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Overview

The brand-new Soda PDF Online offers web-based PDF tools you can use on any device, including desktop, laptop, smartphone,...

Adobe Acrobat Reader DC is a cloud-based software designed to help businesses view, sign, and annotate PDF documents from...

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

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Pricing

Starting from

7.97

Per month

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

Starting from

1.95

Per month

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

User reviews

3.6

224

5

4

3

2

1

81

62

26

12

43

  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
60%
would recommend this app

5

4

3

2

1

7.2K

2.5K

446

39

19

  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
98%
would recommend this app

Pros

I encounter great support team that really helps you when you got an issue. Soda PDF functionalities are great, when it comes to documents, create or edit I use this app because is fast and reliable.
It is very nice software, especially for the money, and suited my needs for this perfectly.
Trial version for starting and test the software is very good. Functionality is great for the job.

Pros

Super easy editing functions and simple design structure makes it one of a kind. Having the app made it super easy to scan stuff in and convert it to a PDF for work.
It has great editing features and the printing quality features are superb. It also has an option to save as pdf file if you are printing any word/browser files into pdf.
It loads fast and let's me print and save with ease. Very important tool for my buiensess to help me view invoices and contracts.

Cons

You would think after over 2 years of customers complaining regarding the poor customer service experience, they would have fixed it by now.
Logged a complaint because its not working and nobody even got back to me.
There are no pros to this program - 100% the worst program I have ever used.

Cons

Doesn’t always function if I’m not the administrator and I can hardly understand the verbiage or wording of it. It’s annoying to use and hate using software that require Abode.
Another problem we have is when the product files get corrupted (and we don't know why).
Many features are not available without upgrading to more expensive versions - my biggest complaint is the lack of editing available in this version.
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Key features

  • Total features28
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Annotations
  • Archiving & Retention
  • Authentication
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Commenting/Notes
  • Communication Management
  • Convert to PDF
  • Customizable Fields
  • Customizable Forms
  • Data Import/Export
  • Delete Pages
  • Digital Signature
  • Document Capture
  • Document Classification
  • Document Generation
  • Document Management
  • Document Review
  • Document Storage
  • Drag & Drop
  • Electronic Signature
  • Encryption
  • File Conversion
  • File Recovery
  • File Sharing
  • File Transfer
  • Forms Management
  • Full Text Search
  • Image Editing
  • Indexing
  • Merge/Append Files
  • Mobile Access
  • Offline Access
  • Optical Character Recognition
  • PDF Conversion
  • PDF Reader
  • Rearrange Pages
  • Rotate Pages
  • Secure Data Storage
  • Text Editing
  • Third-Party Integrations
  • Watermarking
  • Total features22
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Annotations
  • Archiving & Retention
  • Authentication
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Commenting/Notes
  • Communication Management
  • Convert to PDF
  • Customizable Fields
  • Customizable Forms
  • Data Import/Export
  • Delete Pages
  • Digital Signature
  • Document Capture
  • Document Classification
  • Document Generation
  • Document Management
  • Document Review
  • Document Storage
  • Drag & Drop
  • Electronic Signature
  • Encryption
  • File Conversion
  • File Recovery
  • File Sharing
  • File Transfer
  • Forms Management
  • Full Text Search
  • Image Editing
  • Indexing
  • Merge/Append Files
  • Mobile Access
  • Offline Access
  • Optical Character Recognition
  • PDF Conversion
  • PDF Reader
  • Rearrange Pages
  • Rotate Pages
  • Secure Data Storage
  • Text Editing
  • Third-Party Integrations
  • Watermarking

Integrations

  • Total integrations5
  • Dropbox Business
  • Gmail
  • Google Calendar
  • Google Drive
  • Mailchimp
  • Microsoft 365
  • Microsoft Azure
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • NetSuite
  • PayPal
  • QuickBooks Online
  • QuickBooks Online Advanced
  • Salesforce Sales Cloud
  • Shopify
  • Slack
  • Stripe
  • WooCommerce
  • Xero
  • Zapier
  • Total integrations20
  • Dropbox Business
  • Gmail
  • Google Calendar
  • Google Drive
  • Mailchimp
  • Microsoft 365
  • Microsoft Azure
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • NetSuite
  • PayPal
  • QuickBooks Online
  • QuickBooks Online Advanced
  • Salesforce Sales Cloud
  • Shopify
  • Slack
  • Stripe
  • WooCommerce
  • Xero
  • Zapier

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Dennis A D.

