Soda PDF

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
3.6
out of 117 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    7.0.20.20534
  • Total Downloads:
    1,390,532
  • Date Added:
    Nov. 24, 2014
  • Price:
    Free to try (14-day trial); $74.96 to buy (Buy it now)

Editors' Review

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Soda PDF is an intuitive app for opening, creating, and editing PDF documents.

Pros

Modular format: You only install the modules you require, such as those needed to create PDFs or add password protection to PDFs, so you only pay for necessary features.

Quick launch: Soda loads all of its components very quickly.

Professional interface: The interface is professional looking and easy to navigate. It fits right in with Microsoft or Adobe software.

Cons

Lengthy installation: If the installation wasn't lengthy enough, the progress on the main application had to reach 100 percent twice before completion. In addition, the installation has an "express" install that includes a third-party toolbar, and you have to select a custom installation to avoid it.

Bottom Line

Soda PDF excels in affordability and usability. You're able to custom build a PDF solution to suit your needs, and the results are excellent.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of Soda PDF 6.4.08.18629.

 
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User Reviews
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2 stars

"As a free viewer/creator, lots of aggravating oddities."

November 23, 2014  |  By DoctorQuality

 |  Version: Soda PDF 7.0.16.20136

Pros

I used the free View & Create modules of Soda 7, and while this product is very well thought out, offers many smooth features and appears to be coded very tightly & professionally, I found enough minor oddities to cause me to de-install it.

Cons

Installs toolbar in all Microsoft products, no psuedo-printer (like PrimoPDF), forced to open useless online account, doesn't accept acall correctly passed to it by certain other products, no "auto-align image

Summary

I used the free View & Create modules of Soda, and while this product is very well thought out, offers many smooth features and appears to be coded very tightly & professionally, I found enough minor oddities to cause me to de-install it. (1) It installs a toolbar into every Microsoft application you own whether you like it or not. They cannot be rearranged, repositioned or customized in any way. Well you can do it, but next session they just re-emerge as originally installed. I eventually found the Soda file to delete to stop this from occurring in Word (and had to use Word to disable the addin), but when I deleted the Soda file that creates the Excel toolbar, it negatively impacted Excel and Excel files. I had to do a restore rollback to recover from all that. (2) It does not install a pseudo-printer (like PrimoPDF) so you can't, say, pull down the Print menu while using Firefox and use Print to create a PDF file. You would have to save the HTML file, then open it with Soda, then convert it to a PDF using Soda. It does install what LOOKS LIKE a pseudo-printer that appears in the Printers drop-down, but it doesn't actually do anything except create a file with an odd extension that Soda won't actually open/read. (3) Soda comes with an online equivalent of its Soda software and you are forced to open an account at the website. The account is tied to your email address and, once set, cannot be changed. I ran into issues where I was expected to logon to the online site in order to just open & use the actual software product. (4) The PrimoPDF program cannot properly call Soda to view the PDFs that PrimoPDF generates. There's a glitch in Soda in that it crashes if it is passed (from PrimoPDF) a file/folder name that contains any spaces. (5) Soda does not apparently offer an "auto-align image" function ? unless you purchase the Editing module. I needed it as my scanner bar is slightly out of alignment. (6) It installed a Firefox add-on titled PDF Creator 1.0. I couldn't figure out what it was for and it offered no Options or Uninstall buttons either. The user is allowed to Disable it ? but what it is actually doing? In the Firefox AddIn store, there's another Soda Creator product with a different version number. I installed it but I can't figure out what it's doing either, though it looks to appear to somehow offer the same services that the online website offers. (7) It has a Recent Documents area that never forgets documents unless they are deleted, one at a time. It also doesn't seem to be willing to forget recent folders opened. (8) For a PDF viewer, it takes way too long to open up than Adobe Reader or Foxit. There is no way to turn off Soda side and top panels when being used as a viewer, consuming screen space needlessly. And most of the functionality being offered in those panels actually relate to other paid modules such as Editor. Again, appears to be overall an excellent product, especially if you spend a lot of time creating and manipulating PDFs, (i.e., Edit, OCR, merging/splitting). But as just a viewer/creator, I ran into enough oddities as described above that I ended up abandoning the product.

