Though you can open and read a PDF file using a simple Adobe reader software, you cannot edit or add text to the PDF file using the software. Many of us wonder if we can even edit a PDF document. But there are several software applications available on the internet which allows you to edit and modify a PDF document.
PDFelement from Wondershare is a simple and powerful PDF editor that allows you to edit, modify and add text and image files to the PDF document. Apart from editing a PDF file, the software also allows you to convert the PDF to various other file formats and merge several PDF files into one.
PDFelement provides support for powerful OCR technology (Optical Character Recognition) which ensures in effectively recognizing and extracting the text present in images and scanned files. But you need to separately download and install the OCR feature in your PC.
The software also provides support for XFA-Based PDF documents. You can open, read, edit and modify XFA based PDF forms in a simple manner. The software also allows you to add attachments and image files to the PDF documents.
How simple is the installation of PDFelement in your computer?
The installation of PDFelement is very simple and can be completed with just a single click. You just need to open the setup file and click on the install button to start the installation process. The installation then takes a couple of minutes to complete after which you can start using the software to edit and modify your PDF documents.
What are the features does the software offers?
PDFelement is an effective and powerful PDF tool which allows you to edit, modify and create PDF documents from scanned files and images. The software offers a number of features that ensures in providing a seamless PDF editor for your PC.
- The software serves as a robust and smart PDF editor that ensures in editing and modifying the contents present in a PDF document in an effective manner.
- The software allows you to add images, graphical objects and other attachments in your PDF file. You can also add watermarks, backgrounds, header, and footers to your PDF file.
- The software allows you to annotate PDFs in a simple and effective way. Annotate is adding a comment or explanation to an image or diagram or to anything present in a file.
- The convert feature lets you convert the PDF document to other formats like a word doc, image, excel etc. The software also provides support for batch conversion.
- The software offers merge feature that enables you to merge multiple PDF documents into one.
- The software allows you to create fillable PDF forms with interactive form controls in a simple manner.
- The PDF encryption feature allows you to protect your PDF documents with passwords that cannot be opened by anyone else. The software also provides protection to your PDF files by allowing you to electronically sign your PDF documents.
- The PDFelement OCR feature can effectively recognize and extract the text content present in images and scanned documents with utmost accuracy.
PDFelement User Interface – How simple is it?
PDFelement comes with a simple yet effective user interface that encompasses all the key features in a single window. Though it might look difficult for some users at the first sight, it becomes really easy once you start using it frequently. The below guide will let you know how to use the software for editing your PDF files.
In the home screen, you can find all the options like edit PDF, convert PDF, combine PDF files and batch conversion. You can click on the appropriate option that you intended to perform on your PDF file. You can open a PDF file by clicking on the Open File button at the bottom. You can also see the list of PDF files that were opened recently at the side.
This feature allows you to create a PDF document from an MS word document or an image file. Click the button and open the word, excel or image file from which you wish to create a PDF. The software then creates the PDF file. Here I have created a PDF file from an MS word document.
You can now view the created PDF file in the Home tab. You can now edit or modify the PDF to include text or any images. Once everything is done, you can save it to your computer by clicking the save button present at the top of the application window.
This feature lets you convert your PDF file into any document type like word, HTML, text, excel etc. You need to click the button and open the PDF file that you wish to convert. Then choose the location where you would like to save the converted file. The software converts the files in a couple of seconds.
Since I am using a trial version, there will be a watermark in all the output files that were created using the software.
This feature allows you to combine multiple PDF files into one single file. Open the combine PDF window, and then open the PDF files that you wish to combine by clicking on the ADD files.
Then choose the location where you like to save the output file by clicking the browse button at the bottom. Finally, click on the next button to start the combine process. You can then view the combined PDF file in the home tab where you can make changes to the file if you like.
This feature allows you to perform multiple operations on the selected PDF file. You can convert the PDF to another format, extract data from it, insert watermark etc.
Click the button and open the Batch Process window. Now select the operation that you wish to perform like convert, data extract or watermark. You can now add the PDF files that you like to perform batch processing by clicking on the ‘Add Files’ button. Finally, click on the Start button to start the batch processing. The output file can then be accessed in the target location that you have mentioned.
You can view the PDF file in the PDF viewer where there are several tabs like home, view, comment, edit etc each with a different set of tools that you can use to do various edit operations on your PDF file. Now let’s discuss each of these tabs.
In this tab, you can get access to the different features like combine PDF, convert and create PDF etc. that we have seen earlier. It also contains other options like zoom, page view and text search etc.