Information Technology and Services, self-employed

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Danger Wil Robinson Danger

Reviewed 5 years ago
Pros

Seems like a decent low cost replacement for Adobe Acrobat

Cons

Watch the installation routine, it is a trap. You cannot install the program without approving "Block dangerous and phishing scams" and "Stop websites from tracking you online". It is very suspicious that these cannot be unchecked. Not convinced yet? Read the light grey policy text: "By selecting 'Install Adware Web Companion', I agree to install Adaware Web Companion, set my homepage, new tabs and default search engine to Bing or capatible web browsers, and consent to its End User License Agreement and privacy policy." Make this product more of a scam rather than a product.

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Thank you for your feedback. We will forward it to our Marketing department. Just to let you know there is an option to skip the installation of Web Companion. We will make the request to make it more obvious how to skip this installation.

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Pamela C.

Outsourcing/Offshoring, 11-50 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Soda PDF

Good substitute for Adobe Acrobat

Reviewed 5 years ago

Overall it's a good product.

Pros

Soda PDF has many good features and is easy to use. I like that we have an option to pay one price versus a monthly subscription.

Cons

Redaction. There is not an option to change the color of the redaction like I can in Adobe Acrobat.

Vendor response

Thanks for the the review. I will forward your feedback regarding the redaction feature to our Development Team.

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Used daily for 6-12 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Soda PDF

SODA PDF is sell designed and easy to use. One of the best PDF programs available incthe market.

Reviewed 6 years ago

Creating And editing pdfs is easy with this program. If you are looking for an alternative to adobe reader this is a perfect candidate.

Pros

Soda PDF os a jack of all trades. Its contains all the tools you need in reading, creating and editing PDFs. It is well integrated into programs we use daily like the microsoft office 365. Creating a pdf is as easy as printing your document as pdf.

Cons

The initial 30 day trial would not be enough for your needs. Purchase is necessary but there is nothing that you would not like about this program.

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Alekhya H.

Hospital & Health Care, 501-1,000 employees

Used weekly for 6-12 months

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  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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Soda PDF

Fast pdf editor

Reviewed a year ago

Overall, this one of the good pdf apps there is the market. I used to use pdf reader by Adobe it has too many annoying features. So I shifted to soda and kaagaz which is very helpful lately

Pros

The watermark feature is free which is mostly paid in other pdf services. Their user interface is soo cool and very easy to use

Cons

Their customer support can be improved. They can also improve some features

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Ken E.

Computer Software, self-employed

Used daily for 1-2 years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Soda PDF

FREE functionality is very good!

Reviewed 7 years ago

It gave me the capability to transmit PDF files that are password protected. Also, it provided a PDF print device.

Pros

I needed software to allow me to protect PDF files to prevent opening by an unintended party. I was able to add just the security module . It is also a plus that it includes a PDF print device, especially since I am still using Windows 7.

Cons

Actually there are a few things. 1) It does not remember the directory used for new output files. 2) Highlighting is not included with the FREE functionality. It is with Acrobat Reader. 3) The first time output is directed to the PDF printer, the software is very slow to load.

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David R.

Financial Services, 10,001+ employees

Used weekly for 1-2 years

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  • Ease of use
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  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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Soda PDF

A good alternative to adobe acrobat

Reviewed a year ago

soda PDF has very practical functions such as create Pdf files from URL or any format, I can handle various electronic signatures and extract texts from scanned documents as well as recognize texts from image. Soda PDF can be used in many ways in the desktop version and in the online version.

Pros

I like Soda Pdf because it is a cheap alternative Adobe acrobat reader you have almost the same works you can review and edit a document delete and highlight paragraphs, it is a very practical software to use I like that I can merge various types of files such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint and other PDFs, I can rearrange the order of the pages today create PDF files from scratch. I have used your online version and it is easy to use the files load fast I can add edit text insert images password protect a file make forms among other functions.

Cons

A negative point of Soda Pdf is that the mobile version does not include all the tools of the desktop version and the online version is therefore very limited when you want to create or edit a document. Another downside is when working with multi-page documents and wanting to convert to another format the desktop version is a bit slow and sometimes, I have had to restart the software as it got stuck.

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Diane R.

