PDF Studio Pricing, Features, Reviews & Comparison of Alternatives

PDF Studio

Document Management, PDF software

4.67/5 (30 reviews)

PDF Studio overview

Pricing

Starting from
$89
Pricing options
Free trial
Value for money

Devices

Web-based

Business size

Mid Size Business, Small Business

Markets

United States

Support options

Phone Support

PDF Studio reviews

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20
Very good
10
Average
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Poor
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Ray Ambrosi

PDF Studio 2018 - best choice if you are on Linux or need cross-platform compatibility.

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2018-08-29
Review Source: Capterra

Overall, it is an outstanding PDF editor. Linux users often need a powerful PDF editor - PDF Studio is one of the few options available but luckily, its also one of the best options regardless of which operating system you are using.

Pros
PDF Studio 2018 is a cross platform application that allows users to switch between different computers running Windows, Mac and Linux using one license. The software continues to develop and add new features. Over the years, PDF Studio has added optical character recognition, text redaction. The newest version 2018 includes a full set of annotation tools, scanning to PDF, apply watermarks, measuring tools, digital signatures. One outstandingly feature is the “Optimize” tool which compresses PDF file size according to three settings: “aggressive” which involves heavy lossy compression; “balanced” medium compression; and “light” compression. This is an extremely useful tool that I have used numerous times over the past few months. Online tools for optimization do indeed exist, but they are awkward to use and uploading your PDFs to an unknown ‘cloud’ server seems rather unwise. PDF Studio is also significantly cheaper than Adobe Acrobat. The program has been around now years, and is a mature, well thought-out product.

Cons
Cons: PDF Studio does not include a variation of Adobe Acrobat's "ClearScan" function, which performs OCR and creates a scanned document using vector graphics. I regularly convert poor quality bitmap PDFs using Adobe’s OCR vector graphic Clearscans. I suppose such a technology is tricky indeed, but if PDF Studio offered such a feature, I would consider it a full replacement for Acrobat.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Ray Ambrosi

I began using PDF Studio in 2009 when I needed a PDF editor that ran in Linux. The thing I like best

Used weekly for 2+ years
Reviewed 2017-11-03
Review Source: Capterra

It is well designed, cross platform running in Linux, Windows, Mac. For me, this cross platform capability is essential and is outstanding. PDF Studio allows creation of notes in PDF documents and highlighting of text.

Pros
-- includes OCR that is invaluable for converting scanned text into text-searchable documents. -- allows full editing of PDFs including highlighting and notes. -- includes a redaction function that allows the user to remove sensitive or personal information from PDF documents. -- I've found situations where Acrobat is unable to open a PDF, but PDF Studio is able to open it without any problem. -- The company produces portable versions of PDF Studio that run on Android and Blackberry 10 mobile phone OS as well. The Blackberry 10 version works particularly well. The program has been around now for years, its quite a mature, well thought-out product. The company produces portable versions of PDF Studio that run on Android and an outstanding Blackberry 10 mobile phone OS as well.

Cons
The only drawback is that it does not include some of the advanced features that Adobe Acrobat offers. Adobe Acrobat's "ClearScan" function, which performs OCR and creates a scanned document using vector graphics, is a feature I use regularly. If PDF Studio offered such a feature, I would consider it a full replacement for Acrobat.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Kwok Man

An almost completely paperless office!

Used daily for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2018-01-09
Review Source: Capterra

Combining image files, spreadsheets, Word docs in to one clean PDF file. Big savings on paper, printer ink and the whole hassle of shredding!

Pros
Qoppa PDF Studio 12 Pro has helped us become virtually paperless. We're able to combine a range of documents from image files to word docs into one single PDF file. No more printing and scanning of client documents. Giving us big savings on paper and ink (and all the time, cost and mess of shredding!). Simple to use. Great customer support. No need to take confidential documents around with you to carry on working on them.

Cons
Due to different sized documents being combined some pages appear smaller than others. This can be adjusted by enlarging the page but would be great if all pages appeared the same size - which they do if the PDF file is printed.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Stephen Sefton

Upgrade to PRO is more expensive than just the difference! That is a RIP OFF!!

Used monthly for 2+ years
Reviewed 2018-02-20
Review Source: Capterra

It works on Linux - no other package comes close on Linux and Adobe no longer support Linux.

Pros
What I liked most was I can install it on Linux and given Adobe no longer support Linux PDF Studio is the ONLY app there is to handle PDF's!

Cons
I wanted to upgrade to the PRO version and discovered an upgrade was more expensive that just the difference between standard and pro. I questioned this with Qoppa and was told this was a deliberate decision on their part. This is imho a stupid strategy because I became wholly turned off the company even though I liked the product. It made me, as a customer, feel I was not valued! This bad customer relations. No one else does this! I was willing to pay for an upgrade! I have since dual booted my laptop and have a windows partition and I am using Adobe now.

