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Wondershare PDFelement


What is Wondershare PDFelement?

PDFelement is a document management solution from Wondershare Software headquartered in China.

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The best PDF app there is

10 out of 10
August 20, 2019
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  • Free/Freemium Version
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Starting price (does not include set up fee)

  • $79.99 per year per user
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What is Wondershare PDFelement?

PDFelement is a PDF solution powered by AI, used to manage (.pdf) documents across desktop, mobile, and web, presented as an alternative to Adobe® Acrobat®, and as an ideal solution for individuals and small businesses.

Top Features
  • AI tools
  • Esign
  • PDF editing and converting,
  • Scan & OCR
  • PDF creation, organization, sharing & protecting
  • Buildable fillable forms

As described by Wondershare, the product's selling points are:
  • The inclusion of smart AI to manage(.pdf) forms and documents.
  • The desktop software is available for a yearly or a perpetual license fee.
  • Achieves feature parity with Adobe Acrobat DC at a lower cost.
  • Fast and lightweight, boasting a user experience with shorter learning curve, even for first- time users.

Wondershare PDFelement Features

  • Supported: AI Tools
  • Supported: eSign PDFs Legally
  • Supported: Edit PDF
  • Supported: Convert PDF
  • Supported: PDF OCR
  • Supported: Organize PDF
  • Supported: Annotate PDF
  • Supported: PDF Form

Wondershare PDFelement Screenshots

Screenshot of AI-powered support for summaring/proofreading/rewriting/explaining/translating the PDF file content.Screenshot of file conversion to and from PDF format in high quality.Screenshot of PDF generation, which can be done from images, Word documents, and various formats, including batch create.Screenshot of certificate-based legal signatures, and documents can be sent to bulk signers, and signatures collected and tracked from anywhere, on any device.Screenshot of text recognition, from scanned PDFs and images.Screenshot of the PDF text editor, with images, forms, and pages.Screenshot of PDF protection from copying, editing, printing and viewing with passwords, to keep sensitive data confidential.Screenshot of efficient data entry with fillable PDF forms. Batch modify form field properties supported.

Wondershare PDFelement Videos

The Smartest Way to Save As (.PDF) - Wondershare PDFelement
A faster way to share ideas and information | PDFelement
Getting control over documents | PDFelement
PDFelement - Moving Ideas Forward

Wondershare PDFelement Integrations

Wondershare PDFelement Technical Details

Deployment TypesOn-premise
Operating SystemsWindows, Mac
Mobile ApplicationApple iOS, Android
Supported LanguagesEnglish, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish, Chinese, German, Spanish

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Frequently Asked Questions

PDFelement is a document management solution from Wondershare Software headquartered in China.

Wondershare PDFelement starts at $79.99.

Adobe Acrobat, Foxit PDF Editor (FoxitPhantom), and PDF Expert by Readdle are common alternatives for Wondershare PDFelement.

Reviewers rate Usability highest, with a score of 8.6.

