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What are people saying about Soda PDF 12

George Roch Is this the 2011 version (in the photo) or the 2012 version (in the trial download link)?
Jun 19 2012 at 6:37am Copy Link
Ian Bacon Hi Mr. Roch,

This photo is our 2012 version for Soda PDF Professional. The trial link is for our latest version.

Lulu Software - Jun 19 2012 at 6:45am Copy Link
Cheryl Rutherford How is your software, Soda PDF PRO different from PDF-XChange Viewer? Thanks!
Jun 19 2012 at 7:32am Copy Link
Ian Bacon Hi Mr. Rutherford,

This is a very good question. I do not know PDF-XChange that much but just by looking at the features I would have to say that our Professional version is very similar to their PDF-XChange Pro.
Lulu Software - Jun 19 2012 at 7:55am Copy Link
Mustang Looking at your website I could not find any upgrade options from Pro to Pro + OCR. Is that an option?
Jun 19 2012 at 4:41pm Copy Link
JW Mustang - from my own experience just now, that "optional extra" seems to be offered to you when completing the purchase of the program. ISTR it was an additional £19.95 There is also an opportunity to purchase a 'Maintenance Certificate' (for £15) entitling the recipient to the next version and intermediate revisions, as well as the opportunity to get the program sent to you on a CD (for an additional £9.95).
Jun 19 2012 at 6:35pm Copy Link
Ian Bacon Hi Mustang,

Sorry for the delay in responding but I was travelling. To answer your question, we do not have the options of upgrades right now. They will be added in our next site version coming out in a few months. Right now only from the application can you upgrade.
Lulu Software - Jun 20 2012 at 6:19am Copy Link
Bertie Brummel Is this the 2012 version or the new Version 5?
Jan 26 2013 at 1:12am Copy Link
Lifetime Upgrades Support is provided for the lifetime, but what is the upgrade policy?

Thank you
Jan 27 2013 at 5:12am Copy Link
Ian Bacon This is the new Version 5.
Lulu Software - Jan 28 2013 at 5:56am Copy Link
Ian Bacon Our version upgrade policy allows users to upgrade to a newer version which is up to 2 levels above. This means that if you have our 2011 version you can still use the upgrade version to get our new v5. If you have our 2010 you would then need to purchase a new license.
Lulu Software - Jan 28 2013 at 6:31am Copy Link
Tazzie Can this promotion be applied to the OCR version of Soda PDF Pro?
If not, can I buy Soda PDF Pro at the promotional price here and upgrade to the OCR version?
Jan 29 2013 at 6:32am Copy Link
Ian Bacon This promotion cannot be applied right now for the OCR. If you buy the Pro you should be able to upgrade directly through the application. If there is anything please dont hesitate to contact me.
Lulu Software - Jan 29 2013 at 6:39am Copy Link
Rich OBrien I downloaded and tried the trial version of Soda PDF Pro 5.0.128. It instantly opened every pdf file without delay. Soda PDF would be worth having as a pdf viewer because of its impressive speed. And Soda PDF displayed perfectly every pdf
file I looked at.
However, if I buy Soda PDF, it will be because occasionally I find spelling errors and typos that I'd like to correct. For doing much editing, I much prefer using a word processor. It is too disconcerting to select words in column one only to have words in column two selected involuntarily.
I opened a pdf file I made which contains many tables and noted that while the tables, which contained both text and graphics, were displayed almost perfectly, Soda PDF has no Table Menu and no table tools. For example I could find no function for deleting a row or one cell of a table.
Jan 29 2013 at 8:25am Copy Link
Software Guy A good deal on a full featured PDF editor. For a comparison of features - look here:
Notice that Soda PDF compares very favorably, has better print options, and at $25/$40 is a very good deal.
Some may hold out for the OCR version which is OK - I think the upgrade is about $20 from professional. But if you have a good OCR like ABBYY Finereader, or maybe purchased ReadIris earlier from BDJ - if you haven't then click 'I want it' here -
just pass through the OCR (very fast) and edit through SodaPDF for a full featured solution.
BTW the standard version would likely meet the needs of most users.
Jan 29 2013 at 12:07pm Copy Link
Danny It is not clear to me whether the Lifetime Free Upgrades license or not?

What does ' Soda ' for? A brand or 4 letters initials of something?
Jan 29 2013 at 12:53pm Copy Link
Ian Bacon Hi Danny,

The license is good for life so no limit to the license. As for the upgrade, you can go from the Pro to the OCR but there will be a price to it. If you are taking about updates you will get them throughout the year if you set the software to receive them automatically. I hope this answers your question.