Information Technology and Services, self-employed

Used daily for less than 6 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend5/10

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Soda PDF

Doesn't work as promised and customer support sucks

Reviewed 3 years ago

SodaPDF worked fine when I first installed it, but after one of the updates, I was no longer able to scan documents or connect to the internet to update the software. I sent support an email - that's the only way to contact them. It took 2-3 days to get an email response requesting more details. I answered their questions, and again, it took 2-3 days to get a response back. At that point, support indicated...

Pros

When it worked correctly, I liked the scanning and password protection features the most.

Cons

SodaPDF automatically sets up SodaPDF as the default PDF reader. That would be ok except that SodaPDF takes longer to load and is inferior to Adobe's reader.

Vendor response

Hello Diane, Thank you for sharing your experience. Please be sure your feedback is forwarded to the corresponding department. As our support agent mentioned the scanner issue has been flagged to the team in charge and is currently being investigated. Till the issue with Soda PDF 12 is resolved you can use the 11th version to to create files from your scanner.

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TAYLOR C.

Oil & Energy, 1,001-5,000 employees

Used other for less than 6 months

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Soda PDF

Terrible Business

Reviewed 3 years ago

Awful. Will not recommend to anyone. And highly suggest to steer clear.

Pros

There wasn't anything impressive about the software or company.

Cons

It's mediocre at best. Stick with Adobe.

Vendor response

Hello Taylor, Thank you for sharing your feedback. I am very sorry you feel this way about our software. I would be very grateful if you could let us know what exactly you did not like about Soda PDF.

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Dakota F.

Real Estate, 1-10 employees

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  • Likelihood to recommend3/10

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Soda PDF

So the PDF is… Just another PDF reader.

Reviewed 2 years ago

Meh… that’s the best word I have for it. It’s basic, simple, detailed as well, has good functionality, but again… It’s literally just like every other PDF software.

Pros

The free trial was neat, the features are great, but again, it’s just like any other PDF reader.

Cons

The fact that it’s paid, makes it annoying, as there are several free softwares doing just as many things with little added inconvenience.

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Ana N.

Retail, 1-10 employees

Used daily for less than 6 months

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Terrible product and shady business practice

Reviewed 2 years ago

Terrible; after learning that, I was duped into thinking I made an outright purchase of the product but, in reality, had signed up for a subscription and no response to my printing issues; I tried to cancel and get a refund based on their advertised 100% money back guarantee. All I have received are emails excusing their deceptive marketing and offering me a discount to keep the product, but they are not honoring their 100% refund guarantee. Do not buy from this company, they are not legit.

Pros

An alternative to Adobe ease of installation

Cons

I use the software to print invoices and shipping labels. The quality of the prints is terrible, so I opened a support ticket but never got a response. I then learned that the "full purchase price" is not an entire purchase but rather a subscription that automatically renews.

Vendor response

Hi Ana, Thank you for sharing that you would like to get a refund because you wanted to get a lifetime license. We will forward your feedback that the subscription information should be clearer to the marketing team. We appreciate the feedback a lot. To get your request processed, please reach out to our support team in the live chat. To open the Chat, please follow the steps below: 1. Open the support page: https://support.sodapdf.com/hc/en-us/ 2. Click on the Support widget in the left bottom corner of the page 3. Type any word and press Enter 4. Then select the Live Chat option at the bottom of the widget

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Krzysztof K.

Real Estate, 11-50 employees

Used weekly for 1-2 years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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I recommend this pdf editor program

Reviewed 2 years ago

I use this program to edit pdf files and while adobe reader is very good to read then Soda pdf is best for editing, it needs a pdf editing and making program like this, Soda has tons of necessary tools to create and make changes to this type In my work, such a program is necessary, pdf is one of the most used files, so it is worth having good tools to edit it.

Pros

What I like the most is that with this program, I am not afraid that I will not be able to do something with the pdf file, Soda allows you to completely edit the file, so you just need to have it and you can do it with pdf.

Cons

Only the price I do not like;) because in Poland we do not earn as much as in Western Europe

Vendor response

Hi Krzysztof, Thank you for taking the time to rate Soda PDF. We are happy to hear you are satisfied with the selection of functions Soda PDF offers. We will make sure to forward your feedback about the price to our marketing team

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Think Tanks, 1-10 employees

Used daily for less than 6 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend2/10

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Soda PDF

SODA PDF Alternative to Adobe PDF

Reviewed 4 years ago

I want to make PDF documents and merge multiple files. I open the app on my desk top, it takes about 10 minutes to load, if it works at all, most of the time I have to end the task. I would not recommend it.

