If you’ve ever accidentally formatted a flash drive, or saved a file into a PDF, only to realize that you need to make some changes, but you all ready deleted the original word processing document, you’ll immediately understand the value of a program like File Juicer. If you have a PowerPoint presentation that has images in it you’d like to reuse, only you can’t find the originals, or a file that is damaged and just won’t open, you’ll understand the value of File Juicer.
File Juicer is a fantastically handy application that “squeezes” a file (hence the name), and extracts from it anything it can find, including images, audio, video and text. Simply drag the file onto File Juicer’s drop zone and watch it do the rest.
Looking at the File Juicer home page, there isn’t a lot File Juicer can’t do. Here’s a list:
Extract images from a PowerPoint slide show or presentation.
Extract images and text from PDF files.
Recover images and video from erased flash cards.
Recover text from damaged files.
Extract the images and HTML files in Safari’s cache.
Extract attachments from email archives.
Rebuild simple PDF files into Word documents.
Convert iPhoto’s iPod cache files and ithumb files to TIFF.
Extract Flash animations saved in .EXE files.
Convert ZIP files which have been saved as .EXE files.
Extract the JPEG pictures from Canon & Nikon RAW files.
Extract System 7 sounds.
There’s more, in fact, because File Juicer doesn’t really care what you drag on top of it. I’ve dragged applications onto File Juicer, and out came the sounds used within the application, any icons or images used in dialog or about boxes, and more.
What I find particularly useful about File Juicer is how it is able to recover information from damaged files or erased Flash drives. There have been times, especially in college, when I was first getting into Macs, when I screwed things up and had to reinstall. If only I’d had a program like File Juicer! I would still have needed to reinstall my operating system, but I could have saved a bit of homework along the way.
As mentioned, File Juicer is really easy to use. Simply drag what you want onto the drop zone, and File Juicer goes to work. The bigger or more complex the item dragged is, the longer it will take, of course. But in the end, you’ll find a folder with everything File Juicer could extract.
So, if you’re in need of a quick fix to help with a damaged document, erased hard drive or simply want to get at some icons, images or artwork you’ve seen, download File Juicer and give it a try. File Juicer is shareware (a full license costs $17.95), but the demo includes five days of full use.