As for Soda it is the Brand name under which home users and corporations recognize our product.
Lulu Software - Jan 29 2013 at 1:05pm Copy Link
Danny I can install anything and everything. But Soda PDF software trial seems to me not to succeed. Get every time an error message to firewall and security check. Despite elimination succeeds it yet!
Jan 29 2013 at 2:33pm Copy Link
VLM Just one question ... Does Soda PDF Pro use menus or ribbons? I ask, because I've recently been quite disappointed by the ribbon interface and resulting shortcut nonsense in Nitro PDF Pro.
Jan 29 2013 at 5:22pm Copy Link
Knight I am getting the same error as Danny Thys,,, I already have multiple licences of Nitro Pro and wanted to see if Soda PDF could complement what I was already able to do with Nitro Pro but I won't buy something I can't even try...
Jan 29 2013 at 7:35pm Copy Link
Danny Now another tried to install. No success. Got every time an error message: Error code: 16777216
Jan 29 2013 at 9:48pm Copy Link
Michael R. Is it possible to 'upgrade' within a version at a later time after this buy: Std to Pro, Pro to OCR and Std to OCR and if yes, what does this cost?

Do these programs also run in Win8?
Jul 4 2013 at 11:43pm Copy Link
Ian Bacon Hi Michael, yes it is possible to upgrade after. It can be done directly from the application. From std to Pro it would be $30, from Pro to OCR the upgrade cost is $20 and std to OCR is $50.

As for running on Win8 it is fully compatible.
Lulu Software - Jul 6 2013 at 11:42am Copy Link
Michael R. Thanks for the answer.

I suppose the prices you named are - as asked - the regular prices.

The fineprint says 'This promotion can be used to upgrade or extend an existing license'.

Currently I already own Soda5 Std.
So it's quite a temptation to get today's discount of 50% to be able to upgrade to the Pro-Version. But how can I do that? When going to Activate-Upgrade from within Soda Std, I just get the regular prices (and with $47,14 even a higher ones that you stated above), not the expected discounted one ($15)

So, how can I do that?
Jul 7 2013 at 1:23am Copy Link
Ronald Smit Hi!

Tried to order Soda, payment via PayPal. After paying, a new page opens (Paypall Express landing page starting with followed by a lot of other characters) and it tells me to wait. And wait. And wait. Nothing happens at all. What's happening here?

Best regards,

Jul 7 2013 at 7:18am Copy Link
VLM Can anyone with experience using both Nitro PDF and Soda Pro compare these 2 products?

Also, does Soda PDF Pro use menus or ribbons?

(I'm packing and moving, otherwise I'd try myself.)
Jul 7 2013 at 7:20am Copy Link
Ronald Smit Ok, I gave it up. Tried to order at a different system, different OS, same problem: a hanging page after the PayPal-transaction. Very annoying and now I hope in the coming days there will be no money taken for two or three failed orders without receiving any product in the end :-(

Best regards,

Jul 7 2013 at 10:14am Copy Link
Constantin Florea @Ronald Smit - We have contacted the vendor to help us with the issue you mention.
BitsDuJour Admin - Jul 7 2013 at 10:15am Copy Link
Ronald Smit Ok, thanks!

Best regards,

Jul 7 2013 at 11:20am Copy Link
Ian Bacon Hi Michael, I understand your point and what you currently have and you are right as within the application all prices are based on the regular price.

I can contact you and send you a custom link for your upgrade tomorrow morning (EST).

Lulu Software - Jul 7 2013 at 1:34pm Copy Link
Ian Bacon Hi Mr. Smit, I am sorry for the inconvenience you experienced. I will follow up with the processing team to verify what might have happened. I will follow up with you and provide you with proper explanations. If a transaction was approved I will let you know and provide you with your activation key or refund you if you wish.

Lulu Software - Jul 7 2013 at 1:39pm Copy Link
Stephen Kreyling I downloaded the product and it looked very good, but then I read the terms, Transfer of a license to another owned computer is not allowed.

This was the reason I did not purchase.

Jul 7 2013 at 6:12pm Copy Link
Ronald Smit Hi!

I would like to make use of the deal, is it worth trying again or should I wait now?

Thanks for the help,

Jul 7 2013 at 6:43pm Copy Link
Michael R. @Ian Bacon

Thanks a lot for the offer. Yes please do...
Jul 7 2013 at 11:26pm Copy Link
Ian Bacon Hi Mr. Kreyling, it is true that currently it is part of our terms but we are in the process of changing that. We will be allowing users to transfer their activation from one computer to another.

Currently, we do it through our Free support team who can reset your activation. i can also assist in this matter.

Lulu Software - Jul 8 2013 at 5:31am Copy Link
Stephen Kreyling @michael R

Would of been good to have know that while the deal was on.

Jul 8 2013 at 7:07pm Copy Link
Michael R. Is this 50% discount also valid for the upgrade-price (for v6 owners)?
Mar 16 2015 at 2:54am Copy Link
Fred Shepherd Will the "Split PDFs into multiple documents" function split based on embedded metadata? Or if not metadata, then text in a defined area?

Is there a command line interface?
Mar 16 2015 at 6:35am Copy Link
Cary Adams No OCR? Isn't that a basic feature for editors?
Mar 16 2015 at 7:21am Copy Link
disenchanted I was a bit bummed to find the OCR is only available in one version of your software, the PRO + OCR version.
This seems to be the only version not being offered on sale today.

Any chance you'll add it to the sale?
Mar 16 2015 at 7:32am Copy Link
Amit Wanted the packageofocr included in this deal. can it be bought here only ?
Sep 12 2015 at 1:03am Copy Link
Stefan Hauber Some months ago, I found an email in my in-box about a webinar about an exclusive preview of Soda 8.

