When Adobe developers created the PDF document format in 1993, perhaps even they had not anticipated the immense popularity the PDF files were to gain in the future. Decades later, now PDF documents are used for everything from e-books to payment receipts.
As more and more businesses are joining the green revolution to reduce paper usage in their everyday activity, they are switching to PDF documents. In fact, if you order something online from certain stores, they email you payment receipt in PDF document format instead of printing it out on a paper and then mailing it to your address.
If your business also demands the creation, conversion or digitally signing the PDF documents, then there are many good quality and high performance PDF software suites available for you.
PDFelement software suite encompasses all the possible PDF tools and features that a business would need in order to create, edit, convert, or digitally sign the PDF documents. With a user interface similar to Microsoft Office, PDFelement offers a wealth of features – you can scan your paper documents into PDF files, run OCR on the scanned documents and make them text-search ready, annotate the PDF documents, convert them to Microsoft Word documents or HTML files, export the PDF files as JPEG images, conflate many PDF files together, digitally sign the documents, collaborate with your office colleagues when editing a PDF file and many more.
Smarter editing – PDFelement offers not just the painless editing of the text in a PDF file, but it offer smarter editing – it allows you to change the font face, font size, and style. While editing the text, it automatically checks the text for spelling just like in Microsoft Word. And if you want to edit the graphic objects, it allows you to rotate, mirror or crop them with ease.
Conversion to other formats – You can convert existing PDF documents to Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint, HTML files, JPEG images and many other file formats. You can extract a portion of PDF document into any supported file format or split one PDF into multiple PDF files. It supports batch conversion so that you can convert multiple PDF files in just one click.
Create PDF files from any source – PDFelement can create PDF documents from a number of sources – you can scan hard copies of your documents and create PDF files from them, you can convert other files (over 300 different file formats are supported) into PDF documents, you can also create PDF files from scratch using any document editor.
Digitally sign PDF documents – In order to protect PDF files against unauthorized modifications, you can digitally sign them. PDFelement makes it easy to protect your PDF files using AES 256 bit encryption, digitally sign them and even share them with others using Dropbox or through email messages.
For small, medium and large businesses, the PDFelement software suite contains everything needed to start working with PDF documents. It works on both Windows and Mac. It is feature rich, easy-to-use and very affordable for business owners. To know about more features of PDFelement, please check PDFelement 6 Professional version.
Price: Std version $59.95, Professional version $99.95 (one time fee, works forever). Free for iOS – https://itunes.apple.com/app/apple-store/id1150215996?mt=8
Supported Platforms: Windows, Mac, iOS, Android.
As expected, this software suite from the inventor of the PDF document itself, contains everything you can imagine and more. Adobe Acrobat DC comes with three components – Acrobat Reader DC which allows you to read, print and digitally sign the PDF documents, Acrobat DC that allows you to edit the PDF documents in a myriad of ways, and Adobe Document Cloud (DC) that allows you to create, export and share your PDF documents. With an overflow of features and seamless integration with the operating system, Adobe Acrobat DC sets the industry standard for all the PDF editors.
Since Adobe Acrobat DC is built around the Adobe Document Cloud, it makes it very easy to store your PDF documents in the cloud. This also enables you to work with your documents from any device running Windows, Mac or the mobile apps. But the cloud subscription model means that you have to pay an annual subscription fee making it considerably more expensive than other software suites.
Price: $179.99 for 1 year of subscription (recurring annually).
Supported Platforms: Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android.
Sejda PDF Editor is available both as web app and as desktop software. Both of them offer the same features like creating, editing, annotating, adding signatures, conversion of one document into another and more.
The web app version of Sejda PDF Editor is very simple and mainly intended for quickly working with some basic PDF tasks. Even though it has an “add signature” feature, it does not support digitally signing documents instead it allows you to overlay your signature image anywhere on the document.
The desktop version of Sejda PDF Editor is for offline use but essentially contains the exactly same features as the web app version. It opens up with an interface showing you all the functions related to splitting the PDF, merging the PDF, conversion between PDF files and other formats, edit the PDF files and protecting the PDF files.
Sejda PDF Editor follows a monthly and annual subscription model, just like Adobe Acrobat DC. But with average set of features and a hefty annual subscription fee, it appears to be more than expensive.
Price: $63 for 1 year of subscription (recurring annually).
Supported Platforms: Windows, Mac, Linux, Web App.