Soda PDF 6

Soda PDF 6

Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
3.4
out of 96 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
6.2.03.16550
File Size:
11.28MB
Date Added:
May 18, 2014
Price:
Free to try (14-day trial); $74.96 to buy (Buy it now)
Operating Systems:
Windows XP/Vista/7/8
Total Downloads:
1,376,296
Downloads Last Week:
4,179
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Additional Requirements:
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Editors' review

Businesses need affordable PDF solutions that don't require budgeted training time to learn. Soda PDF Professional 2011 with OCR offers itself as the "Smart & Simple" enterprise PDF solution. It proved to be capable, flexible, easy to use, and affordable enough for individuals and organizations that need more than what free tools offer yet can't afford the big-box bundles.

During the installation process, Soda PDF gave us the option to designate it as the default application for PDF files. The program opened with a Getting Started page inside a well-executed interface with attractive, businesslike graphics and an efficient layout. The toolbar contains all the necessary features for using PDFs, including Zoom, Find, Rotate, and View controls, and some extras, such as Bookmarks, highlighted form fields in searches, and a snapshot tool for capturing views of any part of a document. The main window features compact tabs along either edge that open sidebars with pushpins: Page Preview, Signatures, Links, and Bookmarks on the left, and Properties and Search on the right. We could also easily create and customize tabs by clicking Custom on the tabbed menu bar. This menu bar focuses functions in useful groupings: Create & Convert, Edit & Insert, and Secure & Sign. Each tab included a customized toolbar with item-specific controls; for instance, Secure & Sign let us access Digital Signature, Secure Permissions, and Password Security features. Part of the program's appeal is its OCR capability, which proved able to capture data from documents or a scanner.

While Soda PDF certainly lives up to its billing as a full-featured PDF client, it also holds up on the easy-to-use claims; any time we felt a need to start over, we merely clicked the Home tab to return to the essential functions. The program offers considerable help, too, including a multi-age User's Guide. We were impressed with Soda PDF Professional 2011. There seems to be little it can't do with PDFs, and we wonder why you'd pay more.

Editors' note: This is a review of the full version of Soda PDF Professional - 2011 1.2.82.364. The trial version is limited to 14 days.

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  • All Versions:

    3.4

    out of 96 votes

    • 5 star: 42
    • 4 star: 11
    • 3 star: 9
    • 2 star: 9
    • 1 star: 25
  • Current Version:

    1.0

    out of 1 votes

    • 5 star: 0
    • 4 star: 0
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 1
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    Results 1-10 of 96

  • 1 stars

    "Soda 6.2 Crashes AGAIN"

    August 26, 2014   |   By GuyCo1

    Version: Soda PDF 6 6.2.03.16550

    Pros

    A potentially brilliant package as is their sister software PDF Architect.

    Cons

    PDF Architect worked brilliantly for about 12 months but towards the end of the license expiry it started to crash and Lulu software techys were not able to resolve the issues so introduced me to Soda 6 as the operational alternative.
    This was downloaded and installed however from the outset it had problems in trial version. So I bought a license and only got 1 week of use from the package after which it went back to the old ways of PDF Architect.
    Since that time (4-6 months) and numerous interactions with Support, Lulu have not been able to come up any answers as to what troubles the program.
    My hope is that they do get their act together.
    By the way, I'm running Soda 6 on laptop with Windows 7 OS.
    Mine may be a isolated case, so I have offered Lulu the opportunity to remotely access my laptop to interrogate/troubleshoot the problem. They have not responded to this offer to date.

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  • 3 stars

    "difficult to use"

    April 16, 2014   |   By wayne56--2008

    Version: Soda PDF 6 6.0.05.13783

    Pros

    can do just about everything

    Cons

    was not intuitive trying to just do scan & OCR

    Summary

    will not purchase

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  • 1 stars

    "not so great"

    February 02, 2014   |   By kevin kraft

    Version: Soda PDF 6 6.0.05.13783

    Pros

    i could not find any

    Cons

    I had trouble downloading it . So I could not rate its quality.

    Summary

    Stay with any other free service

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  • 5 stars

    "Happy user"

    January 29, 2014   |   By Triny1984

    Version: Soda PDF 6 6.0.05.13783

    Pros

    Mine downloaded well!!! like how it iss super new looking... very happy with it and it does more than what I expected to be honest.

    Cons

    only good things

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  • 4 stars

    "No issues."

    January 27, 2014   |   By Shim191

    Version: Soda PDF 6 6.0.05.13783

    Pros

    really good program. no issues for me when downloading. i see there are many things to do with this pdf program more than just being able to view pdf files

    Cons

    Like I said, no issues

    Summary

    I will explore this pdf software more, but looks good so far.

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  • 4 stars

    "Thank you Soda!"

    January 25, 2014   |   By Ourn1969

    Version: Soda PDF 6 6.0.05.13783

    Pros

    Thanks for all your comments and tipS! I downloaded Soda and activated the convert module. I actually like the program.

    Cons

    If anything comes up I'll update this

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  • 5 stars

    "5 star program!"

    January 25, 2014   |   By Lowead96

    Version: Soda PDF 6 6.0.05.13783

    Pros

    i read that this is a 5-star-rated program so i wanted to download the program and see myself. but when i read the reviews here, i saw all this ad and spam stuff that came with the downloader here so I just downloaded the application from the company website and entered the activation key that i got in my email. and it worked out perfectly fine. no spam no ads nothing!

    Cons

    Nothing to speak of

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  • 3 stars

    "Poor piece of software."

    January 23, 2014   |   By ghinfla

    Version: Soda PDF 6 6.0.05.13783

    Pros

    Doesn't work nearly as well as the Nuance product although it was a free download.

    Cons

    Converted a legal file and it was illegible. Told me that it had Russian language (it didn't). Took me 30 minutes to clean up all the crap that came with it. Therefore I don't use Download very much.

    Summary

    Waste of time.

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  • 5 stars

    "Works Perfectly"

    January 21, 2014   |   By ShammerSham

    Version: Soda PDF 6 6.0.05.13783

    Pros

    Easy to use with a sleek interface. All the settings are easy to identify and implement. I really have to say the modular options you can add are a really cool feature!

    Cons

    No complaints

    Summary

    I find it odd that I only found out about this software recently given how well it works

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  • 4 stars

    "Very attractive PDF software"

    January 21, 2014   |   By Sugger94

    Version: Soda PDF 6 6.0.05.13783

    Pros

    Great solution for both business and personal uses. I especially like the OCR capability as it frequently comes in handy in my line of work. Perfectly compatible with my Windows 8 computer and Windows 7 Lenovo laptop. The customizable modules are a brilliant idea that really made me appreciate the value of this product. I have already converted a few of my colleagues to Soda PDF and they all seem to enjoy it as well

    Cons

    It took just a little bit of time to learn the basics but after that it was a breeze.

    Summary

    I would highly recommend this to anyone looking for a customizable PDF software. I don't think I've ever managed to find one before. Like I said, I already have a few colleagues that use it and they all seem to be happy... Soda must be doing something right !

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