Soda PDF Professional breaks into our top 10 convert PDF software by providing a range of useful functions. Soda has several tools for editing 3D shapes, and it can open up a variety of document types and also secure your files. Soda PDF allows you to create forms in PDF format and let anyone else to enter personal information and edit the document. While we enjoy being able to add a custom design to each PDF file, Soda still lacks vital abilities we were looking for.
Soda PDF includes tools for editing images, even 3D images. With the 3D images included with the software, you can create presentations or papers with more pleasing aesthetics. Editing tools also allow you to alter existing PDFs or create new ones. This PDF conversion software has basic image editors for resizing, copping and rotating, so you won't have to use a separate image editor. Soda has tools for converting a variety of file formats, including HTML, JPEG files, Word documents and Excel spreadsheets.
If you are looking to edit text, Soda PDF has a large variety of traditional fonts, which you can resize and move. This is a standard feature, but we did notice that text copied from the internet did not paste as accurately as text, which was pasted in from a word processor. This software lets you insert headers, footers and page numbers into any files, and Soda works with any browser. This browser compatibility has a preview mode allowing you to view created PDFs on any browser.
This convert PDF software comes with powerful security tools documents. Soda PDF can secure files with a password, and you can set different permission levels, as well as manage digital signatures. Additionally, it has 256-bit encryption, and you can add your own watermarks to PDFs you create.
This product also comes with reviewing tools. The reviewing tools include a stamp tool and the ability to attach sticky notes to elements of the page. It also has shape and drawing tools, and you can attach documents to a file and compare documents. Soda PDF can create PDF booklets, and it has a few pre-made forms. However, when we used the form template tool it kept shutting down the application. This happened three consecutive times on a PC running Windows 7.
Soda PDF does not score high in this area. The software can work with forms, links and images, but there is no tool for adding sound clips or video to PDFs.
It is important that printed documents closely match the PDF document you've created. Similar to all the other applications we reviewed, Soda PDF can match colors and margins. It terms of creating and sharing files with clients, customers, printers and colleagues, file type matters. Although most people nowadays have a copy of Adobe Reader on their computer, this software can also convert to other file types, including Word, text, PPT, HTML, Excel and image file types. Sometimes image file types are useful for sharing text online that you do not want read by search engines. The application can convert image files to PNG, JPEG, GIF and Bitmap files. It also includes adjustable compression.
We found Soda PDF relatively easy to use. We did, however, have to consult the help files quite a few times when we were trying to figure out how to perform certain tasks. This was especially true when we tried to edit existing PDFs, convert to other file types and configure compression. But once we figured out some minor details, we did not have too many difficulties with the PDF converting software.
While the help files are quite useful, Soda's online support is limited to a few FAQs and a telephone number. We were surprised to discover that the manufacturer, LULU Software, does not provide an email address. This is extremely rare for a software company. Additionally, when we contacted them by telephone, the customer service representative we spoke with could not answer some of our more complex questions about the product.
While we are impressed with the overall functionality of Soda PDF Professional, were disappointed that they don’t provide the multimedia tools for sound and video. Other than the lack of multimedia capabilities, Soda PDF Professional is well designed and easy to use. It has several great features, including editing, converting and collaboration tools. If you don’t need multimedia support and want an application that focuses on other features, such as designing forms, this may be a great solution for you.
Soda PDF Professional is simple to navigate and is capable of reading, creating, editing, converting and securing your files.
Soda PDF doesn’t have the ability to load video or sound clips into documents.
We were impressed with the straightforward design of Soda PDF Professional. The simple navigation makes accessing tools easier and more efficient.