PDFescape Online has a new interface!
Here are the functionalities:
PDFescape Online directly open on a new document.
You can also Upload a PDF file from your computer, Load a URL or Open a recent file by selecting the preferred option in the top left corner.
In the top middle you can select the mode:
You can change your PDF file information at the top by clicking on the i icon.
You add security to your document by clicking on the Lock at the top of the document.
You can Zoom in or Zoom out in the top left corner.
You can access your account in the top right corner.
The first icon on the left is Edit Options. By clicking on this icon, you get these options:
- Form Field
The second icon on the left is Insert Options. By clicking on this icon, you get these options:
- Sticky Notes
The third icon on the left is View Options. By clicking on this icon, you get these options:
- Rotate Left
- Rotate Right
Right under those options you have Preview and Bookmarks.
At the bottom, you have Save, Download and Print.
This is a terribly inefficient new interface, and renders it almost unusable, for me. The new textbox, image placement, line drawings...basically every tool is unable to be placed where you want it and requires several steps to position it. Then after every action (say, entering a text), it has a SLOW confirmation of the action, then you start over with a new word, new font, size selection, etc. You can't just do multiple words in different places. Who sold them on this as in improvement? Paid subscribers should be able to opt for the previous version, IMO, but I've been told not an option.
Agreed that the new interface is terrible. So much is slower or just completely broken.
I have the same experience as Linda in that several of the elements are more difficult to position than before and that everything is very slow to load. Though I would often have to re-do underlines and move a sticky note or insert with the old interface, correcting it was very quick. That is no longer the case.
I cannot use the Append function to combine several PDFs into one document. This was the primary reason I came to PDF Escape in the first place, to make packets out of separate documents without having to print all the documents and scan them, wasting paper and toner when the packet would otherwise stay electronic-only.
It doesn't seem to be saving my documents to Recent any longer, as I just loaded two documents, hit both Save and Download on one, and my Recent documents is empty. I also printed an edited document two days ago that should appear there but doesn't. Sticky Notes are now black-and-white instead of yellow, so they don't pop on the page like they used to. Several elements that used to be able to have comments added to them, like the underline and highlight functions, no longer do.
I hope these issues are addressed quickly, or I'll have to give up using PDF Escape and go back to conducting more of my work on paper.
The only thing I can imagine is that Adobe is paying them to turn out a shitty product, because so many people were using it instead of paying for Adobe. It's that bad. There is not one feature that has improved (not that it needed to). And you are correct, even with paid membership, all recent documents are lost, and it will not save new ones. So many features are broken; it's very disappointing.
Does anyone know if we can get an older desktop version that might still work? The new web interface is much less usable. Or is there any alternative tools that someone can recommend. PDFEscape you had a great product sometimes "upgrades" are not upgrades.
I have asked /pleaded. They told me to try the online version as opposed to desktop/paid version, which I did. It’s the exact same thing. Then they suggested I try SodaPDF (they also own and I’d used many times before). So I did, and conveniently, it has also been “updated” to a similar unusable format. Bummer.
A few of my issues have been resolved, luckily. Adding documents as addenda works and the time to load where I place a corrective mark (e.g., insert, sticky note) seems less, though it's still slower than before and it being less accurate than prior to this big change is unfortunate. I also don't appreciate losing the option to add comments to corrections like underline, highlight, and strikethrough. But with workarounds (using tons of sticky notes), the site is at least useable to me, though nonetheless worse than before in all noticeable ways. But at least it's useable again.
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