The most common users of Wondershare PDFelement are from Small Businesses (1-50 employees).
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Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
The programme has all the functionality of standard acrobat and with it you can edit any PDFit is also possible to create complex editable PDFs and, above all, to collect data from a series of PDFs for analysis using calculation tools, such as exceloverall, it is a very good programme, with the only flaw of not having a totally intuitive interface.On the other hand, however, it has a MUCH more affordable cost.
  • modify PDF
  • combine PDF
  • export PDF in CSV format
  • interface intuitiveness
If you need to merge many PDFs and create a bookmark-based structure, this programme is ideal
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
I use PDFelement to develop fillable forms used by my Law Enforcement Clients. I have 10 Clients across Tennessee.
  • Populates a Non-fillable PDF with Fields making it fillable in second and minutes instead of hours and days.
  • Very intuitive and snappy
  • Multi-platform (Mac and PC)
  • Continue to provide intuitive software and a great value.
  • Continue to support multi-platforms.
  • Continue to provide great customer support.
PDFelement is well-suited as an alternative to Acrobat because it's a better value with features real people need daily.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
I have been using PDFelement Pro for over three years and am quite pleased with it. The layout is really user-friendly, and the functions are ideal for my requirements! I use PDFelement to read and create PDFs, edit and fill out PDF forms, convert files to multiple formats, and secure and sign PDF documents.
  • Extract data into a variety of other formats
  • Convert PDF files to different file formats
  • Fill in PDF forms and sign PDF documents
  • It could provide customizable choices to convert an image to a PDF file.
PDFelement is suitable for both personal and business use because it is simple and has robust editing features. Customer service representatives have always been quick to respond and offer help. I highly recommend PDFelement to anyone looking for a reliable PDF editor at an affordable price with excellent customer support.
Mayur Kakade | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
I have been using wondershare products for a longer time. It's always been a great experience. Always up to date products. We always get new features, they really listen to our queries and requests. Customer support is always looking towards customer satisfaction. For pdfElement, there are a lot of features but I would like to mention only which I use the most. 1. can do basic operations on pdf such as combine/merge/split/edit and much more. 2. OCR option is present. 3. can create some documents for e.g. resume templets are given. I use this app mostly for digital signatures. Overall great experience with PDFelement.
  • Digitally signing a pdf.
  • Creates Pdf from scratch or templates.
  • Converts pdf into various other formats like word, Image, ppt.
  • Can annotate, comment pdfs.
  • Add watermark, edit existing pdfs.
  • While drawing a sign could add smoothening to drawing.
  • UI is great but few options are difficult to find like drawing a sign in it.
  • IOS app is there but android app would be cherry on the cake.
For signing pdfs on the go where we don't need to draw signs, again and again, it can store our sign to make tasks easy. for converting pdf to image or test or ppt and other formats. For basic operations used to edit pdfs, we can use PDFelement. For adding a watermark or securing our pdf.
Hermann Frey | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 4 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
I'm using PDFelement for my private needs
  • It is cheaper compared to Acrobat
  • Form fill quite often does not work, even with forms provided by governments and authorities; I suspect compatibility with Acrobat PDF is not ensured
  • Simple signature is not possible since there is no function to place a signature behind text
  • Password removal is not possible; this is an optional extra program offered for $20
  • Editable text created by OCR--this feature practically cannot be used, as it distorts the whole text and changes fonts; the document will look different afterward
  • Copy shortcut CTRL INS/SHFT INS is not working--need to use mouse
  • The old version was slow in loading; after a patch update they suddenly blocked my perpetual license; it was the weekend and I needed it urgently, so I paid for a new version 8 license.
  • In order to use all features of the license, you need to log in as a user.
Although not very cheap, it is a cheaper variant of Adobe Acrobat Writer. However, features are reduced and compatibility sometimes not ensured.
Juan Pablo Montes | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We use PDFelement to take advantage of many of the documents received by our company with formats that did not allow us, before PDFelement, to make presentations we need.
  • Correct separation of text and images.
  • Conversion of documents to office formats.
  • Size reduction of documents.
  • Page extraction to image format.
  • Sometimes when writing text, its format changes. Example: when using capital letters, etc.
Well suited, for editing any PDF documents.
Less appropriate, sometimes when editing text, its format changes.
Goran Stojmirovic | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
I am a self-employed hydropower consultant, working from home office, so I have to deal with a lot of technical and commercial documents every day. A lot of them are in PDF format so it is very important for me to have a proper software to manage this type of documents.
  • OCR capability.
  • File conversion.
  • Data extraction.
  • So far I am quite happy with the functionality of the PDFelement software.
PDFelement is a great tool and for my use equal to Adobe Acrobat software capabilities.
Score 1 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Due to the recent Coronavirus crisis, I needed to find a good PDF editor in order to easily grade homework from my students.
  • I did not find any pros.
  • Constantly crashed.
  • When I did manage to edit PDFs I wasn't able to save them.
  • Commenting is very slow and annoying as it keeps refreshing and changing what I write.
I do not recommend PDFelement for editing PDFs. PDFelement constantly crashed, losing all of my work. The few times it did not crash, I wasn't able to save my documents, losing my work again.
Anthony Zurica | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
PDFelement is essential to my business in that I get a lot of scanned PDF documents and also PDF documents that are fillable. I have never been able to use these documents the correct way until I found PDFelement
  • I am able to edit documents seamlessly.
  • I am able to scan documents with ease.
  • The interface is so easy to use.
  • Better explanations on how to create fillable documents.
  • Adjusting text size.
  • Better ways to share with friends.
I use it for working with all PDF documents. I can't see where it is less appropriate.
nikhil jaitak | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We are using PDFelement to extract information from documents within our organization.
  • OCR is better than all the vendors.
  • Cost-effective.
  • Batch processing of PDF's.
  • I would like to see the AI involved which can read the handwritten text as well.
  • Sometimes when batch processing it is slow.
  • It looks like a heavy software and it takes time to load the PDF.
It is mainly suited for the PDF conversion to Excel or CSV where we want to read the invoices from companies and create a standard sheet. The tool will do the wonders and at a minimal cost.
September 05, 2019

