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 9 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, and 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, and HWP 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 Wondershare PDFelement 9.
This Wondershare PDFelement 9 Review aims to share my usage experience with this tool, and you can see if it fits your needs.
Wondershare PDFelement 9 Review: Quick Summary
- Modern & Easy Interface
- A lot of PDF editing options
- Online document storing
- Multilingual OCR support
- Cloud sharing of documents
- OCR has minor accuracy issue
- Add text feature can be improved
- The free trial is limited with watermark
Supported Platforms: Windows, OSX, Android, iOS
Value for Money
Wondershare PDFelement 9: Overview
The new Wondershare PDFelement 9 has an impressive list of features. My findings on the highly useful, and quite prominent features are listed below:
1. Creating PDFs
- PDFelement 9 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. You can even add from the templates provided
- Add, update and remove watermarks
- Add, update and remove Header or Footer
- Automatic spellcheck
- Add a hyperlink
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.
- Add stamps to PDF files by using predefined stamps or create new stamps.
- Distance Measure tool measures the sizes of objects in the PDF. This tool is especially useful for CAD designers and architects, but in general, it can be used by anyone.
5. Form Recognition
- Fill PDF Forms directly
- Create, and extract data from the form
6. Secure PDF
- Delete or redact sensitive information
- Password protection
- Sign PDFs with handwritten signature
- 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
8. New Tools Included (Windows Only)
- PDFelement 9 includes a new Recognize Table feature. It lets you automatically recognize tables in PDF files, the contents of which you can copy and paste to Word or Excel sheets as required. It saves your valuable time.
- Document translation
Wondershare PDFelement 9: Pricing Plans
Wondershare PDFelement 9 comes with 1 year, 2 years, and a Perpetual license (One-Time Fee) plan for Individuals.
- 1-Year Plan: $79.99
- 2 Years Plan: $109.99
- Perpetual License: $129.99
Users with a Perpetual license will get access to all the advanced features which also include free updates. But major version updates are not included under this licensing plan. The yearly plan includes all free updates as well as major upgrades.
Download Wondershare PDFelement 9
I was able to download the setup file and install it quite easily. There is also a trial version available for PDFelement. However, I will suggest going for the Paid version. 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 paid 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 9 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 68 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 9: Interface Review
The new PDFelement 9 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 9 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 confusion here. It almost looks like the home screen of popular word editors and functions similarly as well.
Wondershare PDFelement 9 Review: Key Features
You’ll find several attractive features with the all-new PDFelement 9.
1. Easily create, edit, and review your documents
The software allows you to create PDFs, as well as edit them easily. You can also move, cut, and delete portions from existing PDFs. You can change fonts, and 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 9 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 PDFelement 9, OCR technology can be entirely made use of in more than 25 languages.
With OCR technology, you can convert a scanned document into a fully searchable and editable PDF document. 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 in a PDF file at one location. PDF image extraction is a super handy feature, and I have been looking for it for a long time.
The PDFelement identifies scanned documents and asks whether you would like to use OCR to convert them. The first-time conversion might require installing 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.
The right text size and fonts are automatically selected when you add text. It is a helpful feature. Besides, you can add and resize images and add headers, footers, and page numbers. The interface is also highly minimalist.
You can create, apply, and validate digital signatures and handwritten 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 in the Protect 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 9 makes this process quite simple. In addition to creating them on this software, you can also create them using any office app, and PDFelement's Automatic Form Recognition technology takes over.
PDFelement 9 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 9.
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 apply OCR to them; it gives you a kind of control that is not commonly available.
6. Translate PDFs into different languages
Now you can easily translate your PDFs into the language of your choice using the Translate feature found under the Tool tab.
Please note that an Internet connection is required for this feature to work.
7. Wondershare Document Cloud
Wondershare PDFElement 9 offers a cloud-based platform to store and manage your PDF files in the cloud with the Wondershare Document Cloud feature. You get 1 GB of free cloud storage. Also included is the electronic signature feature. Using this feature requires an Internet connection.
Wondershare PDFelement 9 Paid Vs. Trial
The Paid version has a clear advantage over the trial version.
The paid version supports the attachments of files in PDF, using OCR technology. This feature is not present in the free trial of the software.
OCR technology, the key feature behind the PDFelement 9, is only available in the Paid version.
Also, you cannot use batch process watermarks, Bates numbering, and formatting during the trial. You cannot create PDFs from the scanner; searchable PDFs and multilingual support are unavailable. You cannot even use OCR to retain the layout and formatting of a scanned document.
Save PDF files without watermark
Can compress PDF files
Can translate PDFs to any languages
Can capture Scrolling Screenshot
Supports XFA Form filling
PDF conversion, Batch Processing, Combining PDFs, and Recognizing Tables are also minimal with the trial version. Trial users can use the free templates provided by Wondershare PDFelement. For premium templates, you will have to switch to the paid plan.
Wondershare PDFelement 9 Review: Conclusion
The free version is enough to decide whether or not it is apt for your application.
In this Wondershare PDFelement 9 review, I tested the application to see how it fares in terms of the below factors. Here's to conclude with:
PDFelement 9 Interface
Using it is very simple, and I found the new UI easy to adapt to and navigate. Now you can choose between the Light and Dark themes, whichever suits you.
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 analyze 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 occasionally. 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. It 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 9 Usability
Overall, I consider it a one-stop solution, meeting the demands of several groups and bringing together a product that can address many varied needs. Also, you can optimize documents to reduce their file sizes, often up to 90%+, which is a handy feature.
With this tool, you can do almost everything PDF related. In this Wondershare PDFelement 9 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 9 can replace many 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.
Wondershare PDFelement 9 Review: Frequently Asked Questions
Does PDFelement have a free version?
Yes, but please note that our free version has limited features only. There is also a free trial. It's just that some features might require you to purchase a license.
Is PDFelement better than Adobe Acrobat?
Compared to Adobe Acrobat, PDFelement is reliable, and the learning curve is minimal. In addition, it is quite affordable compared to Adobe Acrobat.
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.