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DeskPDF Studio X

CNET Editors' review

Billed as "the ultimate paperless solution," Docudesk's deskPDF Studio X is aimed squarely at Adobe Acrobat. Studio X can create PDFs from any application, edit the text and images in any PDF, and convert PDFs to Word, Excel, HTML, and other document types. It can sign, stamp, and add freehand and freetext markup as well as letterheads, watermarks, and other custom touches to your documents. Features like PDFzen integration allows one-click Cloud storage and easy publishing and sharing of documents online via social media, e-mail, and fax, while 256-bit encryption, digital IDs, and other strong security measures keep you and your data safe. Studio X is free to try for 10 days and retails for a nickel less than $60 -- much less than a new copy of Acrobat. Studio X v5.0 works in Windows XP to 8 and features a newly-redesigned interface among other additions and improvements.

Installing deskPDF Studio X involves several options, including making it your default PDF viewer and installing deskPDF MSOffice Integration. The program's redesigned user interface resembles the look of the latest Office apps, including an attractive take on Office's Ribbon toolbar. This efficient arrangement opens a full-length toolbar of specialized tools and options whenever you click one of Studio X's 11 tabs (including the Help menu and Activate Trial button). Studio X also follows Office's lead with File and Home tabs for opening and editing documents. Studio X handled every task with ease in our tests, though we really only scratched the surface of this powerful toolkit's capabilities. Some notables: The Compact PDF tool lets you shrink documents to optimal size with wizard-like efficiency, OCR scanning is easy, and PDFzen really does upload documents with a single click.

We've used Acrobat as well as every kind of PDF freeware, and deskPDF Studio X impressed us with two facts: 1) While free tools can do a lot, there's no substitute for a competent, full-featured PDF solution; and 2) Software that meets these criteria doesn't have to be expensive. While Studio X probably can't replace Acrobat in every situation or environment, it belongs on top of the short list of affordable alternatives.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of deskPDF Studio X 5.0.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    3.9 stars

    out of 50 votes

    • 5 star: 34
    • 4 star: 2
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 12
  • Current version:

    3.4 stars

    out of 12 votes

    • 5 star: 7
    • 4 star: 0
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 4
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  • 5.0 stars

    "Very happy with this download"

    March 27, 2014  |   By lester_matthew

    Version: DeskPDF Studio X 5.0

    Pros

    I just needed a program to turn some of my papers pdf files. I was a user of Advanced Scan to PDF Free for a few weeks.

    Definitely worth the download, it does everything imaginable from scanning papers to sending PDFs. I scanned a lot of documents to PDF with very little efforts.

    Cons

    So far everything works fine

    Summary

    Advanced Scan to PDF Free does everything I need. I'm happy with the program and the online guidance.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Absolute dealbreaker"

    March 3, 2014  |   By dsidler88

    Version: DeskPDF Studio X 5.0

    Pros

    It works as advertised. Except...

    Cons

    The trial version creates a watermark at the bottom of the PDF. This does not appear when you open the PDF in this software, but it will for any other PDF viewer. There is no warning or indication that this software will leave a watermark on the document.

    Summary

    I was definitely going to upgrade to the full version of this software. But i think it was very misleading, abhorrent business practice for them to surprise me with this, I only found out because a potential employer used Adobe to view my resume... My f#^$%*@ RESUME. So thanks, DeskPDF. You potentially ruined my chances at several jobs today. Try to keep your customers in mind next time. Do you really need a time trial, AND a watermark?

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Use it everyday - our office went paperless a year ago."

    February 24, 2014  |   By JeanneBergelin

    Version: DeskPDF Studio X 5.0

    Pros

    We are CPA's. All our documents are saved as PDF's. I can easily update my PDFs, add pages, correct spelling and insert data using DeskPDF Studio X.

    Cons

    I have had problems converting the PDF to excel.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Very happy with this purchase"

    February 11, 2014  |   By ftricamo

    Version: DeskPDF Studio X 5.0

    Pros

    I just needed a program to write and edit pdf files.I was a user of deskPDF Professional for a few years. Decided to upgrade to Studio X after my purchase of a new computer with Office 365.

