What is PDFelement?
PDFelement is a freemium product from the house of Wondershare, a renowned company in the market of softwares.
We often consider PDF documents to be read-only, however, if we also try converting or editing PDFs but doesn’t turn out well. Alternatively, we thought of digging down deep to search for a PDF editor which do the job without costing you much, and we came along Wondershare PDFelement.
PDFelement doesn’t only offers you to edit a PDF document, but you can also mark up the text, add more content, draw and write notes, create PDF forms as well as scan a paper document to convert it into a PDF. With PDFelement our search for the best alternative to Adobe Acrobat DC came to an end and we found out our one-stop solution to PDF Editing Tool. Additionally, with all the useful features, it also costs way less than its competitors.
Here are the main highlights of the app:
- Edit and correct the text inside PDF documents.
- Highlight text, circle words, and add other simple drawings to PDFs.
- Create searchable PDFs from paper documents.
- Create PDF forms.
- Convert PDFs to other document types such as Word, Excel, and Pages.
Another major discussion point while installing software on your is “if it is safe to use it or not?” and the answer is that it is entirely safe for use. I ran and installed the software on my Windows 10 OS based PC and found no virus and malicious code while after a scan.
There is also no risk of data loss, as the PDF file you edit is renamed and is not replaced with the original file. You can try its Free Version, though it has few limitations to it. There are two of app version available: PDFelement Standard and PDFelement Professional. You can try any of it to get the idea about its functionality and then buy its licensed version.
The minimum required specifications to run Wondershare PDFelement 6 Pro are as follows:
- Operating System: Windows 10/8.1/8/7/Vista or Mac OS X 10.12 (Sierra), 10.11 (El Capitan) and 10.10 (Yosemite)
- Processor: 1Ghz Processor or above
- RAM: 512 MB RAM or above
- Available Hard Drive Space: 500 MB or above
What can PDFelement do?
By now you may know that PDFelement is a tool for editing PDF documents, to help you understand it better, we have listed its features in six sections. In each chapter, we have explained each of its elements and my personal views on it.
For this article, I have used a Windows PDFelements Professional version and stated my opinions accordingly.
Here are some noted features of Wondershare PDFelement which makes it easier for you to deal with PDF and related documents:
1. Edit and Markup Your PDF Documents
If you a regular PDF editor, this tool is for you. If you know, editing PDF docs are way tricky that it seems especially a Word Exported Documents. Even a minor PDF editing can a pain as the text starts flowing as you edit which is very annoying.
However, in this case, Wondershare is here to make a difference. Did they succeed? I think they did.
With PDFelements, the texts are organized in boxes rather than having to edit it line by line. The text on the page is automatically cum intelligently divided into discreet boxes making it easier for you edit, delete or add in it. The Editor interface is very much similar to MS Work which makes you adapt it sooner than you expect. You can add texts, images, headers, and footers.
Also, if you are a professor or student, you can also use it for marking PDFs. For example, if you wish to make corrections, you can quickly make use of different tools by merely clicking on the Comment icon and all the available tools will appear.
By using PDFelement you can do much more than just reading PDFs, with PDF Editor, Converter and more, it is the best one-stop solution for PDFs.
2. Scan and OCR Your Paper Documents
Scanning a Paper is a way more natural method. PDfelement offers to scan using Optical Character Recognition (OCR) for you to copy or search text within the document. Unfortunately, its standard version doesn’t have an OCR, and you will need to upgrade to use it.
While using it, I found it to be very accurate and quickly managed to recognize text on the PDF. Even the docs with the fancy fonts were mostly verified leaving some of the text objects identified little differently. With unique characters and symbols, it didn’t turn out to be impressive but was better than most of OCRs.
3. Censor Personal Information
There are times when you share documents but doesn’t want others to see the personal information listed in it. The PDFelements Pro has a dedicated tool named Redact which is one of the standard requirements in the legal industry.
With PDFelements, you can easily apply redaction by clicking the Protect icons and then choosing the Redact option. Now select the text or image you want to censor, then click Apply Redaction.
However, if you are unable to locate the text, you can also use its “Search and Redact” feature. I found this feature to be very convenient, and PDFelements does its job quickly and effectively.
4. Create PDF Forms
Creating PDF forms are common for conducting business, and with PDFelements Pro you can do it most conveniently.
To use it, create your forms in any Office App, and its Automatic Form Recognition Automatically detects and creates a structure. You can now customize the appearance, formats, and options for each one.
You can also convert a paper form into a PDF form by scanning a paper form and opening the file using PDFelement. Now click on the Form Field Recognition Button for it to automatically detect and convert it to a PDF customizable form quickly.
5. Reorder and Delete Pages
Rearranging or deleting PDF pages can be time taking but PDFelement makes it very easy for you. You can drag and drop pages after clicking the Page icon. It also offers you to delete, rotate or combine pages without a hassle.
6. Convert PDFs to Editable Document Types
Apart from editing a PDF, converting is something only a few softwares can do effectively. Using PDFelement, you can quickly turn a PDF file to an utterly editable document in any of the standard office formats.
You must be familiar with converting a word, ppt or excel file into a PDF but doing vice versa is not an easy task. However, PDFelements does it for you in minutes.
Reasons to choose PDFelement over other PDF Readers and Editors:
After spending a little time with the app, I ultimately got used to its features and functionalities. I also found it to be the best alternative to the Adobe Acrobat Pro and thus came to mention few highlights of the app which makes it stand out than the rest of its competitors.
PDFelement offers all the essential set of features and thanks to its user-friendly design; you can use tools quickly and save time. Some features like text in boxes while editing, automatic field recognition when creating forms, and the power to export to popular file formats like Word adds up to its effectiveness.
Easy to Use
If you have ever used the much popular Adobe Acrobat Pro, you must know how challenging learning its features is. Luckily, PDFelements has a user-friendly tile design presenting all the inboxes and right on the home screen. The app operates intuitively with the features Adobe PDF reader offers.
A person with a little knowledge of operating softwares can easily install and use it without referring to the manual.
Plans and Pricing
The tool price starts at $59.95 for standard version. However, if you are a mac users, you can get it for $39.97 (standard version) and $59.97 (Pro version) for a lifetime during the apple’s month (until Step 14th), it’s 40% off now. I found the rate to be significantly lower than its competitors and offering if not better, a similar set of features.
I felt Wondershare be offering excellent value for the product which is easier to use and all the features packed in it. However, if you don’t have any need for professional features, you can get all the essential features for free.
Wondershare has a great support team to back you up while you are in trouble and treats it as a priority. For clearing general queries and instructions, their website includes a comprehensive guide, FAQ, and troubleshooting section. However, if you are still facing an issue, you can quickly submit a ticket to contact the support team.
While checking, I did not find any Phone or Chat support but has user forum to clear up everything for customers moderated by their employees.
A PDF is the closest thing on your computer to create official forms, academic papers, or training manuals. However, with this Wondershare PDF tool, you can do much more than that. The PDFelement is a wonderful PDF editor allowing you to do more than just reading PDF documents.
On this app, you can easily edit or convert a PDF file to a Word or Excel document. Moreover, it also helps you create new PDF documents from any document available on your computer. It also lets you create a form for your clients or users to fill by a converting doc or scanning a paper using OCR.
The PDF editor has an instinctive interface where customers can fill in PDF forms or make notes, highlight or draw diagrams. So the tool basically covers all the essential features for a one-stop PDF solution for you by paying half of the money than its competitors.