Soda PDF

Who Uses Soda PDF?

Small, medium and enterprise-level businesses have successfully adopted Soda PDF for their document management needs and have in turn experienced significant productivity gains.

What Is Soda PDF?

Soda PDF Anywhere is the first fully functional PDF solution available both as a desktop and a web-based app. Users have the freedom to access features on any device with a web browser, including desktops, laptops, smartphones, and tablets. It comes equipped with innovative features specifically designed to increase productivity, including PDF conversion, editing, reviewing & security tools, a reputable e-signature solution, Bates numbering, cloud integration, and much more. Try it free today!

Soda PDF Details

LULU Software

http://www.sodapdf.com/business

Founded 2009

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Starting price

US$84.00/year
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Soda PDF deployment and support

Support

  • Email/Help Desk
  • Knowledge Base
  • Phone Support
  • Chat

Deployment

  • Cloud, SaaS, Web-based
  • Mac (Desktop)
  • Windows (Desktop)
  • Linux (Desktop)
  • Android (Mobile)

Training

  • Live Online
  • Webinars
  • Documentation
  • Videos

Soda PDF Features

  • API
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Tracking
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Approval Process Control
  • Archiving & Retention
  • Audit Management
  • Audit Trail
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Commenting/Notes
  • Compliance Management
  • Compliance Tracking
  • Configurable Workflow
  • Content Management
  • Customisable Branding
  • Customisable Templates
  • Data Import/Export
  • Digital Signature
  • Document Automation
  • Document Capture
  • Document Classification
  • Document Generation
  • Document Management
  • Document Review
  • Document Storage
  • Document Templates
  • Drag & Drop
  • Electronic Signature
  • Email Management
  • File Conversion
  • File Management
  • File Recovery
  • File Sharing
  • File Transfer
  • Forms Management
  • Full Text Search
  • Offline Access
  • Optical Character Recognition
  • Projections
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • SSL Security
  • Search/Filter
  • Secure Data Storage
  • Tagging
  • Task Management
  • Template Management
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Version Control
  • Workflow Management

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  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Annotations
  • Commenting/Notes
  • Convert to PDF
  • Customisable Branding
  • Delete Pages
  • Electronic Signature
  • Forms Management
  • Full Text Search
  • Image Editing
  • Merge/Append Files
  • Optical Character Recognition
  • Rearrange Pages
  • Rotate Pages
  • Side-by-Side Comparison
  • Text Editing
  • Watermarking

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  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Annotations
  • Batch Processing
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Commenting/Notes
  • Communication Management
  • Compression
  • Convert to PDF
  • Customisable Branding
  • Customisable Forms
  • Customisable Templates
  • Customizable Fields
  • Data Capture and Transfer
  • Data Import/Export
  • Data Synchronisation
  • Digital Signature
  • Document Automation
  • Document Imaging
  • Document Management
  • Document Review
  • Document Storage
  • Document Templates
  • Drag & Drop
  • Electronic Payments
  • Electronic Signature
  • Encryption
  • File Management
  • File Transfer
  • Forms Management
  • Full Text Search
  • HIPAA Compliant
  • Indexing
  • Merge/Append Files
  • Mobile Access
  • Offline Access
  • PDF Conversion
  • PDF Reader
  • Real Time Data
  • Real Time Notifications
  • SSL Security
  • Search/Filter
  • Secure Data Storage
  • Template Management
  • Text Editing
  • Third Party Integrations
  • User Management
  • Version Control
  • Watermarking

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Soda PDF Reviews

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Overall rating

3.5/5

Average score

Ease of Use 3.4
Customer Service 2.7
Features 3.5
Value for Money 3.1

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Andres R.
Senior Operations Analyst
International Trade & Development, 5,001-10,000 Employees
Used the Software for: 1+ year
  • Overall Rating
    5 /5
  • Ease of Use
    5 /5
  • Features & Functionality
    5 /5
  • Customer Support
    5 /5
  • Value for Money
    5 /5
  • Likelihood to Recommend
    9/10
  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 12/03/2020

"Amazing set of PDF tools that includes OCR"

Comments: After scanning all the physical documentation that I had in my office, I managed to transfer it to digital format through the OCR tool that has Soda PDF, which allowed me to have a better management of my documents, since previously I had to review a large amount of files in search of some document. Also, I can edit PDF files according to what I need and sign them digitally.

