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Thomas Myers | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • 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.
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nikhil jaitak | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • 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.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • 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.
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Steve Rafalsky | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • 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.
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Stuart McLellan | TrustRadius Reviewer
September 28, 2018

Work easy with PDF

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Pros and Cons

  • 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
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Madson Pinto | TrustRadius Reviewer
September 28, 2018

It's worth it!

Score 9 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • 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
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
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Pros and Cons

  • 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.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
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Pros and Cons

  • 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.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
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Pros and Cons

  • 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.
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Abbie Duquette | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • PDFelelement does a really great job at recognizing editable text automatically. And what's different and special about this product is it recognizes different editing areas — and can be flexible with those areas. Say you want to edit one line. The program will give you an editing box around the entire paragraph, etc. But it will also allow you to focus on just that single line in the paragraph if that's what you need. It's flexible.
  • Removing watermarks! Such an incredible asset to have — even if it's just your own. (This goes back to losing the original file again...)
  • Annotating a PDF. Normally I find annotating a pdf is easy and generally cleaner on an iPad/tablet, but this program allows for really clean and clear annotations, which is so helpful.
  • Combining pdf files. I still manually do it through Preview on Mac. I haven't quite figured out the groove of it on PDFelement and I think it's because it just needs to be improved on their side of things.
  • The functionality organization could be slightly more user-friendly — it's steep/fairly fast learning curve, but it could be easier.
  • I would love to see more instructions or a walk through that helps identify what some of the tools do. Not everyone has tons of time to explore on their own.
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Coleen Carswell | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • PDFelement provides the same powerful features as Adobe Acrobat, but the interface is easy to learn and use. The product is extremely intuitive, which saves our clients from becoming frustrated as they learn the product.
  • PDFelement Pro's ability to create fillable forms with the click of one button is one of our clients favorite features. I was impressed at how accurately PDFelement performed this task and the ease with which these fields can be edited, if needed.
  • Security is more important than ever these days and PDFelement provides the encryption and permissions to protect documents quickly and easily. I especially like the batch encrypt feature, this makes it easy to protect multiple files with the same password.
  • PDFelement makes it easy to extract the data from form fields. This is a huge plus for our clients.
  • I have not been able to find a feature to straighten scanned-in documents to align them perfectly on the page if they are a bit crooked. If this feature exists, I haven't had luck in finding it yet.
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Allen Schellenberg | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • Having the ability to actually edit text within the PDF document is fantastic. Just yesterday I was placing a "Textbox" on top of some text I needed to edit, then remembered I could actually edit the text of the PDF itself, while retaining the font properties, making the edit easy and seamless.
  • Occasionally, I have the need to emphasize certain images on a PDF file prior to me forwarding it to others. PDFelement allows me the opportunity to re-size graphics images to highlight their importance within the message I am sending when using existing PDF files. This saves me time and allows for a clear message to be given.
  • When merging multiple PDF files into one file, particularly when a larger number of PDF files are being merged, the "Merge Window" is only large enough to display 4 file names, due to the space used to show the name of each included file. Often times it is necessary to re-organize the files prior to the merge, however, this process is very cumbersome and slow as you attempt to re-order the files while only viewing 4 filenames at any one time. If the user had the ability to make the "Merge Window" bigger, or the space used to display each file name was smaller, this would greatly improve functionality.
  • I use the STAMP command to add jpeg signatures to the signature line within PDF documents. However, as the background of the STAMP is solid white, it often covers the signature "line" and usually other text that is close by. To overcome this, it's necessary to make the signature unusually small. Placing the signature STAMP "behind" the other graphics and text would resolve the problem. However, I've been told by PDFElement they currently have no "layering" functionality, yet, when I edit PDF files with multiple graphic images, I can see lines on top of photos, or other images that appear "on top of" other graphics. Obviously, this is due to "layering" , whether it was designed that way or not.
  • One of the greatest features of a PDF editor is filling out forms using the "TYPEWRITER" command, needed when there are no "form fields" used. However, PDFelement has made this command so cumbersome to use, it's almost useless. In my previous PDF editor, it was two clicks:- 1. select the command then 2. Type. Not so with PDFelement, which requires 5-6 steps . 1. select command 2. click location on page 3. Double-click to enter typewriter text box 4. delete the words "New Text" which appear in the field automatically 5. then start typing what you want to type, but only for 21 characters until there is an automatic line feed. 6. if filling multiple fields on the same line, you must re-size the box before you continue typing.
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Lesley Maple | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • I especially like being able to create fillable PDF forms to collect my client's information. It's a way to have even the least computer savvy client be able to create a computer generated form.
  • The software also allows for appending files. I have a standard service agreement but I can easily add a client specific form to the file. It makes for easy customization.
  • The ability to convert a file FROM a PDF to a Word document (or in my case into an editable WordPerfect document) is super helpful.
  • I think that the form making functionality could be a little easier to use. It's difficult to get the lines of the form lined up properly with the rest of the document.
  • It's not evident how to change the location where documents are saved.
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Mike Costello | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • Converts PDF files to Excel flawlessly
  • OCR very accurate
  • Easy to use to combine several PDF files
  • Have more editing tools such a creating geometric shapes, lines, circles, etc.
  • Have better markup tools for architectural plans in PDF format.
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Amani Ali | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • Easy to reorganize pages- can crop or flip pages, change the order, delete pages. These options come in handy after scanning a large document. You can take what you need.
  • Editing PDFs generated online (not scanned PDFs) is very simple and you can choose to separate text by line or by paragraph to make selection easier.
  • Editing scanned PDFs is essentially a feature that you have to upgrade to use.
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Nathan Lopez | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • To be able to Edit the documents was a game changer instead of having to buy a monthly subscription with Adobe.
  • I would like to see PDF Element a little easier to use with fonts if you don't have the same one that was used in the document and you don't have them on your computer.
  • It sometimes can be very hard to reposition text.
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About PDFelement

