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Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Feb 7, 2010

pdfMachine is a multifeatured program that allows users to convert documents into PDF files with a variety of extra options. Unfortunately, although the actual conversion is quick and easy, we found the rest of the features quite unintuitive.

We tried several times to review this program and kept putting it aside, thinking that it wasn't making sense because we were tired or distracted or otherwise mentally unprepared to deal with it. We finally came to the conclusion that the problem wasn't with us. The program's interface looks nice enough, with a sleek design and attractive graphical buttons. We found it easy to create PDF files by printing directly to the program's virtual printer, but editing PDF files was another matter entirely. We found ourselves searching through menus trying to find the options we were looking for, and in many cases not having much luck at all. Some of the features, like the drawing tools and sticky notes, seemed like they would be quite useful, but we never were able to locate them within the program. The program's built-in Help file describes its features, but doesn't actually offer instructions for finding and using them. We spent a lot of time searching and being frustrated, and not much time editing our PDF. Although pdfMachine has the potential to be really useful, in the end it's just too difficult to use.

pdfMachine is free to try, but the trial version puts a watermark on the program's output. The program comes as a ZIP file but installs and uninstalls without issues. We do not recommend this program; there are many similar programs that are much easier to use.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 14.80

General

Release July 21, 2015
Date Added July 21, 2015
Version 14.80

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 2003, Windows 8, Windows Vista, Windows, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, Windows XP
Additional Requirements None

Popularity

Total Downloads 44,581
Downloads Last Week 0
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Developer's Description

Convert your document to PDF the quick and easy way. Simply print to the pdfMachine printer. Supports Sticky notes, Multilingual fonts, Stationery, Watermarks, 40/128 bit encryption, PDF Editing, Active URLs, Bookmarks, Attachments, Document properties, Email Integration, N-Up printing, Document scanning, Custom toolbar, Embedded commands, Multiple print profiles, Toolbars for Office and IE, Digital signatures, and Mail merge.