pdfFiller Review | Tech Radar
pdfFiller is an end-to-end document management software suite. It not only allows you to edit PDF documents, but also save them online for easy retrieval, collaborate with others on editing, lock documents in encrypted folders, and more.
pdfFiller is made by airSlate Inc, an American software company. airSlate is headquartered in the city of Brookline, Massachusetts. pdfFiller is part of airSlate Business Cloud, a software suite for businesses to create and manage documents.
We review pdfFiller based on specific criteria, including pricing, customer support options, user interface, compatibility, features, and more.
Packages and rates
pdfFiller is available through recurring subscription plans. It has three main pricing tiers, starting at $8 per user per month on an annual basis. Its subscription levels include;
Basic involves a single user. This is the ideal plan for individual users. With this plan, you get basic PDF editing features, email customer support, and cloud storage for your PDF documents.
The basic plan costs $20 per month on a monthly basis. However, if you have to pay for an annual subscription all at once, a hefty 67% discount is applied, so you’ll end up paying $8 per month for an annual subscription.
The pdfFiller Premium plan offers all the features of the basic plan plus additional features including;
- Creation of reusable templates
- Data collection and export
- Access to the USLegal Forms Library
- Instant chat customer support
- Collect payments with PDF invoices
- Electronic signature workflows
The Premium plan costs $40 per month on a monthly basis. However, there’s the hefty 67% discount if you pay for an annual subscription all at once, so you’ll pay $15 per month. The Premium plan allows up to 5 users.
AirSlate Business Cloud
You can get pdfFiller and several other software tools as part of the airSlate Business Cloud subscription. This plan requires you to contact the airSlate sales team directly for a quote. It also requires an annual commitment of at least $50 per user per month.
It should be noted that pdfFiller does not allow you to download your edited documents without a subscription. You can play with it during a free trial, but you cannot get your final PDF without payment.
pdfFiller features include:
1. Edit PDF documents
pdfFiller allows you to add or delete text in PDF documents, copy and paste, add images and other types of content as needed. It allows you to make extensive edits to a PDF document just as you would a Word document with word processing software such as Microsoft Word or Google Docs.
2. PDF Converter
With pdfFiller you can convert documents from other formats such as Word, JPG, Excel and Powerpoint to PDF and vice versa.
2. Merge and Paginate PDF Files
pdfFiller allows you to combine different PDF files into a single file. You can also add or remove pages, number pages, insert new pages, or rearrange pages.
3. Host fillable forms
pdfFiller allows you to create and host fillable PDF forms. For example, you are a human resources manager at your company and need staff to complete the tax information required to collect payments. You can easily create a PDF form and send links for the team to fill out. Once the team has filled in the required data, you can store it online or export it from PDF to a CRM or Excel file for analysis.
Also, you can collect payments from customers via PDF forms with pdfFiller. It’s the same way you send PDF forms to fill out, but with a payment gateway tied to the form.
4. Encryption and Security
pdfFiller has several encryption and security features that are beneficial for people dealing with sensitive data. These features include;
- Lock documents in an encrypted folder and require two-factor authentication for access
- Protect medical records according to HIPAA security standards
- Audit trails of access to documents within your organization
5. Electronic signature
pdfFiller allows you to sign legally binding PDF documents with electronic signatures. It is a valuable tool for people working in legal services.
Interface and in use
pdfFiller is available through a web interface. In other words, all you need is a browser like Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox to use all of its features. IOS and Android apps are available but with limited functionality compared to the web browser interface.
pdfFiller offers customer support via email or instant chat. Email support is available on the Basic plan, but you need the Premium plan or higher to access instant chat customer support. Inquiries sent by email are often answered within a day or two, while Premium users can resolve their issues instantly via chat.
Competitors of pdfFiller include PDFelement, Adobe Sign, and Nitro PDF Pro. Compared to its competitors, pdfFiller offers much better features. For example, Adobe Sign only allows you to sign PDF documents, while pdfFiller allows electronic signatures and many other features.
Similarly, Nitro PDF Pro lets you convert, sign and edit PDF documents while pdfFiller offers that and additional features such as encryption.
Indeed, pdfFiller is a very versatile PDF document management system. It offers many attractive PDF editing and management features for individual users and businesses. However, one feature we would like to see is a native pdfFiller desktop app with all the functionality of the web browser interface.
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