PDFelement Pro

Amy Carter | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
I am a novice PDF software user. This software is intuitive and very easy to navigate. I am discovering new features all the time and am having very little trouble learning how to use them. There are other, more experienced, users in my office making the switch to this software because of all that it can do! I highly recommend it for all levels of users.
  • Love that I can annotate easily on the document.
  • Merging files is easy.
  • Easy to learn.
  • I would like demonstration videos.
Our IT company recommended it for a good reason!
Thomas Myers | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
I use PDFelement every day! I generate materials in various formats and use multiple unusual fonts. I find that if I send out a document in a different format, people will not see it properly, so sending pdfs is the only true alternative. I used to have an Adobe subscription just to generate and edit documents in pdf form, but that got very expensive. Then I looked for an alternative and decided to give PDFelement a try. I had tried other solutions and they fell short of what I needed to do. To my surprise, PDFelement did everything I needed to manage, edit and work in the pdf environment. The program had become my default pdf program on my Mac, but it is a bit heavy (which goes hand in hand with powerful). So to view a document I went back to Preview for this, but to do anything else I load it up on PDFelement for that to happen. I now use the program multiple times a day and love it.

  • Document editing.
  • Form generation.
  • Resizing a document for sending it as an email.
  • Conversion of the pdf to other formats.
  • Countless other tasks - this program is great.
  • I wish there was a lighter program for just reviewing a document and then to transition seamlessly to an editing mode. It takes a few seconds longer to load than Preview on my Mac, and based on that frustration, I use Preview to view documents.
  • A lower price for upgrades.
To do anything with a pdf file, this program works great. You don't need to spend the same money month to month as you do with Adobe but can get all those features with one purchase.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We've been using PDFelement in the department for over a year now and it really helps in our day-to-day operations, such as editing health protocols, staff memos/protocols, and documents which need urgent amendments. We can use PDFelement both on the go or at the comfort of our own desk.
  • User-friendly way of editing PDF files.
  • Simple and straightforward use of functional features.
  • Easy sharing/forwarding and printing out from app straight to printer.
  • Can't think of any issues at this time.
PDFelement is a must-have app for anything PDF related in your life!
Eric Y | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We use PDFelement to prepare PDF documents for our clients. Usually, to combine multiple files into one. Sometimes we have to edit the content of different PDFs before sending it out to our clients. I believe one of the business problems that we faced is the inability to edit the content of the PDFs. The free PDF software out there does not do a good job of helping you edit the content. For those who need to scan files and require OCR, this is also something we need.
  • A perpetual license, no monthly or recurring fee.
  • OCR (optical characters recognition)
  • Content editing
  • Ability to change the color/theme of the program.
This is a great software if you need to edit content and also use OCR on scanned documents.
roland goulet | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
I use PDFelement at home and at work. I use PDFelement at home to edit personal documents and create forms. On the business front, I use PDFelement to edit and create first article reports, and combine documents to reduce the space for emailing these files. I also organize the documents as well as highlight areas of importance.
  • It has a great electronic signature
  • Highlighting is easy and convenient
  • It sometimes rearranges the documents when you save them
  • Highlighting is tedious because you cannot stay in the highlighting mode
  • Cropping isn’t easy.
It is affordable and does a great job working with documents
Steve Rafalsky | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
I use it, as an author, for working with text to publish in various formats. I am new to PDFelement, and am presently learning about its features.
  • I am new to PDFelement - having left Adobe - and am experimenting and trying out the various features. Using their PDF Creator for Mac, I got a good copy of a book I publish online.
  • Next, I added a jpg image to the PDF (the cover of the book), and it worked well.
  • This shows me the options I have when publishing more books - greatly expanding the use of various images for book covers.
  • When I was creating a pdf from a MS Word document (a large book manuscript), it didn't keep the formatting of the Word document. I may be able to figure out why this happened, but for now I had to change the Word doc to get the pdf to have the formatting of the original.
I am still experimenting with PDFelement 6 Pro. Though I must say in my testing it did an OCR of a scanned 16-page newsletter and did a very good job, considering how primitive this newsletter was (it was typewritten on an IBM Selectric maybe three decades ago). On better scanned documents I imagine it will do even better.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Though I find it a little slow loading a document, its flexibility and usefulness far out weight the delay.
  • OCR conversion is excellent
  • Text for search I find particularly useful
  • Document loading/import could be looked into. I have a very fast machine and PDFelement resides on the SSD. Data is drawn from a 2T HD
Very appropriate for detailed reads, form creation and OCR conversions and other PDF manipulations/modifications.
Less suited for quick reads where Acrobat Reader is quicker to use.
September 28, 2018

