PDFelement

PDF and document management solution with OCR functionality

About PDFelement

PDFelement is a document management solution for businesses of all sizes that converts multiple document formats and image files into PDFs, which can be edited and annotated in one location. The system is capable of accepting image uploads, scanned documents, or photos taken directly on mobile devices and converting that item into PDF form. Microsoft office file formats such as .docx, .doc, .xlsx, .pptx, .ppt can all be accepted as the input file as well as image files such as .jpeg, .jpg, .png, .tiff, .gif, and .bmp. The system comes with a collaboration feature, which allows users with access to the processed PDF document to edit text and create comments without losing important style aspects such as formatting, font, and data cells.

PDFelement comes with optical character recognition (OCR) capabilities, which can recognize and convert documents in multiple languages and translate them into a specified language consistent throughout the document. The OCR component extracts text, graphics, images, and data derived from the input document and outputs a PDF without losing the original formatting. The system also comes with password protection, redaction, and access control features to ensure security and anonymity when handling sensitive documents.

Pricing starting from:

US$79.99/year

  • Free Version
  • Free Trial
  • Subscription

Devices

Business size

S M L

Markets

Canada, United States

Supported Languages

Chinese, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, zh-hant

Pricing starting from:

US$79.99/year

  • Free Version
  • Free Trial
  • Subscription

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Features

Total features of PDFelement: 44

  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Annotations
  • Archiving & Retention
  • Authentication
  • Batch Processing
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Commenting/Notes
  • Contract Drafting
  • Contract/License Management
  • Convert to PDF
  • Data Capture and Transfer
  • Data Extraction
  • Data Import/Export
  • Digital Signature
  • Document Capture
  • Document Classification
  • Document Generation
  • Document Management
  • Document Review
  • Electronic Signature
  • Encryption
  • File Conversion
  • File Management
  • File Sharing
  • File Transfer
  • Full Text Search
  • Image Editing
  • Image Pre-processing
  • Merge/Append Files
  • Metadata Management
  • Multi-Language
  • Multiple Output Formats
  • Notes Management
  • Offline Access
  • Optical Character Recognition
  • PDF Conversion
  • PDF Reader
  • Pre-built Templates
  • Presentation Tools
  • Role-Based Permissions
  • Text Editing
  • Version Control
  • Watermarking
  • Zone Selection Tool

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Reviews

Overall rating

4.3 /5
(311)
Value for Money
4.3/5
Features
4.2/5
Ease of Use
4.2/5
Customer Support
4.1/5

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Shannon S.
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  • Industry: Farming
  • Company size: Self Employed
  • Used Monthly for 1+ year
  • Review Source

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  • Ease of Use
  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

I love this program

Reviewed on 12/8/2019

It has helped me be able to make brochures for the shops that carry my products. I can help them...

It has helped me be able to make brochures for the shops that carry my products. I can help them with advertising and make it work for their settings.

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! I so appreciate the helpful tips that the company sends through email as well.

Cons

I'm not that techy or design-savvy- it does exactly what I need it to do, and I don't need a lot of experience to figure it out. No cons as far as I am concerned.

Response from Wondershare

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.

Michael L.
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  • Industry: Marketing & Advertising
  • Company size: Self Employed
  • Used Daily for 1-5 months
  • Review Source

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  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
  • Customer Support
  • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

Pleased with Software

Reviewed on 12/4/2021

Almost immediately I started using advance features that I did not even know existed in my previous...

Almost immediately I started using advance features that I did not even know existed in my previous editor. On day two I was converting my old pdf forms which took no time at all with a very small learning curve. I really enjoy this software.

Pros

The interface is a slick as it gets. Very intuitive and clean. I can hardly believe it is so pleasurable to use. Good software community forums will almost always find an answer to any questions you may have. Support was within usual norms. I did not try calling support - just email.

Cons

Lacking in really good documentation. You will need to set up your own previewer for Microsoft Outlook and Microsoft Explorer. While there is a solution to this, they refuse to acknowledge it, and removed it from their blog (marked as spam) because it mentions a competitors product. When the inquiry was sent to their email support, they did not recommend the solution either just saying it is not supported. I had to find it on my own. Initially, I had removed my Adobe and had to reinstall it and make a tweak to the settings so that I could view PDF's from within those programs. I'm not sure what to do with those html files. I guess you have to put them on a server and link to them but it doesn't really tell you.

