PDF Architect’s opinion | TechRadar

We have seen a lot of PDF editors in the market in recent years, and it has become a pretty crowded area. There are products from large, reputable companies, as well as smaller suites for people with more specific needs. In general, there is something for everyone – it’s just a matter of identifying the ideal tool for your own needs. And while it may take a while to find the perfect deal out of all the programs on the market right now, it is well worth it if you plan to actively use it in your day-to-day work.

PDF architect has been around for a while now and the program has already built a reputation. It may not be the largest PDF editor on the market right now, but it is known for its affordability and stability compared to other more commonly mentioned products. At the same time, users often seem disappointed with the way the pricing tiers are organized, although this is something we’ve seen in other tools as well, and not particularly unique to PDF Architect. .


There are three paid plans which are all billed annually per user. (Image credit: pdfforge)

Packages and prices

There is a free version, which is a bit limited in functionality but still works well to demonstrate the main features of the program. There are several premium levels – Standard, Professional and Professional + OCR. It should be noted that both Professional levels can sometimes be found cheaper than the Standard one, especially during the holidays and other times when promotions are common. The Professional version comes with everything included in Standard, as well as review, comments, and document security. The last level, as the name suggests, also adds OCR to the mix.

One notable feature that must be purchased separately is the ability to electronically sign documents. This can be a huge disappointment for those who need a PDF editor primarily for working with official documents, in which case an alternative tool might be a better option. Still, PDF Architect costs significantly less than other tools without the electronic signature option, so it balances out somewhat.


Easily create, view and edit PDF files using PDF Architect (Image credit: pdfforge)


You can edit PDF documents in various ways and convert other formats to PDF with just a few clicks. You can apply different transformations to the document, add comments, convert scanned images to editable text, and various other standard features that you would expect from a typical PDF editor by default. It comes with some nice perks like Format Painter which should look very familiar to Office users. As we mentioned above, the only notable missing option is the ability to electronically sign documents, for which you have to pay extra.


If you are familiar with Microsoft Office, you will be comfortable with the user interface of PDF Architect (Image credit: pdfforge)

Interface and in use

PDF Architect’s interface appears to have been designed to mimic the Microsoft Office design language and can easily be mistaken for one of Microsoft’s own tools. Like Office itself, PDF Architect is fluid and intuitive, and presents its interface in a way that is easy to navigate and jump from point to point. As long as you know what you’re trying to accomplish and where the functionality should be roughly, it shouldn’t take too much of your effort to get there and figure out how it works. The comprehensive help database will make this even easier.


There are a number of support articles as well as an active community forum for PDF Architect. (Image credit: pdfforge)


On that note, another cool aspect of PDF Architect is that it comes with a lot of help right off the bat, and there’s plenty of information when you get stuck or need advice on using a specific functionality. It doesn’t take long to figure out how to navigate the menus, especially if you are coming from Office as we described above. And if you ever need to reach out to support specialists, you can expect your issues to be resolved quickly and easily. The company has gained a certain reputation for the quality of its support services in particular, so if that aspect is of concern to you, this is one of the best tools you can choose right now.

The competition

PDF Architect has a lot of competition between Adobe Acrobat and various other smaller tools. Still, it has managed to carve out its own niche and currently enjoys a solid place in the market. There are some things that are definitely better to try PDF Architect instead of other tools, and you’ll get a feel for what the program can and can’t do quite quickly after experimenting with the free version. For the price though, it definitely manages to stand out from the competition and offers a solid package that will meet most, if not all, of your requirements.

Final verdict

PDF Architect is a great choice for those who need a reliable and advanced PDF editor with many additional features and a stable and reliable interface. The program receives regular updates and its developers are clearly committed to pushing it even further. As long as you don’t explicitly need electronic signatures – or are willing to pay extra for it – it should have everything you need to keep your documents organized and beautiful.

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