Ashampoo PDF Pro Review – It is always a bliss to have a tool that can be used for editing the PDF files especially for those who work exclusively on PDF files most often. For those who think that PDF’s can never be modified, a tool like this would be a blessing in disguise.
Ashampoo PDF Pro is one such PDF processing tool that allows you to edit, insert images, modify fonts and convert PDF files to several other formats in a most effective manner. With the software installed on your PC, you can easily edit PDF documents just like any other word files.
The software can also help in scanning through the scanned documents and image files and easily recognize the texts present in them and allow you to edit them. The software also offers several other features that make Ashampoo PDF pro a perfect PDF processing suite.
How simple is the installation process?
The installation process is simple and the same as that of the other Ashampoo Products that we have reviewed earlier. You just need to accept Ashampoo terms and conditions and select a target location on your PC drive for installing the software. Once the installation starts, it takes a couple of minutes to complete.
What are the features offered by Ashampoo PDF Pro?
Ashampoo PDF Pro as an effective PDF processing suite is bundled with a number of tools that allows you to edit and process any PDF documents just like you work on a word document. Let’s discuss in detail the different features the software offers its users.
- You can now edit your PDF documents in exactly the same way as you work on word documents. You can edit the text, change its font etc.
- The software allows you to convert the PDF documents into various text formats with just a click. You can convert your PDF file to a word file, HTML text, JPG image, RTF file etc.
- The spell checker feature can automatically correct the typos and auto-hyphenation on your texts and ensure a good grammar on your document.
- With the software, you can merge multiple PDF files into one file. You can also insert pages or images into an existing PDF document.
- The software ensures in creating a high-quality PDF file from any window application by making use of the Ashampoo virtual PDF printer.
- You can easily add watermarks, comments, and annotations into the PDF document.
- The find and replace feature apart from replacing the words or phrases in a document can also allow you to replace the fonts used in a PDF document.
- The powerful OCR feature can easily recognize the texts present in images and scanned documents and convert them into computer editable text.
- The software allows you to fill out the forms that were created as PDF files in a very simple way.
- The software makes use of a 128-bit AES encryption method for encrypting the PDF documents which prevents others from opening or accessing the files.
How simple is the user interface of the software?
The user interface of Ashampoo PDF Pro is clean and neat but it might not be as easy as you think. It might take some time for you to get well versed with the various features of the software. Let’s now discuss in detail on how to make use of the different features of the software.
Tools present in the toolbar:
After opening the PDF file using the open button, you can now start editing it by making use of the various tools available at the toolbar.
The three page view tools next to the save button allow you to zoom the pages of the PDF file and make them sit appropriately in the window.
The handy tool and the magnification tool helps in moving through the page and zooming the pages respectively.
The arrow mark next to the zoom tool is the object tool that allows you to select objects present in your PDF file and move or resize them. Click on the area that you like to select and resize.
The rotate tool allows you to rotate the selected object in the PDF to any direction as per your wish.
The ‘T’ button is the text option that allows you to edit the text that is already present on your PDF file. Just click on the text on your PDF and start editing it.
The text plus tool next to the text tool allows you to add new texts and text boxes into your PDF document. After selecting the tool, just click on the area where you like to add the new text and then type in the text.
The linked text tool allows you to link the different text on your PDF files by numbering each one. Just click on the text to number it.
The crop tool allows you to crop specific areas on your PDF file and delete the other areas from the file. After selecting the tool, drag the box to select the area that you like to crop.
The hyperlink tool can be used to add links on your PDF file. You can add a link to a web page, another PDF file, an image file, a crop box, image box etc.
The article tool allows you to create different articles on your PDF file by selecting the texts that you like to mark as an article.
The color box at the end allows you to choose a color for the text that you edit and create.
So all these tools allow you to effectively edit and modify a PDF file just like any other word document.
Optical Character Recognition (OCR):
As said earlier, OCR is a powerful feature that can recognize the texts present in images and scanned documents and convert them into computer editable text. Remember you can use the OCR feature only on images and scanned documents and not on editable PDF files.
So after opening the image or scanned document, select the ‘Recognize Text(OCR)’ option under the document tab. Then the OCR feature starts recognizing the text present in the image. Once the scanning completes, you can then click on the text present in the file and start editing them.
You can also make use of the different tools that were discussed above to edit the text.
Insert a new page or document:
You can insert a new page or an entire document into the PDF file that is opened. For this, click the insert new or insert document option by navigating through documents and pages button.
Then select the document that you like to insert and choose the page where you like to add the new document.
For adding a watermark to your PDF document, select the watermark option present under the document menu and click the add button.
Then select the watermark that you might have saved on your PC and select the transparency of the watermark, the position of it whether background or foreground and the pages in which you wish to have the watermark.
To access the replace option, click the Find & Replace option present under the edit button. You can then find and replace words, phrases or even fonts on the PDF file.
For replacing a font, select the font that you wish to replace and then the font that you like to replace with.
To join or merge multiple PDF’s into a single PDF file, select the Join tool present under the File menu.
Then select the files that you wish to merge. It can be either a PDF or an image file. Then finally click the join button to start merging the selected files.
To convert the PDF file into an image file or other text formats, click the Export button present under the File menu. Then choose whether you like to convert the pages in the PDF or articles that you might have marked in the PDF.
Now click on the format button and choose the output format in which you like to convert the PDF file. Select the image or text output and choose the format in which you like to save.
For any help on how to use the software, you can access their user manual or quick start guide present under the help menu.
If you are facing issues with the installation or the function of ashampoo pdf pro and like to contact their technical support team, then you can send a mail to them by clicking the Support option under the MyAshampoo menu.
How good are the reviews for the software?
The reviews for Ashampoo pdf pro though not great looks good and pretty decent. The ratings given by the reviewers indicate that the software is a clear winner as a powerful PDF editing tool.
The user comments were also good except a few who felt discomfort with the not so easy to use interface of the software. So a combination of good reviews and user comments have pushed me forward to recommend the software to our users as a good PDF editing tool.
Please find below some of the positive testimonials about the software that I came across on the internet.
“On an ending note, Ashampoo PDF is a powerful tool you can resort to in order to view and edit your PDF files. The program comes with a rich feature set and is easy to use, regardless of your tech skills, so taking it for a spin is something you should take into account.” – Softpedia
“If you are looking for an economical solution to edit and create PDF files, then “Ashampoo PDF Pro” can be your choice. Just give it a try.” – Tech2Blog
What are the limitations of the trial version of the software?
Just like other Ashampoo Products, the limitations of the free version of the software is you can try the software for free for only 10 days and after that, you need to purchase the full version to continue using it. Also, you will be getting a watermark in all the output files in the trial version.
What is the price of Ashampoo PDF Pro?
Ashampoo PDF Pro is available only as a single license package and only for the Windows PC. While the original price of the software is $69.99, the software is now available at a special offer price of $31 USD.
Please remember the offer is valid only for a short period of time. So try to grab the opportunity before it expires. Make use of the below link to get the software at the special offer price.
Also, there is a 30-day money back guarantee available for the software which entitles you for a full refund of the software if you are not satisfied with its performance.
Verdict and Conclusion:
Ashampoo PDF Pro is a powerful PDF editing tool that most of us have been looking for a long time. Its unique set of feature helps us in editing the PDF files just like an ordinary word document with ease and simplicity.
The powerful OCR engine can effectively scan through the images and scanned documents and convert the text present in them to computer editable text files. Thus the software can be a good fit for those who extensively work on a number of PDF files on a daily basis.