PDFelement

PDF and document management solution with OCR functionality

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PDFelement Overview

What is PDFelement?

PDFelement is a document management solution for businesses of all sizes that converts multiple document formats and image files into PDFs, which can be edited and annotated in one location. The system is capable of accepting image uploads, scanned documents, or photos taken directly on mobile devices and converting that item into PDF form. Microsoft office file formats such as .docx, .doc, .xlsx, .pptx, .ppt can all be accepted as the input file as well as image files such as .jpeg, .jpg, .png, .tiff, .gif, and .bmp. The system comes with a collaboration feature, which allows users with access to the processed PDF document to edit text and create comments without losing important style aspects such as formatting, font, and data cells.

PDFelement comes with optical character recognition (OCR) capabilities, which can recognize and convert documents in multiple languages and translate them into a specified language consistent throughout the document. The OCR component extracts text, graphics, images, and data derived from the input document and outputs a PDF without losing the original formatting. The system also comes with password protection, redaction, and access control features to ensure security and anonymity when handling sensitive documents.

PDFelement Overview

Pricing

Starting from
US$69.00/year

Pricing options

Free Trial
Subscription
Value for money

PDFelement supports a free trial version for mac and windows.
- PDFelement is priced starting at $69 billed annually
- PDFelementPro is priced starting at $99 billed annually for individuals or $129 billed annually for teams
- Please contact PDFelement directly for pricing options for PDFelement business


PDFelement Features

Devices
Business size
S M L
Markets
United States
Supported Languages
English

Media

Commenting feature to collaborate with co-workers and assist workflow
Annotation feature to mark documents by hand
Password protecting feature to give control to specific employees with granted access
PDFelement video PDFelement screenshot: Commenting feature to collaborate with co-workers and assist workflow PDFelement screenshot: Annotation feature to mark documents by hand PDFelement screenshot: Password protecting feature to give control to specific employees with granted access

PDFelement Reviews

PDFelement Reviews

Overall rating
4.3
/
5
Excellent
156

Very good
96

Average
18

Poor
4

Terrible
11

Value for Money
4.3
Features
4.2
Ease of Use
4.2
Customer Support
4.2
88% recommended this app
Shannon S.

I love this program

It has helped me be able to make brochures for the shops that carry my products. I can help them with advertising and make it work for their settings.


Johanne L.

Review for Free Gift (prefer a Windows Version Please)

I like pdfElement. So far it's introduced no malware into my Mac like the Adobe and extensions were causing. With the exception of this survey request, I've received no replies to my questions via email to your customer support team. This is not acceptable.


Tyne R.

Great software that does everything I need it to do

This is a quality product, well-thought out and well-executed. I especially recommend it to educators, as they have great education pricing options for both individuals, students, and institutions.


Harry S.

PDFelement 6 has issues

I work with PDF documents every day. I don't use a lot of the advanced features, but when I do need them, I want them to work flawlessly, intuitively and efficiently. PDF Element 6 does NOT meet those requirements.


Daniel I.

EXCELLENT SOFTWARE WITH MANY FEATURES - CUSTOMER SERVICE NEEDS IMPROVEMENT

I HAVE THE PROFESSIONAL VERSION WHICH WORKS GREAT , WITH THE EXCEPTION OF BEING ABLE TO CONTACT SOMEONE IN CUSTOMER SERVICE. PLEASE IMPROVE THIS SERVICE AND OFFER A TRANSPARENT LINK FOR CONTACT SOMEWHERE ON YOUR WEBSITE.


Shannon S.
Industry: Farming
Company size: Self Employed

I love this program

Used Monthly for 1+ year
Reviewed on 12/08/2019
Review Source: Capterra

It has helped me be able to make brochures for the shops that carry my products. I can help them with advertising and make it work for their settings.

Pros

I love the ease with which I can take apart PDFs, redesign, and put them back together. It is intuitive to use, and I've enjoyed playing with the features! I so appreciate the helpful tips that the company sends through email as well.

Cons

I'm not that techy or design-savvy- it does exactly what I need it to do, and I don't need a lot of experience to figure it out. No cons as far as I am concerned.

Response from Wondershare

Thank you so much for your amazing feedback! :) We do try our best to offer the best support we can, then try improve on it more. Let us know if you need any help! We are here for you.