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Likelihood to recommend: 1/10

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Luca Bergamaschi

Very intresting

Used daily for free trial
Reviewed 2019-12-11
Review Source: Capterra

Pros
Fantastic application. pdf additional use to modify pdf adding writings and underlining. You can find the software at this link: https://www.qoppa.com/pdfstudio/

Cons
at the moment i don't have find nothing bad

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Likelihood to recommend: 9/10

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Anonymous

Best PDF Software Available!

Used weekly for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2019-03-20
Review Source: Capterra

Have used it for more than a year along side Adobe and other software and find our business transitioning to PDF Studio for nearly all our work because of it's simplicity, immediate and capable customer support, and support of all major OS'es, including Linux.

Pros
1. Full OS Compatibility (Linux/Mac/Win- Unlike Adobe). 2. Ease of use (gentle learning curve). 3. Customer Support (Immediate capable help). 4. Features for quick and efficient business use (supports Java, quick image signatures etc). 5. Much better than Adobe and other main-stream alternatives. 6. Each software license allowed for use on 2 computers. 7. Software license can be transferred (in the event of computer sales, etc). 8. Regularly updated.

Cons
1. Takes an email to remove old computers from software license (they may be changing this so the user can change the computer(s) the license key is associated with -in the event of sale, etc.). 2. Nothing else comes to mind...

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Miguel Graterol

Probably the best PDF tool for linux

Used daily for 6-12 months
Reviewed 2018-05-19
Review Source: Capterra

I truly recommend this software to any linux user who need a good PDF software but for reading or edit them, it works solid when PDF converting and it is really god for e signing them.

Pros
It is probably the best PDF program in linux, we use it to edit our pdfs and electronic signing them and both functions are extremely easy to use, they are just one click away. Also it's document conversion is pretty solid and for linux you probably wont find another software that converts pdf as good as this one.

Cons
The free version will add a watermark, which is kind of annoying but I guess necessary for them. Also it would be better if they allowed for more customizing option to it's interface

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Yosimar Martinez

Pay for the full version, you wont get a watermark and its worth it

Used occasionally for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2018-07-25
Review Source: Capterra

Other than the watermark it leaves on the free version and the lack of customization, this is an excellent PDF software, and I can totally recommend it.

Pros
This is a great alternative for someone who needs a good PDF reader, that is fast, allows for pdf editing and most of all that has an electronic signing feature, which is the one I mostly use when sending notes to my patients. It is worth to note that it is extremely easy to use.

Cons
I would really love if this software allowed for more customization of its workspace since its graphic interface its not the best i've seen, also the watermark you get when using the free version is kind of a downer.

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Likelihood to recommend: 9/10

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Luis Enrique Graterol Linares

Best PDF option for linux users

Used occasionally for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2018-07-25
Review Source: Capterra

PDF studio is a must have for any linux user, it works great, is really stable and fast and allows for going almost completely paperless, just pay for the full version so you don't have any issue with watermarks.

Pros
This is the PDF software for any linux users, since it is the only one that fully works in said OS. It has several tools that allow for you to organize better your documents, such as the combine feature, which allows for combining several documents or parts of them into just one pdf.

Cons
The free version has no time limit but you shouldn't get too comfortable with it because it leaves a big watermark on your document if you try to edit it.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Jamie Ochs

Intuitive and comfortable

Reviewed 2018-02-17
Review Source: Capterra

Linux compatibility, not Adobe. Nothing against Adobe, but I don't need to spend that much money and go through the licensing nightmare for just a few occasional edits.

Pros
Smooth transition from Acrobat, same functionality. Installation on Linux was trouble-free, was running OCR on a document within about 30 seconds.

Cons
Have not found any negatives so far. Honestly, the only negative that I can see is that it is not free. Libre Office is open source and is every bit as powerful as MS Office

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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PDF Studio pricing

Starting from
$89
Pricing options
Free trial

Prices dependant on number of documents.

PDF Studio features

Full Text Search
Digital Signature
Watermarking
Print Management
Forms Management
Document Storage

Additional information for PDF Studio

Key features of PDF Studio

  • PDF Reader
  • Convert to PDF
  • Merge / Append
  • Annotations
  • Encryption
  • Email Management
  • Optical Character Recognition
  • File Type Conversion
  • Electronic Signature
  • Scanning & Imaging

Benefits

- Works on Windows, Mac, & Linux. Each user license can be used on 2 machines of any OS.
- Fully compliant with the Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) Specifications
- User friendly design makes PDF creation, markup, and editing easier