    Definitely worth the upgrade, Studio X does everything imaginable from extracting from pdf's, editing pdf's (matching fonts seamlessly) to converting pdf's to Word, Excel, JPEG's, TIFF's and PNG's.

    I convert a lot of documents to Word and have to touch up the layout far less than i would have expected. Very little maintenance.

    When I edit a pdf directly, i am amazed that it auto matches the font so well.

    Setting security features of my documents is fast and easy.

    Since it is my default viewer, I always have Studio open with a variety of docs open and i find myself editing directly. Something I could never do with 2.5

    Cons

    As for figuring out how to use all the features, definitely play with it to figure it out. The Help is very basic.

    Summary

    I had an issue where it would not covert pdf to Word. I played with it for a few days, searched the FAQ's and finally submitted a ticket. I had a response within hours suggesting I uninstall it, reboot, reinstalled, rebooted and it worked from then on. I think it was more of a Windows operating system process than a Software issue.

    Studio X is as robust as it claims to be. It does everything I need need and more.

    I am happy with the program and the Customer Service.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "One of the worst pieces of software I have every used"

    January 26, 2014  |   By The_Ranter

    Version: DeskPDF Studio X 5.0

    Pros

    There are no pros to this software. Do not waste your time or money

    Cons

    Nothing but cons. Too many to even mention. Incredibly slow. If attempting to pan and zoom make sure you have a coffee pass the time. Does not translate documents properly. Does not print properly. Often prints blank pages. Continually gets out of memory error even with 64gig of RAM on my system. Have attempted to contact customer support several times with no response other than an automated email saying they will be in contact but they have never addressed any of my isses.

    Summary

    One of the worst software I have ever used. I would avoid this software at all costs. I have to seriously question all of the positive reviews I have seen as they are completely unsubstantiated by any function of the software. If you don't believe me make sure to download the demo before purchasing. I made the mistake of purchasing the software based on reviews and I paid for it.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Terrible product!"

    January 12, 2014  |   By lmkelley

    Version: DeskPDF Studio X 5.0

    Pros

    I have nothing whatsoever positive to say about this program.

    Cons

    This has got to be one of the very worst pieces of software I have ever downloaded. During installation and without my permission or knowledge it set itself as my default printer making my actual HP printer nonfunctional. I am now reinstalling the whole driver for the HP. It also took over inserted itself into Word in a way that upon opening Word I got a security alert that it was compromising that program. I did not check anything in installation that would have set this desk-pdf up in or to work with Word. I hope I have now removed all of it. Unless you want a compromised system or a couple of hours of removal work do not download this program.

    I have never written a negative review like this about any program before but I don't want anyone else to have to go through what I just went through.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "absolute rubbish"

    December 30, 2013  |   By babyfoetus

    Version: DeskPDF Studio X 5.0

    Pros

    none at all

    Cons

    did not work at all when converting pdf to word - did not save it to desktop or anywhere else.

    Bought Nitro Pro 9 which works like a dream!!!

    Summary

    I am computer literate with 35 years experience!!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Beautiful product!"

    December 19, 2013  |   By jhmcneil100

    Version: DeskPDF Studio X 5.0

    Pros

    This is a wonderful program with many features! My dad needed a program that scans to PDF and this does that and a great deal more!

    Cons

    This cannot use an automatic document feature, which is why I did not give it five stars

    Summary

    Excellent program!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Fantastic product that is so useful."

    October 31, 2013  |   By offerPop5096346

    Version: DeskPDF Studio X 5.0

    Pros

    Incredibly flexible with lots of options for working with, modifying and saving PDF files.

    Cons

    Not incredibly intuitive but once you understand how it works its pretty easy to use.

    Summary

    Well worth every dollar spent on this product. Definitely beats anything else I have used and saves me from printing out PDFs or trying to recreate them from some other program.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Nice idea, poorly written"

    October 23, 2013  |   By dgol09

    Version: DeskPDF Studio X 5.0

    Pros

    Lots of features

    Cons

    Lots of bugs

    Summary

    I have own the full version of this program and some lesser versions for a year or so. It is full of bugs and I often have to work very hard just to get basic features to work. I have contacted to company and they always respond that they are sorry and they will look in to it and that is the end of their answer. DO NOT BUY IT. BTW I am expert with computers, so it not that I just don't understand how to use the program.

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