I Built a Screenshot to Excel Converter...

Have been working on a website called Grabsheet (www.grabsheet.com) for the past several months with some friends who currently/did work in finance. We now have a few hundred users and have been getting some great feedback so far.

Background: We noticed that a decent amount of our time initially spreading numbers involved manually inputting data from tables into Excel. This wasn't too bad for US companies on BamSEC, but particularly taking public filings from any other country or when using research reports, this could be a pain. We asked and looked around, and couldn't find anything that seemed to quickly and securely take care of this conversion (there are a number of PDF to Excel converters online, but if you only needed a single table from a PDF or didn't feel comfortable uploading an entire PDF to a website, the workaround was a hassle). 

That's why we built Grabsheet, where you can screenshot a table (or you can upload up to 50 at once!) and convert just that into Excel while you work on other things. You can save yourself from the data entry, and focus on setting up your spreadsheet or anything else. Grabsheet is secure, unlike some of the other free PDF converters, in that we give users control over how their data is used; we never collect data that you do not want us to. 

If you have any suggestions or feature ideas, would love to hear them :) 


TLDR; Built a website that takes images of tables and converts them into formatted Excel files in under a minute.

Comments (37)

May 31, 2021 - 5:11pm
FellySmart, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Yeah generally I think full capability free trial is the best way to convert into premium, but limit by usage e.g. you can only do 50 actions or run 15 processes before being prompted to pay

Jun 4, 2021 - 5:00am
TheBuellerBanker, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Sounds like a great value add for junior bankers. Do you have a video or something you could share which demonstrates this?

  • Analyst 1 in IB-M&A
Aug 21, 2021 - 3:02am

If I get downvoted, definitely OP, so take it as a validation of my post

If you aren't already I encourage you to utilize your Acrobat pro subscription first, you can save that picture as an image, open it in Acrobat PDF, and then convert that PDF to XLS

Now OP - if you tell me you have a neural network trained behind this to boost outcomes and its not just AWS Textract... that would be sweet. I'll use it.

Aug 30, 2021 - 5:35pm
Tables, what's your opinion? Comment below:

This exactly. I've become the mf king of windows + shift + s and pasting into a doc->pdf->excel at this point

I'm sure there's some script to automate this, but having it take 30 seconds is fine by me right now

  • VP in RE - Other
Nov 23, 2021 - 7:08pm

Can you add PDF to excel capability?

Dec 28, 2021 - 4:31am
Grabsheet, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Thanks for the suggestion! We decided to initially focus on image to Excel as there're a number of free services out there for full PDF to Excel. However, if there're multiple tables in a PDF, you can upload multiple images at once to save you more time with Grabsheet :) 

Let us know if that works for you, or there's a different workflow you had in mind! 

Nov 23, 2021 - 7:13pm
Teller in Branch - Personal Loans, what's your opinion? Comment below:

This could quickly escalate to "this is great. Can you sign my master NDA so I can use it on all my deals?"

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