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Qoppa’s PDF Editor 2023 with Enterprise Deployments, Dropbox Team Spaces, Multi Document Actions

The leading Atlanta based software company, Qoppa Software by Apryse announced version 2023 of its powerful, intuitive PDF editor, PDF Studio for Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems. The latest version contains enhancements for enterprise deployment, support for Dropbox Team Space, and many new features that improve the usability of the application.

Take a look and some of the highlighted features below:

  • Enhanced Support for Enterprise Deployments
  • Installer Enhancements on Windows and Linux
  • Support for Dropbox Team Spaces
  • Additional Multi Document Functions throughout the Application
  • Search through all Preferences
  • Better Conversions for Microsoft Office File Formats
  • New Optimizations Options (Unembed Fonts, Remove Tags)
  • New “Highlighter” Marker Tool

PDF Studio 2023 comes with improvements for enterprise deployments that will help IT managers specify their own companywide settings when deploying the PDF editing application to a large volume of users across their organization. The settings are defined at install time and are maintained across version upgrades. This gives system administrators better control over the distribution of PDF Studio licenses and the formalization of company and user settings. The installation process was also enhanced to follow standard operating systems practices for storage location of installer files and user settings.

This version contains improvements to Qoppa’s proprietary conversion engines from and to Microsoft Office file formats. The second iteration of our PDF to Word conversion, particularly, is now more reliable with enhancements to the text layout in the output Word document (for instance when the original PDF contained columns and tables) and with support for converting PDF shapes and PDF paths to Word format.

Dropbox enterprise users will be glad to learn that PDF Studio now integrates with Dropbox Team Spaces. Users belonging to a Dropbox team account are now able to access folders shared by the team, including team folders and team member folders. This should simplify Dropbox users workflows, allowing them to collaborate more efficiently on documents edits with others team members by opening PDF documents directly within PDF Studio, editing them in the application, and saving them straight back to the team folders in Dropbox cloud.

Over the years, the number of preferences allowing users to customize the application has increased significantly, making it challenging sometimes for users to find the specific preference they are looking for. In this version, a new search box in the Preferences dialog was added that makes it possible to search through the many settings. The search engine is dynamic so users can simply input a few letters of a keyword and PDF Studio will instantly identify the different panes and categories containing preferences that match the keyword. Users can find the search box conveniently at the top left of the Preferences dialog, just above the list of categories.

PDF Studio now offers more control over how fonts are embedded in documents by giving the flexibility for users to decide whether to embed or unembed a font from the file content. These new actions are available from the Document Properties dialog under the Font Tab (which lists all the fonts present in a document). The sophisticated Optimizer function was also enhanced to permit to remove embedded fonts from in a document and remove document tags and invalid bookmarks present in the document, giving users even more options to optimize their PDF documents and reduce their file size.

New multi document functions have been added throughout this new version of PDF Studio allowing users to perform a single function on multiple documents at once. For instance, it is now possible to “Print All”, “Save All”, “Email All” documents all documents currently open in the frame.

The new “Marker” tool added under the Comment Pane now allows users to freely highlight text or any other elements on PDF pages in the same way they would when highlighting with a physical marker. This tool gives a lot more freedom in the highlighting pattern than the existing text highlight tool that requires users to follow the exact flow on a page and can sometimes be challenging when the layout is not recognized precisely due to free positioning of text in PDF. The marker tool come with easy options to customize the color, line width, and the transparency percentage of the highlights during use. This tool, together with the Pencil tool, can be found by going to the Comment Tab and navigating to the new Drawing Section.

New Highlighter / Marker Annotation

The new version also comes with new features that were requested by our users to help them save time and get things done faster. For instance, when creating interactive forms, users will now be able to save and reuse their own predefined text fields with custom date, number or currency formats. They will also be able to print only a portion of a page after selecting it with the Snapshot tool without having to first save it to an image file. To see a complete list of our features in PDF Studio 2023 click here.

As usual, the new version remains compatible with all major operating systems, and can run on Windows 11, macOS 13 Ventura, and all Linux distros (Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora, CentOS, Mint). You can purchase PDF Studio 2023 now here!

