broida

Here's a little something for business users: PDF Converter can turn any PDF into a Word document while keeping all text, images, and formatting intact. Normally, it sells for $59.95, but it's available free on Monday from Giveaway of the Day.

The catch? You must download and install the program today, March 2. That's how Giveaway of the Day works: The site offers a new commercial-software freebie each day of the week, with the only requisite being that you act on it within that 24-hour window. Hardly a catch at all, in my book.

In addition to Word, PDF Converter supports output to HTML, JPEG, TIFF, and even plain text. It offers batch conversion, drag-and-drop file selection, and a command-line mode. The program runs on Windows 95 and later.

If you miss out on the deal, there's a new Web service that offers similar capabilities: PDF-to-Word Converter. It's in closed beta right now, but I know where you can score an invite.

Make sure that you check out the "readme" file in the download and follow the instructions; otherwise you might have trouble activating the program.


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