Soda PDF 3D Reader

Soda PDF 3D Reader

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
3.5
out of 32 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    5.0.6.8383
  • Total Downloads:
    520,779
  • Date Added:
    December 12, 2012
  • File Size:
    6.15MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    777
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows XP/Vista/7/8

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Editors' Review

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Soda 3D Reader is Lulu Software's answer to Adobe Reader. While it may not be the most powerful Adobe alternative out there, it does have some nice features and unique 3D functionality that make it worth a look.

The program's interface is clean and inviting, with ribbon-style navigation that should be familiar to Microsoft Office 2010 users. The tabs at the top act as your main menu, with submenus that open up beneath them as you click. And along the left, there's a page preview pane, if you choose to enable it. The program's controls are intuitive, and overall it performs impressively, as it opens up and zips around PDF files fairly quickly.

When you're viewing PDF files, Soda has you covered. It does the basics like zoom, full-screen, continuous view, and multiple-page view very well. But its biggest selling point is obviously its unique 3D View option. This patent-pending technology presents PDF files like a book, allowing you to grab and manipulate a page just as you might in the physical world. While this may not be a particularly useful feature, it does add some visual flavor to what might otherwise be a drab PDF file. Plus, when viewing digital comic books (Soda can open CBR and CBZ files as well), this 3D view makes for a uniquely immersive experience.

But Soda 3D Reader doesn't stop at viewing PDF files, it also creates them. Just hit the Create PDF tab at the top, and you'll see a row of buttons that lets you create from a variety of file types, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Plus, it can plug into your browsers and Microsoft Office so you can create directly from those programs.

Unfortunately, Soda cannot edit or otherwise annotate PDF files. Clicking on any of these tools brings up an upgrade window, prompting you to step up to one of Soda's premium paid options. This puts Soda 3D Reader at a significant disadvantage when compared with some other free readers out there, namely Nitro.

Overall, we think Soda 3D Reader is a solid offering that's a great alternative to Adobe Reader. It's fast and easy to use, plus it has a nifty 3D View and can create PDF files. However, it cannot edit or annotate PDF files, which could be a deal-breaker for many.

 
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User Reviews
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1 stars

"Convert to text is useless"

February 24, 2013  |  By KarstenMezini

 |  Version: Soda PDF 3D Reader 5.0.6.8383

Pros

An alternative to Adobe

Cons

I needed it to be able to work with text that I received in a pdf document. Just viewing the document the headlines were distorted, which seems strange. Converting to Word or txt formats failed completely: Not one word was scanned correctly.

Summary

Useless for text extraction from .pdf
Could be great for other purposes, but I wouldn't know.

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1 stars

"This product is a scam!"

December 30, 2012  |  By collegesailinggail

 |  Version: Soda PDF 3D Reader 5.0.6.8383

Pros

Get you with free.

Cons

Entice you with cheap full feature software, total cost with disk is $85. BUT, it won't install. Call tech support and they want to "provide support" for all your computers for $600 a year. No thanks.

Summary

Don't fall for it!

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 5.0.6.8383
Version 5.0.6: New Design; Annotations tools included: Highlight, Underline, Strikethrough; possibility to open a PDF from a URL; Save Page Rotation feature; Right to left reading mode; Full Screen mode option at start up; Bookmarks : Open a document at the last page read; and more...
General
Publisher LULU Software
Publisher web site http://www.lulusoftware.com
Release Date December 10, 2012
Date Added December 12, 2012
Version 5.0.6.8383
Category
Category Business Software
Subcategory Document Management Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows, Windows 8
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 6.15MB
File Name Soda_3D_6_Installer.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 520,779
Downloads Last Week 777
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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