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What is PDFelement ? 

PDFelement is a powerful, yet easy to use PDF editing software where you can create, organize, and secure your files. It enables you to create new PDFs from documents. 

This tool keeps it simple with only the necessary features that are enough for beginners. However, it also features some advanced options for professional use. 

User Interface

In this PDFelement Review, I am going to get you familiar with the user interface. Talking about the interface, I am quite impressed by its feature full approach.  

User Interface of PDFelement

PDFelement is a little unique in that its chunky interface means it really feels like a pro product.  Its interface is intuitive and the navigation is easy to follow due to straightforward and fully-optimized UX design. 

The software is designed with usability in mind, meaning that it gives you full control over your PDF content and a suite of easy to reach options. 

You can edit unprotected PDFs directly through an interface that works much like a word processor or desktop publishing tool but in reality, PDFelement Pro is an Office-inspired software that has a great workflow for handling PDFs. 

Undoubtedly, the user interface is developed to be simple and easy to use. So, as soon as you open up the app you will see its looks, the familiarity of the interface is highly appealing. 

Overall, I would say the developers of PDFelement seem to understand user needs, and they utilize proper design principles in their user-interface. 

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Create PDF Document: The basic thing which you can do with this software is to create a PDF document by choosing orientation and name. Creating PDF files with Wondershare PDFelement is easy. 

create PDF in PDFelement

For this, you have to go to the top left and click on File and select the New option. This opens a window with more options. Click on the Blank option to create a new PDF file. 

By clicking on Add text, you start typing a document. You can do anything you wish with the document. 

Edit PDF Documents: As we know that editing PDFs are difficult, and many of us don’t have the tools to do so. Even with a PDF editor, making changes normally has a different level of difficulty.

Edit PDF in PDFelement

So with PDFelement, it lets you edit any PDF document. This works when you right-click on the PDF document. Then, choose the option ‘Open with Wondershare PDFelement’. 

Another option is to simply open the software and Go to File>>Open>>Browse. Select browse to the computer and choose the PDF file to you to want to edit. 

Review and Comment: If you work with your team or you want to create some document file for others, for this, you can give comments so that others understand the content. 

In short, work with the team effectively using PDFelement’s collaborating features. It allows users to use marks and give comments to the files they need to work so they’ll know what to do next. This is a very useful and important feature that is adopted from google docs.

Create PDF Forms:  PDF forms are the best way to take information from users. But, creating a PDF form can be challenging, and time-consuming. 

create form in PDFelement

It offers various filling text fields and can have other options like buttons, boxes, lists, etc. Not only this, but you can also scan Scan one of your existing paper forms as a PDF then open it in PDFelement. 

With this tool, I can customize the appearance, options, and format of each one. Overall, a very useful and handy feature. 

High-Level Security: One of the major concerns of users is the level of security. So, I will assure you that PDFelement keeps sensitive texts confidential through its security features.

This software gives wide protection to your documents. This Protection includes digital signatures that you can create and organize, you can also assign users permission to access data. 

One more unique thing is that you can do a PDF form to fill before accessing documents. In my opinion, it will provide you a very high level of security for its users.

Extract Information from scanned PDF: There are instances when you need to get a text from the document. Fortunately, PDFelement managed to recognize every bit of text on the PDF, even the fancy font.  

With the help of a scan, PDFelement is able to create PDF files with the extracted information.  

All your scanned invoices and forms can be extracted seamlessly. Its identical extraction rules apply to all PDF files with the same layout. This is a very handy feature that will save your time and overhead work. 

Device Compatibility

PDFelement is available in almost all the popular and most used platforms. You can only use it on Windows, macOS, Android, and iOS platforms. 

You can get it through their official site. The interface of the app is consistent and similar regardless if you are on a PC or phone. This helps the user to use the app on any device without getting confused. Here is the list and overview of each of the platforms. 


PDFelement is easily available for the Windows platform. You can simply download the software from the official website of the Wondershare. The app is so thoughtfully designed with outstanding features. 

PDFelement for Windows

Mainly, It is very much uncomplicated and gets the job done without any complex menus or tasks. The user interface is quite simple and intuitive so, I am sure you’ll not face any difficulties while handling your PDFs. 