About Qoppa Software:

Qoppa Software produces cross-platform PDF software for end-users, developers and integrators. Our PDF tools and libraries cover every aspect of PDF processes and help automate document workflows. Qoppa Software was founded in 2002 and is located in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Best Tax and Document Software for Tax Season 2023

We are currently in the thick of tax season 2023. If you have not filed your taxes yet, have no fear, because filing taxes is a lot less “taxing” than in the past. Before the standard was to hire an accountant or go to a tax service agency to have your taxes filed, which would cost you anywhere between $200-$600. In 2023 there are plenty of tools and tax preparation software applications that allow the average citizen to file their taxes on their own for little to no cost; in this article we will provide you with them.

A popular tax service application is TurboTax. It is the #1 best-selling tax preparation software to file taxes online. This software can cost $40-$180, depending on the services or features the user needs. H&R Block now offers an option to file taxes online. For simple filing situations such as those with W2 income or students, this tax preparation software can be free and easy but those who may be independent contractors or business owners it can start at $89. Lastly, a tax preparation software to consider is TaxAct. This online software allows users to file their federal taxes for free and state taxes for an additional $40. TaxAct allows non-resident aliens to file taxes through their software as well.

These tax preparation software applications can be a great help with tax regulations and compliance but an additional burden when you are filing taxes and need to prepare and organize your paperwork. For this you will need more than a PDF viewer, you will need a PDF editing application. Qoppa Software’s PDF editor in particular, PDF Studio, has a lot of great features that can help you put your documents together this tax season. PDF Studio allows users to open W2’s, 1099’s, and other documents sent as a PDF or scan paper versions to PDF. You can use OCR to recognize text in your documents, extract data reliably, and copy/ paste the text into the tax preparation software. You can also fill in interactive forms, merge or split documents, digitally sign documents, and more. PDF Studio supports most major operating systems such as Windows, Mac, and Linux. Currently there is a sale on PDF Studio for tax season; click here to purchase it now or learn more about it.

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Should You Pay to Edit PDF Documents?

It really depends on your specific needs and the frequency with which you need to edit PDFs.

If you only need to make minor edits to a PDF, such as add text, fill out a form, annotate, highlight, or use basic printing there are many free PDF readers (desktop applications or even online readers) available that can get the job done. Examples include Adobe Acrobat Reader DC, PDF Studio Viewer, Sumatra PDF Reader.

However, if you need more advanced features, you may need to consider paying for a PDF editor. Paid PDF editors offer more features than free tools, such as the ability to edit the content of the PDF, convert PDFs to other file formats, add digital signatures, redact sensitive information, and edit the document’s metadata. Additionally, paid PDF editors usually have better customer support and security features, which can be important if you work with confidential documents. 

One of the most popular paid PDF editor’s is Adobe Acrobat Pro. It is a comprehensive PDF editing application that offers advanced features such as the ability to edit content, assemble documents, create and edit forms, redact sensitive information, digitally sign, and optimize PDF files for web publishing. Adobe Acrobat Pro is a good option for larger businesses or organizations that have a larger budget for software.

For organizations that are budget conscious including small to medium size companies, PDF Studio may be a good alternative. PDF Studio offers the same advanced features as Adobe Acrobat (including redaction, optimization, digital signature and OCR). It even includes additional features to compare documents through overlay or by displaying them side by side. PDF Studio is a more affordable alternative that offers a perpetual license model.

There are many options available for PDF software and the decision of purchasing or not comes down to users’ specific needs. If users only need to edit PDFs infrequently and don’t require advanced features, a free tool may suffice. However, if users regularly work with PDF documents or require advanced editing capabilities, it may be worth investing in a paid PDF tools such as Adobe Acrobat, PDF Studio, or other great professional-grade PDF editors such as Foxit PDF Editor Pro or Kofax Power PDF Advanced.

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PDF Studio Now Available to Purchase on Amazon

We at Qoppa Software are doing our best to make PDF Studio available to all, that is why we have now listed it on one of the top selling platforms online, Amazon. Customers can now easily purchase PDF Studio on Amazon and we will send a personalized license key card the same week which will be good for 1 user and 2 computers. To premiere our presence on the platform, customers can purchase PDF Studio Pro on it at 30% off. Click here to purchase it now.

