Soda PDF 3D Reader

Soda PDF 3D Reader

Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
3.0
out of 23 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
6.0.10.16430
File Size:
6.16MB
Date Added:
May 05, 2014
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows XP/Vista/7/8
Total Downloads:
514,979
Downloads Last Week:
746
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

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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  • All Versions:

    3.0

    out of 23 votes

    • 5 star: 7
    • 4 star: 3
    • 3 star: 3
    • 2 star: 4
    • 1 star: 6
  • Current Version:

    2.0

    out of 1 votes

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

    "Fair PDF reader but not a comic or ePub reader."

    July 15, 2014   |   By BikerBob61

    Version: Soda PDF 3D Reader 6.0.10.16430

    Pros

    For PDF its easy to use and makes reading a PDF file very easy.

    Cons

    Won't read CBZ or ePub. Don't recognize ePub at all.

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  • 1 stars

    "Software-breaking bug"

    March 26, 2014   |   By dsidler88

    Version: Soda PDF 3D Reader 5.0.30.11889

    Pros

    None, I can't use it for the only reason I downloaded it.

    Cons

    I needed a program to convert Word to PDF. Soda claimed to do so, but you need to sign up and get a Key. I didn't want to do this, but would have. However, the workflow is broken, and it won't even let you sign up for the "free bonus features".

    Summary

    Need a free pdf viewer? Get Adobe Reader. Need anything else? Don't use this.

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  • 1 stars

    "Not a CBR reader."

    March 17, 2014   |   By Muvizu

    Version: Soda PDF 3D Reader 5.0.30.11889

    Pros

    None what so ever.

    Cons

    They lied. It doesn't read CBR files, it converts them to PDF's.

    Summary

    Don't bother. They also want you to download AVG Secure Search. I opted out, but now must check the system to see if they installed it anyway. Don't trust liars.

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  • 1 stars

    "Total Scam"

    February 22, 2014   |   By Mike_Bethany

    Version: Soda PDF 3D Reader 5.0.30.11889

    Pros

    None
    None
    None

    Cons

    Forced signup
    NOT a comic book reader like they claim

    Summary

    Why do companies think they can get away with this kind of garbage? Forced signups to some skanky site? I don't think so. Also their website lies and says this is a comic book reader, it's not. It's a PDF reader, something you don't even need to buy since you can get Adobe Acrobat reader for free without all the slimey spyware BS.

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  • 3 stars

    "Easy in use"

    September 27, 2013   |   By JcharlesBrown

    Version: Soda PDF 3D Reader 5.0.15.8803

    Pros

    software is easy in use. After registering to this software, you can effortlessly convert current pdf format by using this tool without any difficulty.

    Cons

    Registration required creating pdf file from another file format like word, excelling etc.

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  • 5 stars

    "Runs fast, easy to use, no hassles"

    April 17, 2013   |   By marvincidamon

    Version: Soda PDF 3D Reader 5.0.15.8803

    Pros

    The set up was easy and Soda PDF 3D Reader worked as advertised. It loaded up really fast and opening documents was quick too. I tried converting word, excel, powerpoint and even a .jpeg file and they all converted to PDF. I did some keyword searches and the results were compiled fast and accurately. I was able to open .cbz and .cbr files without any major problems as well. The page flipping animation is neat and the annotation tools are a nice bonus. Overall, functionally everything worked great and was exactly what I needed.

    Cons

    I had to give them an email to activate more features, which I'm not a big fan of doing. It occasionally hangs if you touch the program while it's processing your file for conversion, but if you let it be, it works fine.

    Summary

    I mostly use Preview on my Mac, but at work I use a PC and I never really thought about PDF use until now. I've used adobe's free reader and it can read PDFs too, but it was always updating and giving me special offers, it was really annoying. Soda doesn't really do that and I actually like having all the extra features Soda offers. Plus downloading old comics and reading them at work is fun! So if you need an alternative to Adobe with more features, or just want to try something less intrusive, give Soda PDF a try!

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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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  • 3 stars

    "Doesn't work as well as it hints at"

    October 24, 2012   |   By Yamitora1

    Version: Soda PDF 3D Reader 2.0.8.6725

    Pros

    The book page feature is nice

    Cons

    Won't read Cbz despite it saying is does
    Wants your e-mail to activate free features

    Summary

    I downloaded this to read cbz files, however I couldn't get that feature to work so I'm likely going uninstall this.

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  • 5 stars

    "This is the best of many PDF readers I have used do far"

    September 13, 2012   |   By mongrel1999

    Version: Soda PDF 3D Reader 2.0.8.6725

    Pros

    This is just so user friendly. Each page is literally a page you turn as in a book. It takes away the bordom

    Cons

    Have haven't as yet discovered anything to criticise about this program

    Summary

    If you don't want to create and edit PDFs this is just perfect. It brings the PDFs to life. I paid for the 2012 version that allows me to produce and edit PDFs but was disapppointed to find it wasn't 3D. So, I use the 3D as default reader and 2012 for creating and editing PDFs.

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