It is also available for Mac users. Talking about the interface, I would say it’s much like the Windows app with all the features. There will be a very slight difference in the interface but, overall all functionalities are similar. 

PDFelement for Mac

Everything feels snappy to use and precise rather than unwanted features. To download the app, you can simply go to their official site. 


PDFelement can be installed on your Android devices from the Play Store. You can use this app as a primary document handling app due to its excellent features. As I have explained above, it has an identical design and interfaces for Android too. 

I used the app myself and my experience was extremely smooth. You can easily navigate the different features available. It is very easy to use, You just have to open the app and start using it. 


There are certain differences in features on this platform. In this, there are the freehand draw, camera to PDF, and cloud connectivity features that are not available on the Android app. 

You can download the app from the official website of Wondershare or through the App Store. The app is quite lightweight and works without any glitches. I also really like simple and easy to use interfaces. 

Free vs Paid

The PDFelement provides both free and premium plans. So, let’s see what you will get in free and premium plans respectively. 

watermark in free version of PDFelement

It is the same software for both the free version and premium version, except the free version has the following limitations :

  • The free version will add a watermark to the PDF file when you edit or comment on the PDF file in the trial version. It is recommended that you click the File>>Save As button to save it to a new copy with the watermark, then it will not affect your original PDF.
  • When converting the PDF file to other formats, such as Word, Excel, etc. it converts half pages of your PDF only and converts 5 pages at most when your PDF file has more than 10 pages.
  • When using the batch process to extract data, it will process two files only.
  • When using the batch process to add a watermark, it will process all the files you load but will still add the trial watermark in each file.

So, As you can see the difference between the free and paid VPN plans, you can notice that the free one is too restrictive. Therefore premium version is an ideal choice if you’re still undecided about paying for it. 

How to use PDFelement

Using PDFelement is quite easy. Before I elaborate on how you can use this awesome PDF handling app, I’d recommend you download and install the software on your PC or Mac. To use this awesome software, it is necessary to launch PDFelement on your computer.

how to use pdfelement

I didn’t even have to read any guides until I got into the more complex parts. I jumped right into the app and started doing work in just a few minutes. 

First, you need to open the PDF files. Here are the different ways to open PDF

  • Drag and drop a PDF file into the PDFelement window after opening it.
  • Click the Open File button to browse the PDF files on your computer to open or choose from the Recent list to open directly.
  • Click the Edit PDF box to select your PDF file to open, it will go into the Edit tab directly.

There’s no learning curve needed for it. Also, editing your PDF is very easy with just a few steps. Simply open the app and select Get Started with your tasks.

Pros and Cons 

In my opinion, even after having good sides not every tool is completely perfect. So, This is the part of my PDFelement review where I share my likes and dislikes of the tool.

So, here I have provided you with a quick overview of the positive sides as well as the negative sides of this software.

The interface is so easy to use.Sometimes batch processing is slow.
Able to modify many different forms and documents Stability problems dealing with larger pdfs
Resizing a document for sending it as an email.Commenting is very slow as it keeps refreshing and changing
Conversion of the pdf to other formats.The inability to “word search” within documents
Clear and simple tools to create PDF formsSometimes when writing text, its format changes
Highlighting is easy and convenient
Assists in breaking down a large PDF document into smaller ones

Advanced Features

Redact Personal Information

Have you ever needed to share the documents that have your personal information that you don’t want the other to see? If yes, then you need a redaction feature. 

Redact area in PDFelement

This is a common requirement to hide your info. This feature is included in the Professional version of this app.

To apply redaction in PDFelement, you have to click on the Protect icon and then Redact. Simply select the text or a part you want to hide, then click Apply Redaction.

Reorder and Delete Pages

PDFelement makes it easy to re-organize your document by reordering and deleting pages. You simply have to click the page icon, and the rest is a simple drag and drop tool. 

redact and delete pages in PDFelement

PDFelement’s Page view makes it simple to rearrange and delete pages in your PDF file. The interface is intuitive and elegant.

OCR (Optical Character Recognition)

To search for and copy text within the document you can apply optical character recognition (OCR). The standard version of the software does not do OCR. For this, you’ll need the Professional version. 

