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Overview

PDFelement is smart, easy to use, functional, and comprehensive. It provides a great user experience and is an excellent...

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Adobe Acrobat is PDF editing software that can be used to create, convert and share PDF documents. It can convert documents...

  • Platforms supported
  • Web-based
  • iPhone app
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  • Freelancers
  • Small businesses
  • Mid size businesses
  • Large enterprises
  • Customer support
  • Phone
  • Online
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  • Video tutorials
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  • Typical customers
  • Freelancers
  • Small businesses
  • Mid size businesses
  • Large enterprises
  • Customer support
  • Phone
  • Online
  • Knowledge base
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Pricing

Starting from

79.99

Per year

  • Free trial available
  • Credit cardless trial
  • Free account
  • Subscription based

Starting from

22.19

Per month

  • Free trial available
  • Credit cardless trial
  • Free account
  • Subscription based

User reviews

4.4

421

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91%
would recommend this app

4.7

2.3K

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98%
would recommend this app

Pros

I love the ease with which I can take apart PDFs, redesign, and put them back together. It is intuitive to use, and I've enjoyed playing with the features.
It helps me create fillable surveys for clients and students that makes it easy for everyone. I am pleased with the software.
PDFElement is my favorite PDF reader and I recommend it for all types of users, from the most basic to the most advanced.

Pros

The integration with other Adobe apps like InDesign. Best PDF editing features that enable me to edit a PDF file in any way I like and convert it in any format and back to PDF format as I'm pleased.
My favorite and most used feature is its seamless integration for the Adobe creative package which also includes photoshop, indesign, and illustrator.
The ability to share documents and have all edits and comments saved right in the document with information on who made them provides accountability and streamlined communication.

Cons

I opened and tried to work with ONE document and the program infected every other PDF on my computer, rendering all useless as they would not open in ADOBE or WORD once I had deleted the program.
Stability problems dealing with larger pdfs, started getting worse when version 7 launched and the developer decided they needed more revenue. We will probably not be buying the upgrade.
Having to purchase 2 separate licenses is costly and one license should permit at least 2 systems or 2 systems of differing platforms. Customer support/communications: non-existinet.

Cons

It's a little difficult to go back and forth between these functions. There are certain problems with text scanning that cause some characters to be misinterpreted.
Horrible customer service, difficultnti work with HP printing software. It is also not in real time.
Adding comments can be a struggle. I end up spending too much time while at it.
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Key features

  • Total features49
  • API
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Tracking
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Annotations
  • Archiving & Retention
  • Audit Trail
  • Authentication
  • Batch Processing
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Commenting/Notes
  • Communication Management
  • Compression
  • Contract Drafting
  • Contract/License Management
  • Convert to PDF
  • Customizable Branding
  • Customizable Fields
  • Customizable Forms
  • Customizable Templates
  • Data Capture and Transfer
  • Data Extraction
  • Data Import/Export
  • Delete Pages
  • Digital Signature
  • Document Automation
  • Document Capture
  • Document Classification
  • Document Conversion
  • Document Generation
  • Document Imaging
  • Document Management
  • Document Review
  • Document Storage
  • Document Templates
  • Drag & Drop
  • Electronic Signature
  • Encryption
  • File Conversion
  • File Management
  • File Sharing
  • File Transfer
  • For Legal Professionals
  • Forms Management
  • Full Text Search
  • Image Editing
  • Image Pre-processing
  • Merge/Append Files
  • Mobile Access
  • Multiple Format Support
  • Multiple Output Formats
  • Notes Management
  • Offline Access
  • Optical Character Recognition
  • PDF Conversion
  • PDF Reader
  • Pre-built Templates
  • Presentation Tools
  • Productivity Tools
  • Real-Time Notifications
  • Rearrange Pages
  • Role-Based Permissions
  • Rotate Pages
  • SSL Security
  • Search/Filter
  • Secure Data Storage
  • Side-by-Side Comparison
  • Tagging
  • Task Progress Tracking
  • Template Management
  • Text Editing
  • Text Extraction
  • Third-Party Integrations
  • User Management
  • Version Control
  • Watermarking
  • Workflow Management
  • Zone Selection Tool
  • Total features64
  • API
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Tracking
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Annotations
  • Archiving & Retention
  • Audit Trail
  • Authentication
  • Batch Processing
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Commenting/Notes
  • Communication Management
  • Compression
  • Contract Drafting
  • Contract/License Management
  • Convert to PDF
  • Customizable Branding
  • Customizable Fields
  • Customizable Forms
  • Customizable Templates
  • Data Capture and Transfer
  • Data Extraction
  • Data Import/Export
  • Delete Pages
  • Digital Signature
  • Document Automation
  • Document Capture
  • Document Classification
  • Document Conversion
  • Document Generation
  • Document Imaging
  • Document Management
  • Document Review
  • Document Storage
  • Document Templates
  • Drag & Drop
  • Electronic Signature
  • Encryption
  • File Conversion
  • File Management
  • File Sharing
  • File Transfer
  • For Legal Professionals
  • Forms Management
  • Full Text Search
  • Image Editing
  • Image Pre-processing
  • Merge/Append Files
  • Mobile Access
  • Multiple Format Support
  • Multiple Output Formats
  • Notes Management
  • Offline Access
  • Optical Character Recognition
  • PDF Conversion
  • PDF Reader
  • Pre-built Templates
  • Presentation Tools
  • Productivity Tools
  • Real-Time Notifications
  • Rearrange Pages
  • Role-Based Permissions
  • Rotate Pages
  • SSL Security
  • Search/Filter
  • Secure Data Storage
  • Side-by-Side Comparison
  • Tagging
  • Task Progress Tracking
  • Template Management
  • Text Editing
  • Text Extraction
  • Third-Party Integrations
  • User Management
  • Version Control
  • Watermarking
  • Workflow Management
  • Zone Selection Tool

