Power over PDF files in no time and at low cost
July 21, 2021

Power over PDF files in no time and at low cost

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Power PDF Standard

Overall Satisfaction with Kofax Power PDF (formerly Nuance)

The organization is very small since I am self-employed. I started using Power PDF a long time ago as an easy-to-use software for converting and creating PDF files, and use it on a daily basis. It allows me to quickly convert PDF files to obtain information (such as word count) for quotes, and it quickly lets me make large PDF documents searchable. It is not adjustable enough for a thorough conversion (of PDF files to use in CAT tools, for example), for which I use Nuance OmniPage. Creating PDF files (in my case mostly invoices) is easy as well.
  • Make scanned PDF files searchable
  • Convert entire PDF files for quick assessment
  • Create PDF files
  • I miss a Go To function. Yes, you can type a page number in the bottom bar, but that is tedious.
  • I miss a chance to better control the OCR function (exclude stuff that is in the way, such as headers, footers, line numbers, etc.
  • I'd like a more accurate FormTyper. It still leaves out too many fields of a scanned form.
  • First, it's not a big investment, and return is fast and satisfactory.
  • Kofax Power PDF definitely saves time and costs, since comparable functionality is much more costly in other products.
It is easy to use, period. The only thing I never figured out is the security functions, but so far, there was no great need. It works very well for my purposes, which is mostly working with files that call themselves PDF but are actually just scanned products with that extension.
The former go to program for dealing with everything PDF is more expensive and much less easy to work with. It was at least about 10 years ago when I made the decision to go with Kofax (Nuance). I have not regretted it.
Because I am convinced Kofax is the best solution I can find for my purposes. In my case, there is more emphasis on easily handling scanned PDF files than on creating my own PDF files or working with actual PDF files. The few times I did the latter, Kofax worked great as a converter.

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?

Yes

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

Yes

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

Yes

Kofax OmniPage (formerly Nuance), SDL Trados Studio, Microsoft 365 (formerly Office 365)
Page extraction and document assembly
Advanced Processing (quick OCR)
Making PDF files searchable
Turning scanned forms into forms I can fill out
Kofax Power PDF is very well suited for obtaining a fast overview of a complex PDF file or multiple PDF files. In my case, people send me these PDF files, typically scanned PDFs, and want me to give them a fast quote for a service they want done, such as a translation. There is no time (or need) to do an accurate OCR for this purpose. But I can get an idea of the word count and other potential problems (illegible parts) fast and come up with a quote.
Another very good and easy function is extracting page ranges or assembling documents from various parts. When you have a 140-page patent specification but only need to work with 5 pages of claims, it is helpful to just extract these and work with that smaller file.

And it is good that in some cases you can just make a scanned PDF searchable, without processing it using OCR. For example, if you want to check a specific piece of information hidden in 500 pages.

Not so helpful: Editing options for scanned PDF files.