The PDF Chef Pricing, Features, Reviews & Comparison of Alternatives

The PDF Chef Reviews

The PDF Chef

Design, Publishing and Social Sharing Without The Designer Price Tag

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The PDF Chef Overview

The PDF Chef is a unique Cloud-based document creation tool that allows users, without design skills or DTP software experience, to easily create professional looking collateral, brochures and newsletters for traditional printing or e-distribution in the global standard Portable Document Format (PDF).

This is not a template-only site, nor a competitor to high-end DTP packages such as Adobe InDesign and Quark Xpress, but a unique and complete end-to-end solution that doesn’t require the purchase of any other software nor subscriptions to any other service - and one that massively reduces the costs associated with the use of a traditional designer.

It not only presents business owners with the functionality that suits their document design needs but also automates a large number of processes that ordinarily require user interaction in traditional desktop publishing software – such as document bleed, image cropping, image resolution and formatting, colour usage and so on.

Automating these technical processes reduces a huge barrier to design entry meaning The PDF Chef should make a designer out of anybody.

The PDF Chef also comes complete with an image library of 23,000 images, provided by our partner Fotolia, and an intelligent image editor. Templates are available for users to select and unlike all other template services these can be comprehensively edited and then saved as a different template.

The benefits of this feature-rich application extend beyond design with the provision of functionality that allows a user to publish and socially share across multiple social platforms.

The PDF Chef Screenshots (5)

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Intended Users
Freelancers, Non Profits, Public Administrations, Small Business
Devices Supported
Mac, Windows, Web-based
Supported Countries
Asia, Australia, Canada, China, Europe, Germany, India, Japan, Latin America, Middle-East and Africa, United Kingdom, United States
Supported Languages
Support Options
FAQs, Knowledge Base, Online Support, Phone Support, Video Tutorials

The PDF Chef Pricing

Pricing model: Freemium, Subscription
Free Trial: Available (No Credit Card required)

The PDF Chef is now in full commercial beta all the premium features are FREE to use.

Based on user feedback we will set a subscription which will most likely start at around $9 per month, early adopters will be given extended FREE use.

Competitors Pricing

Zoho ShowTime

Pricing model: Freemium
Free Trial: Available (No Credit Card required)

Pricing model: Subscription
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Zoho Social

Starting from: $10.00/month
Pricing model: Freemium, Subscription
Free Trial: Available (No Credit Card required)

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Key Features of The PDF Chef

  • Pre-designed and fully editable templates
  • Simple to learn user interface
  • Output to tablet, smartphones and ipod
  • Access to Image library of 13 million stock images
  • Custom template builder
  • Save Corporate style sheet
  • Upload external images and text
  • Font metrics
  • Save your custom templates for future use
  • Intelligent fit to box font rules
  • Editable documents for repeat use
  • Font upload
  • Crop and edit images
  • Step by step workflow
  • Upload and share your PDFs
  • Word count
  • Socially share across LinkedIn, Twitter, Google+ and Twitter
  • Picture sizing
  • Create your own Company Page


- Produce stunning professional documents in minutes
- Makes perfect infographics
- The PDF Chef will make a designer out of anyone
- Save $000s by cutting out all professional design costs
- Makes experimenting with new ideas a viable, affordable activity
- Create stunning documents for tablet, smartphone and iPod display
- Promote your documents by showcasing them on your public page
- Socially share

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  • · Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, Instagram and Youtube
  • · Monitor 4.8 million social, online data sources
  • · Real-time content performance analysis
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  • · Social Network Marketing
  • · Social Media Metrics
  • · Multi-Channel Marketing
  • · Automated Scheduling
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The PDF Chef Reviews & Ratings

User ratings


Rating summary

Overall rating
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Cool App.

29th of June, 2013

Robert Goldstein
Like the PDF upload and ease of posting to my Facebook account. Design tool is easy to use as well.

Pros: Easy to use. PDF upload. Social sharing.

Cons: Not sure if they are going to charge and how much

I like this

19th of October, 2012

Gary McMahon
I am not a great designer, but my business needs a newsletter and brochures. This is very easy to use and cheaper than my monthly InDesign cost. Very cool.

Great find

9th of October, 2012

Heard about the PDF Chef and have found it to be perfect for creating documents for my small business, excellent results, thanks

At last I can design my own documents easily

8th of October, 2012

Janice Newlove
Saw this at the weekend. I have been looking for a while for something that will enable me to design documents simply and doing it online is an additional benefit. This is really easy to use and I love the fact I could create my own template and experiment with ideas. I also think the picture editor is very clever. One of the best features was it automatically created my PDF for both my printer and to send via email without me having to make any changes to settings. This is a great web tool. Well done for finding this getapp!