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While it's true that PDF is the preferred document format for universal compatibility with all internet browsers and operating systems, not all Windows applications natively support PDF as an output option. Do you have to install an expensive third party add-on for these apps? No! Today, regardless of which applications you're using, you can produce and edit your own PDF files using PDF-XChange Pro!

With PDF-XChange Pro, you create a fully compatible, text-searchable PDF files using virtually any Windows application! What's more, PDF-XChange Pro integrates directly with MS Office, opening the door to a whole new level of extra functionality. Like what? How about clickable Tables of Content, embedded URL support, and support for the conversion of multiple document files to PDF in batch, open Microsoft Office documents natively and export PDF to MS PowerPoint & MS Word formats?

PDF-XChange Pro even allows you to annotate and comment on PDFs and OCR image-based PDFs to add a text-searchable layer!

The preferences panel of PDF-XChange Pro will be instantly familiar to anyone who's ever sent a document to a printer. There are settings for page size, margins, orientation, layout, and watermarks... all of the parameters that you've been accustomed to using for years. Except here's the major difference -- instead of printing to a printer, PDF-XChange Pro uses these settings to create your PDF document!

For your convenience, PDF-XChange Pro includes the new PDF-XChange Editor Plus that you can use to review your PDF files, type-on, mark-up, annotate, scan-to, export-to-image, direct content editing of text based pdfs (not scans), the new advanced ability to create and edit Fillable PDF forms & dynamic stamps and much more. It also includes the completely redeveloped PDF-Tools, an amazing batch processing application that offers numerous functions, including split, merge, edit, and extract images from existing PDF files. You can even use PDF-Tools to convert simple PDF files to RTF, DOC, and TXT files! Beyond the 25 included tools, you can customize and create your own specific batch tools using any of the almost 40 PDF processing actions available.

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John H Why are PDF programs so ridiculously expensive?
I used the free version for many years and then it started formatting wrong.
Feb 3 2017 at 1:54am Copy Link
franp User PDF-XChange PRO is a great software with many features, an acceptable price and a good licence (lifetime licence) contrary to Adobe. I have been using it on a secondary computer for years and would recommend it, at least for a mainly pdf reading workflow.
However I had to keep Adobe Acrobat on my main computer due to better optimization of created pdf files. In some cases Acrobat produces files 10 times smaller than PDF-XChange PRO. I have alerted Tracker Software some times ago about this problem but got no follow-up and the change log since then does not show any interest in correcting that real problem.
Also got pages croped when rotated whith no resolution of the problem.
I am afraid the developers are adding features without much optimization for older features, which I find regretfull.
Feb 3 2017 at 3:11am Copy Link
John Verbeeten Hello all,

@John H

If you are having any problems with our products - please do contact our support e-mail and we would be happy to assist you with resolving them.

We believe our prices are quite competitive (especially with the current offer) ;) - and unfortunately the costs of development and maintenance are quite high for tools as complex as ours!

@franp User

Not getting a follow up from us is quite unusual! We do reply most enquiries within the hour when they arrive during any of our offices opening hours. We have some aggresive spam filters so maybe one of your e-mails didn't reach us, or some of our replies got filtered by your filters? Please do get back to us (via e-mail, so we can keep this page focused on the promo currently running) and we would be happy to assist you further!

We are now offering an optimization tool in our PDF XChange Editor (part of the Pro bundle on offer) - have you tried that? If you are still having issues, or not getting the results you like do let us know (again via e-mail please)!
mohamed ahmed When editing arabic words, they are broken, and some letters disappear. Why? How to fix it?
Feb 3 2017 at 10:28am Copy Link
John Verbeeten @Mohamed

If you are having any problems with our products - please do contact our support e-mail and provide a sample pdf and we would be happy to assist you with resolving them.
Adolphe Following up on John H question, I would greatly encourage readers to study in depth the PDF-XChange line of products, without being put off by the high price of the one product on offer here. I have been using the free edition of PDF-XChange Viewer for a long time (legacy product, but still available for download), and I recently switched to its more modern successor, PDF-XChange Editor (free version). It's really very good.

