Power PDF - Professional Document Reformation
June 18, 2021

Power PDF - Professional Document Reformation

John Matthies | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Software Version

Power PDF Advanced

Overall Satisfaction with Kofax Power PDF (formerly Nuance)

We are an appraisal consulting firm providing the valuation of machinery and equipment. Most clients submit documents in PDF format. These can be MS Word-based documents, Excel spreadsheets, and so forth. Kofax Power PDF is used to access information from these documents. Kofax Power PDF saves a great deal of time in document conversion making equipment lists editable. It is used through the company.
  • Converting MS Word files into editable format.
  • Converting MS Excel files into editable format.
  • Adding comments, editing text, redaction, etc.
  • When converting Excel files, better column alignments.
  • When cropping page sizes, more magnification (full page).
  • Custom user toolbars.
  • Huge time savings converting large Excel files (Hours and sometimes days).
  • Initially acquired as an alternative to a far more expensive alternative.
  • Editing features make it easier to manipulate a given document.
There was a learning curve. But it has the "look and feel" of a Windows application, so it wasn't overly difficult. One appraisal project involved an Excel file that was 300 pages. Retyping that much data was out of the question. We started a conversion and went home. In the morning, Kofax Power PDF had converted the document into a electronic editable format in the native MS Excel format. There were minor editing issues, but it took only a few hours to have a fully working file.
I was using other software applications from ScanSoft, TextBridge PaperPort, OmniPage, and Speech Recognition. When the need for a PDF utility arose, I compared the price of Adobe Acrobat to products offered by ScanSoft at the time. Colleagues did not like Adobe (cost was always the first thing they disliked), so I started using ScanSoft (later Nuance, etc.).
We haven't had many problems with the software. The few times we needed support, my questions and problems were handled quickly and professionally. In addition, Kofax Power PDF provides necessary update reminders and usually annual upgrades on the product. Keeping the software up to date and fully functioning has been easy with the support from Kofax Power PDF.

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Recently, we have been editing PDF documents that were printed from web pages - "Edit Text" and "Edit Object" are the tools we use. We use this data as comparable sales for appraising machinery and equipment. We like to remove superfluous images, text, and so forth. We then add "Comments" about the item as it compares to the subject being appraised. Sometimes we "Crop" the file to exclude unnecessary margins, to make smaller file sizes. We use "Document Assemble" to organize and rearrange the pages within the document on some files. A series of comparables will be saved as a single file, for ease in reviewing them.
Kofax Power PDF is well suited for our needs. Perhaps that's because we have used it for so long. We don't use all the features all the time, but having these options available is important. You never know when a feature will come in handy. Converting data is our primary application. We have not tried creating a PDF file from scratch because a publisher app works better for us. The desirability of any piece of software is based on the needs of the user.