PDF-XChange Editor is a PDF editor that is the successor to the excellent PDF-Change Viewer. The design has been completely revised, making it much clearer and easier to use.
Aside from that, PDF-XChange Viewer has the same strengths as its predecessor, with editing tools for highlighting, selecting, and strikethrough text. Stamp selection and comment features make it easy to track changes to documents – features that are sometimes excluded from free PDF readers.
You can also extract or delete entire pages from a long PDF file and embed new content such as text, images, blank pages, or entire PDF documents.
PDF-XChange Editor is also great for converting documents between PDF and Word formats, and even includes OCR (Optical Character Recognition) for converting scanned documents into editable text.
Subscriptions and Prices
PDF-XChange Editor has a fully featured free tier and some upgradeable professional features. However, what is worth noting is that the free tier may be all that the majority of users need. The paid features are even usable and simply add a watermark.
While 70% of the features are available in the free version, there are two options for those who want to access the paid features. First up is PDF-XChange Editor, with a single user license starting at $56 for a year. If you want the even higher package with even more features, the price of a single license is $72 for a year of PDF-XChange Editor Plus.
If you are interested in business pricing, there are several licensing options based on the number of licenses needed. Varying from 3 to 75,000 licenses.
Many of the desirable features you would expect from a PDF editor are free in PDF-XChange Editor. These range from being able to view native image files and Microsoft Office to multilingual OCR, audio commentary, annotations, page formatting, stamps, an integrated Java script engine, hyperlinks, auto-marking of fillable fields and more.
The paid version includes additional features such as fillable PDF forms, convert to Microsoft Word format, combine PDFs, delete or move pages, scan directly to PDF, and more.
Interface and in use
The interface of PDF-XChange Editor is a great middle ground between comprehensive and simple. While not the most aesthetically pleasing to look at, it gets the job done efficiently. Buttons are easy enough to find, settings are logically placed and nothing is complicated. If you’ve ever used a Microsoft Office product, Adobe, or almost any type of text editor, the classic toolbar look will be very familiar. Just playing around in the latest edition of PDF-XChange, I found that I didn’t have to search too long for settings before I could find them and use a particular function. Things just make sense, even if you look at this interface at first glance, it may seem like a lot.
In addition, when selecting an amount of text or items on the screen, additional fields for viewing content appear on the left. So you can see what kind of item it is – text, title, image, etc – and more details about it. On the right side you will usually see your project or file.
A quick Google search reveals a surprising number of support forums and people talking about PDF-XChange. And by shocking I really mean it. But people seem to be really impressed and shocked by everything that can be done through this app. There’s even a subset of people who swear that this is the app that replaces Adobe Acrobat.
All in all, beyond the community of help and FAQs to be found, the PDF-XChange team has chatbots, along with a number of other ways to keep in touch with product support, issues, and more. While I personally had no desire to contact with issues, from my research they seem to be quite responsive to customers.
Some dedicated PDF-XChange users are convinced that it is the best PDF editor out there. Others swear by the features for the price. My experience was good but there was nothing amazing. But maybe that’s the point. While nothing stood out as incredible, there was also nothing that stood out as annoying or in the way. Nothing was missing, nor was there anything confusing or frustrating. PDF editors and that kind of work can be frustrating, with enough complications. So, by having a system that is easy to use and simple with understandable processes to edit and modify a particular document or project, PDF-XChange is at the forefront?
I was impressed that despite the amount of PDF editing I do, I didn’t have to switch to another program. That tells me a lot. I didn’t have to jump to one I was more familiar with just to get my work done. So also in that sense this is a huge positive point.
I think this is a great product that has the ability to be your one and only PDF editor without any compromise.
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