Pros

Price was very affordable, as an alternative to Adobe.

Cons

It takes at least 10 minutes to load. If I had known I would not have bought it.

Vendor response

I am sorry about the bad experience. I would recommend to contact our customer service team, they will be able to assist you with your technical problem.

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Hjalmar B.

Electrical/Electronic Manufacturing, self-employed

Used weekly for less than 6 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend1/10

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First impression was good, seconed unfortunatley not so good.

Reviewed 7 years ago

Since the end result was not satisfying to me, I didn't really get benifits. Maybe future upgrades will make it!

Pros

This pdf reader has a lot of useful features and even implemented a cloud environment, pdf text editing and tabs among the most practical tools.

Cons

Unfortunately the software seems not to be of the finest quality in the deeper layers, so the pdf gets often distorted after editing. The cloud environment, in my eyes is only half usable, because for a smartphone or tablet a in-browser reading is just not enough.

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Higher Education, 5,001-10,000 employees

Used monthly for less than 6 months

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Dishonest automatic renewal

Reviewed 8 months ago

Very tricky (dishonest) automatic renewal for an entire year!!! after the 14 days trial. No email is sent about the renewal, the company takes advantage of having the credit card info.

Pros

Nothing. It is a difficult program to manage, far inferior to Adobe.

Cons

The program is complicated, not user friendly at all and the interface is confusing

Vendor response

Hello, Thanks for sharing that you were charged for the renewal and you feel Soda PDF could be easier to use. We appreciate the feedback and would like to help you properly with the charge. Please contact our support team on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Sodapdf or submit a request here and we will assist you: https://support.sodapdf.com/hc/en-us

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Used monthly for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Soda PDF

Watch out Adobe! Soda is on your heels.

Reviewed 6 years ago

Love! Try it.

Pros

Before I started using InDesign, I had used this free online software to merge large PDF files into a booklet for our Magazine company. It is very fast to compile your data and create professional looking booklets absolutely free. Also, you can use this online without the need to download software.

Cons

Honestly, I do not have any real complaints. You can download this software if you choose and use it as an overall PDF reader and editor.

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Alicia l.

Luxury Goods & Jewelry, self-employed

Used monthly for 6-12 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend6/10

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Affordable PDF Tool

Reviewed 2 years ago

It has an easy-to-use interface and a lot of great features on the paid plan. The free plan is limited in what it offers. Like any other PDF reader.

Pros

I love that it had a free version so that I could test it first to see if it would work for my business needs. I was able to merge and convert my PDFs, and organize and delete pages.

Cons

There are more glitches compared to adobe, but at a slightly cheaper price, you have to take the good with the bad.

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David M.

Management Consulting, 1-10 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend1/10

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They destroyed a great product

Reviewed 3 years ago

They've replaced the desktop version with 360 Pro, and also increased the price substantially.

Pros

This was the best alternative to Acrobat for years. Fully featured and fairly priced, but then they turned it into an online version only (360). Trying to copy Office 360, which is also unappealing to many users.

Cons

Yeah. I'd like them to bring back the desktop version. Why do I need to be online to view and edit PDF documents? And if I'm on a slow connection, then this product is also painfully slow by association. Now I have to search for a competing PDF editor.

Vendor response

Hi David, thank you for letting us know you would like to use the desktop version of Soda PDF and that you don't find the current prices suitable. We will forward your comments on the pricing to the appropriate team. Also, we would like to point out that we still offer desktop versions. Soda PDF 360 packages mean you can use both desktop and online versions while Soda PDF Desktop and Soda PDF Online...

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Patrick W.

Mental Health Care, 1-10 employees

Used monthly for 2+ years

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Not honoring contract

Reviewed a year ago

They just deleted me and my perpetual subscription for the crime of trying to use it. I have been canceled. They do not honor their contracts. Dishonorable.

Pros

I was using soda 9. It was a bit clunky but served my purpose for a lower price than an adobe subscription

Cons

I bought a perpetual use license to use soda 9 forever for one purchase price. They have now changed their pricing structure to a monthly subscription. As I updated my computer I had to download the free version and then convert to my subscription. They (soda) have made it progressively harder to use my bought and paid for perpetual subscription. My hard drive died so I had to download the free...

