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PDFelement Review

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PROS / PDFelement has several support options to help you learn how to create and edit PDFs with ease.

CONS / You can't compare documents side by side after a conversion to gauge accuracy.

 VERDICT / While PDFelement lacks a few convenience features, like drag and drop editing, it is an easy program to learn and master. It features a clean, uncluttered interface and accessible support options that minimize the learning curve.

Editor's Note: PDFelement 6 is now available. Clicking the Buy button will take you to this version for purchase. The manufacturer lists the new version as offering the following features: enhanced editing capabilities, new form-recognition capabilities and an updated interface. We will evaluate, rank and review PDFelement 6 when we next update Convert PDF Software. 

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Wondershare's PDFelement was one of the easiest programs to set up and use. Not only does the software have a clean and easy-to-navigate interface, but the setup wizard immediately clued us in to where the editing and conversion tools were located. We were able to convert documents to PDFs and vice versa within a minutes of installing this program.

  1. A score that reflects how easy the software was to install and use.
    Higher is Better
  2. 6 PDFelement
    80%
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  6. Category Average
    76.00%

This PDF converter recognizes 26 languages when it converts scanned pages or PDFs into editable text. This makes it a good option for companies that do international business. Another useful tool for businesses is the program's batch converter, which converts large quantities of documents into PDFs. When testing this application, we found that regardless of the size of the files, the program offered high performance, converting documents quickly and accurately.

Unfortunately, one feature that is missing is the software does not feature side-by-side comparisons of files, which makes it more difficult when you are scanning documents for accuracy. You also cannot edit PDFs by dragging and dropping pages. Instead, you can combine PDFs, but it is more tedious than simply dragging and dropping pages from one document to another.

PDFelement has some useful privacy and storage features. Using the text redaction tool, you can black out sensitive content to prevent others from viewing confidential information. This feature is particularly useful for collaboration as well as integration with cloud storage. You can save files to popular cloud services like Dropbox, Google Drive and Evernote so your team can access documents anywhere.

In addition to the cloud, PDFelement supports several file types. The program converts PDFs to Word, Excel, RTF, PowerPoint, HTML, ePub, images and vice versa. This PDF converter is one of the few on our list that supports the ePub format, which is used for eBooks. Another useful feature PDFelement offers is the option to customize PDFs for the devices they will be read on. For instance, you can optimize PDFs for websites and mobile device screens.

Wondershare, the manufacturer, offers a number of different help and support options. The website has a searchable knowledgebase, user manuals, frequently asked questions and forums. If you need further help, you can contact technical support by phone or email. While the website doesn't offer live chat, we received prompt responses to our emailed inquiries.

Summary

PDFelement serves as a good PDF converter, especially for work teams that collaborate on documents frequently. The software has numerous tools that protect the integrity of a document, like text redaction, as well as easy accessibility so numerous people can access and edit documents simultaneously. Working across multiple platforms and integrating with cloud services make this one of the best PDF converters for collaboration.

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