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PDF Studio Receives SourceForge Winter 2022 Category Leader Award

PDF Studio receives SourceForge Winter 2022 Category Leader Award, awarded to select products that have attained the highest levels of praise from user reviews on SourceForge. It is a huge achievement that PDF Studio has been chosen as best-in-class from over 60,000 products on SourceForge. SourceForge receives nearly 30 million visitors per month looking for business software and solutions so it is a great honor that PDF Studio has stood out amongst so many other reputable products.

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New Version of Qoppa PDF SDK with Java 17 Support, LTV PAdES Signatures, PDF/X Preflight and Fonts Enhancements

Qoppa Software, a top-tier producer of PDF solutions, released the latest version of its Java PDF development tools and components. Qoppa’s PDF processing and conversion SDK offers out-of-the-box features to create, view, edit, print or sign PDF documents, enabling companies in all industries to simply incorporate PDF functionality to their web, server or desktop applications and to their organization’s workflows.

List of features added in the latest version:

  • Full Support for Java 17 including 4k support. Our PDF SDK is still compiled in Java 8 in order to guarantee back compatibility as many companies are still running in Java 8, Java 11 or Java 16.
  • Enhanced support for LTV enabled and PAdES signatures. A new public API was implemented to verify digital signature information in order to apply B-LT and B-LTA signatures. PAdES Information (Signature Created by and PAdES Level) is now added to signature details so digital signatures can be recognized as PAdES.
  • Many improvements to Qoppa’s Microsoft Office to PDF conversion engine for Word to PDF, Excel to PDF and PowerPoint to PDF conversions. We are now packaging with replacement fonts for the most common Microsoft Office fonts so that correct font matching occurs even on the Linux platform. Selecting or extracting Arabic text from converted PDF documents is now possible due to the added support for Arabic Unicode Mapping. Tables with auto-size layout are now converted with better accuracy.
  • In Preflight, added PDF-X1 and PDF/X3 conversion as well as multiple validation profiles (PDF/X-1a:2001, PDF/X-1a:2003, PDF/X-3:2002, PDF/X-3:2003)
  • A new friendly and combined demo/sample application allows customers to evaluate all the functionality available in our PDF libraries and components in one place.
  • Enhanced PDF components with faster multi-threaded rendering and improvements to the functionality and to the user interface. New option to enhance thin lines allowing for better rendering of architectural plans and construction drawings at various zoom levels.  A new permissions pane on the left side displays document security and restrictions. Colorful items in the comments list allows to easily distinguish various annotations. Improved bookmarks rendering and manipulation.
  • Automatically detect and apply page rotation when performing OCR to straighten up rotated documents while recognizing the text content.

Along with these wide-range of improvements and enhancements, the new upgrade of the PDF toolkit also contains a significant boost in performance.

For a complete list of enhancements and bug fixes in this version, refer to the Java PDF API 2022 Release Notes in Qoppa’s developer knowledge base.

Qoppa’s Java PDF SDK can be deployed on Windows, Linux or Unix web servers. To sample the functionality offered, developers or product managers may download free PDF SDK demo application that has no expiration but does apply a watermark to the documents.

Pricing for Java PDF SDK is based on each customer’s deployment scenario with options for OEM or CPU licensing. Quotes can be requested here:

Specialized in Java and PDF software, Qoppa Software has developed and refined a robust PDF rendering and conversion technology over the last 18 years.  Qoppa produces server software for enterprise automation, easy-to-use desktop and mobile apps for end-users as well as libraries for developers to integrate into applications. Built on an integrated code base, Qoppa’s software solutions are stable, offer deeper feature support as well as high performance and responsiveness.  They have been integrated in hundreds of enterprise tools, in various industries, and distributed to hundreds of thousands of end-users.

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New Version of PDF Automation Server with Authenticator Module, Workflow Conversion Nodes, Improved PDF Web Viewer

Qoppa Software, a leading provider of PDF solutions, is pleased to announce the latest version of PDF Automation Server, its flagship document workflow and processing server.

With the new version, organizations can now integrate PDF Automation Server’s REST API with their own authentication systems using the new Pluggable Authenticator Module through a simple callback interface mechanism. The Workflow Module was enhanced with additional nodes offering even more functions to process and manipulate documents on the server side. Many functions were added such as the ability to perform an XSLT transformation, merge PDFs, extract a table from a PDF, convert various formats to PDFs, and more.