Vendor response

Hello Patrick, Thank you for letting us know you changed your PC and want to transfer your lifetime license of Soda PDF 9 to your new device. We have sent you an instruction on how to get your Soda PDF 9 on your new device. Please make sure to check your inbox

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Davin C.

Real Estate, 11-50 employees

Used daily for less than 6 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend6/10

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Great Product but Needs Refining

Reviewed 6 years ago

I enjoy the product for it's basic features, but the program could use a little bit more refinement in order to remain competitive to Adobe.

Pros

The price point is good and has many features that work well (ie. merging documents, removing pages etc.)

Cons

I found that the program will often freeze, and cause the PDf to be unusable. This would result in having to restart the program and use the "Repair" function that is built into the program. Unfortunately, I've had to do this several times in the last 2 months. Also, the black friday promotion is a little invasive/annoying as it rolls up your desktop even when the program isn't being used.

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dhruv g.

Information Technology and Services, 51-200 employees

Used daily for less than 6 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Soda PDF

A very good pdf application

Reviewed 7 years ago
Pros

well laid out menu items and easy to use modern interface good pdf converter Many good tools like stamp tool

Cons

epub incompatibility Can't think of any other shortcoming at this time as it is a very good alternative for popular pdd programs like adobe pdf

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Dave K.

Management Consulting, 1-10 employees

Used daily for 6-12 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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Soda PDF

Alternative to Adobe

Reviewed 3 years ago

The ease of use and daily interaction with same is good and allows the company to do what it needs to do with regards to portable document management.

Pros

Soda was selected as an alternative to Adobe based on price and was presently surprised to find what was covered in the base product when comparing.

Cons

The initial set up was tricky as it is linked to an online account and having a second account caused issues.

Vendor response

Hello Dave, Thank you for the feedback. I am glad to hear you like our software. Please be sure we are always working on making our software better.

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Defense & Space, 11-50 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend1/10

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Does not work with Avast Virus Protection

Reviewed 3 years ago

For the first several years of using the program I was satisfied, since this issue with Avast came up about 2 years ago, I have not been able to use Soda and have purchases Adobe PDF.

Pros

Early editions were easy to use pdf generation and editing tools that would occasionally crash, but the ease of use compared to Adobe PDF made Soda a superior option.

Cons

After updating to Soda 12, it became impossible to use the software because Avast recognized the adware within the program as malware. It has been a year going back and forth with Customer Service and though they respond with instructions to remove all references of the program, disable Avast and then reinstall, nothing has worker. I even tried to go back to Soda 8, but still Avast detects the adware and it blocks the program. I cannot recommend this product based on my experience

Vendor response

Hello there, Thank you for letting us know about your experience with our support team. Be kindly informed that the issue with Avast was fixed in the recent updates for version 12. Our highly skilled tech agents will be glad to assist you with the issue via the Live hat and one of our agents will assist you (it's available Monday-Friday 3 am - 5 pm EST). To open the Chat, please follow the steps below: 1. Open the support page: https://support.sodapdf.com/hc/en-us/ 2. Click on the Support widget in the left bottom corner of the page 3. Type any word and press Enter 4. Then select the Live Chat option at the bottom of the widget

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Financial Services, 1-10 employees

Used daily for 1-2 years

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Terribly slow, not easy to set up, regularly asks you to upgrade

Reviewed 3 years ago

Wish you had stuck to the original version without the new release.

Pros

It was initially good because it was easy to use, had all the PDF functionality and quick. Then after 12 months it became terribly slow after version releases. And difficult to set up after I upgraded.

Cons

So horribly slow and painful. I had urgent documents to edit and this was frustrating and stressful. I switched to Adobe PDF Editor and can't believe how much faster it is.

Vendor response

Hello, Thank you for sharing your experience with our software. Thank you for providing your feedback on our newest version. We will certainly look into your case and investigate why the new version was slow. We also want to let you know that our support team is always ready to help you. Please do not hesitate to contact us at https://support.sodapdf.com/hc/ should you have any questions.

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Education Management, 11-50 employees

Used weekly for 6-12 months

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Soda PDF

Complete PDF solution

Reviewed 4 years ago

Excellent. Happily recommend this software to anyone.

