I don't regret switching from Acrobat to Kofax. (In fact, I recommend it!)
February 06, 2021

I don't regret switching from Acrobat to Kofax. (In fact, I recommend it!)

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Software Version

Power PDF Standard for Mac

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

We use Kofax Power PDF daily. The nature of our business is to read and compare complex regulatory filings, so I will often have 15 different Kofax tabs open at the same time. We use the highlight, comment, and split screen features most frequently, but also make use of the redact function. Being able to create and edit tables of contents is extremely helpful because we will often have 700-page documents in just one tab.
  • Bookmarks (table of contents) and shortcuts
  • Document preparation
  • Document viewing
  • Document highlighting
  • Viewing documents in tabs
  • The comment function is a little klunky because if you try to click out of it, you have to switch back to the pointer function before clicking out (otherwise you'll dot the document with comments unintentionally!)
  • I would prefer to be able to open all my documents in tab view or a keyboard shortcut to "gather all windows" (which is an excellent feature!)
  • I would like a keyboard shortcut to switch between "table of content view" and "thumbnail view" etc.
  • I would like to customize the keyboard shortcuts, so I can switch between tab view more easily.
  • Positive: integrated business use. Ability to make comments and notify my boss of changes..
  • Since I'm not on the $$ side I don't know exactly how our ROI has changed, but I know that it's much more seamless and much more functional than the standard PDF viewer built in on Mac (preview).
  • Negative: I haven't figured out the signature function yet.
Yes, definitely easy to use. It fits right into my daily work. I will admit that, because I love to use keyboard shortcuts I had to google a number of things to find what shortcut was which predictable, but not bad because I am used to that as a "price to pay" to use keyboard shortcuts. However, it would be nice if Kofax had "take this guided tour" video or some keyboard shortcut list you could view online.

I also would love some kind of boolean searching in the search function. Is this an option? Like, I'm looking for "bananas" AND "ice cream" ?
I am well-versed in both Acrobat and Revu. I think that Kofax looks and feels like Revu given all its functions, buttons, and commands but is used more like Acrobat. I selected Kofax because it is by far the most cost-effective option and I wanted to learn a new tool. I really don't like that Adobe has such an expensive subscription offer and then each additional product (like comment or sign) is more $$ on top of the first subscription.
I think that the online community is smaller than Adobe users. I think that the 'help' answers are usually pretty good, but I have been left in the dark several times. I am much more disappointed by the online support for Kofax for Mac because I think that it is even a smaller percentage of users who operate on a Mac. This is frustrating to me.

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Adobe Acrobat DC, Bluebeam Revu, Microsoft 365 (formerly Office 365)
Kofax is definitely feature-rich. I have experienced no loss of functionality by switching from Adobe to Kofax. I'm surprised more people haven't already made the switch, given the better price point.
  • Document highlighting (comments, colors, underline, redact)
  • Document editing (taking a 700-page document and splitting it into smaller documents)
  • Document searching (great search feature)
  • Document viewing (split-screen, tabs, zoom scrolling)
  • Keyboard Shortcuts
I use Kofax Power PDF Standard for Mac; I think that some of the native functionality is built for non-Mac products. Given that the product was such a great deal (way more affordable than Adobe!) I give it a 9 and happily navigate some of the less functional Mac shortcuts. I have really no complaints, however. I think the product is mainly excellent and intuitive.

Evaluating Kofax Power PDF (formerly Nuance Power PDF) and Competitors

Yes - Mac Preview (this is native to the Mac and not feature rich)
Adobe Acrobat (this is an expensive product with, in some cases, too many features that come bundled with a premium subscription.)

I needed to switch to Kofax because it's the product that my organization uses. We use it extensively.
  • Price
  • Product Features
  • Product Usability
  • Product Reputation
  • Prior Experience with the Product
Price -- Adobe Acrobat is too expensive and too-feature rich for what we're doing (and I imagine what a lot of people are doing). We needed something that has all the essential features of Acrobat DC but is not superfluous in its offerings. Kofax is an excellent happy point. I have not regretted it at all.
I don't know if I would change the evaluation or selection process. I did a free trial of Power PDF for a while and I think I would have just jumped in earlier. I think that the product is extremely easy to use and while I appreciate the free trial, I probably could have made the switch after 10 days, not 30. Its good for people who are thorough like I am, though!