Great PDF automation tool, needs to take better advantage of modern hardware
June 23, 2021

Great PDF automation tool, needs to take better advantage of modern hardware

Mira Krishnan | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Software Version

Power PDF Advanced

Overall Satisfaction with Kofax Power PDF (formerly Nuance)

We adopted PowerPDF for PDF document management when it was still a Nuance product. Besides general PDF viewing, we use it for combining and OCR'ing moderately large files (up to 1000-4000 pages, up to a few hundred megabytes in size) and for things like multi-term search and markup.
  • Good OCR quality.
  • Search and mark tools are really good.
  • Generates widely compatible files.
  • Installer prevents 64-bit installation because of the windows version.
  • Needs to support multi-core / multi-thread optimization for modern processors.
  • Needs GPU acceleration.
  • Increase efficiency of PDF-heavy tasks.
  • Manages large files.
  • Increased focus on primary work tasks.
In general it's straightforward, but the user interface is on the old-fashioned side, and it could use modernization, and features could be easier to find. Usually we just find features using the tool search bar.
The weaknesses are basically the same. The search and mark tools are better in Kofax.
They're not always good at tech support - for instance when I could not get it to install in 64-bit, they basically did not provide useful help that led to a resolution.

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Multi-search and markup.
Power PDF is basically our all-in-one PDF solution, and in the absence of an alternative that effectively uses multiple cores or GPU acceleration, it's the best thing on the market. I think the major don't use it situation would be if you are actively using the other Adobe CC tools - I think other than that, it's better than competitors.