Pros

Such a great piece of software. In addition to all the common features of a conventional pdf reader and converter, what I love about Soda PDF, is that it will allow you to edit virtually any pdf document and capture wording from all sorts of documents (even ones which were originally scanned). Really helpful.

Cons

Nothing, I've not yet found a time when it didn't solve the problem at hand. Sometimes I do get a little frustrated by all the pop-ups about the latest version is ready to install (happens a lot!)

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Donna W.

Management Consulting, 51-200 employees

Used daily for less than 6 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend2/10

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Soda PDF

Good Idea - Poorly implemented - LACKS CUSTOMER SERVICE AND PRODUCT INFO

Reviewed 4 years ago

My biggest issue is POOR CUSTOMER SERVICE - POOR PRODUCT DISCRIPTIONS. You would think after over 2 years of customers complaining regarding the poor customer service experience, they would have fixed it by now. I have waited on hold for more than 1/2 an hour then being disconnected. Asking for a order number instead of having a product license ID listed in your Account product information is a...

Pros

The product allows me to manipulate pdf's otherwise blocked from editing - Great when someone creates a form that you need to edit to use. The price was great considering the alternatives. Adobe just got greedy.

Cons

Going from Free to Premium it often wants me to purchase more for a feature that Premium already should have. Or wants you to purchase separately operations in which should be a standard for the Premium product

Vendor response

We are very sorry to hear that you were not happy with the customer service we provided. I can see that in the meantime you received the information you required. I will make sur your comments will be passed on the the Director of Customer Service. We thank you for your feedback, it will help us improve our services. If you have problems in the future, please contactd us by email or chat.

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Himanshu S.

Dairy, 501-1,000 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Adobe Acrobat Reader

Best product

Reviewed 2 years ago

i fill a lot of forms throughout the day which face a lot of hand made problems. through this , any kind of problem can be corrected when the form is filled. And all the matter seems to be printed and properly

Pros

The editing feature in adobe reader is great , due to which it is very easy to fill any form .and it is easy to do digital signature

Cons

editing , signature, converting pdf , converting pdf to word

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Sanjeewa A.

Computer Software, 51-200 employees

Used weekly for 1-2 years

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  • Likelihood to recommend5/10

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Adobe Acrobat Reader

Good Choice for PDF reading

Reviewed 5 years ago
Pros

using this product can manage file basic operations of open and view the contents of a PDF file. It is very easy to understand the interface layout Can use websites, MS office document files, photo-scanned documents as source to create pdf files by using Acrobat Reader DC

Cons

Cannot edit pdf , need a separate pdf editor.

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Muhammad S.

Logistics and Supply Chain, 501-1,000 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Usage Review

Reviewed 2 years ago

Good

Pros

Overall satisfaction and fulfillment of daily activities

Cons

PDF conversion not accurate as per nuance pdf

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Computer Software, 11-50 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Adobe Acrobat Reader

Awesome PDF document creator app

Reviewed 2 years ago

Great PDF document application. Solves the signatory problem of documents.

Pros

PDF conversion, PDF editing , PDF forms, PDF Reader, Digital signature, Document management, Customizable forms, Convert to PDF

Cons

Security features of the application which needs to be improved. Also, the rigidness of the application. The user design , feel and looks needs to be improved as well.Improve

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Dave B.

Education Management, 11-50 employees

Used weekly for 1-2 years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Great

Reviewed 3 years ago

Works well for opening PDF documents and using fillable pdf documents

Pros

Works well for filling in PDFS with tillable fields. Opens PDFs in the best display format. Easy to use.

Cons

Sometimes it can be a little bit slow on opening PDF documents and is not as fast as a web browser sometimes.

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Computer & Network Security, 11-50 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Adobe Acrobat Reader

Best PDF reader ever

Reviewed 6 years ago

Easy to ready PDF and easy to make notes on pdf

Pros

Easy to comment and highlight important places on the document. Easy to make notes on the document. Easy to convert PDF to Editable format.

Cons

Some of the content pattern will change after convert to editable format. Some of large PDF taken huge memory allocation from memory.

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fernando s.

Facilities Services, 1-10 employees

Used weekly for 6-12 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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praticidade

Reviewed 2 years ago
Pros

a área de pesquisa na facilidade de encontrar algo desejado

Cons

configuraçao para pdf acho deveria ser tudo em pdf

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Alexis D.