This tab contains tools like zoom tool, page view options, and taking screenshots.
In this tab, you can find different ways of adding comments to your PDF file. For adding a text comment, you need to choose the text style and click on the area in the PDF where you would like to add comments.
To add a comment as a sticky note, choose the note option and select the area where you would like to add it in the PDF. In a similar manner, you can add a comment as a text box, area highlight, stamp etc.
You can also add attachments to the PDF file by choosing the attachment tool and clicking it in the area where you would like to add the attachment. Then select the attachment from your PC and place it in your PDF file.
It is this tab which allows you to edit the PDF document. You can add text or edit any content present in the file. You can also add images, links to other websites, watermark etc.
You can also add a new background to your PDF file or remove any background if already present in the PDF file.
The OCR option as said earlier will scan through the scanned documents and images files and recognize the editable contents present in it and highlight them with utmost accuracy. You can then edit the file once the OCR finishes recognizing the text present in the image file. The time taken by OCR to recognize the text usually depends upon the size of the file.
So here the OCR has clearly recognized the editable text in the image that I have opened. You can now click on the boxes and edit the text and change the font, font size, text color etc.
This tab allows you to extract a particular page from the PDF file, insert a specific page to the document or split the PDF into multiple files. The tab also contains options to label the pages in your PDF file.
This tab allows you to create an interactive PDF form with various fields that can be filled. It also contains options that can read different types of PDF forms and accurately recognize the fields present in the form. You can add various form controls in the form like a radio button, text field, push button, list box etc.
This tab provides tools that allow you to secure your PDF file by placing signatures and passwords to the file. Click on the password button to apply a password and encrypt your PDF file. To apply a signature to your PDF file, click on the Sign Document button and select the area where you would like to place the signature in the document.
In this tab, you can find options for contacting their support center and user manual which can be used if you face any issues with the software.
What is the word of mouth about the software?
The software has got some excellent reviews and ratings among the online reviewers. Almost all the reviews have praised the software for providing a powerful PDF tool that lets you edit, modify and images in PDF document just like you do in a word file.
But on the other hand, the user comments were not fully positive and it was mixed with many negative comments too. Most of the user complains were about the watermark present in the trial version. But many users have also commented many positives about the software and gave good ratings.
Please find below some of the positive testimonials that I came across on the internet about the software.
“Just about everything about PDFelement is beautiful – looks, functionality, features. Simply wonderful stuff. If you though PDF editing and creation was a pain, prepare to think again.” – TechRadar
“PDFelement Pro is definitely a powerful program to work with PDF documents, has an intuitive interface and a beautiful modern design and, despite the large number of features, it looks very neat. If you're looking for a powerful PDF editor, this is what you need. PDFelement Pro is suitable for work, both for professionals and ordinary users, both for commercial organizations and for private users.” – User
What are the limitations in the trial version of PDFelement?
The developers offer a trial version of PDFelement to its users at free of cost. There are certain limitations in the trial version and you cannot make full use of the software until you buy the professional version of PDFelement. Below is the list of restrictions that you may find in the trial version.
- Presence of watermark in all the output files.
- PDF conversion can convert only half of the file or up to 5 pages whichever is less.
- Batch data extraction is limited to only 2 files.
- The OCR results will only be displayed instead of being output.
What is the price of the software?
Wondershare PDFelement is available for both Windows and MAC users. The price of both the versions of the software is the same. The software is available in three subscription plans namely monthly, quarterly and yearly.
So please remember that the software is not available for a one-time fee, rather you need to subscribe it either monthly, quarterly or annually to continue using it.
The price of the Monthly license is $19.95 for one PC.
The price of the quarterly license is $29.95 for one PC.
The price of the yearly license is $59.95 for one PC.
At present, there are no special offers either with us or on the official website. But please keep an eye on this space to know if any offer pops up in the future.
Wondershare offers a 30-day money back guarantee for PDFelement. So you can claim a refund if you are satisfied with the performance of the software.
Verdict and Conclusion:
Overall, Wondershare PDfelement is a powerful PDF tool that allows you to edit, modify, add images, attachments, and other graphics objects into your PDF documents in an effective way. The software is very useful for those who work on PDF files and forms most of the time, as the software enables you to have seamless control over the PDF files.
Apart from editing and modifying the PDF files, you can also merge multiple PDF files, convert PDF to other documents, and extract text and data from the scanned documents and images.