Now this purchase is v7. So, is v8 free for today's buyers?

Fineprint says, that this opportunity today is also for upgrading. How does this work and what is discount, if a former buyer v6 wants to upgrade?

If a former purchase was made with OCR-included, can this old-version module also be applied for today's v7 purchase (and also for v8, ...) or needs a v7,v8-user purchase a separate v7,v8-OCR-module to use OCR?

Thank you.
Sep 12 2015 at 10:24am Copy Link
disenchanted I'll give it a try.
My last Pro version of any PDF program like this was Nitro PDF Pro.
I had bought version 6 of nitro pdf Pro when Newegg cleared them out on sale, at like $19.99.
Now many places like Nitro pdf, they are getting away from the retail box edition and everything is downloads. Great for their bottom line, not mine though.

As long Soda PDF's program can:
1. create PDF, regular and password encrypted
2, convert to word . excel. or PowerPoint
3. hopefully work with a scanner and create PDFs via a scanned in doc
Then It'll work for me.
Sep 12 2015 at 3:41pm Copy Link
Stew Cam Gave the trial a spin. Stub installer. One time activation. Single skin. Have now uninstalled it.
Sep 12 2015 at 5:23pm Copy Link
disenchanted Are we to receive a download link upon purchase?

Or just use your demo, then activate it using the purchased license key?
Purchase instructions not clear on installing the full, Pro version.
Sep 12 2015 at 8:32pm Copy Link
Dippy Dawg A while back they said they were going to change "Transfer of a license to another owned computer is not allowed." I still see it in the Fine Print. I do not see any vendor replies today promoting their product or answering questions. They have been talking about version 8 for a long while and this is special is for version 7 which does not support windows 10, or their website does not reflect windows 10 compatible. So maybe version 8 will support windows 10, since vendor has been absent and not replying I don't know if I get version 7 today will it include a free update to version 8??? So I buy V7 today and in a month or two they release version 8 and will probably not give much of a discount to upgrade. I see on their website they are migrating to the "subscription model" . I did noticed on website you can transfer to another computer but your have to contact them. Who knows how long it will take for them to reply to that request.

I'm out! They might have a great product but with One install and per PC and their lack of a representative here to answer questions, why would I get this.....
Sep 12 2015 at 9:55pm Copy Link
disenchanted Gwynne,
Thanks for mentioning the subscription model change. '
I was almost going to buy another license.

I loathe the annual Subscription model for almost** any consumer software, except labor intensive software like AV** and anti-malware**. [If any vendor in AV doesn't respond to threats ASAP then their AV protection becomes worthless. Such support does cost money as it requires 24/7/365 overhead and a subscription model makes sense.].

Otherwise the normal software model, that lets a piece of software continue to run indefinitely, seems to be the best.
Like Office, music creation, backup-restore, picture viewers,etc

IF newer versions with newer features come out then great. I buy the new version and upgrade because I want to.
BUT if I don't' need the extra bells and whistles; I don't.
Sep 13 2015 at 5:38pm Copy Link
Dippy Dawg Disenchanted
Too funny I also purchased PDF Nitro 6 from Newegg. I really liked it and thought it was a good option rather then Adobe. I even got PDF Nitro 8 from Bitsdujour. The only real problem I have with PDF Nitro is I think it is still to expensive, call me cheap. At least PDF Nitro lets you install it on two PC or PC and laptop and transfer of a license to another owned computer is allowed.
There are several reasons why I do not Like the "Subscription model"... One is if I buy a 1 year subscription and then the next year they decide to 3x the subscription cost I am stuck paying the outrageous price or and I am back to looking for and alternate program. i prefer to buy the program and if it meets my needs I might not upgrade it for 2-3 years or if I feel I need some of the new features then I will upgrade and by owning the program I can take my time looking for a replacement and not have to worry about I have "X" amount of days before my Subscription ends and I am stuck with no program to use while I search for an alternate or upgrade.
Sep 13 2015 at 7:32pm Copy Link
Cary Adams Will Soda PDF Pro auto-generate bookmarks. I'm using an older version of NitroPro which has that capability and OCR as well. I'd like to consider this, but lackng OCR and bookmark uncertainty is putting me off.
Apr 22 2016 at 10:14am Copy Link
Rob User Can I use this software without being online, AFTER I have authenticated my purchase?
Apr 23 2016 at 4:49am Copy Link
Martin Yanski One of the most aggressive pieces of software I've used. So cloudy and very slow during startup. At this moment I'm using it (standard license) only for image extraction in PDF files.
Apr 23 2016 at 7:12am Copy Link
Harold Morris No transfer to different/new computer a deal killer for this offer. Upgrade a machine and toss all the software? Really?
Apr 23 2016 at 11:15am Copy Link
Michael R. If a html-page is converted to a PDF from within Soda8, it would be nice, if an embedded video is inside it, the Image of the video - probably the first frame - would be visible inside the pdf too, just as it is on the html-page itself.
Apr 23 2016 at 11:05pm Copy Link
Stefan Hauber I think this is a good product with a great price..