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Adobe Acrobat Reader

is the most used free standard software worldwide to view, print and add comments to any PDF file

Reviewed 6 years ago

With Acrobat Reader you can open, read and print PDF files and fill out PDF forms. You can also edit a PDF, convert a document to PDF or perform any other more complex task.

Pros

This program has a quick installation and is very light when downloading any file. Possibility of sharing documents with anyone and anywhere in the world.

Cons

Your files are not made to be edited. You can make small changes, but you can not add large text blocks

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clive m.

Information Technology and Services, self-employed

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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A good and most used pdf reader

Reviewed 3 years ago

A user friendly pdf reader which makes searching and pdf manipulation easy

Pros

It has great features that makes pdf reading , searching and manipulation easy. The functionality of adding hyperlinks to a document makes it better than other pdf readers. It is easy to deploy and use. It also has a functionality of storing documents to the cloud which makes it easy to access documents anywhere or anytime via the internet. Above all, it has a clean user interface

Cons

Most of the features need to be purchased, It takes computer memory

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Khutso M.

Information Technology and Services, self-employed

Used monthly for 6-12 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend5/10

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Adobe Acrobat Reader

Adobe's best pdf reader by far

Reviewed 4 years ago

Adobe PDF software is very important for everyone using pdf file format.

Pros

Cloud support features improvement with the graphic interface easy to navigate and setup custom tools for viewing and printing pdf files.

Cons

The setup process is long and the system requirements is too much and installation files very large.

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Financial Services, 51-200 employees

Used weekly for 1-2 years

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Adobe Acrobat Reader

My preffered PDF reader

Reviewed 6 years ago

Adobe pdf reader has been my dependable pdf reader "partner"

Pros

Adobe acrobat reader in my opinion still remains one of the most dominating and powerful pdf reader in the world. It is quick in opening files and makes it easy to manipulate, highlight and make certain changes to pdf documents. As far as pricing, i think they have a fair pricing and also have a free alternative. The ability to also convert files from pdf to word also makes the application a great one for me.

Cons

it sometimes consumes too many RAM space while in use but asides that, it is amazing

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isabela t.

Information Services, 10,001+ employees

Used weekly for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Elogio

Reviewed 4 years ago

uso para todo tipo de pdf e editor de pdf também

Pros

O recurso da assinatura digital foi o que mais gostei

Cons

não da ( ou não sei como faz ) para grifar textos e salvar a pagina lida

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Musfir K.

Logistics and Supply Chain, 10,001+ employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Ease of use
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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Adobe Acrobat Reader

One solution for all Pdf

Reviewed 2 years ago

it's a very good product and easy to use. its a truest worthy application. its the best pdf editor.

Pros

it can open any type of PDF free to use easy to access for anyone Easy to share files with anyone within the company and outside the company

Cons

Need to spend more for editing tool in PDF. with pdf viewer we don't get option to edit any pdf.

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Industrial Automation, 201-500 employees

Used weekly for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Functional for what it's intended for.

Reviewed 5 years ago

For what I need it for which is just basic editing and opening PDF's its a great option.

Pros

- Easy to use - PDF Editing - Printing integration - PDF Viewer - PDF Conversion

Cons

- Not full feature - Editing is limited - Only certain file formats can be converted

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Luke B.

Environmental Services,

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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Adobe Acrobat Reader

Used to open all my of PDF documents. Other PDF viewers don't come close to Adobe.

Reviewed 6 years ago

Able to reduce PDF sizes and join other documents into one PDF.

Pros

Able to open other formats such as CAD files and can be used to join other PDFs into one sole PDF document.

Cons

Does not retain text fonts in some cases. Also positioning of other images on the interface is a tedious and difficult task as it results in a lag and inaccuracies.

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Prathima K.

Computer Software, 1-10 employees

Used weekly for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Really great pdf reading and editing app by adobe

Reviewed a year ago

overall adobe acrobat reader is a really good app for the pdf reading and the pdf editing. the basic pdf and advanced pdf editing both work very well too just the digital signature tool can be even more improved.

Pros

the pdf reader interface is very minimal and easy to use. the editing interface is also very easy to understand with the help option provided for the confusions too. the text editing and highlighting is very easy and seamless. the data storage is secure and reliable.

Cons

i feel like thew digital signature can be even more improved. the document management is although good but can be even more improved with the options of categories being provided itself.

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Veerendra T.

Banking, 10,001+ employees

Used other for 2+ years

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