Efficient and User Friendly
June 15, 2021

Efficient and User Friendly

David Eason | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Software Version

Power PDF Advanced

Overall Satisfaction with Kofax Power PDF (formerly Nuance)

I am a professional technical writer who uses pdf a lot for publishing hard-copy documentation, especially converting pdf to Word and vice versa. I find Kofax Power PDF much more user-friendly than Adobe. Much better price-to-value, also. I will definitely continue using Kofax a my pdf tool! Even when Adobe Acrobat was the default organization application, I used Nuance for many years, I have already recommended Kofax to others.
  • Better interface.
  • Faster performance.
  • Better, more accurate conversion that Adobe.
  • The only thing I can think of is that after closing all open files, there is no Exit from the application window. The only way I can see is use the x in the top, right-hand corner, which is not the preferred way to close an application.
  • Multiple people can work on the same documents in multiple applications in the same way with no learning curve to adjust for different skill levels.
  • Everything is seamless, so no time is wasted searching for and resolving conversion anomalies.
  • While converting from Word to pdf is seamless, the reverse is also true. The resulting document does not have text boxes that need to be manipulated. The same applies for Excel documents.
I really don't know what to say to describe "easy," because easy is a relative. All I can say is that compared to all the over conversion tools I have use, including xml, Acrobat, and FrameMaker, Power PDF is the ultimate in easy. I had been using the Nuance Power PDF since probably version 3...that is, a long time, so the switch to Kofax was a no-brainer. The price-value balance was perfect for me.
I used Adobe Acrobat for many years--decades, actually, because that was the default application for the companies I worked for. But I gradually moved over to Nuance over time, and as I became an independent operator, it is all that I now use. It is more user friendly, with pretty much the same features and functions. I tried the DC application, but it is more complicated and less intuitive than Kofax, the learning curve was difficult for me.
That is hard to say. I have really never needed support for either Nuance of Kofax, which to me, as a long-time professional technical writer of heavy-duty hardware and software documentation, is rather exceptional. The product is so easy to use that support has not been necessary. The documentation is written the way I like it...I know what I want to do, so tell me what to do, where to do it, and how to do it so that I can perform the task I want to do. No extraneous text that is laborious to read.

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Conversion from MS Word to pdf and vice versa. Able to combine files, delete pages, add pages, edit text, comment on text. In other words, what any professional tech writer would want to do. Speed, accuracy and reliability of output. The ability to find and open a non-pdf file (e.g., Excel) instantly and seamlessly.
I have fourteen sets of MS Word documents, comprising a couple hundred pages total, to condense into manageable sizes of no more than three or four pages each. The only way I can do it is scan the pages into digital Word documents, convert them to pdf files, convert the pdf files back into editable digital documents, and then go through each set of Word documents to identify and decide which words, phrases, and other elements to retain and which to delete.

Kofax Power PDF makes the conversion process easy, rapid, and (most important) seamless, which other pdf applications do not do. Every bi9t of text appears in the pdf exactly as it appears in the source Word document; that includes font, formatting, styles, size, positioning, readability, and surprisingly, graphics such as the logo. Using other features and functions is easy, from deleting pages, combining files, highlighting commenting on text to editing text to searching multiple files. Everything is easy, fast, and user friendly.