Rating breakdown

Ease of Use

Likelihood to recommend: 10.0/10

Johanne L.
Industry: Insurance
Company size: 2-10 Employees

Review for Free Gift (prefer a Windows Version Please)

Used Daily for 1-5 months
Reviewed on 15/08/2019
Review Source: Capterra

I like pdfElement. So far it's introduced no malware into my Mac like the Adobe and extensions were causing. With the exception of this survey request, I've received no replies to my questions via email to your customer support team. This is not acceptable.

Pros

I like the "page" layout that allows moving of pages within the document and inserting new pages.

Cons

1. The inability to "word search" within documents (or at least I haven't figured it out) .

2. The on screen "docusign" signature feature. I cannot figure it out and it is not user friendly to set up document signatures! Very complicated and cumbersome.

3. The inability to have one license (Mac or Windows) to serve me. I have to use 2 different operating systems (one for Mac and one for laptop WIN) in order to access each of the 34 carriers' platforms/systems. Having to purchase 2 separate licenses is costly and one license should permit at least 2 systems or 2 systems of differing platforms.

4. Customer support/communications: non-existinet

Response from Wondershare

Thanks for your support and distinguished feedback. I will record and forward it to the relevant department and update this as a customized option. Any further problems or concerns, please don't hesitate to submit a ticket to http://support.wondershare.com/#/contact. The customer care team will email you a solution within 24 hours.
If you didn't receive the email, you will find the email in your trash box. Could you please tell me your ticket number?

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 7.0/10

Tyne R.
Industry: Education Management
Company size: 201-500 Employees

Great software that does everything I need it to do

Used Weekly for 1-5 months
Reviewed on 6/10/2020
Review Source: Capterra

This is a quality product, well-thought out and well-executed. I especially recommend it to educators, as they have great education pricing options for both individuals, students, and institutions.

Pros

It is very easy to convert documents and add text to existing PDF files. That is my main use. I've been impressed with the OCR technology and how accurate it has been. I continue to use this product at least weekly, and sometimes daily. I started using it when my organization suddenly went virtual and was completely unprepared for 'paperless.' Having worked in a paperless organization previously, I knew what I needed to make the transition smoother, but couldn't afford the software I had previously used. PDFelement was the perfect solution. I love that they have BOTH how-to videos and how-to articles. I typically like to read how to do something, and have been frustrated with how many programs have switched to video-only Help sections.

Cons

I really wish there was an web-based option, even if there were features missing. Especially in today's environment, I switch locations often and do not always have my laptop available when I want to be able to edit a PDF. The fact you have to download the software is my only con. There is a mobile app, though.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use

Likelihood to recommend: 7.0/10

Harry S.
Industry: Management Consulting
Company size: Self Employed

PDFelement 6 has issues

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 24/05/2019
Review Source: Capterra

I work with PDF documents every day. I don't use a lot of the advanced features, but when I do need them, I want them to work flawlessly, intuitively and efficiently. PDF Element 6 does NOT meet those requirements.

Pros

The cost was reasonable since I purchased it on sale. It allows up to 15 tabs to be open at one time and allows multiple instances of the program to run simultaneously.

Cons

1. It doesn't retain pinned documents. After a while, they become unpinned. Tech support is of no help. They say they can't duplicate the issue and just STOPPED helping me. Now, they ignore my service tickets for help.
2. It doesn't show all the open "tabbed" documents. They tend to disappear and then reappear.
3. Conversion from PDF to a document if very poor, especially to Word. The documents are unusable. A client used their program (Nitro Pro) for me and it was perfect. It's embarrassing when my client has to do a task that they are paying me to do.
4. Creating and using a "stamp" for a signature if very difficult and doesn't work well.
5. Converting a PDF to a form doesn't work well. It takes a lot of work (an hour or longer) to get it usable.
6. Every time the program is upgraded/updated it wipes out the setting for the default PDF program in Windows 10 (latest build)
7. The vertical scroll bar is very small and difficult to "grab" with my cursor. It would be easier to use if it was wider, or at least expanded when the cursor was close to it.
8. The program can run multiple instances, but still limits the total number of documents to 15.
9. I have a lot of issues trying to edit a PDF. It creates blocks of information instead of allowing free-form data entry/manipulation.
10. In PAGE mode, the images of the pages are so small that it's difficult to find the page I'm looking for. There isn't a zoom function so I spend too much time switching back and forth.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 2.0/10

Daniel I.
Industry: Import & Export
Company size: 2-10 Employees

EXCELLENT SOFTWARE WITH MANY FEATURES - CUSTOMER SERVICE NEEDS IMPROVEMENT

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 20/05/2019
Review Source: Capterra

I HAVE THE PROFESSIONAL VERSION WHICH WORKS GREAT , WITH THE EXCEPTION OF BEING ABLE TO CONTACT SOMEONE IN CUSTOMER SERVICE. PLEASE IMPROVE THIS SERVICE AND OFFER A TRANSPARENT LINK FOR CONTACT SOMEWHERE ON YOUR WEBSITE.

