Great for Print on Demand files
Updated January 04, 2022

Great for Print on Demand files

Emma Kalson Leadley | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Software Version

Power PDF Advanced

Overall Satisfaction with Kofax Power PDF (formerly Nuance)

I needed a PDF creator that would create PDFs from other documents, suitable for print on demand, without costing a fortune. A lot of research later and rather than pay £15/month for Adobe Acrobat DC, found Kofax. I messaged their customer support and got the confirmation I needed of which standards I could create the PDF in and ensure it could be flight-checked. Every PDF to date has been spot on.
  • Familiar interface for Office (Windows) users.
  • One-off pricing, no monthly subscriptions.
  • Quick customer support.
  • Reliable product.
  • Doesn't eat up memory.
  • The zoom in/out in the ribbon doesn't appear to work, but there are icons at the bottom of the screen too.
  • Whilst a familiar interface, it's not always the easiest to navigate, but that could be learning curve.
  • Saves sanity - I know the file it creates will be accepted, save for human error.
  • Means I can promise deadlines and know I can keep them.
I was using an earlier version of Adobe Acrobat Pro but there came a point where it was too old for my machine. I'd be far more familiar with Adobe Acrobat DC but it's too high a cost for my use case. I did evaluate several other major PDF creators but Kofax was the one that struck the balance of the features I needed at the right price point.
I've only contact pre-sales support but got a very quick answer, despite the time difference telling me exactly what I needed to know. I did also check the help file for something minor but generally haven't need to use support so can't comment further.

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For fellow indie-publishers and those who format for other people, definitely a 10. For people who want a PDF creator without the standards needed for print on demand, there are cheaper products out there. I guess it depends on individual need, but for me it's exactly what I need for the number of times I need to create those PDFs without breaking the bank.

Using Kofax Power PDF (formerly Nuance)

1 - I'm a self-employed freelancer and need to use a reliable and affordable PDF creator across a range of functions, from creating proposals and sending draft content to clients to uploading PDF versions of book covers and interiors to KDP and Ingram Spark. I also need to edit and annotate PDFs.
1 - I'm a solo freelancer so cover all tasks! The help files aren't as helpful as they might be but it is a corporate-facing product and I'm probably not their typical customer in that regard. I have been able to complete all tasks I've needed, even if it has taken a little creative thinking.
  • PDF creation to KDP and Ingram Spark standards
  • Creation of client proposals
  • Editing and annotating existing PDFs
  • I like that the software works as expected so I can use it in expected ways!
  • I'm a basic user, so I'm not sure this is relevant to my use case
I love that it's a solid piece of software that works out of the box and with plenty of options. It does allow for a larger range of standards than most PDF creators, save for Adobe. It isn't always intuitive, hence I've marked it down, but for software that is a single-time fee, compared with a monthly subscription, it works well for me.