This tutorial shows how to convert a PDF file. We will use Bank2QBO utility. IMPORTANT: Bank2QBO is now replaced with the ProperConvert app, which converts from more formats and converts to more formats.
This tutorial applies to macOS or Windows versions and applies to all products, at all Bank2 products: Bank2QBO, Bank2OFX, Bank2QFX, Bank2QIF, Bank2IIF, Bank2CSV, and PDF2 converters: PDF2QBO, PDF2QIF, PDF2CSV, and so on. When you select a PDF file to be converted, several options should be available.
So, in this case, we'll be using a sample bank statement.
This is the sample bank statement - a text-based PDF file, you will download from your bank.
It has the Deposits.
It has the Checks.
It has the Withdrawals.
When you open this PDF file first, look at your PDF statement and look at how transactions are parsed, check the dates are correct, the month/day/year is correct.
If you need to correct some dates, let's say if the year is incorrect - you can correct, using 'Set year' control.
Or if you have like over-year and statement: some transactions for one year, some transactions for another year, and you need to adjust this - you can select transactions for the previous year, for example, like this, and then right-click and adjust a year.
And if you have a large PDF file, you want to convert specific pages only - then you would use this panel here for different settings, such as 'Pages' from-and-to, you can select from 1 to 2, or 2 to 3 - to limit the number of pages parsed.
You can set 'PDF Password' to be reused for multiple documents, you don't have to enter it over and over, you can specify date format order if you need to ('Input Dates' option). In most cases, this is not required to be set but sometimes is required. If you have a scanned or image-based, or protected PDF file, then you would use this 'OCR' option - so the Parser first will render the PDF file as an image, then tries to read it to optical character recognition. Then, it would parse that recognized file. Or you have a file, that was partially image, partially text, and you see, it's not parsing correctly if you just parse it - the selected 'OCR' option would give you better results.
Next to 'OCR', or used with 'OCR' - is 'Resolution'. Some PDF documents give you better results with lower resolution, some PDF documents give you better results with high resolution. So, you try for your specific situation and see what works better for you. And if you change any of these settings, then you would click the 'Apply' button to parse the PDF file.