Pros

I USE PDF ELEMENT EVERYDAY AND THE SOFTWARE IS EXCELLENT. FROM TIME TO TIME THE NEW UPDATES CONTAINED BUGS AND COMPATIBILITY PROBLEMS WITH WINDOWS 10. THE MOST FRUSTRATING PROBLEM WAS GETTING IN TOUCH WITH SOMEONE TO RESOLVE OR REPORT THE PROBLEM.

THERE IS NO CLEAR PATH NOR ON:LINE CHAT SERVICE AVAILABLE FOR THIS SOFTWARE PACKAGE.
WHEN CONFRONTED WITH THESE COMPATIBILITY PROBLEMS MY ONLY OPTION WAS TO DELETE THE SOFTWARE AND REINSTALL . I HAVE NEVER BEEN ABLE TO GET IN TOUCH WITH CUSTOMER SERVICE.

Cons

VERY FLEXIBLE EDITING PLATFORM< THIS WORKS GREAT.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 8.0/10

User recommendation
8.6/10
Based on 285 user ratings
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PDFelement Pricing

PDFelement Pricing

Starting from
US$69.00/year
Free Trial
Subscription
Value for money

PDFelement supports a free trial version for mac and windows.
- PDFelement is priced starting at $69 billed annually
- PDFelementPro is priced starting at $99 billed annually for individuals or $129 billed annually for teams
- Please contact PDFelement directly for pricing options for PDFelement business

PDFelement supports a free trial version for mac and windows.
- PDFelement is priced starting at $69 billed annually
- PDFelementPro is priced starting at $99 billed annually for individuals or $129 billed annually for teams
- Please contact PDFelement directly for pricing options for PDFelement business

Value for Money
4.3/5
Based on 285 user ratings
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PDFelement Features

PDFelement Features

API
Access Control
Activity Dashboard
Activity Tracking
Automatic Notifications
Chat
Collaboration Tools
Collaborative Workspace
Commenting
Customisable Branding
Document Management
Document Storage
Drag & Drop Interface
File Management
Permission Management
Projections
Reporting & Statistics
Search Functionality
Third Party Integration
Workflow Management
Features
4.2/5
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Additional information for PDFelement

Additional information for PDFelement

Key features of PDFelement

  • Access Controls
  • Approval Process Management
  • Collaboration
  • Document Delivery
  • Document Extraction
  • Electronic Signature
  • OCR
  • Revision Tracking
  • Scanning & Imaging

PDFelement FAQs

PDFelement FAQs

Below are some frequently asked questions for PDFelement.

Q. What type of pricing plans does PDFelement offer?

PDFelement offers the following pricing plans:

Starting from: US$69.00/year

Pricing model: Subscription

Free Trial: Available

PDFelement supports a free trial version for mac and windows. - PDFelement is priced starting at $69 billed annually - PDFelementPro is priced starting at $99 billed annually for individuals or $129 billed annually for teams - Please contact PDFelement directly for pricing options for PDFelement business

Q. What are the main features of PDFelement?

PDFelement offers the following features:

  • Access Controls
  • Approval Process Management
  • Collaboration
  • Document Delivery
  • Document Extraction
  • Electronic Signature
  • OCR
  • Revision Tracking
  • Scanning & Imaging

Q. Who are the typical users of PDFelement?

PDFelement has the following typical customers:

Small Business, Large Enterprises, Mid Size Business

Q. What languages does PDFelement support?

PDFelement supports the following languages:

English

Q. What type of pricing plans does PDFelement offer?

PDFelement has the following pricing plans:

Subscription

Q. Does PDFelement support mobile devices?

We do not have any information about what devices PDFelement supports

Q. What other apps does PDFelement integrate with?

We do not have any information about what integrations PDFelement has

Q. What level of support does PDFelement offer?

PDFelement offers the following support options:

Knowledge Base, Online Support, Video Tutorials