Pros: I like the fact that you have an OCR tool to recognize the text in the images, so you can then edit that text in PDF. You can convert PDF files to Word, Excel, RTF and other formats. Another advantage of using Soda is that I receive email updates about its new features, which include instructions for use and video tutorials. Also, I can create a custom toolbar, where I include the tools I use most.

Cons: At times, when trying to print files in batches, the software stops responding and I have to open the documents again.

  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 12/03/2020
Wendy W.
Publisher
Writing & Editing, 2-10 Employees
Used the Software for: 1-5 months
  • Overall Rating
    5 /5
  • Ease of Use
    5 /5
  • Features & Functionality
    5 /5
  • Customer Support
    Unrated
  • Value for Money
    4 /5
  • Likelihood to Recommend
    10/10
  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 23/04/2021

"Soda PDF -- Intuitive and User Friendly Way to Create and Edit PDF Documents"

Comments: Overall? Excellent! This is a VERY user-friendly way to both create and convert PDFs, edit/fill in a PDF, sign a PDF with a created signature, and then deliver/download/share. If for some reason I need to have a colleague review a document, the review/comment function is great for easily getting document feedback. We don't use that feature as often, but it's nice to have in the available functions.

Pros: It's easy to use with little to no formal training -- very intuitive. I like that it converts documents TO PDF, PDF to MSWord or other types of files, and lets me upload a document for PDF filler access. I think forms are more professional when they're typed instead of being handwritten -- cleaner and neater for sure! We use SODA to upload forms sent to us, then fill in via the PDF filler. I love how easy SODA is to use via Mac/PC, tablets, and phones. Even when my staff and I are outside the office -- at home or on the road -- we can access SODA to ensure our work continues seamlessly. PDFs created can be saved to the Cloud, Desktop, or even e-mailed. I love this software/app!

Cons: My only small complaint is that it can be hard to locate a file once it's complete. That's likely on me instead of SODA. We downloaded the software/app, and have been learning as we go. Perhaps some training on our part would make archiving easier.

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  • Reviewed on 23/04/2021
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Pres.
Defense & Space, 11-50 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
  • Overall Rating
    3 /5
  • Ease of Use
    5 /5
  • Features & Functionality
    5 /5
  • Customer Support
    1 /5
  • Value for Money
    4 /5
  • Likelihood to Recommend
    1/10
  • Reviewer Source 
  • Source: GetApp
  • Reviewed on 15/03/2021

"Does not work with Avast Virus Protection"

Comments: For the first several years of using the program I was satisfied, since this issue with Avast came up about 2 years ago, I have not been able to use Soda and have purchases Adobe PDF.

Pros: Early editions were easy to use pdf generation and editing tools that would occasionally crash, but the ease of use compared to Adobe PDF made Soda a superior option.

Cons: After updating to Soda 12, it became impossible to use the software because Avast recognized the adware within the program as malware. It has been a year going back and forth with Customer Service and though they respond with instructions to remove all references of the program, disable Avast and then reinstall, nothing has worker. I even tried to go back to Soda 8, but still Avast detects the adware and it blocks the program. I cannot recommend this product based on my experience

Vendor Response

by LULU Software on 20/03/2021

Hello there,
Thank you for letting us know about your experience with our support team. Be kindly informed that the issue with Avast was fixed in the recent updates for version 12. Our highly skilled tech agents will be glad to assist you with the issue via the Live hat and one of our agents will assist you (it's available Monday-Friday 3 am - 5 pm EST).

