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(Pocket-lint) - You can create basic PDFs for free, but when it comes to making changes to existing PDF files, there's no such thing as a free lunch. Thankfully, you don't have to shell out megabucks on expensive software like Adobe Acrobat. Instead, check out PDFelement 7, a powerful alternative for those looking for a complete PDF-editing solution: create, edit, convert, sign and protect PDFs to and from other file types quickly and simply.

Read on to discover what this Adobe Acrobat alternative offers, and how PDFelement 7 can improve your workflow.

Special time-limited offer

The developers of PDFelement 7 Standard and PDFelement 7 Professional are currently offering 60 per cent off for a limited time so you only pay $69 for PDFelement 7 Standard and $69 for PDFelement 7 Professional.

Six reasons to choose PDFelement

It's a great alternative to Adobe Acrobat

When you think PDF editing, you normally think Adobe, but the software is expensive. PDFelement 7 will give you many of the key features in Acrobat DC without the prohibitive cost. 

PDFelement is an all-in-one editor

Everything you need to create, edit, convert, sign and protect PDF documents is included within PDFelement 7, so you don't need to juggle multiple apps to get the job done. Whether you're importing or exporting content, PDFelement 7 has all the tools you need, from its advanced writing tools for creating documents directly within the program itself to powerful - and accurate - conversion tools, enabling you to convert PDF files to Office documents with layout, tables and formatting all kept intact.

Choose PDFelement 7 Pro and you gain even more features: Optical Character Recognition (OCR) support, plus batch processing, form data extraction and redaction tools.

User-friendly interface

PDFelement 7's user interface has been reimagined to be both familiar and easy to use, sporting the modern ribbon UI found in apps like Microsoft Office. Features are split across self-explanatory tabs like Convert and Edit with clearly labelled buttons directing you to the tools you need with the minimum of fuss. Less time spent learning how the program works frees you up to get the job done quickly and easily.


One of PDFelement 7 Pro's great features is its ability to convert scanned text into editable and searchable documents thanks to its OCR feature. Even better, it supports over 20 languages meaning your original document doesn't have to be in English for PDFelement 7's OCR to do its job.

Edit on the go for free

Don't forget to download the free PDFelement app for iOS and Android, which makes it possible to read, comment, annotate, split pages and transfer pages via Wi-Fi and the cloud from your phone or tablet. iOS users can also edit, convert, fill and sign forms, plus upload PDF files to a wide range of cloud providers too.

Great customer service and support

After purchasing PDFelement 7, you won't be left to your own devices. Select the Help tab where you'll find access to a 24-hour help centre with a user guide, FAQ, online YouTube tutorials, user forums and direct support via email.

PDFelement 7 Standard and Professional, which one should you buy?

How do the two editions of PDFelement 7 compare, and which one is best for your needs? We look at both and discover the key differences between them.

What can PDFelement 7 do

Before we look at the differences between PDFelement 7 Professional and PDFelement 7 Standard, it's worth highlighting what they can both do first.

Both versions let you create PDF files, edit PDF files, and convert PDF files to other formats. The two editions also enable you to annotate and add comments, secure and sign PDF files, plus add watermarks, backgrounds, headers and footers to clearly mark the files with your details.

Both packages offer support for page labelling, the ability to adjust page boxes, and come with hundreds of PDF templates helping you to create professional-looking documents easily even if you don't have any design experience.

Both PDFelement 7 Standard and PDFelement 7 Professional can convert a PDF into other fully editable formats, although the Pro version offers many more options to ensure even more accurate conversions between formats.

What's different between Standard and Professional?

There are - of course - differences, and for those looking to push the boundaries of what they can do with their PDF files, then the Professional edition is the one to get.

The Pro version offers several features not found in the Standard offering, some of which you may not be able to live without.

These include automatic form recognition, Bates numbering, form data extraction, the ability to redact sensitive text and images, extended compatibility support for certain file formats, the ability to batch-process PDF files, file size optimisation to help reduce overly large file sizes, and support for PDF/A.

The Professional version also gives you plenty of options and capabilities when it comes to Optical Character Recognition (OCR). Support includes the ability to edit, delete, cut, copy, paste, and insert new text and images in scanned (image) PDFs, create a text-searchable PDF from an image-only PDF, and the ability to cope with over 25 languages. You'll also be able to preserve and reproduce document layout and formatting elements such as headers, footers, graphics, footnotes, page numbering, and captions.


To finish, both PDFelement 7 Standard and PDFelement 7 Professional should deliver what you need from a powerful PDF creation and editing tool, but if you need additional features like OCR, redaction and batch-processing, then you should choose PDFelement 7 Professional. Even better, PDFelement has set up a special offer for Pocket-lint users, offering you savings of 50 per cent on this powerful PDF editor. Get the offer now!