PDFelement is a PDF editor and document management solution from Wondershare Software headquartered in China. It provides support for editing, converting files, comments and collaboration, and OCR. It is an alternative to Adobe® Acrobat® and offers enterprise-grade PDF functionalities and perpetual licensing.

Sold globally in 9 different languages, PDFelement is a comprehensive PDF solution available on Windows, Mac, iOS, & Android.

More than ever, businesses need a powerful but intuitive solution that is easy to deploy and can be standardized across both Windows and Mac platforms. Wondershare offers PDFelement as a cost-effective solution that meets these requirements, for businesses with finite software budgets seeking to streamline their document workflows.

Enterprise-Class Features
Implement an easyPDF solution with powerful PDF editing, conversion, and collaboration tools.

Lower TCO
Cost-effective pricing delivers faster ROI and reduces your total cost of ownership by 60%.

Ease of Deployment
Get deployment support for Windows SCCM, Windows Terminal Server™, Citrix™, and more.

Easy to Own
Enjoy the freedom of Perpetual Licensing with no lengthy contractual requirements.

License Management
Self-serve license management allows the user to assign, revoke, add and remove licenses, and manage devices.

Standardize on a Single PDF Solution
Enable more users that require PDF capabilities with one standardized solution on both Windows and Mac

PDFelement Features

Has featurePDF Viewer
Has featurePDF Editor
Has featurePDF Annotation & Collaboration
Has featurePDF Conversion
Has featurePDF Form Filling
Has featurePDF Redaction
Has featurePDF Data Extraction
Has featurePDF Optimization
Has featurePDF Protection
Has featurePDF Signature

PDFelement Screenshots

PDFelement Integrations

PDFelement Competitors

Adobe Acrobat DC, FoxitPhantom PDF, Kofax Power PDF (formerly Nuance Power PDF), Nitro Pro, SodaPDF

Pricing

  • Has featureFree Trial Available?Yes
  • Does not have featureFree or Freemium Version Available?No
  • Does not have featurePremium Consulting/Integration Services Available?No
  • Entry-level set up fee?No
EditionPricing DetailsTerms
PDFelement Pro$129
PDFelement$79

PDFelement Support Options

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PDFelement Technical Details

Deployment Types:On-premise
Operating Systems: Windows, Mac
Mobile Application:Apple iOS, Android
Supported Languages: English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish, Chinese