You might need PDF-XChange Pro which is on offer here, and which is still quite expensive, even after the rebate. However, it might well be the case that another, less expensive product from Tracker Software is plenty for you, or even one of their free products, which are surprisingly powerful.

For instance, the incredible function which creates PDF files out of any Windows application which has a print menu is available for free (for non-commercial use) : it's provided by a separate program called (improbably) PDF X-Lite.

It takes quite some time and maddening frustration trying to make some sense of the large amount of information provided on Tracker Software's site. It looks easy and clear at first glance, but believe me, the more you get into it, the more obscure it gets.

The logic of its product line is laughably illogic and confused. You won't regret, however, trying to work against their best efforts to scare you away. Their products are really good, and the help provided, both online and it the pdf manuals, is very detailed and valuable (an important point).
Feb 3 2017 at 12:19pm Copy Link
Ela S. Best PDF program ever - using it since v2. Invested in the Pro version some years ago, and it is worth every cent. Besides PDF creation from various programs, I use PDF-XChange together with PDF-Tools mainly for:

1. PDF reading on screen/tablet, annotations, highlighting, bookmarks - many options, simple, intuitive
2. PDF scanning (automatic, many pages in on PDF file, without pausing, very fast)
3. PDF bulk editing (cutting, separating, minimizing, OCR)

Plus the interface and hotkeys are fully customizable. Still not knowing every feature. Multi-lingual. And support is just excellent.
Feb 3 2017 at 12:19pm Copy Link
Nico Westerdale Great News! Tracker Software Products (Canada) Ltd has agreed to extend this deal for another day - Enjoy!
BitsDuJour Admin - Feb 4 2017 at 12:11am Copy Link
Corno Jacobsen Funny, I used PDF-Xchange for a long time, and liked it a lot. Then I purchased the Pro-version, only to find out it had merged with PDF-Xchange Editor Pro, so that is what I got. Now it seems PDF-Xchange Pro still exists, which bewilders me quite a bit. What is the difference? The name-giving of the products is quite confusing.
Feb 4 2017 at 1:46pm Copy Link
Tortuga Hello
I do INDEED agree w Corno !!
We started w XChange Viewer and liked it a lot.
While I continued w Viewer, when my husband's needs grew I decided to buy PDF-XChange Pro for him here at Bits, and also paid for a 3Year Maintenance surplus.

At some point along the different product mergers, different names & changing of RegKeys it became so confusing that I don't even know what is what !!
My husband still uses an older vs of "something" PRO (Editor?) (Viewer?) that I manage to install, but I bought him a new PC & do NOT know what to install, or even what is the last version the RegKey covers !!! Sigh ...
So, all in all, we paid for a product & 3Y surplus that we never were able to upgrade.
Quite disappointing !!!

Feb 4 2017 at 11:20pm Copy Link
Nico Westerdale Great News! Tracker Software Products (Canada) Ltd has agreed to extend this deal for another day - Enjoy!
BitsDuJour Admin - Feb 5 2017 at 12:11am Copy Link
Kelly Hamblin I am confused by the company's license. I purchased an earlier version of PDF-XChange Pro. Later, after purchasing a new computer I was unable to activate it. Tracker Software's website tells me the license key is invalid or empty (whatever that means). Then I was told the app couldn't be activated because it was no longer supported.


Here it says: "After you purchase PDF-XChange PRO it may be used indefinitely."

It also says: "Transfer of a license to another owned computer is allowed."

I does state that: "Support is provided for 12 months after your purchase." Yes. Right. Fair enough, but it doesn't say that you can't move it to another computer after 12 months, and it doesn't say you can't activate it after 12 months.

So be sure you understand the restrictions imposed by the license before purchasing. I sure don't.
Feb 5 2017 at 9:07am Copy Link
Adolphe One thing the PDF X-Change series gets right (judging from Viewer and Editor) is Windows high DPI scaling, and general readability of user interface. I mention this because it should go without saying, but unfortunately this is not the case, with many programs in all categories insisting to use icons or menu fonts that are so small as to be unreadable.