Integrations

  • Total integrations2
  • Asana
  • Box
  • Dropbox Business
  • GitHub
  • Gmail
  • Google Calendar
  • Google Drive
  • Google Workspace
  • Jira
  • Microsoft 365
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft SharePoint
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Okta
  • OneDrive
  • Salesforce Sales Cloud
  • Slack
  • Trello
  • Zapier
  • Total integrations12
  • Asana
  • Box
  • Dropbox Business
  • GitHub
  • Gmail
  • Google Calendar
  • Google Drive
  • Google Workspace
  • Jira
  • Microsoft 365
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft SharePoint
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Okta
  • OneDrive
  • Salesforce Sales Cloud
  • Slack
  • Trello
  • Zapier

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Matthew H.

Architecture & Planning, 1-10 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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PDFelement

Overall, PDFelement has worked very will for me, as an inexpensive substitute for Adobe Acrobat.

Reviewed 6 years ago

Saving cost versus Adobe Acrobat, the industry standard.

Pros

Cost is the primary reason for using PDF element, versus other options. It does reasonably well at combining & editing files.

Cons

It is still somewhat buggy, and does not always work intuitively. The most annoying bug is that despite setting the default text size & color, it will not automatically use that default. I prefer a red color font for adding text. However, it always wants to use black, forcing me to edit the color afterwards.

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Ahmad K.

Construction, 51-200 employees

Used daily for 1-2 years

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  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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Reviewed a year ago

PDFelement is a good software but I prefer Adobe Acrobat

Pros

PDFelement is a good PDF editor and reader, with many helpful features that anyone can use easily.

Cons

This software is not as good as Adobe, the quality of the OCR results is not high enough and you must have a good scanned document to use the OCR, and converting to word or excel doesn't give high results.

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Claudio P.

Photography, self-employed

Used weekly for 1-2 years

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  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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PDFelement

Reviewed 4 years ago
Pros

The capability to edit the pdf files without using Adobe Acrobat

Cons

I didn't like it's not easy to work on a document when you have many overlapped object like text boxes.

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Christian N.

Publishing, 51-200 employees

Used daily for 6-12 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Affordable and best alternative to an expensive Adobe Acrobat

Reviewed 2 years ago
Pros

Intuitive user interface and no learning curve if your familiar with Adobe Acrobat. PDF editing feature is easier that that of Adobe Acrobat. The mobile application is not as heavy as Abobe's, loading faster.

Cons

The signature feature is not as sophisticated and advanced as the competition. PDFElement is still highly priced and their free applications that can provide most of the features even if they are not all features.

Vendor response

Hi Christian. Thanks for your comprehensive review regarding PDFelement. If it is possible, would you please provide us with some similar examples showing the signature feature you want to achieve or customize? You may drop an email with more details at customer_service@wondershare.com, then our product team can improve it in a more targeted manner. Thanks a lot for your time and patience!

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eric l.

Construction, 1-10 employees

Used monthly for 6-12 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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PDF element is a great tool.

Reviewed 5 years ago
Pros

An excellent alternative to Adobe Acrobat Pro and a much more economical solution.

Cons

There's a bit of a learning curve if you're used to Acrobat but nothing insurmountable.

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Tsunghan Y.

