Review: Debenu PDF Tools lets you change PDFs for free

At a Glance
  • Debenu PDF Tools

    PCWorld Rating

    Access a selection of useful PDF tools via the Windows Explorer right-click menu.

Often, the file you want to work on (whether it's a PDF file, a Word file, or an image file) will be in your Windows/File Explorer. It's extremely useful and productive when a PDF product integrates right into your Explorer right-click menu. Just right-click the file and there it is, ready to carry out your PDF plans.

Debenu PDF Tools can do some kind of PDF tricks on almost any file, and it grays out options that won't work on the selected file.

The Debenu PDF Tools menu has a variety of features even in the free edition, although many more are available in the $59 Pro edition. Right-clicking and scrolling down to the Debenu menu reveals features such as converting a PDF to an image (and vice versa), combining multiple images into one PDF file instantly, converting a PDF to text, adding and removing passwords, removing all bookmarks or extracting them to a text file, adding or editing metadata, and much more. Debenu PDF doesn't have a reader per se, but its preview function lets you get a sneak peek at your changes.

Pro includes many more editing features such as adding, editing, extracting, splitting, and removing text and images; removing annotations; and applying digital signatures.

Note: The Download button takes you to the vendor's site, where you must register to download the latest version of the software.

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At a Glance
  • PCWorld Rating

    Access a selection of useful PDF tools via the Windows Explorer right-click menu.

    Pros

    • Accesses the Debenu PDF Tools menu when you right-click a file in Explorer
    • Wide variety of options available at the click of a mouse

    Cons

    • Many of the really interesting features are only available in the paid Pro version
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