Swiftdoo PDF is a full-featured, low-priced Acrobat alternative that should serve most users well.
Swiftdoo PDF doesn’t have the name recognition of some of the other editors in our buying guide, but it can stand on its own with many of them. The Windows-only desktop application provides everything you need to work efficiently with PDF files at a fraction of the price of Adobe’s Acrobat DC.
Swiftdoo PDF: features
Swiftdoo has a simple interface with nine tabs across the top. These are intuitively labeled by function (annotate, edit, convert, etc.) and each display their own toolbar when selected. The editor also helpfully adds the most used tools to the Home tab so you can streamline your workflow. A sidebar to the left of the document pane can be used to view page thumbnails, bookmarks, annotations, and attachments; convert PDF files to other file formats; or search the content of the current document.
Modifying PDF files on Swiftdoo is as simple as working with a document in Microsoft Word. Just click the Edit button on the Home tab to make it editable and then you can add or remove and change its font, color and style just like you would in any other text document. You can also add and customize blocks of text with the text box tool. An erase function is provided so that you can redact sensitive text by blocking it in a color of your choice.
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Managing images is just as easy. Click on the image tool, select an image file from your drive and drag and drop it into place. To modify an image, click on it and select an option from the pop-up menu to crop or rotate it, adjust its opacity, or replace it with another file.
Swiftdoo includes over a dozen annotation tools, including shapes, sticky notes, stamps, a highlighter, and a pen tool for scribbling marginals. It also supports file merging and splitting for easy document management and conversion to Microsoft Office formats, image files, CAD, and HTML.
You can protect sensitive documents with encryption and watermarks. Encryption uses two types of passwords to protect your documents; A user password is required to open a protected PDF, while a permissions password restricts unwanted access to features such as editing, annotating, and printing. Swiftdoo also provides three ways to create electronic signatures: typing, images, or handwriting.
Since PDF files are often collaborative, Swiftdoo offers some ways to easily share documents. You can email them directly from the editor, or you can connect Swiftdoo to your Google Drive or Dropbox account to share documents via the cloud.
A 7-day free trial is available for unregistered users and a 30-day free trial is available for registered users. To continue using the editor after the trial expires, you will need to pay to keep access to all its features. You can subscribe to a monthly subscription that allows you to use the editor on one device for $8 per month, or an annual subscription that allows you to use it on two devices for $69 per year (currently $41 for the first year). Alternatively, you can purchase a perpetual license, which also allows use on two devices, for a one-time fee of $119.
Swiftdoo PDF is a capable editor that provides all the essential tools to manage PDF files. Without the complexity of many other high-priced applications, it allows users to jump right into its extensive set of tools and get to work. If you’re looking for an alternative to Adobe Acrobat DC and other expensive editors, you should take advantage of Swiftdoo’s generous trial period and see if it meets your needs.
Publisher’s note: Because online services are often iterative, gaining new features and performance improvements over time, this review is subject to change to accurately reflect the current state of the service. Any changes to the text or our final review verdict will be noted at the top of this article.