New to PDFelement 6 Pro, glad to be learning its many features - and leaving Adobe Acrobat behind!
Updated October 01, 2018

New to PDFelement 6 Pro, glad to be learning its many features - and leaving Adobe Acrobat behind!

Steve Rafalsky | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with PDFelement

I use it, as an author, for working with text to publish in various formats. I am new to PDFelement, and am presently learning about its features.
  • I am new to PDFelement - having left Adobe - and am experimenting and trying out the various features. Using their PDF Creator for Mac, I got a good copy of a book I publish online.
  • Next, I added a jpg image to the PDF (the cover of the book), and it worked well.
  • This shows me the options I have when publishing more books - greatly expanding the use of various images for book covers.
  • When I was creating a pdf from a MS Word document (a large book manuscript), it didn't keep the formatting of the Word document. I may be able to figure out why this happened, but for now I had to change the Word doc to get the pdf to have the formatting of the original.
  • Considering the exorbitant pricing of the Adobe packages nowadays PDFelement kept me within our budget.
  • Which means I can self-publish more materials without seeking external expertise.
  • It also means I can produce classier-looking covers for books and booklets.
  • [Correction: the review form asked if I was offered any reward or recompense for writing the review, and I said "No' - but now I remember I was offered a $10 Amazon gift card by PDFelement if I did so.]
I didn't try or buy other programs, but did a good bit of research on them. I went with PDFelement because of the lower pricing, and because of the rich features I learned it had.

I also appreciated the great customer service I received from reps in the community forums, which showed me they have an aim in keeping their customers happy - which is always good to have when using fairly complex technical apps.
I am still experimenting with PDFelement 6 Pro. Though I must say in my testing it did an OCR of a scanned 16-page newsletter and did a very good job, considering how primitive this newsletter was (it was typewritten on an IBM Selectric maybe three decades ago). On better scanned documents I imagine it will do even better.

Evaluating PDFelement and Competitors

Yes - Adobe Acrobat 8 Pro. Had to replace it as any app not using the 64-bit technology will no longer work.
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I'll give you two: price, and features.
If I had to do it again, I would stay with PDFelement 6. I didn't see any real competition save outlandishly priced Adobe.