PDF Suite Professional specializes in creating portable PDF files. The convert PDF software application has several helpful features in each of the categories we reviewed. While it lacks the multimedia capability of other applications, it still provides a number of editing and security features that home users as well as businesses will appreciate.
Need to make minor corrections to a document? You can use the Edit tab in PDF Suite Pro to make changes to characters, words or entire text blocks. You can also edit or manipulate the size and appearance of images with features like cropping as well as add tables, special characters and subscripted type. To support document reviews and collaboration, PDF Suite provides the usual convert PDF software markup tools including the pencil, highlighter, watermarks and sticky notes.
We did experience some uneven results when we tried editing a PDF with a font that apparently isn’t supported by the application. This isn’t a deal breaker, but it’s something to bear in mind. The easiest way to make major edits with PDF Suite is to use the Export tool to convert your PDF to a Word doc, make your changes in the word processor and then convert back to a PDF. The Edit tab also provides functionality for manipulating the pages of your document. We also like this convert PDF software’s Ruler tool, which you can use to place objects or images on a page. For securing and restricting access to documents, PDF Suite provides 256-bit password encryption and supports digital signatures.
This convert PDF software lets you add images and hyperlinks to a document, but there is no support for playing or embedding any interactive content, audio or video. You can however attach files to your PDF, so you might be able to create multimedia content in another program and attach it.
PDF Suite does support creating and filling in forms. You can add the usual form fields (text field, check box, radio button, etc.) to a blank or existing document to make it a form; you can also use one of the provided form templates or create a form template of your own. Additionally, PDF Suite, like our top convert PDF software, will highlight interactive fields on a form and has tools for importing and exporting the form data.
PDF Suite Pro provides basic printing but also has a tool for optimizing the size of your PDF for high-quality printing and displaying on the web. The Save Optimization tool has two tabs with options for manipulating the size and appearance of images (e.g., monochrome, color and greyscale) as well as metadata and text. The program conveniently allows you to save files as Word documents, PDFs and various image file types.
PDF Suite Pro has a clean, visually appealing interface with plain-English toolbar captions so it's easy to navigate. There is not much to remember – no complex tools or wizards to use – and you may never use the help menu or contact support. You should be able to perform the basic functions such as view, create, convert and edit with very little practice. The other great strength of this convert PDF software is that you can create PDFs from many locations. Create PDFs from within the interface by dragging and dropping the file onto the PDF Suite icon, from the add-in tools in an MS Office application, from the Windows Explorer shortcut menu, or by printing to the PDF Suite printer from any Windows application.
Admittedly, this program does not have some of the more advanced convert PDF software functions like complex wizards, scan-to-PDF functionality, much multimedia support, or support for hundreds of languages. But that is not necessarily a bad thing, as some users like a less cluttered interface where they can exercise more control. Should you require a more complex PDF solution or a product with more scale, you can view our comparison chart of convert PDF software.
This convert PDF software solution is designed to be simple enough that you never need to use the help menu or to contact support. There’s not even the built-in option to press F1 for help. We hope this isn’t just overconfidence in their product.
Should you actually need help, you can click on the user guide in the help menu and you’ll be redirected to the help section on the product website. Here you won’t find much information except for how to perform the basic convert PDF software functions. There is one YouTube video on the product homepage which will link you to a few other videos illustrating just the basic functions. If you have an issue that’s not addressed in these basic instructions, you will have to contact support via phone or email. Help is only available when you purchase the product.
While PDF Suite Professional has several key features in common with the best convert PDF software choices, it is still lacking many of the tools that we found beneficial in the top-ranked applications. PDF Suite Professional is a competitive choice because it does offer editing and converting capabilities at a low price. So if you only need the basic functions, without a lot of extras, this choice may work for you.
This convert PDF software application enables you to create PDFs from webpages.
PDF Suite Pro does not provide scan-to-PDF functionality or multimedia support, and the interface does not have a help menu or a undo/redo tool.
PDF Suite Professional is a good value for users with basic PDF conversion and editing needs.