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Developer Interview below...
Create, OCR, Review & Annotate, Edit PDF Documents
Work towards a paperless office with new PDF Studio 8 Pro. Between Mac Preview (free but limited in its PDF annotating functions), and Adobe® Acrobat X Pro® (at almost $500) PDF Studio Pro fills the gap as an affordable yet powerful PDF tool that supports most PDF functions while maintaining full compatibility with the PDF Standard.
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Christina S., Accountant
"PDF Studio is excellent, it has been very helpful to us this quarter with preparing taxes for clients as we are a Mac only office. Thanks for writing this software."
Create PDFs: Create PDFs from Word, text, and image files. Supported files can be opened or dragged and dropped in the thumbnail pane and converted to PDF on the fly.
Review & Annotate PDFs: Add graphical, sound, text comments; sticky notes and freehand (pencil) annotations.
Text Markups: Highlight, underline, strike through text and add reviewer caret annotations.
Scan-To-PDF & OCR: Scan your paper documents directly to PDF for archiving and collaborating.
Fill in and Save Forms: Fill interactive PDF forms. Or use the typewriter annotation to fill scanned forms that do not contain interactive form fields. In upcoming version 9, an advanced form editor will allow to design interactive forms.
Edit PDF Content within PDFs: Edit, delete text content, change text properties. Move, resize, and save images, shapes and path objects within PDF documents.
Manual Redaction: Permanently remove text and images. In upcoming version 9, an advanced redaction feature will allow to select an area on the page and remove any underlying object.
"I must say that I do find the software very useful. In the past, I used to archive my documents as scanned JPEG images. Thanks to PDF Studio, I have converted all my files into a few PDF documents with bookmarks acting as an index. Now I can easily access and navigate through my files"
Secure your PDF documents: Add passwords, control user permissions and digitally sign your PDF documents.
Custom Digital Signatures: Apply official digital signatures, customized with your choice of images and information.
Merge / Split / Assemble Documents: Combine documents, insert, extract or rotate pages. Advanced split by bookmarks, page range or text search.
Enable cross-platform collaboration: PDF is the de facto electronic format to collaborate with clients, co-workers and consultants. The PDF documents annotated in PDF Studio on a Mac can be viewed in any PDF viewer on Windows, Mac or Linux.
Add Bookmarks, Watermarks, Headers and Footers: Add dates, page numbers, mark your documents as CONFIDENTIAL and your invoices as PAID.
Work with Images (PNG, GIF, JPG, TIFF): Stamp pages with images; create PDF documents from your images; export PDF pages as images.
Batch Functions - Process Multiple PDFs with a Single-Click: Print; Secure; Extract Images / Text; Convert; Crop; Merge; Split; Apply Headers, Footers and Watermarks; Preflight; Set Initial View; and more.
Precision Measuring Tools: Measure distances, perimeters and areas in your drawings.
Free Upgrade to 9: Version 9 is coming in January 2014. Get a free upgrades when it's out and have access to all the amazing new features.
Suhail A., Researcher
"I am a researcher at the university of Texas. I use PDF Studio and love it. I needed a PDF application that would allow me to annotate, highlight text, and make comments on documents."
System Requirements: PDF Studio 8 works on the following Mac OSX versions: Mavericks Mac OSX 10.9, Mountain Lion Mac OSX 10.8, Lion Mac OSX 10.7; Snow Leopard Mac OSX 10.6.
Interview with Qoppa's Leila Holmann
What's the most unique, useful feature of your product? That’s a tough call because PDF Studio supports so many features and customers use it in so many different ways. If I have to choose though, I’ll say adding searchable text in a PDF using the OCR function. This is because it’s our newly added feature in version 8 and we’re so proud of it.
Why did you create this app? or What need were you trying to satisfy? We believe in going paperless and PDF documents are the number 1 electronic document format. Yet most office suites either don’t support PDF or have very limited functionality. We wanted a PDF software that was affordable and user friendly. Adobe Acrobat is available only in the Pro version on the Mac and costs almost $500. We believe that PDF Studio fills the needs of 99% of customers out there at ¼ of the price and that our app is easier to use and more intuitive.
What is most interesting to you about developing SW for the Mac and/or iOS platforms. Our application is cross-platform and we have Mac, Windows and Linux customers. But we especially love our Mac users because we find that they are friendly as well as demanding. We have improved our application a lot based on Mac users’ feedback.
What features should a prospective buyer look into during a trial of your product? Review and markup with comments, drag and drop to assemble documents, text content editing to correct text, OCR.
What are some interesting experiences you've had creating new versions of your software when OS is upgraded? I can’t remember any. Usually OS upgrades have been very smooth for us as we’re java based and our application continues to work the same with new OS.
What's your favorite Mac app out there from another developer? Why? Eclipse. We’re a developer shop and we use Eclipse to develop our application.
What features would you like to add to your product that at this time seem improbable/impossible? We would like to add moe accessibility features such as text to speech, this can be tricky because we are cross-platform. There are some exiting features coming in version 9 (free upgrade) such as interactive form creation.
What's your upgrade policy? Customers who buy PDF Studio are entitled to a free upgrade to upcoming version 9, scheduled for January 2014. All upgrade 9.xx are free. When version 10 comes out (in 2015?), existing customers can choose to upgrade at 60% discount or continue using PDF Studio 9 for as long as they wish!
What should I ask that I'm forgetting? Well, one thing that customers may be interested to learn about PDF Studio is how complex it was for us to create such a product. Unlike most other Mac apps out there, we are not using the PDF rendering engine that comes packaged with Mac. We have created our own PDF rendering engine based on the more than 1000 pages of PDF specifications. Rendering was the most challenging part in creating our app. We then added all commenting and editing features which are so useful to customers. Having our own rendering engine gives us a lot of control and freedom. We are not limited by the quality of the PDF rendering engine on Mac. For this reason we support unique features such as official digital signatures that are the only real way to secure PDF documents.
What are the answers to some common questions people have about your app before they buy? We have a knowledge base with answers to the most common questions: kbpdfstudio.qoppa.com
Operating Systems: ---------------------- Mac OSX: Snow Leopard 10.6, Lion 10.7, Mountain Lion 10.8, Mavericks 10.9 PDF Studio also supports other platforms: Linux: Ubuntu, Red Hat, Fedora and Others Windows: XP, NT, Vista, 7, 8 Unix: Solaris, AIX, IBM A PDF Studio user key can be used on up to 2 machines, on any operating system. System Requirements: -------------------------- 1.3GHz processor 1GB RAM 200GB available hard disk space PDF Studio may run on machines with lower specifications than listed above, but we cannot guarantee an ideal experience in those cases.