While you can always rely on iTunes if you wish to retrieve data from backup files, it is sometimes necessary to extract specific items without performing a complete restore.

iTunes Backup Extractor Free Edition is a reliable, wizard-like application that enables you the browse the contents of local iTunes backup files and extract images, videos, messages, contacts, notes, bookmarks and more.

You should have no trouble getting the hang of things once you launch the application, as it will normally detect any backup files that are stored on your hard drive automatically. However, you can always load them manually if they are not found.

The next step involves specifying which types of files the program should scan for. It is possible to select only a few categories or have the app extract every available item. If the backup file is encrypted, you can unlock it by providing the right password.

After the scan has been completed, iTunes Backup Extractor Free Edition allows you to preview the available files and decide which of them should be extracted. The application can also display only deleted items to help you recover lost files.

You can view images, watch videos and read messages before saving them. They are organized into relevant categories, but it would have been great if a search function was included.

While certainly not the most complex application out there, iTunes Backup Extractor Free Edition does its job well, with no unnecessary fuss. It can be used even by complete novices, as the extraction process is greatly simplified.

The online documentation should prove useful if you run into any issues. It is not particularly detailed, but it includes helpful screenshots and does a good job of explaining the basics.