The latest version also comes with major improvements to Qoppa’s proprietary Microsoft Office to PDF conversion engine, including a new PowerPoint to PDF conversion, and many more features. See the detailed list below.

List of Major Features:

New Comments Pane in Qoppa’s Web PDF Viewer / Annotator & Form Filler
  • Pluggable Authenticator Module for REST API
  • New Workflow Module Nodes: XSLT Transformation, Edit PDF Document Properties, Merge PDFs, Convert Any to PDF (Convert Excel, Word, Images, Text & PowerPoint to PDF), Advanced PDF Text Extraction, PDF Table Extraction, PowerPoint to PDF Conversion
  • Web PDF Viewer & Editor: New Comment & File Attachment Panes
  • Support for OAuth Authentication for Microsoft Office365 Email 
  • Many enhancements to Word to PDF & Excel to PDF Conversions
  • Replacement fonts for Microsoft Office fonts on the Linux platform
  • Additional preflight verification profiles for PDF/X4 and PDF/X5
  • All Improvements added to Qoppa’s underlying Java PDF SDK

For a complete list of enhancements and bug fixes in this version, refer to v2022R1 PDF Automation Server Release Notes in Qoppa’s developer knowledge base.

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PDF Automation Server is an essential tool for organizations to automate business and document workflows. The multi-platform server product can be deployed on Windows, Linux, Unix, z/OS, Heroku, and others. The PDF Workflow module allows to design and build flowcharts that integrate with 3rd party services using a friendly user graphical interface. It offers hundreds of nodes to work with PDF documents including to create, edit, split, merge, extract data, secure, optimize, sign and convert PDFs. PDF Automation Server also provides a set of REST API endpoints that developers can use to integrate PDF functionality into their own web or mobile applications. The API can be accessed via a RESTful web service, which means that it can be called from any programming language that can send HTTP requests and parse JSON or XML responses (such as Java C#, Python, PHP and JavaScript). The client-side PDF Web Viewer Module is HTML-based and zero-footprint, allowing to display and annotate PDF documents or fill interactive PDF forms from any browser and any platform.

Specialized in Java and PDF software, Qoppa Software has developed and refined a robust PDF rendering and conversion technology over the last 20 years. Qoppa produces server software for enterprise automation, easy-to-use desktop applications for end-users, and a PDF SDK for developers to integrate PDF functionality into applications. Built on an integrated code base, Qoppa’s software solutions are stable, offer deeper feature support as well as high performance, and responsiveness. They have been integrated into hundreds of enterprise tools, in various industries, and distributed to hundreds of thousands of end-users.

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Best PDF Editor Alternative to PDFPen on the Mac

There are plenty of PDF editors for Windows but PDF editors that support the macOS platform are hard to come by. PDFPen, now acquired by Nitro, is one of the most such PDF editor available for Mac users. It’s a PDF solution that contains features such as the following:

  • Create or scan to PDF
  • Add markups and annotations to PDF documents
  • OCR scanned documents
  • Redact text
  • Add and edit text in the same format
  • Sign and fill forms
  • Create interactive form fields
  • Convert files such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint to PDFs
  • Compress or reduce file size
  • Batch process multiple PDFs
  • Combine or split PDF documents

PDF Studio is a reliable alternative to PDFPen for mac. It’s a complete, full-featured PDF application that is also very user friendly and intuitive.

PDF Studio is more cost-effective than PDFPen:

PDFPen Essentials is priced at $129.99
PDF Studio Standard is priced at $99.00

PDFPen’s premium version is also more expensive than PDF Studios. PDFPen Pro is close to $180, while PDF Studio Pro is only $129.

PDF Studio offers all the features found in PDF Pen plus many more:

  • Fast Sign (Easily apply electronic signature stamps)
  • Loupe, Pan, Zoom, Rulers, etc…
  • Overlay Compare PDFs
  • Automate PDF Task using Action Wizard Tool
  • Document Session Manager
  • Convert PDFs to Microsoft Word documents
  • Convert PDFs to HTML
  • Text-to-Speech (Read Out Loud)
  • Accessibility Color Options
  • Monochrome (Dark) Mode
  • and more..

Another advantage of PDF Studio compared to PDFPen, is that it is also supports Windows and Linux, and since many users may have a second machine running a different operating system, they can use the same license key to register that other machine.