But I'm really wondering, if software-firms are so not-interested in the opinions for their potential Clients, that they do not take the time to answer. Instead they bombard former customers with (clients-)time-consuming ads about upgrades.
Apr 23 2016 at 11:26pm Copy Link
franp User Hi,

Since i was unable to find the answer your web pages, I have got a technical question : doe sit offers drag-and-drop pdf creation from thumbnails ? I mean, is it possible , say, to select two ot three thumbnails, drag-and-drop them on the desktop or any Windows Explorer folder, and thus instantly creating a new pdf from these pages, as Adobe offers ?
Nov 2 2016 at 5:24am Copy Link
Chris User Hi franp,

You can definitely Drag & Drop multiple files such as Word, PPT, Excel, etc... into Soda PDF and the software will automatically convert the file to PDF form. However the files themselves will not automatically be combined, to do so simply select the "Combine Files" option in the Create tab.

I hope this helps although if you have any further questions please feel free to message us at we are always happy to help!


Chris Costa
Soda PDF
Nov 2 2016 at 12:06pm Copy Link
mix624 I have an HTML website with text on it and I want to turn that into a PDF.
Is that possible, to add 100´s of HTML pages and convert into PDF ?
Nov 2 2016 at 12:19pm Copy Link
Chris User Hi mix624,

Unfortunately we do not offer our "Batch Import" feature for HTML yet but we are reviewing this feature for future updates. However please feel to view our How To article on how to create a PDF from a HTML page:
Nov 2 2016 at 1:53pm Copy Link
franp User Hi Chris,

Thanks but you did not answered the question.
I meant, can you drag pages from the thumbnails pane of Soda PDF to the windows desktop or Windows file explorer to extract somes pages and thus create a new pdf document from pages of an existing pdf document ?
Nov 2 2016 at 1:53pm Copy Link
Danny Is this now with only Updates to new version or with Lifetime Upgrades to all new versions?
Nov 3 2016 at 9:07am Copy Link
disenchanted I bought the retail box version of Soda PDF version 7 a little over a year ago.
Now it seems that V7 was the last version Before the "annual subscription" sales model was implemented.

I notice that other PDF software programs, such as Foxit PhantomPDF offer both a subscription and/or a lifetime license.

Any chance that SodaPDF will offer the same 2 choices ?
Meaning, a choice of licenses? Either a yearly subscription or a license that is good indefinitely?
Nov 3 2016 at 11:05am Copy Link
Chris User Hi franp,

I appoligize I misunderstood what you meant by Drag & Drop. To answer your question unfortunately that is not an option yet within Soda although I have flagged that exact feature to our development team in the past and they are looking into implementing that feature in future releases.

Thank you,
Nov 3 2016 at 11:18am Copy Link
Ian Bacon Hi disenchanted,

Yes, we do offer both options. Since the subscription is new to us we wanted to push this promo first at Bitsdujour and see how it goes.

If you visit the main website you'll see that we still offer some perpetual licenses which we now call "Editions".
Lulu Software - Nov 3 2016 at 11:30am Copy Link
William W. Geertsema Hello,
I have a question regarding the OCR module for Soda PDF 8 PRO..
I originally purchased Soda PDF version 8.051.26452 PRO, with unlimited use (i.e. no time limit).
I subsequently updated to version 8.051.26506 PRO, and recently to version 32-bit PRO; the original license covered those updates.
When I purchased, there did not appear to be an OCR module.
Some time later, that module apparently became available, as witness the offer provided yesterday by a connection to your site from within the program (when attempting to use the OCR module).
The offer is for an upgrade to Soda PDF PRO consisting of the OCR module, for the price of € 49.00 (Save € 40.00).
When I press the "UPGRADE" key, however, I am directed to a page only dealing with your subscription model.
Please let me know how I can obtain the OCR module upgrade to version 8 PRO (delivery, payment).

William W. Geertsema
Nov 3 2016 at 1:27pm Copy Link
Chris User Hi William W. Geertsema,

I'll be happy to help, I can go ahead and forward you an upgrade link to purchase the ocr module solely. Simply send me a message to and I will forward it to you ASAP.

Thank you
Nov 3 2016 at 3:05pm Copy Link
disenchanted Is it only the business edition that offers a perpetual license?

That was the only perpetual edition I could locate and it was at the following url:
Nov 3 2016 at 11:52pm Copy Link
Holden User I really like using Soda. The grid feature makes formatting super easy.
Jan 17 2017 at 11:08am Copy Link
Kevin D Is there any chance that LULU Software will be offering their Desktop version of SodaPDF ( on Bitsdujour in the near future? In my opinion, online subscriptions like this one are usually not worth the money in the long run. Thanks.
Jan 17 2017 at 3:09pm Copy Link
disenchanted I have the desktop version 7. which was the last perpetual license version.
[if I remember correctly]

Are all sodapdf versions now licensed as SAAS?

