4 Great Tools for Converting PDF to HTML

Turn PDF documents into simple web pages

The first step in converting a paper form — presented in Adobe's Portable Document Format — to a fillable document for use on the web, is to convert the PDF document into an HTML document.

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Adobe Acrobat

What We Like
  • Exports PDFs directly to HTML format.

  • Includes many additional features for working with PDFs.

  • Sets the standard by which other PDF-handling software is judged.

What We Don't Like
  • Requires a Creative Cloud subscription.

  • Lacks some OCR proofreading tools.

  • Interface can be confusing to novices.

If you want the most flexibility and functionality for your PDF-to-HTML conversions, Acrobat is the tool you should look at. After all, it is the recommended way to work with PDF files, created by the originators of the format itself.

The other, less sophisticated tools that are available will convert PDF files to images and then put them into an ​HTML file. Or, in some cases, they won't include links or don't add them correctly into the document. Because Acrobat is the program that was created to manage PDF files, and it is still the best tool for the job.

You will find the end result of your PDF-to-HTML conversions to be the best with this software. Obviously, that level of functionality comes with a cost — this software is not free.

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PDF to HTML Online

What We Like
  • Maps PDF fonts to appropriate HTML font, size, and style.

  • Converts PDF tables to HTML tables.

What We Don't Like
  • Must upload the PDF for conversion.

  • No customization options.

This is probably our favorite free PDF-to-HTML tool. It extracts the images to a separate directory, writes the HTML, and keeps the hyperlinks that you already have in your PDF file. That alone is important!

Links are the essential ingredient of the web, so the fact that this tool maintains them is critical to the functionality of the resulting web pages it creates.

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Some PDF to HTML Converter

What We Like
  • Preserves original layout, links, and images.

  • Generates HTML files that are fully searchable.

  • Compatible with Windows 7, Vista, XP, 2000, and NT.

What We Don't Like
  • Has problems converting tables.

  • Glitchy with some unreliable results.

  • Last updated in 2013.

This tool will also convert PDF files to HTML for free. It handles encrypted PDF files and can handle batch PDF conversion. That's a nice option since it allows you to convert several files at once. If you are trying to convert a folder with numerous PFD documents, this feature is a real time saver.

It's a Windows program, so it must be downloaded and installed to be used.

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What We Like
  • Converts all links in PDF to links in HTML.

  • Matches PDF fonts to appropriate HTML fonts and sizes.

  • HTML maintains the formatting of the original PDF.

What We Don't Like
  • Last updated in 2012.

  • Poor or no customer support.

  • Difficulties when trying to register the product.

This is a nice PDF tool that offers more than just PDF-to-HTML conversion. The vendor also offers tools to convert your PDF files to images and text as well as to web pages.

IntraPDF is a paid tool with a free trial. It's only for Windows, so once again it must be downloaded and installed. Test out the free trial version before purchasing to see if it meets your needs.

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Converting HTML to PDF?

To convert documents in the other direction, check out this list of four tools for converting HTML to PDF.