Mechanical or Industrial Engineering, 10,001+ employees

Used daily for less than 6 months

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  • Features
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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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やや高いが永久ライセンスなので気にしない

Reviewed 2 years ago

Adobe acrobatの代替品としては文句なし。

Pros

Adobe acrobatとほぼ同等な機能を有しながら、価額が安い。さらに永久ライセンスのため、ライセンス更新が必要ない。コストパフォーマンスがいい。

Cons

有料であること。簡単な閲覧、結合、分離、アクセス権管理機能だけなら、無料ソフトウェアでもできる。それと比べたら価額面で負けている。またファイル変換時にたまに文章のズレなどが発生する。

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Retail,

Used other for 6-12 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend3/10

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I finally gave up and bought a license for Adobe Acrobat.

Reviewed 6 years ago
Pros

I initially purchased PDFElement because it was cheaper than Adobe Acrobat and I was trying to save money.

Cons

It's just different than Adobe Acrobat, and I just wasn't willing to relearn how to use another piece of software in my busy day.

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Ken M.

Law Practice,

Used other for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend3/10

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Not intuitively obvious.

Reviewed 6 years ago

Not sure. Wanted to replace Adobe.

Pros

Alternative to Adobe Acrobat . Seems to have more functionality. More features. More powerful. Thus review is taking too long.

Cons

Confusing. Not sure how to use as replacement. Requires frequent update. Features seem great but not sure how to use effectively.

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Asebi B.

Mining & Metals, 1,001-5,000 employees

Used weekly for 1-2 years

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Worth the Value!

Reviewed 8 months ago
Pros

The product is easy to use with a clean and intuitive interface. The editing capabilities are a breeze to use compared to other more expensive PDF software on the market. I like the form creating and editing capabilities as well. The accompanying mobile apps make it versatile and easily accessible on multiple devices

Cons

Sometimes, there are performance issues, especially when dealing with large files. Lacks some advance PDF functions seen in Adobe Acrobat Pro

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Travis B.

Used daily for 6-12 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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Good program

Reviewed 6 years ago
Pros

It duplicates most of the functionality of Adobe Acrobat at a fraction of the cost. Plus, the user experience is just as easy.

Cons

It didn't have the OCR capabilities that allowed us to edit text. When we tried doing it in Adobe Acrobat, we could. That was the only difference we found between the two.

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Leah M.

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Excellent value for money

Reviewed 6 years ago

Great functionality for the price.

Pros

I like that the developers provide regular updates with fixes and improvements. This shows their commitment.

Cons

I still use an old version of Adobe Acrobat to deskew documents which are not straight. As far as I'm aware PDFelement can't do that.

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Eva K.

Religious Institutions, 201-500 employees

Used daily for less than 6 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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PDFelement an affordable alternative to Adobe Acrobat

Reviewed 4 years ago

Adobe Acrobat stopped updating because it was not optimized for my new Mac operating system when I updated it. So I went to update it and the price 1) had gone up significantly and 2) they are trying to lock you into a monthly subscription. I was absolutely NOT interested. So I looked at PDF editor alternatives and came across PDFelement. It has been a great option for me. I create a lot of PDF forms and have to edit old documents. I am grateful to have found this product.

Pros

Affordable options for either subscription or license. Compatible with Mac. Professional options for more advanced editing of documents. Team options and ability to purchase for 20+ users.

Cons

There is a small learning curve if you are used to using Adobe Acrobat for so long. But it is a very small curve. No notable cons.

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Jeff B.

Used daily for 1-2 years

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My experience has been mostly positive, but there are a few annoying things with the software

Reviewed 6 years ago
Pros

It's affordably priced and a much better value for the money than Adobe Acrobat. Converting a document to Word format is simple. Excel conversion needs improvement.

Cons

I don't like that it always defaults to color printing, Every time it updates to a new version, Windows 10 reverts to making Edge the default app for pdf documents. Converting a document to Excel is far more complicated than it needs to be. It's very difficult to convert to Excel and keep the columnar format. The interface for editing a document seems very unintuitive to me.

Vendor response

Hey Jeff, Thank you for your feedback! Apologies for the printer issues - we've received a few similar reports and are looking into it so hopefully it'll be resolved soon. I've also experienced the same difficulty in getting Windows 10 to retain the apps I set as default. I read a bit into it and it seems as though it's not a problem restricted to PDFelement! Best, Rebecca

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Tolu A.

Marketing and Advertising, 1-10 employees

Used weekly for 1-2 years

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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A cheaper and Good Alternative to Adobe

Reviewed 3 years ago

Overall, am impressed with this software. It is a solid alternative to Adobe Acrobat. I have had no need for Adobe since I got the license. I really do not like using it as a reader though, I still prefer the adobe reader. But for any pdf editing task, it has worked perfectly fine for me.