Are there any perpetual use versions left?
Jan 17 2017 at 10:11pm Copy Link
Nico Westerdale Great News! Lulu Software has agreed to extend this deal for another day - Enjoy!
BitsDuJour Admin - Jan 18 2017 at 12:11am Copy Link
andy madden Subscription software sucks. Sorry I will never buy any subscription software since there are other software packages that do the same thing for a one time charge.
Jan 18 2017 at 6:56am Copy Link
Ian Bacon Hello disenchanted,

On the Soda PDF website, you can buy Editions of Soda PDF. This is a one time payment but you only get the Desktop portion of Soda PDF.

To get the Online version you need to sign up for a plan.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Lulu Software - Jan 18 2017 at 8:14am Copy Link
bvssunnydale No OCR even in the "Premium" version just kills all interest - OCR is available even in free apps these days so I'm not sure what you're thinking..
Jul 28 2017 at 4:39am Copy Link
Christian User The fine print :
"After you purchase Soda PDF 9 it may be used indefinitely"

On your site it is a yearly license !!!
Jul 28 2017 at 6:04am Copy Link
Ian Bacon Hi,

We have 2 different products. One is called Soda PDF Anywhere which we sell on a yearly subscription model but based on the feedback we got from users we decided to still provide perpetual products. The version we are offering in this promo is Soda PDF 9 which is our perpetual product.
Lulu Software - Jul 28 2017 at 6:10am Copy Link
Ian Bacon Hi bvssunnydale,
There are free OCR solutions available, but often free options lack the interface or the functionality to match the experience.

Our OCR engines lets you run custom scans, deciding what part of the images you want to scan. You also get the benefit of working on your files in the same place unlocking all of the additional editing features.

I'll forward your feedback to the marketing team.
Lulu Software - Jul 28 2017 at 7:39am Copy Link
Sys Ad So, I still cannot tell whether the version that is on offer is the Premium or Business. Does the "Premium" version offered in this deal include the OCR? On your website, the Premium does not include this, but the "Business" version does.
Thanks for the clarification.
Jul 28 2017 at 1:37pm Copy Link
Laurie Nelson I need clarification about editing. That's the one thing I can't find in a Home version for people like me who only need it once or twice a month. Does "editing" mean I can only change text that is already in the PDF or can I also add text? It looks like I can only add page elements--not text. For instance, I occasionally need to print a map; on the map I want to add the location, phone number, hours open, etc. Does SodaPDF allow me to add text?
Jul 28 2017 at 3:36pm Copy Link
Aldo Marchesini The first thing I do not like is a timely supply that expires and is immediately renewed. It's not serious.
The second thing is the offer of installing third-party software during installation. You can avoid installing these software but it would be better not to even propose these installations!
I do not like your program. I do not like the possibility of resetting the license only twice a year. I do not like invasive activation option features unavailable (if a feature does not exist do not show the option). I do not like the evidence of the price list of additional features (It is not a fast food menu!)
Missing OCR is a big limit. Home users can not use OCR, obviously they have not this need. Functionality is offered at a high price. In addition, the annual / definitive features are unclear. The final price to buying all the options is very high. I'm not happy with the my purchase (Premium licence).
Jul 29 2017 at 12:49am Copy Link
Ian Bacon Hi, the 2 versions we are offering during this promo are the Home and Premium versions. The OCR is currently part of the Business version but was not offered during this promo.
Lulu Software - Jul 29 2017 at 5:34am Copy Link
Ian Bacon Hi, the Home version allows editing of text that is part of the document as well as adding new text to a document. What you might also be describing is commenting or annotating a document by adding information as a layer. Either way, those are available in the Home edition.
Lulu Software - Jul 29 2017 at 5:37am Copy Link
Aldo Marchesini Hi, probably I did a reckless purchase at one hour before the offer's expiration (but then was extended). I needed a complete PDF document management utility. I thought the program was better and offered more functionality. I was wrong. The cost of additional features is very high. Purchasing additional features makes the program very expensive. I have already removed the software from the computer and forwarded a refund request. What a pity!
Jul 29 2017 at 7:18am Copy Link
Benjamin User I bought the premium license, I hope the software utilization won't be blocked after the 1-year maintenance. If you ever realize version 10, will we have to pay for an upgrade ?

I'm a student, so I can't afford yearly fees. I sometimes buy a new app and upgrade depending on the price. I needed the premium version for its additional features.

Let's cross finger my premium license won't end in 1 year.
Jul 29 2017 at 5:23pm Copy Link
Constantin Florea @Benjamin User, This promotion runs with an e-Commerce which is different from our own (BitsDuJour's) e-Commerce. This means that the sales for this promotion will appear in the Off-Site section of your Purchases page:

