Document Software: Qoppa Software PDF Studio 7.0 Pro

10/20/2012 9:19:20 AM

PDF Studio 7.0 Pro is a Java-based application that lets you author, view and edits PDF files. It runs on Windows, Mac and Linux.

While Adobe Acrobat Pro sets the benchmark in this field, it's twice the price of Ooppa's offering. PDF Studio doesn’t feature Acrobat Pro’s 3D or video support, but all the standard PDF-handling tools are present.

Description: PDF Studio 7.0 Pro is a Java-based application that lets you author, view and edits PDF files. It runs on Windows, Mac and Linux.

PDF Studio 7.0 Pro is a Java-based application that lets you author, view and edits PDF files. It runs on Windows, Mac and Linux.

You can manipulate existing PDF documents, correcting text, splitting, merging and rotating individual pages and adding headers and footers. There are the usual security features for password-protecting documents, but also some nice document-review tools, such as a loupe for magnification.

PDF Studio also features typewriter (for adding text), watermark and rubber-stamp tools, which are less sophisticated than those offered by Acrobat, but we found them quicker to apply.

Scanning and sharing

Scanning to PDF is a quick and efficient process. However, you can’t search the scanned text for specific words or phrases, as you can using Acrobat's Recognize Text workflow or the OCR features in more evenly priced Windows packages, such as PDF-Xchange Pro from Tracker Software, Nitro Pro 7.0, and Expert PDF 8.0 from Visagesoft.

It’s worth noting that there is less competition on the Mac, with ABBYY's FineReader Express Edition and PDF OCR X being notable OCR-equipped, cheaper exceptions.

Unlike most of these, however, PDF Studio is able to sign into an workspace and access the files stored therein, although the full collaborative abilities of Acrobat Pro aren’t matched.

It can do the same for Google Docs and SharePoint accounts, allowing you to upload files, manage collections and invite other users to view the cloud-based documents. Only Nitro Pro 7.0 seems to offer something close to this facility.

Description: Document Software … Qoppa Software PDF Studio 7.0 Pro

Document Software … Qoppa Software PDF Studio 7.0 Pro


When importing from either online or local sources, PDF Studio is able to convert several non-PDF file types into PDF documents.

The supported file types are limited, with PDF Studio listing only basic image formats, Word .doc and .docx files and standard text (.txt) files. If rich multimedia assets are important in your PDF workflow, PDF Studio won’t be of interest; however, adding a sound clip via a microphone is an option when using the annotation toolbar.

Most of the rival PDF suites mentioned offer greater Microsoft Office integration, including a toolbar add-in. Qoppa hasn’t followed suit.


PDF Studio offers a preflight feature, which can quickly check that a PDF complies with various PDF/X standards before you send it to a printer.

Running this rapidly threw up a preflight dialog box listing information about the file and the errors that we needed to action.

It’s also possible to append the Preflight report to the document for use in the pre-press workflow.


PDF Studio 7.0 Pro will validate any existing digital signatures upon opening a document, but it's easy to add new, unsigned digital-signature fields with a right-click. Into this we could import existing digital IDs or create a self-signed digital ID; Qoppa Software is recognised as a trusted certificate authority.

As in Acrobat Pro, it's possible to modify the signature appearance, in our case using a graphic of a handwritten signature. The program also offers support for PDF forms, but this is limited to the export and import of form data, and the ability to reset, highlight and flatten fields.


Given the tough competition, the absence of any Office integration, OCR and simple features such as an Undo command put Qoppa behind the curve. In its favour, one licence of PDF Studio 7.0 Pro can be run simultaneously on two platforms.

It’s also easy to use, and having a preflight facility at this price point is a bonus. Its integration and conversion with Google Docs, SharePoint and is welcome.





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System requirements

Intel Celeron processor or better; Windows XP/ Vista/7/Server/Mac OS X (10.4 to 10.7 Lion)/Linux/ UNIX; Java








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