LDS Companion is a utility program designed to enhance the functionality of the various databases published by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, both on CD-Rom and on their website at
The LDS CD's and website allow you to print pages of information directly from their indexes, and this may be all you ever want to do. But if you want to build a computerised database, e.g. for your own surname, then you have more of a problem. You can export from their indexes, but in a bewildering variety of formats that don't lend themselves easily to reformatting in a common tabular format.
That's where LDS Companion comes in. Its primary function is to convert from the LDS download files into database or spreadsheet files. But it also includes the ability to view the converted files, to print reports, sort the data and even re-export to Gedcom files.
Please use the links above for more information on what it can do.
Stop Press 2012/13: the utility is only useful now only for the CD-Rom products published by the LDS (all now discontinued), and for files previously downloaded from the Old FamilySearch website - since downloading of Gedcom files has been dropped from New FamilySearch and now seems unlikely to be restored. Please bear all this in mind when reading the rest of this page.