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Soda PDF

$59
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Editors' Rating:
Excellent
Average User Rating:
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Quick Specs

  • Version:
    8.1.03.27559
  • Total Downloads:
    1,505,163
  • Date Added:
    Jun. 15, 2016
  • Price:
    Free to try (14-day trial); $59.00 to buy (Buy it now)
  • File Size:
    9.23MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    1,805
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:
    #22 in PDF Software

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 download.

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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1 stars

"Slow , NO support, after 10 days my Pro license is gone"

May 13, 2016  |  By compugr

2016-05-13 21:00:00  |  By compugr

 |  Version: Soda PDF 8.0.50.26297

Pros

Suppose to edit pdfs , but I never got a chance as it kicked my license out after 2 weeks

Cons

Support never get back to me after 7 mails and support requests using their email address and web form. On multiple occasions . 1 month later , no response.
It also creates 4 !!! 4 services with automatic start up in Win 10. Nitro PDF has only 2, which you can easy disable in Nitro itself

Summary

Never will use it again !!!! takes a lot of resources. Starts so slow that I can make a cup of tea while it starts up. License for PRO version fail to work in 2 weeks. Support did not reply even after 30 days

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5 stars

"Don't be ripped off by Adobe, Soda PDF 8 is great!"

March 28, 2016  |  By ally700

2016-03-28 00:53:40  |  By ally700

 |  Version: Soda PDF 8.0.50.26297

Pros

It does everything I want to with a PDF document really well. No issues at all so far, feels very solid, a pleasure to use and it is a lot cheaper than Adobe equivalent. The modules do not feel separate, but well integrated, clear and easy to use. Gets the job done quickly and the document previews integrated into windows explorer are very useful. It is much better than I expected and I do not feel I have a second class piece of software but a well thought out professional product with an excellent user interface which puts Adobe with their rip off prices to shame. I have not used the OCR module so cannot comment on that. A fair price, (at the promotional offer of £40 Sterling which I got from AShampoo) for an ultimate PDF solution which gets the job done quickly and is a pleasure to use. Thank you Lulu Software for a perfect alternative to the extortionately priced market leader.

Cons

You will be missing out on the chance to increase the revenues of an enormous corporation dedicated to extracting as much money from you as possible, maybe that is not actually a con after all.

Summary

Excellent PDF software solution, gets the job done extremely well at a fraction of the price compared to the market leader. This is not a lightweight offering but a serious professional product easy and satisfying to use.

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1 stars

"Don't Install Unless You Want to Buy"

March 25, 2016  |  By damcgee

2016-03-25 15:25:55  |  By damcgee

 |  Version: Soda PDF 8.0.50.26297

Pros

Seemed to work ok when I tried it out.

Cons

Popups...Popups... Popups... It started with "Go Pro 25% off...", then eventually it got to 60% off and the popup wouldn't disappear - just stayed in the bottom of my screen so I had to actually uninstall this adware. During that process - it shut down Word & Excel without notification. I'm still not sure if it is entirely gone... Maybe it will come back and offer 90% off when I reboot my computer?

Summary

There has to be a better way to flog your software guys... Based on my experience I wouldn't buy it anymore at any price.

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1 stars

"Says "free to Try"; it Lies!"

March 19, 2016  |  By DESiegel60

2016-03-19 16:27:23  |  By DESiegel60

 |  Version: Soda PDF 6 6.0.04.13528

Pros

None, as i couldn't access desired feature.

Cons

After i downloaded from DOWNLOAD.COM, and installed, and ran the program, i was told that my 14-day trial had "expired", bit i could register and get a free license code. i dod so, and entered the code and it was validated. But when I tried to use the edit feature, i was again told my trial had expired, But invited to download a "new version" I did this, and installed the new version. When i again tried to use the edit feature I was told that another "free" version. This time the web page demanded payment in advance. The appears to be no way to try the edit feature, even once, without payment in advance. This is not 'free to try". I was particularly offended to be told that my 14-day trial was over seconds after I finished downloading and installing. had I been given a proper free trial, i might well ahbve bought this. As it is, never!

Summary

This is "trick-ware". Don't be fooled, don't download it at all!

