PROS / You can optimize PDFs for the web and mobile devices.
CONS / While you can convert Word documents to PDFs, you cannot convert PDFs into other Microsoft Office formats.
VERDICT / In terms of capabilities and performance, Qoppa PDF Studio matches that of the top-rated PDF converters on our list. However, it has a steeper learning curve, and you can't convert PDFs into Word docs.
Qoppa PDF Studio Pro has several helpful features, including a batch converter and drag-and-drop editing, so you can quickly convert and edit PDFs. While we found the learning curve slightly steeper with Qoppa versus the best PDF converters, its numerous features make it a software option worth considering if your business frequently converts documents to PDFs.
To begin using Qoppa Studio Pro, you must first download it to your desktop. However, it has an associated app you can use to view PDFs. The software does not come with a setup wizard, but the clean interface and labeled tools help you navigate the software.
One thing to be aware of with this PDF conversion application is a limitation when converting documents that have been scanned using an optical character recognition (OCR) application. Typically, when you convert a text document using OCR software, invisible text is added, which prevents you from using OCR technology to convert the document again. Qoppa isn't able to convert documents that have been scanned and converted previously using an OCR application. In testing PDF Studio, we were not able to convert several documents for this very reason. Therefore, if you plan to convert a number of documents into PDFs that you've previously scanned and converted using OCR software, this application won't be able to do that for you.
Qoppa PDF Studio Pro has numerous tools to facilitate collaboration. Using the redaction tool, you can black out text, which completely removes all traces of that text from the document so that other people accessing the file cannot read sensitive information. The program also has the ability to compare different versions of the same document. You can use this to verify whether the document was converted correctly or to evaluate changes other collaborators have made to the document.
In addition to collaboration tools, this PDF converter includes features that make your PDFs more interactive and advanced. For example, using the bookmark tool, you can link to other pages or paragraphs in the PDF. It also has drag-and-drop editing. While you cannot simply grab a page and drop it into a new place in the PDF, the software has a dropdown toolbar that allows you to move pages to anywhere in the document. You can optimize PDFs for both websites and mobile devices to ensure that pages display correctly and to minimize the bandwidth required to view them.
While Qoppa PDF Studio features some advanced capabilities, it lacks a couple of tools that would make it more convenient. First, the program does not integrate with cloud services. Second, Qoppa only converts Microsoft Word documents to PDFs, but not vice versa. You can't convert a PDF to other Microsoft Office formats, which is limiting for PDF conversion software.
While this program was more difficult to use than other applications on our lineup, the support options significantly reduced the learning curve. The software has tutorials that offer step-by-step instruction as well as a searchable knowledgebase. You also can email or call technical support for direct help.
Qoppa PDF Studio offers a range of PDF conversion tools to help you create, edit and convert documents to PDFs. While it lacks some key features, specifically the ability to convert PDFs to Word documents, Qoppa's PDF converter serves as a good option, especially if you only need to convert files into PDFs.