PDF Com­plete Of­fice Edi­tion 4.2: A qui­etly ca­pa­ble PDF edi­tor

All the edit­ing and re­view tools you need along with great sup­port op­tions.

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While it may not have a mar­quee name, PDF Com­plete is a ca­pa­ble— and cur­rently very af­ford­able (at $59.95, go.pc­world.com/ pdfc)— al­ter­na­tive to Acro­bat and other pow­er­ful PDF ed­i­tors. Pair­ing the ba­sic tools of its Cor­po­rate Edi­tion with users’ most re­quested Of­fice Edi­tion fea­tures, it’s a one-stop shop for all your PDF needs.

PDF Com­plete’s in­ter­face hews pretty closely to Adobe Acro­bat’s, with a tool­bar run­ning across the top and con­trols for nav­i­gat­ing in­di­vid­ual PDFS down the right side. Each PDF opens in its own tab so you don’t have to shuf­fle through mul­ti­ple win­dows to find the one you need. But like Acro­bat Pro DC ( go.pc­world.com/apdc), PDF Com­plete in­cludes a wealth of fea­tures you’d need to ma­nip­u­late doc­u­ments in a busi­ness set­ting.

You can cre­ate PDFS from a va­ri­ety of file types, in­clud­ing images. When work­ing

with ex­ist­ing PDFS, you can add or delete pages, move them around, and even ex­tract se­lect ones to cre­ate a new PDF doc­u­ment. You can also com­bine mul­ti­ple PDFS into one doc­u­ment.

PDF Com­plete has a full set of edit­ing fea­tures, in­clud­ing the abil­ity to add, re­place, or delete text; mod­ify fonts; and ad­just and move images. You can also an­no­tate doc­u­ments with sticky notes and com­ment boxes, as well as by high­light­ing, un­der­lin­ing, and strik­ing out text—must-have fea­tures for col­lab­o­ra­tively creat­ing and re­view­ing doc­u­ments.

Pass­words and per­mis­sions are sup­ported for se­cur­ing sen­si­tive doc­u­ments, as is per­ma­nent redac­tion of text and images. And you can add a dig­i­tized sig­na­ture to a doc­u­ment us­ing a mouse.

As PDF Com­plete Of­fice Edi­tion’s name sug­gests, the edi­tor per­forms top-shelf Mi­crosoft Of­fice conversions. But it also now ex­ports to Open Of­fice, XML, ebook (EPUB, ALTO, FBW), and Mi­crosoft XPS for­mats.

One of PDF Com­plete’s most im­pres­sive fea­tures, though, is its wealth of sup­port op­tions. A “learn­ing cen­ter” of­fers easy-to­fol­low text tu­to­ri­als on vir­tu­ally ev­ery ba­sic and ad­vanced func­tion, and these are in­valu­able if you are tran­si­tion­ing from an­other PDF edi­tor. The web­site also in­cludes a rich search­able knowl­edge­base and ticket-based sup­port if you can’t find an an­swer to your is­sue within these other re­sources.

A sin­gle li­cense of PDF Com­plete Of­fice Edi­tion 4.2 is cur­rently be­ing of­fered for $59.95, a sig­nif­i­cant mark­down from its reg­u­lar $129.95 price tag. Pur­chase in­cludes a free up­grade to Of­fice Edi­tion 5.0 when it’s re­leased. Volume dis­counts are also avail­able when you pur­chase five or more li­censes—just en­ter a quan­tity on the web­site check­out page and click Re­cal­cu­late Unit Price. A free eval­u­a­tion demo is avail­able, though it en­ables only the most ba­sic fea­tures.

VER­DICT

Though PDF Com­plete may not be as well­known as other Acro­bat al­ter­na­tives like Nitro Pro ( go.pc­world.com/np12) and Phan­tom­pdf ( go.pc­world.com/fpdf), it’s well up to the task of be­ing your pri­mary PDF edi­tor. That and its bud­get-friendly price should earn it a spot on your shop­ping list.

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