A product of manufacturers LULU Software, Soda PDF is a PDF management tool that is used for creating, reading, editing, and annotating PDF files. The desktop version of the program is available for Windows-based computers while the online version can be used on any operating system.
Soda PDF comes in three different editions: The Home Edition with the basic features, the Premium Edition that has the basic features alongside a few extra options and the Business Edition that offers even more than the Premium Edition does. The business edition unlock the full potential of the program and has a yearly subscription fee of $120. The home edition on the other hand has a much cheaper annual subscription fee at $45 and lacks some features such as the ability to create custom forms, securely sign PDF files and OCR.
Usage and Functionality
Soda PDF allows you to create a PDF file from up to 300 different file formats. You can edit the content of your documents, annotate your files, sign the documents or create custom forms. You can also read ePub files, but you cannot export or edit them.
PDF files can be converted into different file types to make it compatible with Microsoft Office applications such as Word, PowerPoint and Excel. Moreover, PDFs can be converted into image formats such as PNG, JPEG and GIFs.
The program has an aesthetically pleasing page-flipping design that you will notice as you navigate your PDF files. There is a side-by-side view that lets you work on two separate files at the same time. You can alter the display size of the documents that you read or switch between the smaller page previews to the full-page displays. If you wish, you can modify the content conveniently, as you read and change the structure of the document to match your needs.
Editing with the program is also made very easy. To enhance productivity, you can go a step further by collaborating with others on the same project, with or without permission restrictions. When you are finished with editing your document, you may protect it with a password or add a watermark. It could be a lot to take in at once, so we really liked the fact that the developers paid attention to detail with the interface. It is clean, intuitive and very easy to navigate and we feel users should get used to most of the features of the program in very little time.
Finally, LULU Software has kept up with the times with cloud integration. You can access all of the program’s features from the cloud on any device.
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Here are the top ten features of Soda PDF Premium Edition
- Create a PDF file from various supported document formats and image formats
- Generate PDFs from any application’s print command
- Convert your PDF files to various supported document formats
- Edit text and pictures
- Annotate documents
- Collaborate with other users on your PDF documents
- Merge multiple PDF files into one
- Split a single PDF document into multiple files
- Sign and Secure your documents
- Share your finished documents with other people
- Cloud storage
Although the website lists Windows, Linux and Mac as supported devices, Soda PDF’s desktop client currently only supports computers running Windows operating system. Mac and Linux users are stuck with the online service.
The online editor tries to replicate the desktop client and offer as much as features as possible, but it can still be an issue to use the online version, especially those who have a poor internet connection or do not have access to the internet at all – a problem that is non-existent if they could just download the program.
The online version provides users with options to convert documents to/from PDF, view and edit PDF files, or merge, split and compress them. You need a SodaPDF account to use the online version, and should be able to move your work seamlessly from the online workplace to the desktop client. For Windows users, the offline standalone program will work on 32 and 64-bit versions of Windows 7, 8 and 10.
The program is available in eight languages, and we expect more work to be done in that regard over time. Regarding customer support, users can reach out to the customer service through live support, email or by phone.
A look through the manufacturer’s website shows there is a support section where FAQs are answered, and you can check out video tutorials, webinars or read the online manual.
The Premium Plan is a well-balanced choice among the three available plans in terms of the cost and the features on offer. The attention paid to the interface deserves a mention too. Soda PDF has a great interface and if you are already familiar with the Microsoft Office Suite interface, you will be very comfortable with this one.
Finally, the wide range of features from viewing, editing and converting files to sharing, collaborating and signing is the full experience of what a program like this should be. Everything you need is present and you have no need to look for other third-party software to perform your PDF tasks.
The minor cons of this program are unlikely to be a deal-breaker for most users. You have to subscribe to a yearly or monthly subscription plan, as the developers do not offer a lifetime or one-time subscription license. Another con is that the offline client is limited to windows devices only and we feel the cloud service is much slower compared to the desktop counterpart. The developers should develop standalone clients for more environments.
When it comes PDFs, Soda PDF is a very powerful tool and it does not over complicate things, as some similar software tend to do. It is user–friendly, has an intuitive interface and manages to achieve a blend of professionalism with a good taste for design. For the average user, the Premium Edition is a good balance between the three available plans and appears to be good value for money.
Grab Your Free 1 Year Subscription Key
The developers are currently giving one-year free subscription of SodaPDF Home, completely free of charge. All you have to do is download SodaPDF from the following link and register a new account. Please note that this promotion is only valid for new users. So if you have previously used or installed SodaPDF, this promotion may not work.
Download Soda PDF Home
- Install and run Soda PDF. Create a new account with a valid email address.
- A verification link will be sent to your email address. Click on it.
- You will receive a validation success message. Click on the “My Account” link on the top right corner to check your subscription.
- Your Soda PDF Home Subscription should be valid for one year from the date of registration.
- Close the browser window and enjoy your free subscription of Soda PDF Home.