@ Corno Jacobsen and Tortuga : are you sure it's PDF-XChange Pro you bought at some point ? Might there be a confusion with the Pro features of PDF-XChange Viewer or PDF-XChange Editor, which require payment to activate ? In the latter case, it's the same install : the Pro features are there in any case, however if you haven't bought the licence and you use them, then you save your file afterwards, you'll get a permanent watermark in your document.

That's but one aspect of the terrible confusion in the PDF X-Change product line I was writing about... However if you did buy a product key, get in touch with Tracker Software's support, they seem to be nice people, and I don't see why they wouldn't help you reinstall a product you've actually bought.

PDF-XChange Viewer and PDF-XChange Editor can be installed side-by-side on the same PC and be launched alternatively or even at the same time. That I can vouch for, I have them both.
Feb 5 2017 at 10:35am Copy Link
_*_ My story is similar to Tortuga's. It became so confusing and difficult I threw in the towel and purchased Wondershare PDFelement OCR with lifetime upgrades (no longer available). I still think PDF-XChange was better, but too difficult to keep functioning on my computer.
Feb 5 2017 at 6:02pm Copy Link
Tortuga @Adolphe & _*_ & Kelly Hamblin
Thank you for your replies :)
I am reassured to see others also are having the same problems, for a while there I thought I was the only one ...

Yes, I'm sure I bought the "PRO" plus 3Years.
The thing is, we bought a product here w the promise that the soon to be created, the "Editor" (if I recall correctly) would be included.
So there was a name change; then they changed RegKeys. There were enough changes & confusion that I got lost.
I am not the one using it, it's on my husband's PC, but I am the one that buys, activate, upgrade, maintain everything. And I do buy LOTS of softs here, mostly to encourage small independent developers. I don't remember EVER having such a hard time w a product. It took HOURS (yes, many many hours) of trial & error, trying to figure which soft went w the new RegKey, just to get the initial one activated.
Then I gave up out of frustration.
And so the years went by & I didn't take advantage of the Plus 3Y I DID PAY for. Now I bought him a new PC, I am dreading this particular activation.
And even more so now, that Kelly Hamblin says she is unable to activate ...
Already have an headache !!! sigh

Astonishing also that the company does not bother answering !!
WHY ohhh why do they do a promo during the week-end, knowing they won't be available ?!!!! :(

Feb 5 2017 at 8:26pm Copy Link
Harald Vogel @Tortuga @Kelly I'm also a registered user. I have the latest version and can it install on a every new PC. All who have problem made the mistake to just download the latest version an use the key they got at purchase. This will not work as they change keys even if you have a valid maintenance!

You have to go to your account at


Its automaticly created when you did your purchase. If you haven't used it create one with the email address used for purchase. From there it is not confusing at all. You can see your license, your latest created key and if you don't have any maintenance, the latest version you can download.

If you in the Editor go to "Help / About" Latest version is 6.0 Build 319.0
In "Help / Enter license key" you can see all license information.

If this is not your version don't just download, you have to got to your account and get the latest download and your newest key!

I just added two years of maintenance and also have to go to my account as they changed my key again. They will release a new version this month and if I won't upgrade my key I will not be able to use it.

I hope this will help because its the best PDF tool i found so far.
Feb 6 2017 at 1:44am Copy Link
Tortuga @Harald Vogel, Hello

Thank you for your post!
I find it quite strange that the RegKeys keep being changed! Why??
Just to complicate even more a situation that's already complicated enough !!! ...
Anyway, I will try that, who knows ...
At least it's a constructive suggestion, unlike the company, which offered none.

Again, Thank You for taking the time, much appreciated !
Feb 6 2017 at 2:56am Copy Link
Kelly Hamblin @ Harald Vogel. You are making assumptions. No. I did not make the mistake of downloading the latest version. I installed the version that I had on my old machine. I did go to the website and still cannot get a new key.
Feb 6 2017 at 7:52am Copy Link
John Verbeeten Hi All,

A few things to note here:

1) New license keys are only issues under the following conditions:

- New product purchase.

