For more than a decade, Adobe Acrobat has been the standard when it comes to PDF documents — let it be viewing, editing or creation. To be frank, Adobe has exploited this monopoly, since the PDF file creation and editing are in the paid section of Adobe’s services. Although there have been many alternatives, only a few have been able to compete with Adobe Acrobat. Wondershare PDFelement, however, is a wonderful exception, we’d say. It is an alternative that makes sense, and that’s why we decided to review the tool. In this review, we will compare the different aspects of Wondershare PDFelement and see how good it is as a PDF Editor.
Wondershare PDFelement — An Introduction
In shorter words, we can call Wondershare PDFelement an impressive, all-in-one PDF editor. Nevertheless, if we are allowed to elaborate, we can say that Wondershare PDFelement is a utility software that allows you to read, edit, create and to manage different PDF documents you have in the device. The tool is actually available for Windows, Mac and iOS, as to give you the same PDF editing experience in all your devices. Available in 9 different languages, desktop version of Wondershare PDFelement is surely up for a competition with Adobe Acrobat. Now, we will move on to other aspects of Wondershare PDFelement. Here, we are reviewing the Windows version, by the way.
First things first — let’s talk about the pricing plans of Wondershare PDFelement. It does not matter which plan you choose, you get the awesome options such as 30-day money-back guarantee, 24-hour response and free updates till lifetime. Now, we will have a look at the personal license pricing of the tool. 1-PC plan is available for $69.95. When you need the OCR feature, however, you have to go with the second plan that is priced at $89.95. The topmost plan in personal category is available for $242.95, giving 2-5 PC installations and OCR capabilities. It offers a free trial, but it is way too limited. Talking of the price, it’s quite cost-effective, especially when we look into the features. Also, we have to consider how much is spent for Adobe Acrobat. With all these things in mind, pricing of PDFelement is surely awesome.
Installation and Getting Started
Installing Wondershare PDFelement is an easy task, thanks to the intuitive online installer. You have to download the installer setup from the official site of Wondershare. If you have a decent internet connection, the setup will be done in a few seconds or minutes. Right after that, you can start using Wondershare PDFelement for your needs related to PDF documents. We were pretty much impressed with the installation part, as it does not make much mess. On the other hand, everything gets done in a matter of seconds.
Features of Wondershare PDFelement
Apart from the miscellaneous features you’d find, the capabilities of Wondershare PDFelement are as follows.
- Create PDF Documents [From Scratch and From Existing Files]
If you have Wondershare PDFelement installed in your device, getting a PDF document is an easy task. It’s a matter of clicks away too. If you want to get a PDF file from scratch, you can create a New PDF File. Otherwise, if you want it from an existing file, you can select the file and get the PDF document from. Once the file has been imported, you can make necessary changes, in different sections such as layout, security, commenting etc. When you finish, you can save the document in PDF format.
- Edit PDF Documents
Want to make some changes in the PDF document you’ve just created? With Wondershare PDFelement, it’s way too easy to be done. You can just open the PDF file and change whatever you want — from editing some text content to adding an all-new form. Thanks to the Microsoft Office-like control panel UI on top, editing of files is quite easy. You can also add other stuff such as digital signatures, security passwords, comments, footnotes etc. By the way, if that’s a multi-page PDF document, you can manage the organization of pages too.
- Convert and Combine PDF Documents
Do you need a PDF document to be converted into DOCX for easier management? Well, that task is also easy when it comes to Wondershare PDFelement. You can select the file, select the desired output format, and the conversion is to be done in a few seconds. And, as we come to the case of combining PDF documents, you have to select two PDF files; in a single click, you’ll have single PDF file.
- PDF OCR Feature
Another awesome functionality of Wondershare PDFelement is the in-built OCR — Optical Character Recognition. If you have a scanned PDF document, you will be able to convert the document into standard text. So, this is a useful & effective feature when it comes to scanned PDF-based needs. The process to OCR a PDF document is quite easy, and you can check out the official tutorials if you need additional help.
So, these are the major capabilities of Wondershare PDFelement. Obviously, there are some other options such as:
- Annotation options
- Password Protect PDF Document
- Digital Signing feature
- Insertion of elements such as header, footer and forms.
- File size Optimization
- Customized Watermarks
About the UI of Wondershare PDFelement
Just as we mentioned earlier, Wondershare PDFelement has a UI that’s similar to Microsoft Office. Let that be about viewing or editing documents, the UI is way too easier than that of Adobe Acrobat. That too has been done with not a bit of compromise in terms of features. Also, the tabbed toolbar section is also commending, for it makes editing too easier. It’s quite easy to use Wondershare PDFelement, especially if you have ample experience with Office apps.
The Final Verdict
Considering all these options such as features, UI and pricing, Wondershare PDFelement is a superb tool for both the personal and professional needs. When compared with the availability of features, the pricing is quite affordable and its features are very promising too. And, we’d give a five-star rating for the intuitive UI. With all that, we reaffirm that Wondershare PDFelement is a serious alternative to Adobe Acrobat. What you say?