Work easy with PDF

Stuart McLellan | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
PDFelement is of major use in my research for my studies, within my business it is fast reliable and very user friendly. I create fillable forms and surveys in the program and convert most of my publications to PDF now. A really great program
  • Converting documents is really easy and reliable
  • The OCR function is very useful for me, as I need to create event plans and in the early stages of planning there is a lot of hand written information on them
  • The combine files is very useful as I can compare and update very quickly
  • From my perspective PDFelement does everything I want and is easy to use
PDFelement is most useful to me for its fast ability to convert and create documents
September 28, 2018

It's worth it!

Madson Pinto | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
PDFelement is a great tool to visualize and manage my docs. It provides an excellent PDF editor. It has an easy one-click function to convert PDF files to main Microsoft Office extensions (Word, Excel, PowerPoint). The OCR function is reliable on my conversions. It has great price/benefits on the market. I'm enjoying it.
  • Reliable OCR convertions
  • One click PDF to Microsoft Office extensions
  • Excellent User Interface
  • Clear and simple tools to create PDF forms
  • Typewrite function with better functionality
  • Distribution of class activities to students converting PowerPoint presentations to PDF.
  • Elaboration of registration forms for data collection and diagnosis in companies.
  • Creation of specific form fields, establishing fulfillment criteria. Content review to share between partners and contributors.
  • Combine files from different PDF sources into a single file.
  • Creates a printer that converts any document into PDF.
  • It allows digital signature of the document, facilitating the workflow of the company and relationship with its partners.

Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
I needed to change a poster of an event that was in PDF format and add some images and change the text.
  • It's easy to add images
  • It's easy to add text
  • I would like the fonts improved (number and type of fonts)
I think it works well for the use I can make of it, but I'm not a graphics professional. Maybe, if I was, I would use other programs, I suppose.

