Editing Portable Document Files, or PDFs, are monumentally more difficult than editing text files, or word documents. The reason is that the initial intent was never to edit PDF files. They were meant to be the digital equivalent of printouts. However, with time, there is a rise in demand for PDF editing. In this Wondershare PDFelement 8 pro review article, I will address the PDF editing issues and how this application can help.
Why do you need to Edit PDF Files?
There are many cases where we need to correct PDF typos, replace logos, change fonts, and layouts. These requirements arise the need for new software, PDF editors. This editor should allow you to edit text, create annotations, add images, and even export to other formats like EPUB, with ease.
You might also need to merge several PDFs or convert them to HTML. For editing purposes, you will need an all in one PDF editor that can fulfill your needs while staying within your budget.
One such software that ticks a lot of boxes in working with PDFs is the Wondershare PDFelement 8 Pro.
This Wondershare PDFelement 8 Pro Review aims to share my usage experience with this tool, and you can see if it fits your needs.
Wondershare PDFelement 8 Pro Review: Quick Summary
Supported Platforms: Windows, OSX
Value for Money
Wondershare PDFelement 8 Pro: Overview
The Wondershare PDFelement 8 pro has an impressive list of features. My findings on the highly useful, and quite prominent features are listed below:
1. Creating PDFs
- PDFelement 8 Pro allows the creation of PDFs from Microsoft Office files, image files, and HTML.
- Lets you create PDF documents from scratch, almost like you write a word document
- You can edit PDF files just like you can in a word processor but with more customization
- Edit, move, cut, delete and insert new text, and images
- Add, update and remove backgrounds
- Automatic spellcheck
- Add a hyperlink to To
3. Convert to other formats
- You can convert PDF files to other editable formats
- Convert scanned PDF into searchable and editable PDF, with OCR technology
- Extract all images from a PDF file
- Batch conversion
- You can easily strike through, underline, and highlight within the PDF, making for easy annotation and reviews.
5. Form Recognition
- Fill PDF Forms directly
- Create, and extract data from the form
6. Secure PDF
- Delete or redact sensitive information
- Password protection
- Apply and validate digital signatures
- Use OCR technology to convert scanned images to editable text. Also, keeping the layout and formatting of source
- Text recognition and conversion of documents in over 25 languages
Download Wondershare PDFelement 8 PRO
I was able to download the setup file and install it quite easily. There is a trial available for Standard as well as Pro versions. However, I will suggest going for the Pro. It offers a much larger number of benefits, particularly with the OCR technology, which is the principal attraction here.
You can download the trial version for Windows and Mac OS. The trial gives you a good idea about the functions. However, the trial version is very limited with a watermark on the output file. There is also a restriction on specific file conversion formats and saving files using OCR.
If you like the features, you can buy the full version of the editor later. Purchasing the pro version will give you a serial number or a registration key. You will need the same for activation. You can directly activate your trial copy to make it a full version.
Is Wondershare PDFelement 8 Pro Safe?
Yes, it is entirely safe. To test the safety of the installer file, I got the full offline installer. Then I did a check with Virus Total website, and it gives the file a clear signal. Out of 66 tests with different antivirus engines, none detects any issue.
I have checked it with Bitdefender and Norton as well. Hence, if your antivirus detects the installer file as a threat; you can mark it as a false positive.
Wondershare PDFelement 8 Pro: Interface Review
The PDFelement 8 has a sleek and smooth design, with an easy to use interface. It has an overall minimalist look to it, and you’ll find that all features are easy to find and implement, even for a first-time user. This low learning curve offers a great deal of relief.
It is obvious that the tool was designed keeping in mind the usability, and navigation relies purely on simple UI design.
Even Adobe Acrobat Pro takes a few months to master all its features. However, PDFelement 8 Pro is quite simple to use. I did not have to refer to a guide to use it, throughout my attempts to master it, which speaks volumes about the interface.
The welcome screen pretty much puts everything out there, and there is little room for any confusion here. It almost looks like the home screen of popular word editors and functions similarly as well.
Wondershare PDFelement 8 Pro Review: Key Features
You’ll find several attractive features with the all-new PDFelement 8 Pro.
1. Easily create, edit, and review your documents
The software allows you to create PDF, as well as edit them easily. You can also move, cut, and delete portions from existing PDFs. You can change fonts, attributes, add and move text and images, apply or update backgrounds, and so on. Also, it allows you to add and delete any text in existing PDFs.
You can split PDFs by the number of pages, extract specific pages, work with watermarks, spellcheck, and edit graphic based objects. With all these features, creating and editing PDFs is as simple as typing in a word document. PDFelement 8 Pro is quite easy to use. Hence, I was able to work easily on scanned PDFs by extracting data from them.
Adding text, shapes, and images is made very simple. You can even hyperlink some text. You can also add page labeling, and page boxes, for additional readability. It can also help you reorganize documents by reordering and deleting unnecessary pages.
2. OCR Technology
What is arguably the most attractive feature of the PDFelement Pro 8, OCR technology can be entirely made use, in more than 25 languages.