Pros

Easily edit text and tables in pdf documents OCR function is really amazing. I did try it for an old book I had and I could easily edit the scanned pdf fast and easy. Easily convert my pdf documents to ppt or word or even jpg files I can merge and combine documents easily I can easily make clean and clear annotations using pdfelement Most importantly I can easily encrypt and protect my files and the batch encrypt features makes it easier to achieve this if you have a lot of d The interface is simple and intuitive. You can easily find your way around all the features without needing any special tutorials.

Cons

No monthly payment, you need to get the 6months plan or the 1 year plan Can't fill out forms on an ios

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瞳 柏.

Automotive, 10,001+ employees

Used daily for 1-2 years

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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コスパの良いPDF総合管理ソフト

Reviewed a year ago

永久ライセンスがあるため、導入コストがadobe acrobatより少ない。機能も基本acrobatと同じなので、代替品としては申し分がない。また自分の感覚だが、ユーザーインターフェースがacrobatより見やすくて使いやすい。

Pros

Adobe Acrobatが持っている機能は基本全部搭載している。その上、acrobatにない、PDFelement独自の機能がある。例えば、ライン/段落編集モードはPDFelement でしか利用できない。それ以外、一番良いのは、やはりacrobatより安いこと。

Cons

多機能の故、仕方がないと思うが、PDFの起動がやや遅い。またOCRに関しては、日本語文書をPDFに変換する際に文字化けがたまに発生する。認識精度をさらに改善してほしい。

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Internet, 11-50 employees

Used monthly for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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Un software affidabile ed economico per l'editing PDF

Reviewed a year ago

PDFelement è un software ottimo ed economico per l'editing PDF e lo consiglio caldamente a tutti gli utenti. In azienda l'abbiamo preso seriamente in considerazione per usarlo ma poi abbiamo ripiegato su Adobe creative cloud che ha all'interno del suo pacchetto Adobe Acrobat oltre ad altri software che usiamo quotidianamente.

Pros

PDFelement è un ottimo software e mette a disposizione dell'utente tutte le principali funzioni per l'editing PDF oltre a essere abbastanza economico se paragonato ai prodotti concorrenti. PDFelement è un software veloce e affidabile per l'editing PDF e permette all'utente di creare o modificare un file PDF, di convertire facilmente dei file in PDF o in altri svariati formati, di estrarre dal PDF testi e immagini, di ottimizzare le dimensioni dei file, di creare moduli compilabili, di apporre firme su documenti e tante altre cose.

Cons

Non ho trovato niente da segnalare tranne il fatto che l'assistenza clienti è veramente scandalosa. Se non si è connessi a internet non funziona.

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Dale C.

Utilities, 1,001-5,000 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Great Alternative to Adobe PDF

Reviewed 3 years ago

We use it every day to edit and modify PDF files. It's fast and it adheres to most drag and drop movements. However, if multiple PDF files needs to be combined, it needs to be done one by one.

Pros

This is a great piece of software that is an awesome substitution for Adobe Acrobat. It works well and the compression is nice, but it is not that lossless. It works, but it does downscale some graphics.

Cons

The licensing model really needs to be improved. There is a charge for every upgrade, although at the time of purchase, nothing like this was mentioned. Being that there are lots of licenses that were involved, this upgrade fee would be quite expensive.

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Russell W.

Used other for 6-12 months

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Easy to use...works well on both Windows and Mac computers

Reviewed 6 years ago
Pros

Get's the job done. Able to create PDF's and more importantly, edit PDF's. Installation was very easy to do, and program updates itself automatically, which is a big plus.

Cons

Interface is not as clean/streamlined as it could be. Some functions, such as combining multiple PDF's into one "master" PDF is not easy to do. Adobe Acrobat Pro is actually easier to use for this particular function.

Vendor response

Hey Russell, Thank you for your feedback! What would you suggest to make the "Combine" feature easier for users? Best, Rebecca

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Jeff C.

Construction, 1-10 employees

Used daily for less than 6 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Excellent PDF Software. Way better than Adobe Acrobat Pro and way cheaper, too! Highly recommend!

Reviewed 6 years ago

We dropped our monthly Adobe software subscription and wanted just Acrobat Pro. Way too expensive. Saved a tremendous amount of money by going with Element, and the extra benefit was this is a superior piece of software.

Pros

Great features. Excellent for all types of document management. Fast on tasks like combine and create PDFs. Easy page navigation and management. Overall just an excellent piece of software.