You can check out more features offered in PDF Studio and you can download a free trial by to try it for yourself.

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PDF Studio PDF Editor Back to School Sale

Qoppa Software is offering a back to school discount on PDF Studio 2022, our advanced PDF editing application. All students, educators, and school staff members can receive 50% off PDF Studio when they use the promo code ACADEMIA during check out. Click on the image below to buy PDF Studio now!

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Qoppa’s PDF Editor 2022 with Action Wizard, Session Manager, PDF to Word, Color Separation

Qoppa Software, a leading PDF software company based in Atlanta, announces version 2022 of PDF Studio, their powerful, intuitive PDF Editor for Windows, Mac and Linux. The latest version is packed with tools to enhance work productivity for our most advanced and professional users. PDF Studio 2022 provides a powerful, smooth and unified solution to help accomplish almost any task involving PDF documents across various platforms, all within the same application.

Here are some of the new exciting features included in this version:

PDF Studio 2022 provides a new Action Wizard to easily automate repetitive tasks required to be performed on PDF documents on a regular basis. Users create their own custom actions by selecting however many commands or functions they need and by pre-setting them with specific options. Saved actions can then be started with a single click to apply all the recorded steps to either a single document or a chosen set of documents, saving users time and keystrokes.

Creating an Action to OCR and Optimize PDF Files using PDF Studio Action Wizard

Another feature that should enhance productivity is the new Session Manager. This feature allows users to save the full list of documents opened in the application as a session, and reopen all of them later with a single click, restoring the various frames and documents within the same frames and in the same document tabs. For ease of convenience, sessions can be named, searched and deleted. For convenience, PDF Studio will also automatically save your last session each time the application is exited. Professionals whose workflow entails sets of documents should find this feature very helpful such as a lawyer who could possibly save a session per active case, an accountant per tax customer, a doctor per patient, and so forth…

PDF Studio Session Manager under File > Open. Save new sessions, view, search, delete existing sessions
PDF Studio new Session Manager under File > Open. Save new sessions, view, search, delete existing sessions

Book and magazine publishers will be delighted with the new Automatic Table of Contents Generation dialog that allows users to build a table of content directly from the bookmark tree contained in a PDF document with a single click. Users can choose among multiple customization options including fonts, format and margins in order to customize the resulting output to their exact liking and requirements. Page labels are supported when present in the document in lieu of page numbers.

Converting PDF to Word is now possible on all platforms including macOS and Linux, without the need of having Microsoft Word installed on the machine. PDF Studio 2022 offers 2-way conversion (from PDF to Word and from Word to PDF) so users can transform their documents to make specific edits in the more reflowable Word format and then conveniently convert them back to the more sharable PDF format. Like the majority of functions in PDF Studio, the new PDF to Word conversion was developed by our own team of experts using our extensive knowledge of both the PDF and the Word formats. This feature is marked as beta, as we continue to publish improvements to the new conversion engine over the next few months. The text with its various fonts and styling as well as images in a Word document are pretty straight forward to interpret and convert but it will require a few iterations to perfect the layout of documents for elements such as as paragraphs, tables and columns.

Additional Prepress and Print Production functions were included in PDF Studio 2022, among them Color Separation in Output Preview, PDF/X Conversion, and a new option to customize the PDF/A Mode, i.e., the way the application behaves when opening PDF/A documents marked for archiving.

Version 2022 also comes with an abundance of performance and usability enhancements to the existing features including comments pane improvements, an additional customization option for theme and icon colors, easier tools to add pdf contents onto pages, PDF stamps with data capture, a preference to add comments summary when printing, updated document storage API, PDF to RTF conversion, etc… See the full list of PDF Studio 2022 features.

Overall, PDF Studio Version 2022 continues to simplify our users’ experience when they perform complicated tasks on PDF documents, by providing more powerful and sophisticated tools to work in-depth with documents. As usual, all new features are available on all platforms, Windows 10 & Windows 11, macOS 12 Monterey, and various Linux distros (Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora, CentOS, Mint)! Download PDF Studio 2022 Now!

About Qoppa Software:

Qoppa Software produces cross-platform PDF software for end-users, developers and integrators. Our PDF tools and libraries cover every aspect of PDF processes and help automate document workflows. Qoppa Software was founded in 2002 and is located in the vibrant city of Atlanta, GA.

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