New user experience of Power PDF
February 06, 2021

New user experience of Power PDF

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

Software Version

Power PDF Standard

Overall Satisfaction with Kofax Power PDF (formerly Nuance Power PDF)

I use it personally and purchased [it] after my boss said he uses Nuance Power PDF. I work in the mortgage industry and sometimes need to edit PDF documents. This includes splitting and combining files to contain the correct pages. Occasionally it includes creating fillable forms, but I usually do that when using DocusSign.
  • Combining and extracting files and pages.
  • Offering multiple choices for creating a new file.
  • When opening a file from the File menu, for some reason it's necessary to click open twice to get a menu to appear from which you can select a file or location. Clicking once takes you to a blank screen.
  • When adding text fields to create a form, each field needs to be created separately. When copying and pasting a field, it seems that whatever is entered in one, appears in all of them. For some, that's perhaps an advantage.
  • When rotating a page, there's two approaches and until I realized that it was frustrating to not have my correctly rotated page save that way. Rotating the view is done at the bottom of the screen whereas rotating the actual file that is saved that way is done in the menu ribbon at the top. Great once you realize that, but not obvious at first.
  • I still use Adobe Acrobat Reader for getting a quick view of a file rather than using Kofax Power PDF to be the default program. If there were a reader version of Kofax Power PDF that I could use instead and then click a button when I need to edit a file that would be awesome. Using the Acrobat Reader and Power PDF means an extra clunky step when I realize I need to edit the file. That was one reason why I considered Acrobat Pro which I've used in the past but the pricing wasn't competitive with Kofax Power PDF/Nuance Power PDF which I had also owned in the past.
  • Too soon to say, but definitely helpful to be able to edit large PDF files and separate into individual files needed by my downstream process colleagues.
It is easy to use but there's a learning curve, or unlearning curve, if you're used to using Acrobat Reader or Adobe products and their design. I'm becoming familiar with the program and there are many features I don't use (yet). It's definitely a robust program though and no issues with the quality behind it.
I selected Kofax Power PDF as I had a good experience with Nuance in the past. My boss recommended Nuance, which is now Kofax Power PDF of course, so I went with that. He suggested it as he's very familiar and can guide me when needed. The price was reasonable vs. Acrobat Pro. No regrets.
Have not contacted support yet.

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Being able to edit PDFs created by others, usually from their scanned documents, to create a presentable and usable file for downstream processors.
The interface takes a little getting used to if you're familiar with using Adobe Acrobat Reader or Pro.

If [you're] just needing to quickly view what is in a PDF file, Adobe Acrobat Reader is quicker and simpler but then you have to switch to Kofax Power PDF to open and edit if necessary. You can use it as a reader as it does open very quickly, but not as quickly as a reader only program. If you're working in a rapid workflow environment with many different PDF documents this makes a difference. If you're using only a few PDFs or creating them yourself, this may not be an issue.