Soda Pdf Review

Soda PDF Anywhere is a portable, intuitive, and reliable PDF software you can use at work, at home and on the go. It offers both a desktop and fully functional online PDF solution. With the web-based Soda PDF Online, you can access your features on any device with a web browser. In short, it is a complete PDF application that you can take with you wherever you go. You can create PDFs from more than 300 file formats.

Convert to an array of file types including Excel, Word, HTML, PPT, image, and PDF/A. Edit the content of your documents. Annotate your files. Create custom forms. Send and track contracts for electronic signature. You can also read your PDFs and digital publications in 3D with the app’s unique page-flipping technology. Take control of your files by modifying the content and customizing the structure of your documents to better suit your needs.

The app makes document revision easy. Plus, you can perfect your work by annotating your docs and collaborating with others.
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Go paperless by sending and collecting legally binding e-signatures. Create fillable digital forms such as invoices and surveys. There is no more need for retyping because with the innovative Optical Character Recognition (OCR) feature, you can convert scanned images and images into editable PDFs. Soda PDF’s new E-Sign service is a reliable and secure e-signing tool. It can take care of all your signing needs: you can prepare, send and track the status of your packages directly through the app.

Recipients don’t even need to register – they can e-sign using any device with a browser. Soda PDF offers advanced collaboration and security features, is easy to use, and enhances productivity. The best part is you can access all Soda PDF features in the cloud, from any mobile device.

Plus, you can prepare and send your contracts for e-signature directly through this app.

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Other advantages include multiple deployment choices, dedicated customer support agents, and volume licensing discounts.

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Other little features add to this feeling, as well. After installing the program, a Soda PDF 8 Creator tab appeared in my Microsoft Word (£15.17 Per Month at Adobe UK) options. Clicking it allowed me to easily convert and send whatever document I was working on as a PDF. The tab appeared in other programs that deal with file types that Soda PDF 8 supports, such as Excel and PowerPoint. Even the slick interface helps keep the program from feeling out of place. The menus look like something made by the Microsoft team that made Windows 10 (£15.17 Per Month at Adobe UK) .
Tool Selection
Soda PDF 8's tools are spread across nine themed modules: View, Create, Convert, Edit, Insert, Review, Forms, Secure & Sign, and OCR. Click on a module on the top row to access a submenu of its corresponding tools.
The View tool previews documents—and not just PDFs. You can also view .cbr files for comic books and .ePub files for eBooks. There's even a gimmicky 3D reading feature that lets you virtually turn pages as if the document were a physical book. The Create and Convert tools are pretty self-explanatory. They allow you to make new PDFs from existing documents, such as Excel (£15.17 Per Month at Adobe UK) or PowerPoint (£15.17 Per Month at Adobe UK) files, or turn PDFs into other types of image, text, or HTML files. I like you can work with batches of PDFs, not just single documents. View and Create are included with the free version, you'll have to pay for all the other modules.
Edit, Insert, and Review are for modifying PDFs in various ways. Edit lets you change text size and font as well as page order. It can also split a PDF into several separate documents. The Insert tab includes tools for adding and editing new elements, such as page numbers, headers and footers, watermarks, and other images. Review includes collaborative tools. You can comment on a document through text, highlighting, or even stickers and drawings.

The final three modules—Forms, Secure & Sign, and OCR—contain Soda PDF's most advanced, enterprise-friendly features. If you're building a PDF from scratch, you can take advantage of Soda PDF 8's presets for adding useful forms to your documents. A form could be something simple like a text field in a custom invoice or something more complicated, like a button for printing the document or a box for sending an email to an address you choose. You can import and export data into forms to make the process even smoother.

Under the Secure & Sign tab are all the options for your most-sensitive documents. You can add digital signatures, much as you can with SignNow (£15.17 Per Month at Adobe UK) . It's very convenient for people without a scanner who still need to sign a lot of contracts and other legal paperwork (as I did during my freelance days). You can also encrypt documents with 256-bit AES passwords and control permission levels that specify who can access your files. And if you're particularly paranoid, you can permanently redact sections of a document with black bars.
OCR, or optical character recognition, is one of the trickiest features for PDF software to nail down. With OCR, a program can theoretically scan a non-text file, like an image, and recognize any text therein. When it works, it can feel like magic. But during my testing Soda PDF 8's OCR was generally spotty. More often than not text wasn't recognized, and text that was recognized was misspelled. For example, "Follows You" became "Foilo'LSVou." But again, OCR is complicated. Adobe Acrobat Pro DC does it right, but only after a recent, massive overhaul. And our Editors' Choice for OCR software is still ABBYY FineReader 12 Professional (£15.17 Per Month at Adobe UK) . In this case, Soda PDF 8's pricing model comes in handy. You can and should spend $99 to buy the rest of the great tools without paying for the so-so OCR module.
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Once I finally put all the pieces together, I was impressed by Soda PDF 8's numerous capabilities. But our Editors' Choice, Adobe Acrobat Pro DC, offers all of those capabilities and then some, along with the latest advancements in PDF software straight from the source for $15 per month. However, if you don't feel like continually paying for that software through a subscription, you may instead want pay a $99 lump sum for Soda PDF 8 (without the OCR) for easy handling of your PDF needs.

Soda PDF 8



  • Integrates with cloud storage services.
  • 14-day free trial.
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  • Spotty OCR.

The Bottom Line

Some assembly is required, but Soda PDF 8 is excellent, full-featured PDF software.

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