I just searched for "Soda PDF" in your Purchases page and found it toward the end of the page.
BitsDuJour Admin - Jul 30 2017 at 1:25am Copy Link
franp User OCR only through subscription ? Come on !
There are better deals on the pdf market to, precisly, avoid the Adobe all-subscription non-sense.
Jan 9 2018 at 5:58am Copy Link
bvssunnydale Hi, Soda PDF 9 can create PDF forms - can those forms include basic match calculations? Thanks.
Jan 9 2018 at 7:15am Copy Link
Eduard User This $29, is a lifetime or just a one year licence? In your webpage you have only yearly or monthly commitments.
Jan 9 2018 at 7:45am Copy Link
Cary Adams Old version? SodaPDF is now Rentalware. No OCR, @franp User is right.
Jan 9 2018 at 8:40am Copy Link
Constantin Florea When the vendor sent us the two purchase URLs to use for this promotion, he confirmed that both of them are for perpetual licenses. Please notice that the upgrades are paid, notice 'The Fine Print' tab.
BitsDuJour Admin - Jan 9 2018 at 8:41am Copy Link
Cram User Defo not a lifetime offer, it's an annual subscription!!!
Careful if you sign up for this, they're out to pocket your Dollar$.
Check out the payment page, on the left side lower down, below '100% Secure Transaction', it says:
"Your plan will renew automatically on your annual renewal date, until you cancel your plan as per our Terms of Service."
Not good, pretending to be an offer, and really just sneaking into your wallet with a repeating annual payment!!!
Jan 9 2018 at 12:54pm Copy Link
Nico Westerdale Great News! Lulu Software has agreed to extend this deal for another day - Enjoy!
BitsDuJour Admin - Jan 10 2018 at 12:11am Copy Link
Indusekar SK is this subscription or one time payment
Jan 10 2018 at 2:37am Copy Link
Ian Bacon Hi,

Both products we offer are perpetual licenses so one time payments.
Lulu Software - Jan 10 2018 at 6:26am Copy Link
Greg Hanson Does it allow me to add pages from another PDF or delete pages from the PDF being edited? The website states "Edit" but they don't define if that means elements on the page or add/remove pages themselves.
Jan 10 2018 at 6:57am Copy Link
Ian Bacon Hi bvssunnydale,

Soda PDF is able to create forms, unfortunately they cannot do basic math. We are looking into enhancing our forms.
Lulu Software - Jan 10 2018 at 7:16am Copy Link
Ian Bacon Hi Greg Hanson,

You are able to insert pages into a PDF that come from another document.
You can also delete pages from your PDF.
Edit means elements on the page as well as the pages.
Lulu Software - Jan 10 2018 at 8:51am Copy Link
Ian Bacon Hi Franp User,

I'll forward your feedback related to the OCR subscription back to the appropriate team members. Thanks so much for sharing.
Lulu Software - Jan 10 2018 at 8:53am Copy Link
Ian Bacon Hi Eduard User, Cary Adams,

Soda PDF offers both a plan based subscription along with the perpetual license editions. This offer is for the lifetime perpetual license. If you go to you will see the plan listed, however there are also perpetual licenses available.
Lulu Software - Jan 10 2018 at 8:56am Copy Link
Joe M So does this lifetime perpetual license mean that when a new version of Soda PDF is released, the upgrade will be free?
Jan 10 2018 at 2:15pm Copy Link
Nico Westerdale Great News! Lulu Software has agreed to extend this deal for another day - Enjoy!
BitsDuJour Admin - Jan 11 2018 at 12:11am Copy Link
Harlen Wiebe I like what I see in Soda PDF and as soon as you can drag pages between open pdf files, I'll buy Soda PDF. Until then I'll use other products.
Jan 11 2018 at 4:54am Copy Link
Philippe Yeung The price is for one year only. Can anyone confirm
If so will the future or renewable be at Bits du jour price.
Can anyone from the company explain what it mean by Perpetual license
Jan 11 2018 at 6:11am Copy Link
Ian Bacon Hi Joe McCormick,

Unfortunately the upgrade to the new version of Soda PDF is not free of charge. But we do offer discounts for upgrading for existing users.
Lulu Software - Jan 11 2018 at 7:03am Copy Link
Ian Bacon Hi Haren Wiebe,

Thanks so much for the awesome suggestion. I'll make sure to forward it to the development team.
Lulu Software - Jan 11 2018 at 7:04am Copy Link
Ian Bacon Hi Phillippe Yeung,

The offer provided for BitsDuJour is a perpetual license that does not renew. On our main website the featured product is set at a renewable rate, it's not the same.

To confirm, this offer is for a perpetual license.
Lulu Software - Jan 11 2018 at 7:06am Copy Link
Antoosa Website does not mention any product that costs $79. Only thing I see are yearly plans, not one of which states $79. Where is $79 product on your site, and are there non-yearly products available on your site? Please advise.Thx.
Sep 4 2018 at 1:57pm Copy Link
Ian Bacon Hi,

You can find the perpetual licenses (editions) under this URL ( This is where you will find the home edition at MSRP of $79. The 2 products we are offering during this promo are both perpetual licenses.
Lulu Software - Sep 4 2018 at 2:21pm Copy Link
Fred User Can we delete words or picts in an existing pdf document?
Sep 5 2018 at 3:04am Copy Link
bvssunnydale I see reviews for Soda 7 but none - that I can find - for Soda 10? I've had good experiences with Canadian software (like sci-fi, it's something you guys generally do very well) but am wondering if you could provide links to any reviews. Thanks.
Sep 5 2018 at 3:27am Copy Link
Ian Bacon Hi Fred,

You most definitely can!
Lulu Software - Sep 5 2018 at 7:21am Copy Link
Philippe Yeung Is this a yearly subscription plan as I see on the website?
Please clarify Thanks
Sep 5 2018 at 10:23am Copy Link
Ian Bacon Hi Phillipe,
On our website we push the subscription version of the product. This deal is a perpetual license that is a one time payment for a lifetime license.

