PDFs are an increasingly common way to share documents of all kinds. From resumes to photo albums or even entire e-books, PDFs are as universally recognized as Word documents are. But unfortunately, unlike standard text documents, they are not easy to edit. To really fine-tune your PDFs, you’ll need to use the right PDF-editing software.
Introducing PDFelement 6 Pro
PDFelement 6 Pro makes editing PDFs as easy as editing any .doc or .txt file. The latest version of this PDF editor brings a total design overhaul, with an instantly familiar tile-based user interface. This makes it easy to find your way to the tools you need, even if you’ve never edited a PDF before, which is pretty likely.
That sense extends to the app’s functionality as well. Using clearly laid-out tools, you can annotate, edit, share, encrypt, convert, run OCR and more while working with your PDF file.
To put PDFelement 6 Pro to the test, we tried uploading a scanned page from a book. We purposely used a scan that was not lined up correctly, so dark edges were visible at the side of the page.
After downloading the app, we had to download and install a module for optical character recognition (OCR). The installation process for the OCR tool was quick and easy.
Running OCR on the page took about five minutes. Once completed, a separate OCR version of the document was automatically created. All text on the page appeared exactly as it did in the original, except that now it was fully editable. All we needed to do was click on the text with the “edit” function enabled, and start typing. The file even retained the original fonts. This ability is a real lifesaver in situations where you need to make quick edits to a scanned PDF file.
With each file, you can also adjust metadata and other properties like the description, permissions and more. The toolbar is located in the upper corner of the screen, so you can easily hide or show this data whenever required.
Plenty of PDF features
The newest version of PDFelement comes with five new features. The new form-recognition tool turns any non-fillable form created in an Office application into an editable, fillable PDF. With Excel files, you can now batch-extract and collate data from various PDF files into a single .csv file. The text-editing interface has also been streamlined.
A straightforward PDF editing experience is where this app really shines, though. Open or drag and drop a .pdf file into the program and it will open into a workspace full of clear, easy-to-use options for adding text, images or hyperlinks. You can edit text line by line or in paragraphs. Depending on the number of changes, line edits work better for retaining the overall shape of the text. (You can learn more about how to edit PDF on Mac here.)
The imported PDF can also be easily converted to other formats. Just click “Convert PDF” on the home screen, then select the output format and location. There are a ton of different format options available, from image and text files to Excel, PowerPoint, EPUB formats and more. It’s basically an easy “save as” function for PDFs. You can also convert these file types to PDF by selecting the “Create PDF” option from the home screen.
Additionally, PDFelement 6 Pro includes tools for batch-conversion, extracting PDF form data and more. The Pro version of PDFelement is a powerhouse PDF editing tool, letting you perform everything from basic tasks like editing text to more advanced functions like batch-processing watermarks, optimizing PDFs, redacting text or images, and much more. (Get more details about PDFelement 6’s features.)