Ryan R.
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  • Industry: Law Practice
  • Company size: 2-10 Employees
  • Used Weekly for 1+ year
  • Review Source

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  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
  • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

Great and affordable alternative to Acrobat!

Reviewed on 28/12/2021

Pros

The product is very versatile and allows for wide manipulation of PDF documents. I like it for combining multiple PDF documents and being able to employ a flexible Bates Numbering system.

Cons

Admittedly, many of the features are not super intuitive and take some time to learn. The digital signature setting is, in my opinion, inferior to the one in Adobe Reader, at least on a computer (rather than a tablet).

Harry S.
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  • Industry: Management Consulting
  • Company size: Self Employed
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
  • Review Source

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  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
  • Customer Support
  • Likelihood to recommend 2.0 /10

PDFelement 6 has issues

Reviewed on 24/5/2019

I work with PDF documents every day. I don't use a lot of the advanced features, but when I do...

I work with PDF documents every day. I don't use a lot of the advanced features, but when I do need them, I want them to work flawlessly, intuitively and efficiently. PDF Element 6 does NOT meet those requirements.

Pros

The cost was reasonable since I purchased it on sale. It allows up to 15 tabs to be open at one time and allows multiple instances of the program to run simultaneously.

Cons

1. It doesn't retain pinned documents. After a while, they become unpinned. Tech support is of no help. They say they can't duplicate the issue and just STOPPED helping me. Now, they ignore my service tickets for help.
2. It doesn't show all the open "tabbed" documents. They tend to disappear and then reappear.
3. Conversion from PDF to a document if very poor, especially to Word. The documents are unusable. A client used their program (Nitro Pro) for me and it was perfect. It's embarrassing when my client has to do a task that they are paying me to do.
4. Creating and using a "stamp" for a signature if very difficult and doesn't work well.
5. Converting a PDF to a form doesn't work well. It takes a lot of work (an hour or longer) to get it usable.
6. Every time the program is upgraded/updated it wipes out the setting for the default PDF program in Windows 10 (latest build)
7. The vertical scroll bar is very small and difficult to "grab" with my cursor. It would be easier to use if it was wider, or at least expanded when the cursor was close to it.
8. The program can run multiple instances, but still limits the total number of documents to 15.
9. I have a lot of issues trying to edit a PDF. It creates blocks of information instead of allowing free-form data entry/manipulation.
10. In PAGE mode, the images of the pages are so small that it's difficult to find the page I'm looking for. There isn't a zoom function so I spend too much time switching back and forth.

Tolu A.
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  • Industry: Marketing & Advertising
  • Company size: 2-10 Employees
  • Used Weekly for 1+ year
  • Review Source

Overall rating

  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
  • Customer Support
  • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

A cheaper and Good Alternative to Adobe

Reviewed on 15/10/2021

Overall, am impressed with this software. It is a solid alternative to Adobe Acrobat. I have had no...

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

Alternatives Considered

PDFescape

Reasons for Choosing PDFelement

Felt Adobe acrobat reader was too expensive for what I wanted done

Switched From

Adobe Acrobat Reader DC
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PDFelement FAQs

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PDFelement offers the following pricing plans:

  • Starting from: US$79.99/year
  • Pricing model: Free Version, Subscription
  • Free Trial: Available

PDFelement supports a free trial version for mac and windows. - PDFelement is priced starting at $79.99 billed annually - PDFelement team license is priced starting at $109 billed annually or $139 billed perpetual - Please contact PDFelement directly for pricing options for PDFelement business

PDFelement has the following typical customers:

Self Employed, 2-10, 11-50, 51-200, 201-500, 501-1,000, 1,001+

PDFelement supports the following languages:

Chinese, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, zh-hant

PDFelement supports the following devices:

Android (Mobile), iPhone (Mobile), iPad (Mobile)

We do not have any information about what integrations PDFelement has

PDFelement offers the following support options:

Email/Help Desk, Knowledge Base, Phone Support, 24/7 (Live rep), Chat

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