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How Parsel converts PDFs to Excel without software

As a fully online service, Parsel doesn't require any software download or installation. Simply sign up, drag and drop your files and extract your PDF data from the convenience of your browser. In this post, we explain how Parsel is able to convert PDFs to Excel without software.

One of Parsel's key strengths is that it is fully online. There's no software to download, no tedious installation process to go through, and you are not penalised by your operating system or computer spec.

From inception, we knew we wanted Parsel to be an online tool, a one-stop-shop for anybody looking to convert pdfs to whatever file formats they needed - whatever the file size. In a world where everybody is busy, we wanted to completely eliminate any time drains - like downloading and installing software - and deliver convenient data extraction that was unbeatably fast.

To achieve all this, Parsel would have to be fully-online. And to deliver the fast and convenient service required, we'd need to use serverless architecture.

How can Parsel work independently of software?

Serverless architecture is a key tenet of Parsel's technology. By going serverless, our app only employs processing power when it's required. We don't have static servers switched on all the time, waiting for users to visit our website - we simply rent the computer power necessary, only when it's needed.

To quote our lead Parsel developer, Daniel Vliegenthart:

Traditionally, when building web-based applications, a dedicated server (or servers) that is always online is used to process and store data and serve up content whenever a user visits the website or application. A serverless architecture inverts this paradigm completely: rather than relying on a dedicated server that is always on, even when nobody is visiting the site, serverless applications rent just the compute power needed to serve up the application purely on an on-demand basis.

So, how does it work? When processing power is required - such as when a user needs to convert a PDF to Excel - it is requested and delivered in an instant. Each task then receives dedicated processing power, rather than shared multi-tasking. Once complete, the processing power is released until it is requested again.

There's many advantages to this approach. With the app and its processing power all entirely cloud-based, there's no need to download software; By using dedicated processing power for each task, you'll never experience delays regardless of how many people are using Parsel; and, perhaps most importantly, it's energy efficient and kinder to the planet.

You can read more about our serverless architecture setup in our earlier blog post.

How to convert your PDF data with Parsel

1. Create a free account on Parsel

Converting data from your PDF’s into an excel document is simple with Parsel. With no installation necessary, just head to Parsel.ai and click get started.

Parsel sign up

2. Drag and drop your PDF

Once you've logged in, simply drag and drop your PDF document into your browser and let Parsel get to work.

Parsel drag invoice GIF

3. Download your Excel file

In minutes, Parsel will extract your file and allow you to download your file in Excel format (.xlsx). For additional output types such as JSON, you'll need to upgrade to either a Starter or Pro subscription.

Parsel download output GIF

Why Parsel?

Unlike other apps, we've taken the hassle out of data extraction. We don't ask you to select a page range or target areas in your PDF - Parsel does all that for you. Our tech analyses, identifies and extracts your data all on its own; it's simple, fast and efficient.

And with superior accuracy born from rigorous extraction of complex financial datasets, there's far fewer issues recognising non-alphanumeric characters - meaning less time for you spent making manual corrections.

Sign up for Parsel today

To start converting your PDFs to Excel online without any software, sign up for free here.