As you probably already know, MS Excel is capable of converting Excel files to other file types, simply by letting you save the opened Excel worksheets to various other file formats. Anyway, faster, simpler and more effective ways of converting Excel files are available, such as the ones offered by this application.
The Convert XLS tool offers a number of advantages over the default Excel functions when it comes to converting Excel files. It’s a program created especially to serve for batch conversion tasks, when large numbers of files need to be converted in a short time. Therefore, it also offers a much higher conversion speed.
Furthermore, it supports an increased number of output file formats and it can be completely automated using the command line or the COM/ActiveX interface. It can convert numerous formats: XLS, XLSX, XLSM, XLSB, CSV or TXT files to formats like HTM, HTML, PDF, TXT, CSV, and many more. Another important benefit of this tool is that it can perform some of the conversions without requiring you to have MS Excel installed on your system. On the other hand, if you choose to convert using MS Excel instead of the application’s internal engine, some add-ins will be required to complete more difficult conversions, like XLS to PDF.
This tool is truly powerful. For example, it also lets you manipulate XLS and CSV files by choosing to copy and move sheets or separate data. Joining spreadsheets or entire files is also possible. Even though it’s a rather comprehensive tool, its simple and straightforward interface also makes it easy-to-use. Its interface looks a bit dull and outdated, but it’s also undeniably intuitive and self-explanatory.
In an end note, the latest updates of this tool haven’t fixed its downsides: its interface still looks bad, some conversions are still plugin dependent, and its price is still shockingly huge. But, at the same time, it remains a undoubtedly powerful and effective solution for batch converting Excel files.
- Can be automated from the command line or using the COM/ActiveX interface.
- Can copy, merge and manipulate spreadsheets.
- The interface looks outdated and unappealing.
- Very expensive.
- Requires an add-in for MS Excel in order to convert to PDF files