Powerful PDF Software - Makes Your Paperless Life Even Easier!
Updated January 07, 2022

Powerful PDF Software - Makes Your Paperless Life Even Easier!

Ting (Darren) Lee | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Power PDF Standard

Overall Satisfaction with Kofax Power PDF (formerly Nuance)

In our organization, we are using Power PDF to assist us with:

1. Creating working papers and making annotations on client documents;
2. Converting documents into searchable format to make it easier to trace information;
3. Converting documents into editable forms (e.g. excels and words) to eliminate a good portion of time required for data entries.
  • High accuracy when converting PDF into edible information.
  • Easy to organize documentations on hand (combine PDF, moving a page(s) from one PDF to another, etc.).
  • Provide a good number of options in leaving notes and annotation in PDF for colleagues.
  • Slower engine in putting comment in PDF (compared to Foxit).
  • Allow creating customized symbols (e.g. check marks) for professionals.
  • Cost savings - compare to other product that required annual subscriptions.
  • Time Efficient - especially in PDF organization.
  • Printing PDF into another PDF is also an useful feature to have as it provide flexibility in document editing.
Not always easy to use. I have to admit that I only use maybe half of the functions provided by Power PDF.
I am sure I am missing a lot of items Kofax Power PDF has to offer.

I generally stick with making annotations, document organization, and converting documents for data processing. Those are quite intuitive and learning curve is pretty flat. I have quite an easy time to teach staffs/colleagues in using those functions.

One thing that bugs me a little is that I found the typewriter (ability to write/comment on PDF) is slightly slower when comparing to Foxit and other PDF editing software. But overall it's not a major impact to my user experience.
Foxit seem to be a bit more user friendly when it comes to document editing and speed is a little faster.
However it can't match to Power PDF in its power of characters/numbers recognition when it comes to converting documents to Excel.

Acrobat - function may be evenly matched, but ongoing subscription make it less desirable.
I would rather purchase Kofax Power PDF whenever it ups its power in documentation recognition. It can make an accountant's life a lot easier.
Able to Google some of the answer when it comes to simple questions.
It's not always easy though. I am hoping Kofax Power PDF would feature a HTML guide that embed a search engine to find the answer I need.

Do you think Kofax Power PDF (formerly Nuance) delivers good value for the price?

Yes

Are you happy with Kofax Power PDF (formerly Nuance)'s feature set?

Yes

Did Kofax Power PDF (formerly Nuance) live up to sales and marketing promises?

I wasn't involved with the selection/purchase process

Did implementation of Kofax Power PDF (formerly Nuance) go as expected?

Yes

Would you buy Kofax Power PDF (formerly Nuance) again?

Yes

  • Document organization;
  • Advance processing - converter;
  • PDF editing.
Kofax Power PDF (I've used it since it was called Nuance PDF) works particularly well when we are trying to organize client documents and convert them to usable format such as Excel. It can really be a time saver when used right.

I have actually recommended other accountants to use Kofax Power PDF and have bought copies for my personal computers as well. (Sometimes I lose license key, then I ended up buying another copy too!)

Using Kofax Power PDF (formerly Nuance)

4 - Accounting Services such as:
- Bookkeeping;
- Making note/comments on PDF;
- Indexing Reports;
- Data Analysis
The interface is
fairly user friendly. I found most of the time our staffs don't need a particular set of skills
in order to utilize the PDF Editor.

However, they do need to be opened to learning a
new software. It's usually the older staff have some
struggle to get around certain function with Kofax Power PDF such as creating a
stamp, adding water mark, indexing etc.


In general, most of the functions are quite self-explanatory.
The only skill required is the ability to read a manual plus some patience
  • Ability of adding comments to PDF documents
  • Combine/Split PDF documents
  • Converting PDF into spreadsheet for Data Analysis
  • Creating Reports for Clients
  • Create fillable forms
  • Instead of writing an email to client to identify the issue, we email client his/her own PDF with comment so it's easy for them to identify the reason for our questions.
  • Cross reference documents after making the PDF searchable to save time
  • Edit PDF into a Excel Power Query friendly format so Excel can import the PDF directly
  • Utilizing the security function of the PDF
1. Depending on the timeframe, there may not be a significant update worthwhile to renew.
2. Software as it is already satisfy our "Basic Needs."
3. Strong possbility to renew if AI is getting closer in a "Perfect" Data conversion into Excel/Word.

Evaluating Kofax Power PDF and Competitors

Yes - - We use it to replace Adobe because we didn't like the subscription-based model when most of the function we need are fairly basic.
- At the time, we were looking for a solution that will benefit accountants ability do make documentations, organizing multiple PDF documents, and converting various forms of information (such as a picture file) to PDF.
- We like the pricing, the functionality, and the fact it provide freedom in choosing when to update/renew the software instead of being forced.
  • Price
  • Product Features
  • Product Usability
We like to buy a software that with:

1. All the feature we like and need; and
2. Not needing to pay extra for the feature added but not needed.

Kofax is not developed specifically for accountant so even though, we may be using 50% of its features. (e.g. Never touch the cloud feature or the security feature.) The selling point is that when I see an improvement in the software, then I can choose to buy, not being "forced" to buy features I don't need. Insofar, that is Kofax current price model and the one thing I really like about it.
In the past, I have evaluated the software basing on:
  • How User Friendly is the software;
  • Its ability to combine/split PDF and organizing documents ; and
  • Price.

New Additional Criteria:

1. How good it is in OCR and data conversion;
2. Commenting function;
3. Potential Elaboration between users;
4. (For Accountant only) - How easy it is to add tickmarks (e.g. check mark) on the document for working papers.

The selection process wouldn't change other than running the data conversion to see if there is significant improvement. The better it is, the more time we can save when exporting/importing large sum of data.