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4 stars

"Straightforward and very easy."

November 16, 2014  |  By Heeut

 |  Version: Soda PDF 7.0.16.20136

Pros

Actually, I just used the program to convert my files into PDF for mailing to my clients. The software is user-friendly and easy to use.

Cons

Nothing major.

Summary

I use this primarily to create PDF's and e-mail them.

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5 stars

"Good program, very effective."

November 15, 2014  |  By Earom19

 |  Version: Soda PDF 7.0.16.20136

Pros

Couldn't ask for a better pdf tool. I tried several of the top ranked tools and they were hard to use. This one is the best.

Cons

Nothing bad

Summary

The best money can buy.

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5 stars

"Never thought that creating a pdf file was so easy."

November 14, 2014  |  By Pargety

 |  Version: Soda PDF 7.0.16.20136

Pros

You get a lot of options for choosing the quality of the file that you want to be created. You can create a pdf file suitable for viewing on the screen, for printing, for eBook or with a custom resolution. This is great!

Cons

Best of the best.

Summary

Put out the extra cash to get the full version. Worth every penny

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5 stars

"Excellent and simple user-friendly software"

November 12, 2014  |  By Thelds213242

 |  Version: Soda PDF 7.0.16.20136

Pros

It does what I want: convert to PDF
Easy access to settings: light file size for web, higher quality for print etc.
Super-fast, much much faster than Acrobat

Cons

Nothing I would complain about.

Summary

Thank you Soda PDF 6.

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5 stars

"Excellent!"

November 11, 2014  |  By Poll1964

 |  Version: Soda PDF 7.0.16.20136

Pros

This program is very light and fast and converts files to pdf with many options and a very handy security encryption for PDFs. Excellent

Cons

Nothing wrong with this software

Summary

I recommend it warmly to one and all.

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5 stars

"Easiest way to create PDFs"

November 09, 2014  |  By Anced1982

 |  Version: Soda PDF 6 6.4.08.18629

Pros

Works well never had a problem. Well designed and solid. I was able to combine 27 pages into 1 document faster than a speeding bullet. The GUI is so user friendly I can't get enough of this program.

Cons

Keep you posted.

Summary

Its ease of use is paramount. Love this program and I highly recommend its use.

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5 stars

"Best software for creating a PDF!"

November 07, 2014  |  By Hibed1990

 |  Version: Soda PDF 6 6.4.08.18629

Pros

It allows an expedient method to create pdf files from any source document. I especially like the ease at which one document can be appended to an existing pdf file. Awesome editing tools.

Cons

With slow computers boots up slowly. Once running works like a charm.

Summary

The best of the best.

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4 stars

"This is really an excellent product."

November 06, 2014  |  By Granxis

 |  Version: Soda PDF 6 6.4.08.18629

Pros

Clear instructions when selecting options. This is the easiest to use and fastest conversion software that I have seen. Very cool encryption and password protection of PDFs.

Cons

It does all as advertised. No problems.

Summary

Don't waste your time trying the others. Just download.

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5 stars

"Does a good job."

November 06, 2014  |  By Affs1991

 |  Version: Soda PDF 6 6.4.08.18629

Pros

Gets the job done easily. Works far better than Acrobat, which is intrusive and has a lot of embedded security stuff that sometimes makes it impossible to share documents. I use it in art class and it makes my reviews a lot simpler when we have images involved. Add, take away, and edit any image with ease.

Cons

All good here.

Summary

What's to say, it does what it is supposed to do.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 7.0.20.20534
Soda PDF 7 includes new features as well as the option to save, access and manage pdf documents in the cloud.
General
Publisher LULU Software
Publisher web site http://www.lulusoftware.com
Release Date November 24, 2014
Date Added November 24, 2014
Version 7.0.20.20534
Category
Category Business Software
Subcategory Document Management Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows, Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows 8, Windows Vista
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 5.03MB
File Name Soda_PDF_7_Installer.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 1,390,532
Downloads Last Week 728
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations 14-day trial
Price $9.99

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