You can convert a Scanned document into a fully searchable and editable PDF document with OCR technology. Text recognition is available for many languages, and it preserves and reproduces the document, with its layout and format intact, along with headers, footers, graphics, footnotes, page numbering, and captions.
You can even extract all the images present in a PDF file at one location. PDF image extraction is a super handy feature, and I was looking for it for a long time now.
The PDFelement Pro identifies scanned documents and asks whether you would like to use OCR to convert it. The first-time conversion might require you to install the OCR library, but subsequent conversions are a piece of cake. The OCR conversion is reasonably accurate and gives excellent results.
After the OCR conversion, the text identified on the page is intelligently organized into very discreet boxes, where you can add, delete and edit text, almost similar to how you would do in a Microsoft Word Document.
When you add text, the right text size, and fonts are automatically selected. It is a helpful feature. Besides, you can add and resize images, add headers, footers, and page numbers. The interface is also highly minimalist.
You can create, apply, and validate digital signatures for security purposes. It applies to any document you create, edit, or convert. Also, you can redact sensitive information and images. Redaction is a significant feature, especially in cases where you have to share documents with personal info like in legal and medical industries.
This option is available under the Redact option, present in the Redact tab. Click on the text or image, and then click on the Apply Redaction. Social security, contact information, names, etc. can be used with the search and redact option.
4. PDF Forms
PDF Forms are a particularly useful way to carry out businesses, and PDFelement 8 Pro makes this process quite simple. In addition to creating them on this software, you can also create them using any office app, and PDFelement Pro’s Automatic Form Recognition technology takes over.
PDFelement 8 Pro can also convert paper forms and scanned forms to PDF forms. The Form Field Recognition button does the rest of the job for you. PDF forms might end up being technical, challenging, and time-consuming. However, you do not have to worry with PDFelement 8 Pro.
5. Convert PDFs to Editable Documents, and vice versa
You can easily convert PDF documents into fully editable formats. Also, documents in other formats can be converted to PDFs too. This flexibility allows you to convert files to a format in which you are comfortable editing.
You can also convert photos into PDFs, and OCR can be applied to them, it gives you a kind of control which is not commonly available.
Wondershare PDFelement 8 Pro Vs. Standard
The Pro version has a clear advantage over the Standard version.
Pro version supports the attachments of files in PDF, using OCR technology. This feature is not present in Standard versions of the software.
OCR technology, the key feature behind the PDFelement 8, is only available in the Pro version.
Also, batch process watermarks, Bates numbering, and formatting cannot be used in the Standard version. You cannot create PDFs from the scanner, searchable PDFs, and multilingual support is not available. OCR cannot even be used to retain the layout and formatting of a scanned document.
supports form field auto-recognition
Can extract data from form fields
Can extract and label data from scanned PDF's
Supports Bates Numbering, Redaction & OCR
Convert PDF's to other editable formats
Batch processing and output file optimization
Form creation options are also minimal with the standard version. While you can fill PDF forms in the Standard version, only the Pro version gives you the ability to avail automatic form creation, form auto recognition, batch data extraction from scanned and digital form, and so on.
While redaction is also highly valuable, it is not available in the standard version. Sensitive text and image redaction, search and redaction, color and custom redaction, and so on are not possible in the Standard options.
Wondershare PDFelement 8 Pro Review: Conclusion
The free version is enough to decide whether or not it is apt for your application.
PDFelement 8 Pro Interface
Using it is very simple, and I found the UI to be easy to adapt to and navigate.
PDFelement can be used by those who wish to perform simple functions like copy and paste out of a PDF, for school or college papers, fill a large number of forms, and even collect the data and analyse it from a number of forms, especially in large offices dealing with customer information, feedback and the like.
Retaining Original document Formatting
It stays true to the original formatting, with, tables and columns intact. This has several key benefits and is especially useful for teams who wish to collaborate, and for individuals and businesses dealing with large amounts of PDFs. While OCR performs exceptionally well for text, symbols might get mixed up once in a while. Hence, there is some scope for improvement in OCR.
Fast Data Processing
With reasonably quick functioning, it can go through relatively large amounts of data, and is the best bet, especially for legal and medical departments, where you often have to process large volumes of files, convert existing paperwork to PDF files, and redact information for security or privacy purposes.
PDFelement 8 Pro Usability
In overall, I consider it to be a one-stop solution, meeting the demands of several groups and bringing together a product that can address a lot of varied needs. Also, you can optimize documents to reduce their size, often up to 90%+, which is a handy feature.
With this tool, you can do almost everything PDF related. In this Wondershare PDFelement 8 Pro review, I went through the full range of tools and features it provides. You can avail these features for a reasonable price. I will recommend testing it out with the free version and making sure it meets your requirements. However, I am pretty sure that Wondershare PDFelement 7 Pro can replace a lot of the software you use to work with PDFs. In my opinion, it does a much better job than all of them combined at this price point.
Sourojit is Executive Editor at Dealarious. Rumor says He is Computer Science Engineer; He neither accepts it nor denies it. Tech Explorer, Philosopher and a Storyteller.