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Before attempting to convert PDF to HTML in Adobe Acrobat DC or its Pro variant, you might want to know a little about PDF to HTML conversion and why it's needed in the first place. For starters, there are two main reasons why you would convert PDF to HTML in Adobe or any other PDF editor: distributing the document to a larger audience online and disseminating the content in a web-friendly manner. You might want to do both, but the second option requires a PDF to HTML conversion before the document can be put online for wider viewership. In this article, you'll learn the steps to convert PDF to HTML in Adobe Acrobat DC as well as a terrific and affordable Adobe Acrobat alternative called Wondershare PDFelement - PDF Editor. Let's look at the process as it is executed in these two robust PDF editors.
In Adobe, the convert PDF to HTML option is fairly accurate as long as your PDF doesn't have too complex layout. When you launch the software, within the Create & Edit section of the Tools menu, you'll see the option to Export PDF. This is where you should navigate to after opening the document. The entire process is detailed below:
In your output folder will be your HTML file. You can repeat this for multiple files. For a more intuitive experience, consider using an Adobe Acrobat DC alternative called PDFelement.
PDFelement is available in Standard and Professional variants. The conversion function essentially works the same way as in Acrobat DC and Pro DC, respectively, but the interface is a lot more user-friendly. Moreover, according to G2, "This leading alternative to Adobe® Acrobat® offers enterprise-grade PDF functionalities and perpetual licensing at a fraction of the price." So, essentially, it is an equally capable PDF editor compared to Adobe Acrobat but at a much more affordable price point. To convert PDF to an accurately rendered HTML file, follow the steps shown here:
Simply drag your PDF to the taskbar or task tray icon of the app. You can also use the "Open File" option when the software is open or the "File" → "Open" method.
When the file is open, go to the tab on top that says "Convert" and click on it. You'll see some options in the toolbar below it - click "To HTML" as your export option.
The Save As window will now open up, where you can choose a target folder, assign a name to the output HTML file and tweak other settings. Hitting "Save" will convert the PDF to HTML and save it in the specific output folder.
You'll notice that the menu items are neatly organized and easy to find. Tooltips on all icons will show you what they're for when you mouse over them. Additional help sections are available if you get stuck at any point, and an experienced customer service team is waiting to assist you with technical difficulties.
Using Adobe Acrobat DC to convert PDF to HTML can be frustrating at times. That user experience bit is where Adobe Acrobat DC fails miserably, according to many user complaints like this one:
"First timer here with Acrobat, so I'm probably doing something incorrectly. But I'm trying to convert a pdf to HTML and the results don't look good, at all. And I'm doing that with a trial version of Adobe Acrobat Pro DC running on Win 10. (Plus, I'm on Day 2 of a 7 day trial, and it isn't going well so I'm getting worried.)"
Not the best experience for a first-time user, right? To be fair, Adobe is literally the pioneer of the PDF format so, with millions of users, there are bound to be some unhappy customers. It's inevitable.
Thankfully, you can try PDFelement absolutely free. There are very few restrictions in the trial version, such as a limited number of pages during conversion and the branding watermark when you save a modified PDF file. Those can be easily removed with an affordable upgrade to PDFelement. In addition, you have apps for iOS and Android that can extend your PDF management capabilities into the realm of mobile devices with Standard or Pro features based on your license.
Let's look at just a few of the basic and advanced features you can expect: