The New And Improved Able2Extract Professional 18 Is Here!

Able2Extract Professional 18 released on December 06

We’re excited to announce that we just released Able2Extract Professional 18!   

The new Able2Extract Professional 18 is aimed squarely at providing you with a top notch user experience when working with your PDF files by focusing on under-the-hood improvements that’ll boost your productivity. 

We started with providing you with more advanced table recognition and extraction, as well as improvements made to the text recognition technology. We’ve even made tweaks to give you better PDF handling.

Moreover, you get tighter security across all platforms (Windows, macOS, and Linux) with boosted protection against the most recent cyber security threats. Lastly, we included overall performance enhancements to deliver improved PDF conversion process

Find out what these new updates mean for you and your workflow. Here’s a closer look at Able2Extract Professional 18!

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The Fifth Annual Investintech-CAJ Journalism Scholarship for 2023-2024 Is Now Open

Investintech-CAJ Journalism Scholarship for 2023-2024
Investintech-CAJ Journalism Scholarship for 2023-2024

We’ve got great news for all you aspiring journalists out there! We’re thrilled to announce the launch of our fifth  Investintech – CAJ Data Journalism Scholarship, and are now accepting applications for the 2023-2024 academic year.

This scholarship is a great opportunity for post-secondary Canadian students  who are interested in a career in journalism. With prizes to help you, the budding journalist, both financially and with opportunities for your career, the scholarship offers you a head start in the journalism industry.

Got journalistic work that you’re proud of? Wondering if you have what it takes to be a data journalist? Apply today!

We cover everything you need to know.   

About The Investintech – CAJ Data Journalism Scholarship

If you’re thinking or considering a career as a journalist, the Investintech-CAJ Data Journalism Scholarship is the contest for you. Any student currently enrolled in a Canadian post-secondary educational institution is welcome to apply.

As the scholarship’s name suggests, we’ve partnered once again with the Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ), one of the most reputable and influential organizations within the Canadian journalism community. The CAJ provides journalists across the country with a network of support and resources to help advance their careers. 

Moreover, prizes for the scholarship are aimed at helping you get the best journalistic support as a student. They include a $1,000 cash-prize towards your tuition, a free one year membership with the CAJ, and a free pass to the CAJ National Annual Conference from May 31- June 2, 2024 in Toronto. Even just submitting an application will give you the opportunity to get your work in front of data journalist professionals who make up our Selection Jury.

Each of our jury members is an experienced, award-winning journalist who has worked for authoritative and established media outlets and teaches data techniques at the post-secondary level. Visit our Data Journalism Scholarship Selection Jury page to meet the three journalists who will be reviewing your work with Canadian journalism standards in mind!

Applying For The Investintech – CAJ Data Journalism Scholarship


Eligible students applying for the scholarship must meet the following requirements:

  • Majoring in a journalism program, working towards either a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree.
  • Currently accepted to or enrolled in a college or university in Canada.
  • Pursuing a course of studies or program leading to a diploma, undergraduate or graduate degree.    
  • Non-journalism program students may apply, but will need to show evidence of their journalism skills, such as having a published news story, or working for a college publication, etc.


What can you submit? Submitted work can be a piece of work published in a student, local, alternative or mainstream media, an analysis or complex visualization you completed as a class assignment or an in-depth analysis published on a personal blog. It must be a story that reveals new information, or provides richer context for the data provided.

  • Work must have been produced within one calendar year of the scholarship closing date.
  • A single submission of individual work is preferred. If the submitted item is produced as part of a team of two or more, the applicant must submit a detailed explanation about their contribution and their own proof of work. 
  • Previous winners are not eligible to apply.

The submission must include:

  • Your story: An example of a work of journalism that shows the application of data skills (e.g. use of spreadsheets, web scraping, use of mapping tools).The submissions must include at least one data visualization (e.g. a map or a chart) produced by the student.  
  • Your methodology: An explanation of what you did, how you did it, and why you did it, including the resources and/or tools you used and how the data was compiled. For submissions that were produced as part of a team, applicants must explain their role, the skills they used in fulfilling that role, and the specific parts of the story, or stories, that their contribution influenced.  

The winner will be the student whose submission shows not only a commitment to producing high quality journalism work, but also shows an in-depth understanding of which data journalism tools best showcases their story while tying in their data analysis.

The deadline: April 12, 2024 at 11:59 pm EST

Award Prizes

Here’s what you can win as the 2023 – 2024 Investintech – CAJ Scholarship recipient:

  • One-time cash prize of $1,000 CAD
  • One year free CAJ membership
  • One free pass to the CAJ National Annual Conference in Toronto from May 31 – June 2, 2024. 

Dates & Deadlines

  • Annual deadline for submissions: April 12, 2024
  • Review timeframe: April 15th – 26th, 2024
  • Announcement date: April 29, 2024
  • Award date for 2023-24 scholarship year: May 3, 2024

Submit your work online through our Investintech – CAJ Data Journalism Scholarship page. Click on the Submit Your Application or Apply Now buttons on the page that will take you to the submission form.

Visit the Terms and Conditions page on our website for complete scholarship rules and policies.

Get your journalism career off on the right foot. Submit your application today!

*NOTE: It is at the sole discretion of the CAJ whether or not to provide or determine a suitable substitution prize.

Investintech – CAJ Journalism Scholarship Winner for 2022 – 2023 Is Announced!

Winner announcement for 2022-2023

With every passing year, the Investintech – CAJ Journalism Scholarship continues to uncover more and more journalism talent coming out of Canada’s colleges and universities. And it’s exciting to see! The submissions we receive every year have continually made the selection process a hard one.   

We’re thrilled to announce that all the eligible submissions have been reviewed by our Selection Jury, and a winning recipient of the fourth annual Investintech – CAJ Journalism Scholarship has been selected. The 2022-2023 winner is:

Tahmeed Shafiq

A big congratulations goes out to Tahmeed! He is a student at the University of Toronto working towards his bachelor’s degree in Physics and Philosophy.

Tahmeed’s winning submission was a story investigating the impact and factors behind significant delays and long wait times experienced by tenants and landlords at the Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB) in Toronto.

You can check out his winning submission on our Scholarship Winners page.

As the official winning recipient, he will receive the financial, educational, and career-boosting prizes that come with the scholarship award. This includes the $1000 CAD cash prize that will be put towards his tuition. He’ll also receive a one-year CAJ membership for free and a free registration pass to the King’s College Data School for 2023!

While this scholarship comes together every year, it’s only possible with the amazing partners we’ve worked with. They’ve all played a crucial role in the scholarship’s success and we couldn’t have done it without them.

First, there’s the Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ). We’d like to thank them for their collaboration and partnership in trying to help journalism students succeed and thrive. We greatly appreciate their continued support and enthusiasm in partnering with us every year to help journalism students get the start they need.

Second, we’d also like to express our gratitude to our Selection Jury. Thank you to David McKie, Chad Skelton and Valérie Ouellet for their time and expertise in evaluating all eligible submissions. The experience and authority they’ve brought to the table ensures that all submissions are held up against current journalistic standards – one of the main pillars of this scholarship.

And, finally, a BIG thank you to all the students who applied! Though there could only be one recipient for the scholarship, the quality of work all of you submitted hasn’t gone unnoticed. We want to acknowledge your journalism skills and effort in putting together your submissions. Your hard work, continued dedication, and interest in journalism is what keeps this scholarship going!

That being said, we sincerely hope that you’ll all apply for the scholarship again next year to showcase your improved data skills!

Stay tuned to our main scholarship page for the 2023-2024 open call to submit your work.

The Fourth Annual Investintech-CAJ Journalism Scholarship for 2022-2023 Is Now Open🎓

Data Journalism Scholarship

Today, Investintech is excited to announce that the fourth annual Investintech – CAJ Data Journalism Scholarship is now open and accepting applications for 2022-2023.

This scholarship is an opportunity aimed at helping post-secondary Canadian students who are interested in furthering their data-driven skills and pursuing a career in journalism with the financial help and support they need to succeed.

If you think you have a piece of journalistic work worthy of the scholarship prize, apply this year and become the next annual Investintech – CAJ Journalism Scholarship winner.

Here’s what you need to know to apply.

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How to Convert Parts of a Scanned PDF (with OCR)

Convert scanned PDF with OCR

We all know that dealing with PDF documents is difficult, and when you work with a scanned PDF, those difficulties can quickly pile up and impact your productivity. 

The difficulties start when you work with a scanned PDF document and don’t even know it. You can’t easily work with the page’s content and trying a usual conversion doesn’t produce any results. Moreover, just dealing with the content itself is another matter on its own when you can’t extract only the content you want.

Despite these obstacles, there are ways to get around them so you can work with scanned documents on a granular level.

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