To open the Chat, please follow the steps below:
1. Open the support page: https://support.sodapdf.com/hc/en-us/
2. Click on the Support widget in the left bottom corner of the page
3. Type any word and press Enter
4. Then select the Live Chat option at the bottom of the widget

  • Reviewer Source 
  • Source: GetApp
  • Reviewed on 15/03/2021
Kalina M.
Assistente Adiministrativo
Education Management, 1,001-5,000 Employees
Used the Software for: 1-5 months
  • Overall Rating
    5 /5
  • Ease of Use
    5 /5
  • Features & Functionality
    5 /5
  • Customer Support
    5 /5
  • Value for Money
    5 /5
  • Likelihood to Recommend
    10/10
  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 6/04/2021

"The best complete conversion, editing and creation software"

Comments: I perform a lot of conversion of terms, regulations, crafts, among others, I speak of more than 200 pages and until today I have had no problems.
It is very gratifying, the truth was the best thing that happened to me.

Pros: what I liked the most was the conversion because in my work, I need to send documents related to trades, regulations and etc ... and convert my documents in other formats. It also helps me to compress my PDF files to reduce the sizes so that I can easily share via zip, not to mention, that it allows us to create PDF documents from drawings and other technical documents necessary for the functioning of our institution. End not to mention that it is very easy to use.

Cons: Honestly, I have no contraindications for this application because it met all my expectations, I feel that this softwer before being created was a deep search to be created so complete.

  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 6/04/2021
Donna W.
Owner/office manager/support services
Management Consulting, 51-200 Employees
Used the Software for: 1-5 months
  • Overall Rating
    4 /5
  • Ease of Use
    4 /5
  • Features & Functionality
    4 /5
  • Customer Support
    1 /5
  • Value for Money
    5 /5
  • Likelihood to Recommend
    2/10
  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 4/08/2020

"Good Idea - Poorly implemented - LACKS CUSTOMER SERVICE AND PRODUCT INFO"

Comments: My biggest issue is POOR CUSTOMER SERVICE - POOR PRODUCT DISCRIPTIONS. You would think after over 2 years of customers complaining regarding the poor customer service experience, they would have fixed it by now. I have waited on hold for more than 1/2 an hour then being disconnected. Asking for a order number instead of having a product license ID listed in your Account product information is a poor design. Email to Customer Support provided none of the answers I inquired upon. I wanted to recommend this product to my clients for their pdf solutions - However, I cannot find a clear description of what each product Home, Business, Pro - Premium - Standard - Anywhere has to offer for tools. Refunds for purchases seem to be lacking as an easy to do in the 1st 30 days and When you cancel it only cancels at the end of the year purchased rather than immediately refunding the unused. Email requests take over 48 hours to get answered with an answer that in no way clears up the matter. Customer Support is very limited if you do get them on the phone as they will forward to their tech team your issue. How is that helpful after waiting 1/2 an hour. If you want a whole product then you must buy everything in bits and pieces - I want a product with all the features not buy a little here and a little there and will ask you each time you go to use a feature if you want to purchase more. Premium - Pro - Business - Anywhere should have all the features -

Pros: The product allows me to manipulate pdf's otherwise blocked from editing - Great when someone creates a form that you need to edit to use. The price was great considering the alternatives. Adobe just got greedy.

Cons: Going from Free to Premium it often wants me to purchase more for a feature that Premium already should have. Or wants you to purchase separately operations in which should be a standard for the Premium product

Vendor Response

by LULU Software on 18/08/2020

We are very sorry to hear that you were not happy with the customer service we provided. I can see that in the meantime you received the information you required. I will make sur your comments will be passed on the the Director of Customer Service. We thank you for your feedback, it will help us improve our services. If you have problems in the future, please contactd us by email or chat.

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  • Reviewed on 4/08/2020