- Maintenance is renewed.

- Product/license upgrade (e.g. V5.5. - V6, XChange Pro 10 user - XChange Pro 25 user, XChange Editor - XChange Pro, etc.).

- License was posted publicly and needed to be blocked.

2) Product maintenance guarantees access to upgrades and updates. One year comes free when the license is first bought, with an option to purchase an additional 1 or 2 years (2 or 3 total). Once your maintenance expires you will no longer be able to upgrade/update without first renewing your maintenance or upgrading your license. Your key will still work in the last build released prior to the expiration of your maintenance.

3) If you do have issues with the software, or need help with the licensing, it's best to contact us directly at,, or our forums; http://www.tracker-softwa.../index.php

Depending on the nature of the question and number of emails, posts and calls being received, our responses are usually 15 - 30mins after receiving the email.

Kelly Hamblin I didn't want or ask to upgrade or update. I just wanted to move the app I had on the old machine to the new computer. I used the original key. It didn't work for the reasons I've already stated, and yes I jumped through all the hoops.

I guess you consider "maintenance" to mean the issuing of keys for already purchased products. You should make that clearer.
Feb 6 2017 at 8:11am Copy Link
John Verbeeten @Kelly Hamblin.

We can't really help here, so please do contact us directly (be sure to include your license key) and we'd be happy to assist further.

"I guess you consider "maintenance" to mean the issuing of keys for already purchased products. You should make that clearer." I'm not entirely sure that I understand this statement, but a detailed explanation of Product maintenance can be found here:

We've also added a button to the 'My Account' page to enable users to download the latest build available under their maintenance plan, to make it easier for users to download if they don't want to renew.
John Verbeeten @Kelly Hamblin Also, so long as your license key isn't blocked, you will not need a new license key to install, so long as you are installing the correct build. A new license key will not be issued automatically and is only issued after purchasing a maintenance extension or license upgrade, neither of which are mandatory.

I can't stress enough that we cannot help via the comments section here and you will need to contact us directly for assistance.
Will - Tracker Support @Tortuga, @Harald Vogel,

Hi guys,

We don't actually monitor these comments that actively, so if you have any issues with our software or licensing, it's always best to contact directly at,, or via our forums here:

Regarding the license keys - these are only changed if A) a license key upgrade is done (e.g. to a new version, new license volume, or an upgrade to a new product), or B) if your maintenance is renewed/extended.

License keys are always valid in the version and build released immediately prior to the expiration of your maintenance. For example, if Version 6 Build 319 was released on Dec 15th 2016, Version 6 Build 320 was released on Feb 15th 2017, and your maintenance expired on Jan 1st 2017 you would need to renew your maintenance in order to use build 320, or simply download and install Build 319 and your license key will still work.

Each license comes with 1 year of free maintenance, with the option to for 1 or 2 extra years (2 or 3 years total) at the time of purchase.

This means that so long as your maintenance is active and you do not upgrade your license key, you will not need nor be issued a new license key.

Will Travaglini
Technical Support Manager, North America
Tracker Software Products (Canada) Ltd.
Feb 6 2017 at 11:20am Copy Link
Harald Vogel @Kelly Hamblin Sorry, I didn't mean to offend in any way and only want trying to help. I myself made the mistake and had the same problems with not working keys until I found out about this - for me at first - kind of confusing key system. I just checked: I bought my version in 2008 und just got my 6th key. It should only be an info to look into your account as you might be able to find out why you have this problem. (I would've been very thankful if someone told when I wasn't able to register the softwre on a new PC). If nothing helps: The support people are very good and should solve your problem. Have a great day and sorry again!

@Tortuga @John Verbeeten @Will - Tracker Support I apologize, it seems I was wrong but with 6 keys in 8 years it felt like random changes. Thanks for the clarification. I think I don't use any other software that changed the key when maintenance was renewed. I also have to say that I'm very happy with this great tool!
Feb 6 2017 at 4:24pm Copy Link

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