These are on our website listed as Editions.
Lulu Software - Sep 5 2018 at 11:06am Copy Link
Ed Ward Upgraded to Premium earlier this year - reinstalling on new SSD. Unclear how to download and activate. How do I accomplish or contact Customer support for instructions? Thank you.
Sep 5 2018 at 8:02pm Copy Link
Ian Bacon Hi Ed Ward, do you think you can send an email to They will be able to locate your account and figure out the best course of action.

If you get any of our plans you'll have access to the browser based web app, along with the browser extension.
Lulu Software - Sep 6 2018 at 6:53am Copy Link
Ed Ward Thank you, Ian, for confirming that subscription to Premium includes access to Soda PDF Anywhere. I've reached out to Soda tech support on two questions below but am still confused. I subscribed to Soda PDF Home in 2016; was charged for renewal of annual Home license in Oct. 2017; upgraded from Home to Soda PDF Premium 9 in Jan. 2018. So I now have licenses for two of your products - was advised by Soda tech support that I should keep both so that I would have access to Soda PDF Premium 10. Two questions:
1) Having purchased Soda PDF Premium, is there any need to subscribe to Home? I wouldn't think so but again your Tech support recommended that I keep both. Unclear why.
2) For individuals like myself who purchased Sofa PDF 9 just 8 months ago, is there an automatic upgrade? If not, what is the cost to upgrade to 10? In general, what is your upgrade policy and cost for new releases?
3) Can Soda PDF Anywhere be set as the "default" reader for reading/viewing PDFs in Chrome online?

Thank you for clarifying. I'm sure others will want to select the plan that best suits their needs.
Sep 6 2018 at 8:11pm Copy Link
Steven Avery I just downloaded the Desktop program and it gives me a 14-day trial which says Soda PDF Business. Is this the same as the Soda PDF 10 Premium, and thus includes an OCR feature? (I usually use Abbyy Screenshot or Finereader for OCR)

It is an interesting product, I am not usually a fan of the soft color style and the ribbons, but the design itself and features look very good.

Whether I can determine in 15 minutes whether I want to make a $45 purchase is not likely, however. I see the website has some Sept 75% off, but that is for the subscription product? I'm not really sure why I would want to pay yearly, if my work is mostly desktop and you still have reasonable Dropbox type connections and a Chrome add-on?

Can I place on laptop and desktop?

One review (favorable, as most are) said you lacked export to Epub. Is there a workaround that works well, or are you going that route soon?

Sep 6 2018 at 11:44pm Copy Link
styrobrain Lulu Software,

the current BDJ Fine Print states "After you purchase Soda PDF 11 it may be used indefinitely." Yet your shop page states that a subscription auto-renews. What kind of license is this, perpetual or subscription?

What are currently the options to add OCR capabilities to either of the licenses on sale?
Nov 7 2019 at 1:12am Copy Link
Stephen Kreyling Subscription.
Nov 7 2019 at 3:14am Copy Link
UweS Bought it today and its a perpetual license like they write in the FinePrint.
Nov 7 2019 at 11:17am Copy Link
Masood Khan It is confusing- UweS is saying that the license is perpetual bu, Stephen Kreyling is saying Subscription.
Can anyone from Soda PDF clarity it today before the promotion ends,
Nov 7 2019 at 5:38pm Copy Link
Nico Westerdale Great News! Lulu Software has agreed to extend this deal for another day - Enjoy!
BitsDuJour Admin - Nov 8 2019 at 12:11am Copy Link
Constantin Florea @Masood Khan, These are indeed perpetual licenses.
BitsDuJour Admin - Nov 8 2019 at 2:29am Copy Link
Stephen Kreyling Thanks for the clarification on the license.
Nov 8 2019 at 3:11am Copy Link
Ian Bacon Hi Everyone,

My name is Ian Bacon and I work with the Soda PDF team. I see there is some confusion on the license terms. Sorry about that and we will make sure we are more clear in the future.

We can confirm it is indeed a perpetual license for Soda PDF 11.


Lulu Software - Nov 8 2019 at 7:23am Copy Link
Mustang A bit confused as offer is for Soda PDF 11 but trial is showing file version 9.
Nov 8 2019 at 8:17am Copy Link
Ian Bacon Hi !

Thanks for that catch. We can confirm that the trial is an older version and that will be fixed ASAP.

Thanks !
Lulu Software - Nov 8 2019 at 8:33am Copy Link
Stephen Kreyling What is the life span of the version being sold. I have had version of the past and things were discontinued. How many years will updates be available with the purchase?
Nov 8 2019 at 8:48am Copy Link
Ian Bacon Hi Stephen !

Since this is a perpetual license, rest assured the life span is forever. This would mean that updates won't be available to this version due to the nature of the license. However, customer support is available to you at all times if ever you need any help, given that it isn't a bug issue.If you wish to have regular updates, you can certainly purchase a yearly subscription with SodaPDF.

Which version did you previously purchase?