Cons

The Add Text feature is a little lame. Having to click on it each time to add text seems underdeveloped. This could be greatly improved. Click on it one time and it should be activated for as long as you are adding text to a document. Also, at times I experience weird font issues where it will change fonts or change bold/regular while editing text. I think overall the graphic design/text management could be improved upon. It's not bad, it's just that it could be way better.

Vendor response

Hey Jeff, Thanks for the suggestion on the "Add Text" feature, I totally agree with you! Best, Rebecca

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Jen P.

Religious Institutions, 51-200 employees

Used daily for less than 6 months

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Don't waste your money

Reviewed 4 years ago

Overall you get more bang for your buck with Adobe Acrobat. Adobe has community support as well as individual support and is widely accepted across many platforms. The forms I created in PDF Element did not open properly in other softwares so the forms could not be filled out. This company is a sham. Don't waste your money

Pros

If I was going to say something positive about this software it would be that it was easy to learn. The interface is self explanatory and it only took me fiddling around with it a few times to get what I wanted.

Cons

Poor customer service. I needed help on a form so submitted a ticket. They only respond at 2am so it was a few days of going back and forth to then finally get the answer that their program is not compatible with landscape pages, only portrait. This was a deal breaker for me. I submitted a ticket for a refund and my account was immediately deactivated but I never received the refund.

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Brian L.

Arts and Crafts, self-employed

Used daily for less than 6 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Transitioning from Acrobat was easier than expected

Reviewed 6 years ago

I didn't get to be robbed by Adobe for their software. Upon renting another current Adobe product, that application uninstalled my paid version Acrobat Pro. This is a very underhanded tactic to get users to purchase/lease new software. With WonderShare I get nearly immediate response to any problems I might have. I get a well developed software that has never crashed (can't say that about Acrobat) and once it was paid for, it was freely my own. This is a great product and I will continue to recommend it.

Pros

Everything that I look for in Acrobat without the ridiculous price or rental fees. It's fast and efficient and well thought out. Some of the layout could use tweaking but everything takes time and I'm very satisfied with how it works.

Cons

There are a couple glitches that can be frustrating. Although the software is updated regularly, upon each update/upgrade it loses its file association to PDFs. When printing from an application to PDF, very often if PDF Element is not open the print does not complete although the application does open. Obviously you can print a second time, but it is something to take note of. I keep a desktop folder of PDF files that gets updated daily and when using PDF Element is opened it defaults only to the desktop and not the same folder. There doesn't appear to be a setting for this default. And the biggest con for me that is the most annoying is that it does not support WIA or TWAIN and you cannot scan directly into the application to PDF like you would normally do with Acrobat.

Vendor response

Hey Brian, Glad to hear that you had an easy transition! Thank you for your detailed notes on printing PDFs. I've reported it to the developers who will take a look. Best, Rebecca

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I recomment PDFElement

Reviewed 3 years ago
Pros

I use PDFelement to work with PDF files - and I much prefer it to Adobe Acrobat. PDFElement is feature-rich and generally easy to use. I did have one problem with an upgrade - issues with installation. But customer support was able to get me sorted out.

Cons

Not much, actually. I find the product easy to use, and I'm happy with it!

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Craig A.

Entertainment, self-employed

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Great! Never really had an issue and it does most of what I need it to do.

Reviewed 6 years ago

Increased productivity, excellent PDF compression and print ready documents

Pros

Easy of use, nice GUI, keeps up to date. It does everything that I need it to do, except for a couple of things. The footprint is also much smaller that the competitors. The software is lightweight and highly functional.

Cons

None really. Just missing 2 features that I would love to see, both of which Adobe Acrobat has. 1) Ability to save a website to PDF 2) Ability to remove hidden or cropped info Even without these two options, it's still a great piece of software.

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Henk T.

E-Learning, 51-200 employees

Used daily for 6-12 months

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Great product

Reviewed 5 years ago

We can easily convert PDF documents to picture formats for social media posts and the main advantage of this tool is that we can edit and combine any type of PDF and export to all the most popular formats.

Pros

Great alternative to products such as Adobe Acrobat. More flexibility in terms of licensing in that you can buy a perpetual license and month to month licensing is also way more cost effective for a medium size enterprise. User interface is easy to navigate and I can perform all the functions required to manage PDF documents.

Cons

The teams management portal can do with a revamp. It is not that easy to assign and move team members

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Thank you so much for your amazing feedback! :) We do try our best to offer the best support we can, then try improve on it more. Let us know if you need any help! We are here for you.

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christophe m.

Aviation & Aerospace, 11-50 employees

Used daily for 1-2 years

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PDF vs Acrobat

Reviewed 5 years ago
Pros

It is an easy to use soft to replace Acrobat expensive solution

Cons

Ability to change PDF inside by adding text and images