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Wondershare’s PDFelement, now available in version 8.0, vies for the title of best Adobe Acrobat alternative and prides itself on being a PDF editor “built on simplicity,” whether you use it with macOS or Windows. We’ve seen nothing in our use of the Mac version of the utility to quibble with any of that. It’s powerful and easy to use.
The great thing about the all-new, all-in-one PDFelement for Mac is that it makes working with PDFs about as easy as working with a word-processing application, like Microsoft Word. You can also get PDFelement for iOS.
Gone are the days of groaning over PDF files that are hard to save as another file type, limit the fields you can fill, or make it difficult or awkward to add a signature, for example.
And PDFelement is far less expensive than Adobe Acrobat — around a quarter the price — which is important to a lot of people.
PDFelement 8 for Mac: Easy PDF editing
We found it a simple matter to edit elements within a PDF on a Mac. Those elements can include text, images, pages, links, backgrounds, watermarks, headers and footers. You can even fix typos, rearrange pages, and crop or swap photos.
Wondershare redesigned the user interface for version 8 of PDFelement. The icons are large, clear and simple to follow, ensuring ease of navigation. You can readily see how to do what you need to do. Lots of drag-and-drop functionality makes everything easy.
With the stated 50% improvement in document-conversion quality in version 8, we found the Microsoft Office documents we converted using PDFelement’s PDF Converter — from Word and Excel — to be clear and easy to read.
Another thoughtful feature, called Tab Lock, can help you avoid a common (but very unwelcome) mishap. When reading and editing multiple PDF documents in different tabs, you can employ Tab Lock with one click. And, as the name indicates, with Tab Lock in place, you don’t have to worry about accidentally closing the tab by mistake when you switch back and forth between PDFs.
Like a lot of apps these days, PDFelement 8 offers Mac users Dark Mode and Light Mode. You can switch between them to suit the environment, say, depending on the time of day or night you’re working on a document.
New features for Mac
With the all-new PDFelement 8 for Mac come some features we found useful. They simply help make working with PDFs easy and quick.
- PDFelement 8 for Mac offers a new Outline view. It makes annotating documents easy and intuitive — especially if you need to collaborate with others on ideas or updates.
- The Organize Page is simpler and more clearly laid out than in previous versions.
- A Trackpad Signature feature lets you sign your name very easily.
- Multi-tab navigation helps you find functions fast and keep your documents well-organized.
Solid functionality makes working with PDFs a breeze
There are plenty of functions in PDFelement 8 for Mac we could mention. A couple of favorites stand out in particular, though, for their ease-of-use and value in helping handle document changes easily.
PDF Converter: The utility makes it easy to convert PDFs to or from virtually all popular file formats, such as Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Text, Images, Epub, HTML, RTF, Pages and more. It takes little more than a click to convert, and of course you can also modify the converted file. One of the great things about it is you won’t lose any formatting or see fonts altered in the process. And you can convert up to 500 files at a time.
PDF Annotator: You can mark up PDFs with a set of commenting tools that cover the bases and then some. They make it easy to track comments when you have multiple reviewers, keep track of changes and highlight sections or details for others to see. You can take notes and share them. It’s worth noting, too, that the program has security features that let you black out text, require passwords, etc.
And since so many folks rely on PDFs to fill out and sign forms, we must mention that PDFelement makes it easy. It enables you to securely fill out, sign and share documents across all of your devices, anytime, anywhere. (Read more from Wondershare about signing PDFs with PDFelement.)
With the new PDFelement 8, Wondershare offers an all-in-one PDF solution that supports macOS, iOS, Windows, Android and cloud versions. It’s economical to buy and highly functional and convenient to use when you need to work with PDFs, whether you’re creating them, converting them to or from various file types, or editing and signing them on your own or in collaboration with others. It’s also free to try, so it’s a good idea to go ahead and do that. You may never have another PDF headache again.
Price for PDFelement 8 for Mac: $69.99 a year for Mac only; $99.99 a year for bundle for Mac or Windows.
Where to download: Wondershare