OCR in PDFelement

When paired with a scanner, PDFelement can create PDF files from your paper documents. With this OCR feature, your software can turn the image of your document into text. 

Convert PDFs to Editable Document Types

Everyone wants their PDF to be editable. So, PDFelement’s conversion feature is something else. 

Convert to other file formats in PDFelement

It can convert a PDF file into a fully editable document in most used formats, as well as a bunch of other less-used formats. Overall, it is a very useful feature for users.


If I talk about the performance of PDFelement, I would say it’s quite good and you will not face any sort of difficulty. It feels snappy on-screen during the editing tasks and moving through the features.

It has got a comprehensive set of features and implements them in a way that will save your time. The tasks like putting text in boxes while editing, creating forms, and the ability to export to popular file formats

As you go through you’ll notice that your work will be done just in a few seconds, which I can do with a single click. The performance is quick and reliable. The performance is quick and reliable. There is a collection of intuitive tools that appear for you.

It provides a very smooth user experience with no performance degradation. Overall, I would say that it is one of the reliable data PDF handling tools available in the market. 

Resource Consumption 

I know that many users have their concerns regarding CPU consumption and memory consumption. So, In this PDFelement Review, I will brief you about its resource consumption. 

Resource consumption of PDFelement

There are some other PDF editing tools that tend to utilize a lot of your CPU and hence, affect other ongoing processes. But, not in the case of PDFelement. It runs well and is smooth on device. 

I noticed that it performed really well in terms of CPU and memory optimization. You can easily notice that it only utilizes around 1% of your CPU during moderate use. 

At the same time, I found that power consumption was only high during batch processing or conversion which is quite normal. So, in my opinion, it will not affect your other ongoing processes and will work smoothly for you.

System Requirements 

There are some minimum system requirements to run PDFelement on your computer smoothly. So, I want you to make sure your system meets these conditions:

Processor: A computer with an Intel Pentium 4, higher, or equivalent processor. 

Operating systems: Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, Vista

RAM: At least 512 MB of RAM and 1 GB recommended. 

Hard Disk: 1.5GB of free hard disk space for application files

The best thing is, the system requirements of this software are not too high. That’s why this software is preferable for all users with even low-end devices. SImply install it and make your work done easily. 

The performance and speed of processing the documents vary based on your computer’s processor, memory, and available disk space. So, I would recommend you to ensure that it exceeds the system requirements.

Ease of Use

During my PDFelement review, I was able to use the software without referring to online resources or guides. 

Truly, It can take months to learn all of the features of a professional PDF editor. 

All the PDFelement apps use the same design, so you’ll have a similar experience no matter on which platform you’re using it. 

Besides, The interface of a particular app is very important as it makes the app more interactive with users. It will only show what is needed for you. So, the interface makes everything on your fingertips. 

This app gives you most of the features and works in an intuitive way. You can easily use it to modify many different forms and documents. It is super easy to create these forms and sign them. Once you are done, simply save the document on your disk.

With this app, Wondershare has a unique approach with simple UI and features. I think that’s best suited to beginners. The mobile and desktop applications are also practical and easy to use.

Customer Support 

Undoubtedly, whenever we get stuck at any point we crave customer support. So, customer support is very essential to resolve one’s issues.

customer support of Wondershare PDFelement

Wondershare does a really great job of providing solutions to get users. They help its customers through a web-based help site. There are three ways to seek help from them. Firstly, you can go for live chat and you can also submit an online form, or do a call. 

If you have any trouble or query just get to them. They will resolve your query or issues effectively and quickly. Not only this, Wondershare has got a very active and large user community that will try to help you out and resolve your queries. 

I have taken help from them and assure you that they’ll get to you very quickly. They are really quick on live chat and get your answers precisely. Overall I would say that they are quite responsive and committed to their users, so you can get to them whenever you get any trouble. 

Pricing and license

Talking about the pricing and license, Wondershare has an affordable range of plans for PDFelement. It offers a free version and paid subscription plans, which are well-priced and attractive. 

It offers a wide range of plans for individuals, team & business, and students. It has two paid plans which are Pro and Standard. All of these have 1 month, 1 year, and lifetime access options. So, you can choose the best according to you. 

