PDF Recovery Toolbox (download) is intended for recovering damaged *.pdf files. This document format is extremely popular for both online and offline use and is often utilized for storing valuable information. The current version of the program can recover the following:
Recovery of damaged PDF files is carried out in several steps:
You can exit the program at any moment by selecting File | Exit in the menu, pressing the Exit button located in the lower right corner of the program window or by closing the window using the standard Close button in the title bar. If you quit the program at stages 1-4, the recovery process will be interrupted and the recovered document will not be saved. If you used the Exit button to close the program, you will see a confirmation window titled Do you want to finish recovery? Pressing Yes will close the program. If you press No, you will be able to continue working with the document. If you close the program in a different way (menu or title bar button), you will see no prompts.
Once you have finished recovering your pdf file at stage 7, you can exit the program by pressing the Finish button. You can also press the Back button located to the left of the exit button at any stage (except for stage 1) to go back and change any of the previously specified parameters. For instance, you can use this button to start recovering another pdf document.
To learn more about the program, you can download the trial version that has all the features of the full version, but only saves the first page of the source file. The rest of the pages will have a DEMO watermark.
Let's see how a PDF document can be recovered using PDF Recovery Toolbox.
The file opening dialog is shown immediately after PDF Recovery Toolbox starts and allows you to select the file to be recovered in one of the following ways:
Once you have chosen the file to be recovered, it is recommended to check and modify the program's recovery settings, if necessary. The settings window can be opened by the Tools | Options. command. Program settings of PDF Recovery Toolbox are described in chapter 2.
There is a button labeled Send a file to developers in the lower part of the screen that allows you to send a pdf file to the authors of PDF Recovery Toolbox for detailed analysis. You can also send a file at any time using the Tools | Send source file command.
Once you have chosen the document and configured its recovery parameters, press the Analyze button at the bottom of the program window. The analysis process is described in chapter 3.
If the program is unable to find the document at the specified location, you will see the following message: Please select an existing file to recover. In this case, the program will not proceed to the next step.
The settings dialog is used for configuring pdf recovery parameters and can be opened at any time.
This step of the recovery process in optional. However, we recommend checking the recovery parameters and modifying them, if needed, prior to starting the work with your document. The dialog can be opened at any time using the Tools | Options. menu item.
The recovery parameters dialog consists of the following parts:
The default settings are:
If you need to go back to the default settings, you can use the Set defaults button. Once the settings have been set, you can go back to the original dialog by pressing OK or closing the dialog window using the standard Close button in the title bar.
Once these parameters have been set, the program saves them and uses in the future, even after the program is restarted.
After you have selected the file to be recovered and pressed the Analyze button (stage 1), the program proceeds to the document analysis stage.
This stage is completely automated. However, you can always go back to the file selection stage using the Back button at the bottom of the window or exit the program using the Exit button or the File | Exit command in the main menu.
PDF Recovery Toolbox performs the following actions during the document analysis process:
Reads text data from the file. A considerable part of PDF documents store large volumes of text information.
Extracts graphics and other media data. Besides texts, documents can also contain vector and bitmap images, forms and multimedia clips.
The following information about the analysis process is displayed in the main part of the program window:
After the analysis process is over, the program automatically proceeds to the output file name and path selection stage.
This stage enables you to choose the name and path of the file the recovered information will be saved to.
This file can be specified in one of the following ways:
The main part of the program window also displays information about the maximum amount of hard drive space that the recovered file may require and the currently available space.
If necessary, you can use the Back button to go back to the file selection stage and choose another file for recovery.
To continue working with the program and proceed to specifying the output file parameters, press the Next in the lower part of the screen after you have selected the name and path of the file. If the program finds a file with this file name in the specified folder, you will see the following standard warning: Selected file already exists. Overwrite? If you press Yes in the warning window, the file will be saved under this name. If No is pressed, the program will go back to the output file selection stage.
PDF Recovery Toolbox can save any information read from the source file in any PDF format - from 1.0 (Acrobat Reader 1.0) to 1.7 (Acrobat Reader 8.0). However, don't forget that saving your documents in earlier formats may result in the loss or corruption of certain data that are incompatible with the selected file format.
You can choose the format of the output file using the Select output PDF file version: field with a dropdown list.
When the file format selection window is opened, the program automatically suggests saving the document in the same version of the PDF format the original file had. If the source file was damaged extensively and the program fails to detect its version, it will suggest saving the file in the latest available version of the format (the current version of the program supports PDF 1.7, Acrobat Reader 8.0).
You can also enable file compression for saving files. When compression is enabled, the output file will occupy less space on the hard drive, but the saving process itself may take longer. Check the Enable compression box to turn this feature on.
Once you have chosen the format of the output file, press the Save file button in the lower part of the program window to proceed to the recovery stage.
If necessary, you can go back to the file selection page using the Back button.
The process of recovering data and saving them into the output file is fully automated and does not require any input from the user. The software performs the following actions during recovery:
The progress of each of the above steps is shown by the progress bar in the main working area of the program. The line above the bar can display the following information (depending on the currently active action): Saving file., information about the current recovery stage - Processing X of 5, where X is the number of the recovery stage, per cent value of the recovery process and so on. Below the progress bar is a list of recovery stages. The software highlights the current stage and marks the completed stages with a green tick mark. Should the saving of the document objects be cancelled, the Compress and save objects step will be marked by a red cross.
After the recovery process has finished, the program will automatically go to the recovery log.
At this stage, the main working area of the program contains a text block with a report on the current recovery session. It consists of several sections corresponding to each file recovered by the program.
The section contains the following lines:
Once you have looked through the report, you can go back to the file selection page using the Back button or stop working with the program by pressing Finish. When the Finish button is pressed, you will see a window with the following question: Do you want to finish recovery? If you choose Yes, the program will close. If No is selected, you can continue working with the report.
The program menu contains the following items:
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