What's new in FlexiPDF 2019?
Dear SoftMaker customers:
A few days ago, we released FlexiPDF 2019. It's the successor of FlexiPDF 2017 which we released in November 2016, and it offers significant improvements. In this blog post, would like to introduce you to the major changes in the new version of our PDF editor.
You are welcome to download our free trial version to try out the innovations yourself.
Create interactive forms
Since the first release of our PDF editor in 2016, we have received requests from many customers who not only wanted to fill out interactive forms with FlexiPDF, but also to create and edit them.
With FlexiPDF 2019, this is now possible without compromise: With just a few clicks you can insert interactive elements such as selection lists, checkboxes and input fields in your PDF form. Such forms can be filled out conveniently by any user with a PDF viewer.
To insert interactive form elements into your PDF, all you need to do is make sure that the Form Editing toolbar is visible. Activate it by choosing View > Toolbars > Form Editing.
Clicking one of these icons inserts a form element in your PDF.
A real highlight of FlexiPDF 2019 is the side-by-side comparison feature. It enables you to view any two PDF documents side by side and to scroll them synchronously. This is particularly useful for translations or when comparing several versions of the same PDF file.
There are several ways to compare two PDFs side by side:
- Open a PDF document in FlexiPDF and choose File > Open for Comparison to open another PDF file for comparison. The latter is placed on the left.
- Drag and drop two PDF files onto an empty FlexiPDF program window. The order in which you selected the files determines the placement: the first selected file appears on the right, the second on the left.
- Drag and drop a PDF file onto a FlexiPDF program window in which another PDF is already open. The file that was opened first will appear on the right, the other on the left.
The file placed on the left can only be viewed, while the file on the right can also be edited:
Please note that you can only compare documents with the same number of pages.
Tip: In some cases it may be helpful to compare two files one below the other, rather than side-by-side. To do this, use the View > Compare Vertical command.
Would you like to make a "snapshot" of a part of your document and save it as an image file? With FlexiPDF 2019 you can do so by selecting the new "Snapshot" tool from the toolbar:
Then use the mouse to draw a rectangle around the area you want to save as an image. A dialog box appears in which you can specify the file format, the resolution and other options for the target file:
Click OK to save the snapshot.
Would you like to place unique IDs on a large number of PDF documents? To number a batch of invoices consecutively? To add a unique header or footer to multiple documents?
The new Bates numbering feature makes this possible: You can open any number of PDF files (or even entire folders with PDF files) into FlexiPDF and add sequential numbers, text stamps and date stamps to them all at once.
To do this, go to File > Bates Numbering and select the PDF files or folders you want to number. Then specify which contents should be written in the header or footer area of the documents. The following example illustrates a scenario in which a stack of incoming invoices would be numbered uniquely and provided with the date of examination:
Enter static text by simply typing it in the text fields. The dynamic content – i.e. Bates number, page number and date – can be inserted by placing the cursor in the desired field and clicking the respective button in the middle of the dialog box.
In the lower part of the dialog box, you will find options for formatting the headers and footers.
Convenient image editing
You may have seen this before: You want to edit an image in a PDF with some external image editing software and update it in the PDF. Previously, you had to export, edit, re-insert the image, and then laboriously set the size and position of the new image to match the old image.
FlexiPDF 2019 does all of this for you: One click on Object > Image > Edit is enough to open the selected image in your preferred image-editing application. When you are done editing, all you have to do is save the image in your image editor. FlexiPDF notices this immediately and offers to reload the image:
When you confirm, the edited image is inserted back into the document at exactly the same position as the original image.
Find and replace colors
Sometimes it is necessary to change all occurrences of a specific color in a PDF, for example to adapt an existing document to the corporate design of your company. The new "Find and Replace Colors" feature makes this much easier: all you have to do is choose the color you want to replace, and FlexiPDF does the rest. To find and replace colors, choose Edit > Find & Replace > Colours:
In the "Find" section, you specify the color that is to be replaced. Using the checkboxes next to it, you can optionally restrict the replacement to fill or outline colors.
In the "Replace" section, you define the target color. The checkboxes allow you to limit the replacement to text or graphics (vector graphics).
The new user interface
If you have worked with FlexiPDF 2017 before, you will notice it immediately when you start FlexiPDF 2019 for the first time: the user interface has been modernized. The toolbar icons have been completely redesigned to match the design of SoftMaker Office 2018:
For comparison, this is a screenshot of TextMaker 2018 for Windows:
In addition, FlexiPDF 2019 (like SoftMaker Office 2018) now also has a touch mode with enlarged icons – quite useful with touchscreens and high-resolution screens.
To activate touch mode, click the little arrow icon on the right edge of any toolbar, select Add or Remove Buttons > Customize, and activate Large Icons on the Options tab:
The refresh of the user interface does not stop with icons: We have made improvements in many other areas to make your work easier:
- The menus have been organized to be more user-friendly. For example, all page operations are now available in the new "Pages" menu, and all translation functions can be found directly in the new "Translate" menu.
- There is no longer a distinction between the work modes "View", "Comment" and "Edit", which makes working with PDFs much more intuitive.
- The new font browser, which has a preview function, helps you pick fonts visually.
- Numerous new buttons and redesigned dialogs make your workflow faster.
Convenient unlocking of the program
Since we released the predecessor FlexiPDF 2017, we repeatedly received inquiries from customers who had difficulties unlocking the software. We took this to heart: the unlock mechanism of FlexiPDF 2019 has been completely revised and made like in SoftMaker Office. FlexiPDF can now be unlocked with a simple numeric product key instead of the old cumbersome mix of uppercase and lowercase numbers, digits and dashes:
- The command Document > Split enables you to split multi-page PDF files into several smaller ones with a specific number of pages.
- Use the new Text > Fitting command to automatically fit text into its text box.
- The dialog box "Problem Report Results" (File > Problem Report) offers the new function "Auto Fix". This allows you to automatically fit text that does not fit ("overflow text") in the text boxes.
- Let FlexiPDF automatically correct the font mapping of incorrectly encoded PDF files with the new OCR-based auto correction (Text > Remap Fonts > Auto Correct).
We hope to have given you a first glance of the new features in FlexiPDF 2019 with this article.
If you would like to share your impressions, comments or suggestions for improvement with us, please do not hesitate to post your comments below. We look forward to your feedback!
If you have specific questions about the use of FlexiPDF, please contact our support team.
If you haven't downloaded the trial version yet, you can find it here.
We hope you enjoy exploring FlexiPDF 2019!