I bought PDFelement to be able to refresh a poster of an event for a lawyer (that it's always the same, and only the text and sponsors' logos change) by myself.
Michael Januszka | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
I currently utilize PDFelement to convert Word documents to PDF format. I also use PDFelement to separate/extract large PDF scans to my computer. I found it just as easy if not easier than using Adobe Acrobat.
  • Convert Word documents to PDF
  • Assists in breaking down a large PDF document to multiple smaller ones
  • When extracting a document it allows the option for the document to be deleted automatically when extracted.
It is well suited in converting many formats of documents to a PDF format. It is also a great tool to modify PDF documents.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
I handle legal for a private investment company, that invest in non-performing mortgages. We have a lot of foreclosure, bankruptcy and loss mitigation; and therefore have to draft and create a lot of documents. I've used a few Acrobat alternatives in my career. This is by the far the best for the money, and maybe the best all around; next to maybe Nuance, which is WAY more expensive. It does everything you could need it to, from; watermarks to OCR (even on a copy of a copy of a copy of a 1980s fax). You can add text boxes, convert to OCR and find and replace words in documents, about anything you can think of and all for a super cheap price.

I highly recommend it to anyone, on any level. It's SUPER easy to use and has a format and look, similar to Microsoft Word...which you can also convert PDF into Word and Excel.

Great tool to have if you are drafting documents or just need to edit one.
  • OCR on a document that is a copy, of a copy, of a copy of a 1980s fax copy...
  • Convert to Word or Excel and it's fully editable. It's literally, a PDF playground.
  • The ability to find and replace words in a document.
  • Ability to scan a document, turn it into Word, edit and convert back and it is SO CLEAN.
  • Easily combine PDFs; you can have two PDFS open, open the page panel on the left, grab one page and drag it to the other PDF, and put in the exact spot you want it in.
  • Delete and extract pages
  • You can even add images and text boxes to an already existing PDF.
  • Bates stamping, watermarks, add headers and footers
  • I honestly can't think of anything off the top of my head.
  • When you convert a document to PDF from Word, and forget to save the Word copy and have to edit the document.
  • Bates stamping.
  • Editing/adding text, watermarks, notes, typewriter function, converting to PDF, converting from PDF to Word, Excel, PowerPoint or any of the other 7 options!
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
I often serve as a consultant on technological teaching modalities that are utilized in the education of healthcare professionals. I also work as an educator. I have used PDFelement to digitize traditional paper forms numerous times. I have found that the transition to digital documents has greatly improved my workflow; as well as, the workflow of my colleagues.
  • It does a great job of turning paper forms into digital documents via the advanced OCR technology.
  • The price point of PDFelement is extremely competitive considering that it is feature rich.
  • The available support from documentation and videos make PDFelement a tool that is quick to implement.
  • I think that the user interface could be improved on Mac OS.
PDFelement is great for turning paper forms into fillable electronic documents. It is also good for creating custom forms. The export feature is pretty amazing and I have found it to be very valuable. Anyone who needs to extract data from forms will find PDFelement well suited for the job.
September 27, 2018

PDFelement is a timesaver

Matt Shields | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
On a daily basis I need to scan documents into PDF and have the ability to edit them. With PDFelement, this has been made quick and easy. I've tried other software that's out there and have never been satisfied. I would highly recommend PDFelement and PDFelement Pro, it is well worth the cost.
  • OCR
  • Editing existing PDFs
  • Quickly sign documents
  • Love this software, I cannot think of anything to be improved
Personally, I deal with a lot of vendors and their contracts. PDFelement has made it easy to scan vendor contracts, convert them, make them editable, digitally sign them, and get them sent back to our vendors as quickly as possible.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
I'm using PDFelement as the default application to open, read and manage PDF files and forms as well as to combine various file types in one PDF file. The feature of optimizing existing PDF files that are of a certain size is particularly useful for reducing a file's size prior to sending it by email. I am currently the only person using PDF Element in the organizations I am currently engaged in and I opted to buy a copy of PDF Element as it does not require monthly renewals that would be both an extra cost and a nuisance to pay for on a periodical basis.
  • The ability to combine different file types into one coherent PDF file with ease.
  • The ability to reduce the file size of a PDF file with the 'Optimize' file option. This makes it easier to send out files by email.
  • The version I am currently using does not require the user to pay for a periodical renewal.
  • Needs improvement with the secure signature facility for digital signing of documents.
  • There are times when the writing/editing features did not feel stable/robust enough.
Well suited for collating multiple file and file-types in one PDF file.
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