For sharing professional files securely, PDF has become the most preferred choice. And rightly so as it’s more compatible and also offers desired control. While Mac comes with a built-in PDF editor named “Preview”, the app is quite basic due to several limitations like the inability to export files to other apps like Pages and Microsoft Word.
This is where third-party offerings have a role to play. And the one that has long been a top-notch PDF editor for Mac is Wondershare PDFelement. Packed with a range of new features, the 7th iteration of the software looks quite promising.
But where does the software stand in the pecking order? Has it got enough to warrant a premium price tag in the seemingly cut-throat competition with many notable players in the reckoning?
For the past week, I have been digging through PDFelement 7 to explore everything that the PDF editor has to offer. Now is the right time to share my tidbits about the software and whether or not it has lived up to my billing.
WonderShare PDFelement 7 for Mac and Windows Review
Intuitive UI for A More Simplified Experience
No matter how feature-packed a PDF editor is, it can’t offer a simplified experience if it lacks an intuitive user interface. That’s probably the prime reason why Adobe Acrobat has never been able to live up to my expectations. Despite being feature-rich, the software looks so cumbersome that it takes plenty of learning curve to master the tools. And if patience is not your virtue, chances are pretty high that you might as well give up on it rather soon.
As for PDFelement, it has always had a pretty neat interface. And the 7-gen software looks in line with the legacy. Wondershare has made sure the interface has a clutter-free appearance. As a result, the PDF editor for Mac and Windows feels familiar with the eyes right from the moment you dive into it.
Thus, even if you are not a pro, you can get a good hang of the app without having to go through a long learning curve.
Edit And Convert PDF With Ease
When it comes to editing PDFs, one set of basic tools doesn’t offer the desired result. Therefore, it’s better to have a range of editing tools to design PDFs proficiently. With top-of-the-line tools, PDFelement 7 provides the needed flexibility to edit PDFs. So, whether you are a professional who has to deal with PDFs or a student who wants a handy PDF editor to edit, create or convert PDF files, the software will live up to your expectations.
One notable feature of PDFelement is the ability to edit PDF documents using a word processor like editing tools. As someone who often has to deal with PDFs, I have found this feature super handy as it offers a bit more flexibility to edit docs. Whether it’s reorganizing PDF files or creating new ones from pages of existing docs, the software lives up to the mark.
While most PDF editors provide the option to convert PDFs into different formats, very few of them do so without losing fonts and formatting consistently. Without mincing my words, I would say that PDFelement excels in converting any PDF to and from Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and other Office formats. And that too without losing fonts and formatting with the maximum consistency.
A neat annotation is what makes a doc not only stand out but also put across the points vividly. So, a PDF must offer a wide range of annotation tools for giving a pro looks to docs. In this aspect, I think PDFelement has covered all the bases to make annotating PDFs a pleasing experience.
Therefore, you can perform markups with the highlight, underline, and strikethrough tools to create impressive docs. Oh yes, you can also use the freehand drawing tool or take advantage of the sticky notes to add some personal touch to your PDF.
When it comes to optimizing PDF output, PDFelement had always been good. But it was the one area where I felt the software had some room for improvement. However, the 7th-gen looks more efficient than its predecessors. And I won’t be surprised if it also leaves behind noted counterparts like iSkysoft and PDF Expert in terms of optimizing PDFs.
Arguably The Best OCR and Batch Encryption
As I have tried many iterations of PDFelement, I can vouch for the excellent OCR that this software possesses. Thanks to the top-notch OCR, you can turn paper documents and scans into fully editable, selectable and searchable PDFs. Depending on your needs, you will be able to create headers, footers, page numbers, watermarks, and stamps. And with the support for over 25 languages, it has got you fully covered.
As for password protection, PDFelement offers desired controls over pivotal aspects, allowing you to safeguard your docs by applying restrictions on printing, copying, or even altering. So, your docs stay away from the prying eyes and also keep the unauthorized access at bay.
To simplify the whole process, it offers highly efficient batch encryption. Therefore, you can encrypt multiple PDF documents with password protection at once. Moreover, you can also apply digital signatures to your docs so that they sport an authentic appearance.
Another feature that has caught my eyes in the latest iteration of PDFelement is seamless collaboration. And that’s exactly what you would need to work together on a project or keep the entire band in sync so that everyone loves working in tandem.
The app not only supports macOS and Windows but also iOS and Android. So, it doesn’t matter on which side of the spectrum you reside you can stay in the loop with all the latest changes. Apart from keeping a track of the progress, you can also edit, convert, comment, and sign PDF right from your fingertips. Better still, PDFelement on iOS and Android is free so that you won’t need to spend extra bucks to collaborate with your buddies. Furthermore, you can share your docs via email or upload them directly to many services like Google Drive, Dropbox, Evernote and more.
Probably the best part about PDFelement is that it works efficiently across platforms. While I have found the macOS and iOS versions of the software a bit more impressive, the Windows and Android counterparts aren’t behind either.
Provides Reasonable Price-to-Value Proposition
There are very few PDF editors for macOS and Windows that offer as an impressive price-to-value proposition as PDFelement 7. While the apps that are priced comparatively low don’t have the features to meet pro demands, the fully-featured ones like Adobe Acrobat Pro DC are priced way too high.
Wondershare offers PDFelement in three variants: PDFelement standard, PDFelement Pro, and PDFelement Business. Whereas the standard version is for personal use to create, edit, and sign PDFs, the pro variant provides a complete PDF solution for professionals and teams. As for PDFelement Business, it’s designed to offer comprehensive PDF editing solutions.
As of now, you can save up to $60 on PDFelement. Keep in mind, this is a limited time offer. So, if you would like to make the most of this exclusive offer, you need to hurry up a bit. You can check the pricing (individual, team, and education) on this page.
The price of PDFelement Pro for Mac’s team plan is $109/year/1 user – a lot less than the original price of $129/year/1 user. The educational plan currently offers a whopping 50% on PDFelement. So, if you are a student or a faculty, you can take advantage of this limited-time offer to get the PDF editor at a much less price.
Considering the wide range of pro tools and high efficiency, PDFelement 7 seems ahead of the curve. But the best part about this software is neither the advanced OCR nor the speedy batch encryption. The clean UI coupled with easy-to-use tools makes it a complete PDF editor for everyone. To learn more about this top-notch PDF editor for macOS and Windows, head over here.
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