Convert PDF Software Review

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Why Convert PDF Software?

Have you ever received documents from clients, customers, businesses, family members or friends and not had a compatible program on your own computer? Do you get tired of those pop-up promptings that suggest you download a compatibility pack? Have you ever spent hours, days or even weeks creating a document with unique text features, self-chosen pictures and an instructional video and not known how to send it because you knew that sending it in its current format would ruin the layout, features and other content when it was opened in a different application? There is a solution to all of these potential problems: convert PDF software. Convert PDF software allows you to open or save your document in a format that is universally readable and printable.

There are plenty of PDF software options that we would not consider a complete convert PDF software solution. We selected the best options with all the features, tools and quality we found users want. In this review site, you’ll find side-by-side comparisons of the top convert PDF software products along with supporting articles on convert PDF software to assist you with choosing the best solution for your needs and to provide you with a quick guide on how the software works. To read the full reviews on the top three products check out: Acrobat X Pro, PDF Converter Professional and Nitro Pro.

Convert PDF Software: What to Look For

To find the top 10 best convert PDF software applications, we looked at the most common features and design aspects the majority of users focus on in a convert PDF software product. The basic question for most users would seem to be: how do I create, edit, secure, enhance and share my documents easily? Below are the criteria we used to evaluate each software application:

Editing
Convert PDF software should allow users to make minor corrections to a PDF without having to first convert back to the original document format. This is especially important when you’re attempting to edit and create a PDF file of a scanned physical document. Your convert PDF software application should provide a way to mark up the document (add comments, highlight, strike out text, etc.) in case you need to collaborate with others. If there is editing to be done, you should have some way of signing your name on the document and securing it, limiting changes or blackening out sensitive information. The best software we reviewed also has tools for emailing your PDF or uploading it to a website.

Multimedia
A picture really is worth a thousand words. A full-featured PDF software choice should provide basic multimedia capabilities to add life to the otherwise plain text document. Our top convert PDF software products have the ability to add video and audio content as well as images. At the very least, the convert PDF software should allow you to add images and hyperlinks.

Printing
In addition to basic printing, you may want to know what tools are available for making high-quality documents to send out for commercial printing. Some of the software apps have special features like color matching or optimizing tools to ensure that your document prints exactly as it appears on your computer screen. A great feature is the ability to create PDFs from any application by printing to the PDF printer associated with the software.

Ease of Use
Convert PDF software should create PDFs easily from many different file types and from different locations, whether from the PDF software itself or from other word processing applications. Another important aspect is the feel of the interface. Does it have a familiar, intuitive feel? Is the design cluttered with tools and menus? Does the software have tools with captions that are easy to understand? We looked at each of these features while reviewing each application.

Help & Support
When determining the proper ranking for each product’s help and support team, we evaluated their resources and customer service efficiency. Is there a help menu included in the software, or do you have to go back to the website? Does the website have videos or tutorials explaining the product, a knowledgebase of articles or a forum of fellow users? The best convert PDF software choices are backed by companies that have user-friendly features like live chat and 24/7 customer support.

 
 
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8-6    Good
5-4    Average
3-2    Poor
1-0    Bad
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File Handling
Basic print document open speed (launch) 4 sec 29 sec 2 sec 5 sec 1 sec 7 sec 11 sec 15 sec 13 sec
Complex print document open speed (open) 2 sec 5 sec 2 sec 2 sec 1 sec 2 sec 3 sec 3 sec 3 sec
Multimedia document open speed (open) 2 sec 8 sec 3 sec 3 sec 3 sec 3 sec 12 sec 3 sec 5 sec
Saved file size for a complex print document 75% 84% 93% 100% Adjustable 100% 100% 100% 100%
Saved file size for a multimedia document 13% 11% 15% 100% Adjustable 100% 100% 100% 100%
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File Appearance
Embedded images
Kerned Type
Language Support
Microsoft Office Files
Software Bolded Type
Software Italicized Type
Software Underlined Type
Special Characters
Subscripted/SuperscriptedType
Tables
Truetype Font
Type 1 Font
Output Options
.doc
   
.pdf
.jpg
 
 
.tif
   
 
.xls
    
.html
  
 
.ps
        
.rtf
 
    
 
.xml
 
   
 
.txt  
 
    
.ppt  
    
.xps  
 
     
Printing Fidelity
Color Matching CMYK
Color Matching Pantone
Color Matching RGB
Images
Margins/Pagination
Type
Multimedia
Forms
 
Hyperlinks
Sound
     
  
Video
     
  
Interactive (Flash, Adobe Presenter)
     
  
Editing
Adding Text
 
Altering Existing Text
 
 
Collaboration Support
Combine Files
 
Forms
 
 
Hyperlinks
 
 
Images
 
 
 
Notes/Bookmarks
Pagination
 
Resize Page
 
Security
 
Ease of use
Interface Menus
 
Interface Tools
Online Help
 
User Manual
 
Tutorials
 
 
  
 
Supported Configurations
Windows 8
  
Windows 7
Windows Vista
Windows XP
Mac OSX