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1 stars

"This got by CNET malware filter need 2 hours to remove"

February 26, 2016  |  By victorpc

2016-02-26 22:52:21  |  By victorpc

 |  Version: Soda PDF 8.0.50.26297

Pros

Yes it does what it says with pop ups

Cons

A big hit to your registry and plugins everywhere won't remove itself properly and leaves so much behind took 2 hours to remove all it left behind and only attempt if you know how to edit your registry

Summary

Better PDF readers out there and less annoying and stubborn to remove. Best to make a restore point and backup registry to make it easier

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2 stars

"Good product, but very, very irritating"

November 29, 2015  |  By cssevin

2015-11-29 05:44:02  |  By cssevin

 |  Version: Soda PDF 8.0.44.25306

Pros

This product does what it says. You can open .pdf document and easily merge them, take out pages, insert pages etc all for a fraction of the price that Adobe wants for their bloated Acrobat program.

Cons

The makers, Lulu software don't seem to get the normal bargain of if you pay for a product the manufacturer agrees not to nag you anymore about paying. Here you pay and you get even more nagging. Every time you open the software it wants you to upgrade and you have to dismiss the pop-up. Now I can't even turn on my computer without a Soda .pdf pop-up appearing on the desktop asking you to pay more for more features that most of us will never use. There is no way to turn off this constant nagging.

Summary

Not recommended. This program is way too intrusive and irritating. Software should make your work easier not more irritating.

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1 stars

"intrusive BIG pop up asking ALL TIME to buy soda.pdf"

August 06, 2015  |  By cheesebrie.c

2015-08-06 18:43:17  |  By cheesebrie.c

 |  Version: Soda PDF 7.3.09.23791

Pros

however seems to me that straight lie is common selling strategy in US I do not loike when somebody promising something and delivers entirely different product.
After installation from the start you faced with bill to pay and there is not even time to familiarize yourself what actually the program delivers. Since I did not pay a dime on start hoping that I have time to familiarize with program later on big pop up windows constantly was hovering in right bottom screen corner. To big to ignore. After closing it few times I simply removed the program not to be bother with it again. Absolutely NOT FREE.

Cons

however seems to me that straight lie is common selling strategy in US I do not loike when somebody promising something and delivers entirely different product.
After installation from the start you faced with bill to pay and there is not even time to familiarize yourself what actually the program delivers. Since I did not pay a dime on start hoping that I have time to familiarize with program later on big pop up windows constantly was hovering in right bottom screen corner. To big to ignore. After closing it few times I simply removed the program not to be bother with it again. Absolutely NOT FREE.

Summary

NOT FREE. INTRUSIVE POP UPS

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5 stars

"Simple, inexpensive, intuitive."

July 08, 2015  |  By Wren907

2015-07-08 12:15:37  |  By Wren907

 |  Version: Soda PDF 7.1.06.21314

Pros

Soda PDF Pro is simple to navigate and works with eight languages. It has basic PDF conversion, creation and editing features plus some extras that make it a great choice for businesses wanting to make professional and attractive PDFs.

Cons

Did not find any.

Summary

Works fine with my scanner and Firefox browser.

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3 stars

"Hard to start"

May 29, 2015  |  By oneota--2008

2015-05-29 21:31:09  |  By oneota--2008

 |  Version: Soda PDF 7.1.06.21314

Pros

Once I finally found where SODA was hidden on my computer screen, it coverted quickly.

After each aborted conversion , a second try has always worked.

Cons

I downloaded SODA after some fiddling but had no idea where it was or how to find it to use it. Given their big "intuitive" hype, it was really aggravating. About one out of three attempts to convert aborts.

SODA guarantees an answer to questions within 48 hours. I haven't gotten a response, and it's been four days.

There's a whole bunch of unclear text on the SODA pages, some of it is ads, the rest is?

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1 stars

"Much Adieu About Nothing"

January 16, 2015  |  By ganerd

2015-01-16 14:19:03  |  By ganerd

 |  Version: Soda PDF 7.1.05.21089

Pros

can read a pdf, but so can 50 other aps with half the memory overhead.

Cons

1. It is just all glitter, and will not even edit my own pdf ?
2. For just a reader, TOO much overhead. and want to install the crap even on your browser?
3. IT IS ALL ADVERTIZEMENTS for their "pro product" ... or ADWARE!

Summary

Not worth the download.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 8.1.03.27559
Version 8.1.03.27559 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.
General
Publisher Lulu Software
Publisher web site http://www.lulusoftware.com
Release Date September 21, 2015
Date Added June 15, 2016
Version 8.1.03.27559
Category
Category Graphic Design Software
Subcategory PDF Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 9.23MB
File Name Soda_PDF_8_Installer.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 1,505,163
Downloads Last Week 1,805
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License Model Free to try
Limitations 14-day trial
Price $59

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