Top critical review
Feature-rich, but buggy & unstable with large documents.
February 4, 2019
I wanted a less expensive PDF manager than Acrobat. PDF Standard looked great, and Amazon had it at the right price. The first project I tackled with it was combining and indexing 22 volumes, each containing 150-200 pages.
In brief, you will probably love this product if you have small documents. However, once you get over 150 pages, you'll see page images disappear during OCR(!), frequent program freezes, and crashing when attempting to recover an autosaved file.
It's obvious that the programmers behind this product took shortcuts. Try deleting or duplicating pages in a long document; you'll have enough time to read and answer an email while the process completes -- if it completes. The same is true for saving the document. The find-text feature is not well implemented. Instead of quickly jumping to the first occurrence, it exhaustively -- and slowly -- combs through the entire document and displays an ambiguous -- and sometimes useless -- list of choices.
There is no simple way to deskew a page image. To be fair, historically this feature has been hard to find in expensive PDF managers. But it's easy enough to implement; Paperport 9 had it nearly 20 years ago.
Converting a previously OCR'd document to "editable content" renders something that allows you to work with images but NOT edit text.
Lastly, the conversion to MSWord appears to work well for straightforward text. However, for something like a table of contents, the conversion makes absurd choices, which produce an excellent visual facsimile of the document that is impossible to edit.
These are my findings after two weeks of using this program. I hope to make no new problematic discoveries. Fingers crossed that Nuance will polish and update this product soon.