PDF-XChange Editor Reviews

Get it installed and get down to business

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I was on a frantic search today to find some software that would let me customize a PDF form I downloaded with my company's logo and a few other touches.

PDF XChange Editor was the clear winner in a sea of crap. The free edition let me make the urgent edits and save the document. Winning!

Will probably end up springing for the paid version in place of bloated,costly, and vulnerability ridden Adobe Acrobat products.

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The best software for PDF documents

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That PDF-XChange Editor is exactly great one if you are looking for the smartest, fastest, do-everything-you-need software for your different kind of works with documents (scanning, creating, editing, even signing and filling forms). It is excellent as well as for teachers/students, and for accountants/sale managers, and for architectures/engineers. Editor includes the same features as Adobe has, some of them are more detailed, more flexible in use. Also, there is the portable version.

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The upgrade from v6 to V7 will ruin all the interface customizations that made it great. Now, this program sucks. A better option would be FOxit Viewer, or something else.

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Compared to the old Viewer versions, there is a lo...

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I expected better. Compared to the 'Viewer' versions, there is a lot of new functionality, especially for content editing, but the interface got messier. Confusingly in the extreme, not all available functions are displayed in the menus from the outset. To see what is available and make it appear in the menu, you have to follow a counter-intuitive and illogical procedure: right-click a toolbar, select 'Customize Toolbars' from context menu, go to the 'Commands' tab to see all the functions for each menu, and it's from there that you can drag the individual items to the menus of your choice. (It took me a long while to figure out there was a 'Show/Hide Gaps Between Pages' option for the View menu.) It is also here that hotkeys can be created for any function. Except some functions disappeared without a trace. There is no 'Keep Current Pages View' option anymore for the full screen, so the double page view turns into single page every time you make the switch. Makes no sense at all. You can use a hotkey to reset the page view to double, but it's annoying having to do that every time, especially that the older, 'inferior' version worked smoothly in this respect. Another thing that I consider an unwelcome development is the introduction of the ribbon interface starting from version 7. It takes up an enormous screen space, without much real gain, and makes it all look like a Microsoft product.

[Edited by irpio, April 08]

[Edited by irpio, May 14]

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I wrote another review on PDF viewer, but I'm starting to like it enough that I'd pay for the more advanced features.

I have lots of cheat sheets PDF for webdevelopment that I downloaded from the web,I dumped it all in one folder. I just want to look at all the PDF's and annotate them / save the new version to my PC.

Here's the easy way of doing it

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  1. select a bunch of pdfs
  2. right click > open in pdf xchange
  3. dump edits save into the corresponding dropbox folder

Tried using sumatra and some other PDF editors but I like xchange for multitab previewing.

Also see other preview on Small PDF-XChange Viewer iconPDF-XChange Viewer i wrote about PDF image thumbnail preview using directoryopus

[Edited by Kagerjay, November 28]

[Edited by Kagerjay, November 28]

[Edited by Kagerjay, November 28]

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