Let us know if you have any additional questions.
Lulu Software - Nov 8 2019 at 10:48am Copy Link
Mustang I understand this is a perpetual license, but your comments and the fine print would suggest that this software cannot be updated (minor) without a subscription.
Nov 8 2019 at 2:37pm Copy Link
Ralph Bressler Does this version have OCR or is it available?
Nov 8 2019 at 4:41pm Copy Link
slm What is the difference between Standard and Pro?
Sep 3 2020 at 7:24am Copy Link
Ian Bacon Hi !

Thank you for your question.

Standard has the essential features, such as view, convert, edit and insert & extract pages. For the Pro version, in addition to the essential features, you also have OCR search, 20-pack e-sign, and batch (Create, convert, crop, add watermarks, headers, footers, password security and plenty more to many documents at once.)

You can check out the differences between our versions here :
Lulu Software - Sep 3 2020 at 8:04am Copy Link
HJ User As far as i could find, your web site has only one reference to metadata. It states that the pro and business versions can "Sanitize and remove metadata from document."

1. Can metadata be added?
2. Can additional metadata fields be added?
3. Can the metadata fields be modified in bulk?
4. Will the program permit pdfs to be searched for the particular metadata words or phrases, e.g. list all pdfs that include "Jones" in a metadata field.
Sep 3 2020 at 8:51am Copy Link
Ian Bacon Hi !

Thanks for your questions.
1) 2) Can you contextualize your question a little more? What do you want to add?
3) We can remove meta-data in bulk
4) This is not currently in-app and I am not sure it makes sense for searching a single PDF but for multiple PDFs it could be very helpful

Thanks !
Lulu Software - Sep 3 2020 at 9:57am Copy Link
slm I am a little confused about whether Soda PDF 12 in the BDJ special is the same as the product on your website. "The Fine Print" says this about the product offered here: "After you purchase Soda PDF 12 it may be used indefinitely." The Standard and Pro products on your website seem to be subscriptions, either per month or per year. Are the Standard and Pro, Soda PDF 12 products offered here actually subscriptions?
Sep 3 2020 at 10:27am Copy Link
Ian Bacon Hi ! Thanks for your question and apologies if this caused any confusion. We will change that fine print shortly, as you are correct; these are subscriptions. We only have monthly and yearly subscriptions available.
Lulu Software - Sep 3 2020 at 11:03am Copy Link
slm Ok, thanks for the clarification!
Sep 3 2020 at 11:14am Copy Link
HJ User @ian Bacon

PDFs have standard background filed into which the user can put information, i.e., metadata. Assume I have 10,000 pdfs, spread across 1000 client files. I would like to be able to the metadata:

1. the client name or account number; - I would like to do this by including that name or number in the metadata of all pdf files that are in that client's folder.
2. One or more categories (e.g. medical, legal, finance, aaa, bbb).

Once that is done, I would like to be able to search across all pdfs for the client name or number, as found in the metadata. I would also like to search across all pdfs for one or more categories, as found in the metadata. So, I could search for category aaa, across the files of many clients.
Sep 3 2020 at 9:57pm Copy Link
Masood Khan To start with BitsDuJour's offer was an offer to the Life Time version. Based on the message from Sim, it was changed to the subscription version. I am very disappointed. I have version 11 of the SodaPDF Desktop Pro and wanted to upgrade to version 12, but you changed it to the subscription version. On your website, there are both versions, though it is hard to find the LifeTime version, subscription version is promoted heavily. Please change it back to the LifeTime License.
Sep 4 2020 at 5:13am Copy Link
Cary Adams This is seriously expensive for a one-year subscription... even at the discounted rate.

I can buy a lifetime of PDF X-Change Editor Plus (at no discount) for less than one-year of Soda Pro, and the Tracker product is fuller featured.
Sep 4 2020 at 8:30am Copy Link
Ian Bacon You are welcome!
Have a great day!
Lulu Software - Sep 4 2020 at 11:15am Copy Link
Ian Bacon Hi HJ User!

Thank you for the clarification of your previous questions!

1) You can change the metadata of your PDF files. Here are the options you can modify: Title, Author, Subject, and Keywords.

2) The metadata cannot be changed for a batch of files at once, you can only change it for each file individually.

3) The data from those fields is not searchable.

Lulu Software - Sep 4 2020 at 11:38am Copy Link
Ian Bacon Hi Masood Khan!

Thank you for sharing your feedback!

I am sorry, it seems that Bitsdujour has forgotten to update the description of the license type.

Please note that we no longer provide Perpetual licenses, they are available only for the Business version now.

This was a corporate decision about moving our products to a subscription model.

Lulu Software - Sep 4 2020 at 11:50am Copy Link
Ian Bacon Hi Cary Adams!

Thank you for sharing your feedback!

I understand that a license type can be an important factor to consider before purchasing a license. I would love to mention that Soda PDF subscription-based licenses allow installation on 3 computers, the online version that can be accessed from different devices such as smartphones or Linux/macOS computers, and they provide free upgrades to the next versions once they are released.

Have a great day!
Lulu Software - Sep 4 2020 at 11:54am Copy Link

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