PDF Studio 2018 introduced a brand new Ribbon Toolbar to provide more convenient and efficient access to the most important features.

One of the main drivers behind the new Ribbon toolbar is the discoverability of new & existing features. After conducting a user survey, it came to our attention that the old toolbar and menu options were a bit too complicated for the average user; simply put, our users where unable to find many commonly used features in the menus. Additionally, 97% of our users prefer the more modern Ribbon Toolbar interface.

The big, bold nature of the Ribbon provides a simple to use and visual interface to browse for features – far more so than classic menus. This allows both our new and existing users to find the functions they need more efficiently. The responsive auto sizing design also creates better support for different display and windows sizes. Even with the new toolbar, all original keyboard shortcuts still exist for you PDF Studio ninjas 😉 to maintain your workflows.

Old Classic Menu New Ribbon Toolbar


Revert to the Old Classic Toolbar

Did you know that you can collapse the Ribbon toolbar so it takes up less screen real estate. Once collapsed all the tools are still accessible by clicking on the tabs as if you were using a menu. See How to Expand / Minimize Ribbon for more details.

For those who still prefer the old toolbar layout, the “Classic” toolbar is still available through preferences as an option. Just go to the File Tab -> Preferences -> Toolbars and select the “Classic” option.


Features NOT Available in Classic Toolbar Mode

While the classic toolbar is still available, due to the new ribbon interface components required, the following new features will NOT be available when using the Classic Toolbars.

  • Fast Sign
  • Cloud Drives (Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive)
  • Pinned Folders
  • Quick Access toolbar
  • Tool Search
  • Recent Files Search
  • Action Wizard
  • Document Session Manager