CSV, is the short term of “comma-separated values”, used to store tabular data. While PDF, is a standard format widely applied in our work. You may have a PDF bank statement and want to convert to CSV, by doing so, you will be able to make further use of these data or contents.
Converting PDF bank statement to CSV can be quite easy, here, according to test results, we list 6 easy ways to convert PDF files, for example a PDF statement, to CSV on Mac or on Windows PC.
To tell you the truth, I have been dealing with PDF files for my whole career life, but I haven’t come across any standalone software designed to convert PDF to CSV directly. So, I did a study these days, but found only one PDF to CSV converter software---Bank2CSV.
And I don't recommend paying for such a tool, it is mainly designed to convert your bank files to Excel or CSV with a lifetime price $149.99. A PDF to Excel converter with lower price but with extended features can perform such a conversion too, is it a better choice? This is also the reason why most of our users prefer to convert PDF to CSV with a PDF to Excel converter. As for the best PDF to CSV converter, we have spent some days to pick and test, and finally Cisdem PDF Converter OCR for Mac, Foxit PhantomPDF for Windows come as the winners.
Cisdem PDF Converter OCR for Mac, is an all-round PDF Converter, integrating the capability to convert, create, unlock and compress PDF files on mac. As for its conversion feature, it allows users to convert any type of PDF, native, scanned or protected and images to 16 formats, including Excel, Word, Powerpoint, Text, Keynote, Pages, HTML, ePub, etc., with original file layout and formatting highly retained.
For users who want to convert scanned PDF or images to CSV, Cisdem PDF Converter for Mac also helps. With its OCR feature and advanced settings, users can convert image-based files editable and they won't need to retype all these PDF contents in a CSV file.
Here we’ll show how to OCR PDF to CSV on Mac with Cisdem
For Windows users, options on PDF converter are much more than that on Mac. Here we pick Foxit PhantomPDF 8. In fact, Foxit Phantom PDF is a PDF editor, combining the features to edit, create, converter, do OCR, collaborate and share PDF files with ease. It offers 2 versions, the Standard and Business, priced at $129.00~$159.00/license. If you need to deal with PDF files on a regular basis, it is recommended to be a subscriber.
For OCR PDF to CSV on Windows, click “OCR” under “Convert” menu to perform OCR first, then choose to export as Excel.
For mac users, there is a free solution to convert PDF to CSV on Mac, using Preview.
Preview is a macOS application to open, edit and convert PDF or images, it can read PDF files. In other words, you can open a PDF bank statement in Preview, then copy and paste the tables or data to a CSV document.
Like any one of you who want to convert PDF to CSV online free, I searched in Google and tested all the top-ranked online free PDF to CSV converters, but the results surprised me.
All the online free PDF to CSV Converters do allow users to export PDF as CSV directly, but the conversion results are absolutely useless.
I tested in Zamzar, Convertio, Sejda, aconvert, all claim to be able to export PDF as CSV, but in the converted CSV file, I only got numerous weird symbols or question marks, nothing useful. So, we can conclude that, at present, there is no good online free PDF to CSV converter to export PDF as CSV directly.
But, does this mean we cannot convert PDF to CSV for free? No, we can utilize PDF to Excel converters, then save the file as CSV in Excel, as we do when utilizing a desktop program. Here are 2 tools to convert PDF to CSV free with good results:
An online free platform helping users to deal with all kinds of PDF tasks, such as compress, convert, merge, edit and sign.
Steps to Convert PDF to CSV Online Free with Smallpdf
Another platform allowing users to merge, split, compress, convert PDFs for free. Also, users can rotate, unlock, even add page number or watermark to a PDF.
Steps to Convert PDF to CSV Online Free with ilovepdf
If you have installed Adobe, you can absolutely export PDF as Excel spreadsheet first, then save the file in CSV format, like any other PDF to CSV converters. Adobe Acrobat is both available on Mac and Windows platform.
Follow the steps to convert PDF to CSV with Adobe Acrobat
No matter you are going to use a free or paid PDF to CSV converter, the one finally brings you good results is the good one. But according to my personal experience and feedback from other users, a professional PDF to CSV converter can obtain better results and make the job easier. Have a try, before any commercial decision you will have to make.
Connie has been writing for Mac productivity and utility apps since 2009. Each review and solution is based on her practical tests, she is aways energetic and trustworthy in this field.