Soda PDF Pro + OCR 2012

Soda PDF Pro + OCR 2012

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
3.6
out of 116 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    3.0
  • Total Downloads:
    1,434,149
  • Date Added:
    Dec. 13, 2011
  • Price:
    Free to try (14-day trial); $99.95 to buy (Buy it now)

Editors' Note: The Download Now link will download a small installer file to your desktop. Remain online and double-click the installer to proceed with the actual 52MB download.

Editors' Review

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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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  • Current Version

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1 stars

"BEWARE OF THIS COMPANY!"

July 20, 2012  |  By JamesRobbison

 |  Version: Soda PDF Pro + OCR 2012 3.0

Pros

When it worked, it wasn't bad.

Cons

DO NOT BUY THIS PRODUCT OR ANY LULU SOFTWARE PRODUCTS! The customer NON support is totally non-responsive to assisting someone, they will put you on hold and will not come back to you. I purchased the product from Fry's Electronics and installed it a couple of months ago. My computer crashed a few days ago and I had to reinstall all of the software. When I tried to register SodaPDF, it would not recognize my license key. I called their "tech support" number and was told that the tech needed to remotely access my machine to see what the problem was. NONSENSE! I had just installed a fresh copy of Windows and had Norton Internet Security running so there was literally no chance of a virus. He insisted that that was the only way that he could help me. I asked to speak to a supervisor and was put on hold indefinately. Bottom line: I paid $59.99 for a two-month software subscription!

Summary

I will never buy another product from Lulu software. They are impossible to contact, they didn't even respond to my email that I sent them. Don't waste your time or money, there are other products that do the same job that will not give you the heartburn that this one does!

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5 stars

"Does everything Adobe did for me"

June 13, 2012  |  By darrylg85

 |  Version: Soda PDF Pro + OCR 2012 3.0

Pros

I recently switched to Soda PDF after using Acrobat for years. Happy to see that there is an affordable alternative. I mainly use this product for editing and annotations,and it's working really well.

Cons

No mac version available

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5 stars

"Great PDF software!!"

May 31, 2012  |  By davidsmoth

 |  Version: Soda PDF Pro + OCR 2012 3.0

Pros

I changed from Adobe to Soda PDF and i must say it's a really good PDF Editor for its price.
- It's easy to use and it does almost everything as Adobe. -Conversion from PDF to Word is very quick.
- The 3D view is also a really cool feature if you have to read PDfs reports like me.

Cons

- interface could look better

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2 stars

"Grinds everything to a halt"

May 16, 2012  |  By slwb

 |  Version: Soda PDF Pro + OCR 2012 3.0

Pros

when it works has good functionality BUT...

Cons

So resource hungry and slow that it often dies a death

Summary

Something not right with this software

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1 stars

"Activation server not working, no response from Support"

February 20, 2012  |  By friedsonjm

 |  Version: Soda PDF Pro + OCR 2012 3.0

Pros

Worked OK until trail ran out.

Cons

Activation server does not work, no response from Tech Support
Apparently I'm going to have to attempt a charge back to get a refund!

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5 stars

"I just love the Word to PDF conversion"

February 13, 2012  |  By GovDept

 |  Version: Soda PDF Pro + OCR 2012 3.0

Pros

Cheap for what you get!

Cons

Took me a little wile to understand the tabs

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5 stars

"Tiff format not supported"

January 30, 2012  |  By tenn_pete

 |  Version: Soda PDF Pro + OCR 2012 3.0

Pros

I can't really say as I don't have much experience.

Cons

Even though the articles say it does, it does not accept tiff-s. This is unfortunate as tiff is said to be the best format for OCR.

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5 stars

"Nice PDF Software!"

December 21, 2011  |  By paugil

 |  Version: Soda PDF Pro + OCR 2012 3.0

Pros

Lots of features
Well Priced
OCR is very handy and works well
Free tech support is a nice plus

Cons

It might not be the fastest thing in the world.
I wish there was a version that would work on my ipad.

Summary

Overall I have found Soda PDF to be a great alternative to using Adobe. It has all the features that I need to use for my business. I tried Soda hoping that it would be a good option for my day to day needs as Adobe is much more costly. It has proven to be a solid application and it can handle anything that i throw at it. I have been using it for only a little while now but so far I feel that it was money well spent.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 3.0
Version 3.0 adds 3D view: View any PDF file in 3D without transformation of the file; Patent pending 3D Reader technology.
General
Publisher Lulu Software
Publisher web site http://www.lulusoftware.com
Release Date August 15, 2012
Date Added December 13, 2011
Version 3.0
Category
Category Business Software
Subcategory Document Management Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP/Vista/7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 9.77MB
File Name Soda_PDF_7_Installer.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 1,434,149
Downloads Last Week 1,591
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations 14-day trial
Price $99.95

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