PDFelement Plans

It is available for a regular price of $59/Year for a 1-year license in the Standard Plan. 

Very popular, there is another plan at $79/Year for a 1-year license in the Pro Plan. 

In this plan, you’ll get some additional features like OCR, batch process, adding a digital signature, and many more. I recommend you to purchase the Pro version due to additional yet useful features. 

All the subscription prices are pretty reasonable, ranging from annual and lifetime plans. Overall, I would say the plans are well suited for this kind of powerful software. Therefore, I recommend you to purchase this one of the top-rated programs in its class.

Refund Policy

They provide a free watermarked trial software that functions identically to the paid version so that customers will know exactly what they will be getting before committing to a purchase. 

It’s because of this ‘try-before-you-buy’ system, Wondershare provides a 30-day Money Back Guarantee only under the accepted technical circumstances. So, I would suggest you use the free version to test out the software before purchasing it.

How To Get Started With PDFelement

Getting started with the PDFelement is quite easy. For this, you can simply click here to download. After using if you really liked it then you must go for the paid version. 

Installation in PDFelement

The moment you buy the software, you’ll get the registration code by email. Then, open the PDFelement and click on the register button and enter the registration code and licensed email. 

Once you are verified, you’ll be able to use the app with all the features and be able to export the documents without any watermark. You can enjoy the software with all features which are restricted in the free version.

Get started in PDFelement

In the end, you can create, organize, and secure your files. It enables you to create new PDFs from documents too. Undoubtedly, the app feels useful and surprisingly easy to use even for beginners. 

Moreover, You can easily download and install the PDFelement. You can simply have to click on the button below.

Do I Recommend PDFelement ?

Yes definitely, I recommend PDFelement to anyone who wants a good PDF editing software with all necessary and required features for handling various documents. You’ll definitely find this tool useful if you are searching for a professional level PDF editor which also goes perfect for beginners. 

Its interface is intuitive and the navigation is easy to follow due to straightforward and fully-optimized UX design. Everything will be at your fingertips. It feels snappy on-screen during the editing tasks and moving through the features. You can use marks and give comments to the files they need to work on so they’ll know what to do next. 

Also, their customer support is outstanding. They can take many of your major complaints and provide solutions. So, there is no chance to get stuck into trouble. Overall, an easy to use PDF editing software where you can create, organize, and secure your files. 


Is PDFelement secure?

Undoubtedly, security is the most important thing these days and PDFelement provides the encryption and permissions to protect documents quickly and easily.
Talking about the PDFelement, it is totally safe to use. There is no risk of data loss while using it. If you modify a PDF, it is renamed when saved and does not overwrite the original document. So, you don’t need to worry about the safety.

Who makes PDFelement?

Basically, PDFelement is from Wondershare which is well known for creating simple and easy-to-use software for their worldwide users. Hence, PDFelement is one of their products. 
It is the easiest way to create, edit, convert, and sign PDF documents on Windows and Mac.

Is PDFElement free or paid ?

The Wondershare provides both free and paid versions of PDFelement that you can use. The main difference between both the plans is access to advanced features, such as batch process documents and also free one has a watermark on its documents. So, I would recommend you go for the paid version after trying a free plan. 


If you need to edit a PDF, this app will allow you to do so easily. You can convert it to other document types and export it. It enables you to create new PDFs from any computer document. Not only this, You can even create a form for your clients. Overall, easy to use and fully-featured app to make your work done. 

Apart from this, it has a very clean and simple interface which is easy to understand. All of these make it a trustworthy & useful tool that makes a great choice for you.

I hope you like this PDFelement Review. Please share this article with your friends and in case of any queries or doubts feel free to comment below.

PDFelement Review

PDFelement from Wondershare is a powerful, yet easy to use PDF editing software where you can create, organize, and secure your files. This tool keeps it simple with only the necessary features that are enough for all basic tasks. However, it also features some advanced options for professional use. Its interface is intuitive and the navigation is easy. You'll definitely find this tool useful if you are searching for a professional level PDF editor which also goes perfect for beginners.

Price: 6.99

Price Currency: USD

Operating System: Windows 10, Mac, Android, iOS

Application Category: PDF Editor

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