New Major Features in Version 10

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compress2 PDF Optimizer (Pro)  

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The new Optimizer allows to change image quality (compression, color space and resolution) as well as remove unused objects.

Reduce and optimize PDF file sizes with options including:

  • Read more about how to optimize PDF documents with PDF Studio
  • Create Optimizer profiles
  • Image Processing: Changing the compression, down sampling, or changing the color space
  • Object Removal: Removing unused resources, attachments, alternate images
  • Other Options: Flatten comments, compressing uncompressed streams, merging duplicate fonts and so much more!
  • Batch optimize multiple files at once

window_sidebar UI Redesign and Enhancement

  • Icon redesign to a more modern design that’s easier on the eyes
  • Consolidated menus for faster access to tools and options
  • Added more keyboard shortcuts
  • Added progress information for advanced functions
  • Improved Navigation
  • New view option for Rulers & Grid display with customizable options
  • New view option for Reading Mode (it is not a full screen but all toolbars and panes are hidden to enhance the reading experience)
  • Undo & Redo toolbar buttons can be enabled in preferences
  • Save As toolbar button can be enabled in preferences
New UI
Icon redesign to a more modern, minimalist design

touch Touch Mode for Tablets

“Touch Mode” makes PDF Studio 10 more user friendly on touch screen enabled PC and Tablet devices including Windows Surface Pro!

  • Enlarged re-size handles on annotations and form fields for easier control

    Mini Toolbar
    Enlarged resize handles and Mini Toolbar
  • New large and extra large icon sizes for easier viewing on high resolution displays
  • Enlarged fonts and rows in comments and thumbnail panes.
  • Touch mode button for easy switching between modes
  • Mini toolbar during object selection for quick access to delete & show properties
  • Viewing pane navigation buttons for previous and next page

document_tag Conversion To and From PDF

  • New PDF to HTML5 Conversion (Pro). Look under File>Convert to…>HTML5 / SVG HTML5_Logo_64
  • Improvements to our proprietary Word to PDF converter, including support for WMF images used for mathematical equations and formulas.

Visual Comparison Tool Overlay Comparison (Pro)

  • Compare 2 drawings or documents and immediately identify the differences using color coding:
    • Elements present only in first drawing appear in red
    • Elements present only in second drawing appear in green
  • Alignment tools allow moving and resizing second document dynamically for perfect match
  • Easily switch back and forth between overlay comparison and side by side comparison. (Pro)
  • Option to export the overlay comparison as a new PDF, with the 2 drawings included as layers.
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Overlay Comparison on Architectural Drawings

 Layers Layers

  • Assign comments to a layer through the properties dialog
  • Flatten all comments belonging to a layer through the layer context menu
  • Support for Show/Hide layers action in form fields, links or bookmarks
  • Add new layers through the layer pane toolbar (Pro)
  • Assign an active layer to add comments to through the layer context menu (Pro)
  • Import PDF as a new layer or on an existing layer (Pro)
  • View and edit layer properties (name, default state, show on print, locked) (Pro)
  • Fix issue with layer visibility for nested layers

print Printing / Scanning scanner

  • New PDF Studio Print Dialog. New options for printing: printing specific pages, reverse pages, show or hide comments, etc…  This will give more possibilities for printers / drivers that don’t support all features, especially on Linux.
  • Support for WIA scanning on Windows
  • Support for ICA scanning on the Mac
  • Improved PDF creation options when scanning. Added a “Reverse Interleave” insert option useful to scan double-sided when scanner does not support duplex.
  • Option to split by blank scanned pages, i.e, pages that look blank versus pages that have no content
  • Linux – Fix scanning issue with certain scanner drivers reverting from the selected scanning resolution to the default resolution, set at 75DPI.

history2 Recent File HistoryRecent-File-list3

  • Improved Recent File List will now keep 500 files in the history, with easy access to the 10 most recent files.
  • Recent files are ordered by period:  This Week, Last Week, 2 Weeks Ago, 3 Weeks ago, etc…
  • Ability to clear recent file list history.
  • New user preference allowing to restore page view and magnification when reopening a document. Look under Preferences -> Display.

note_text Annotation Improvements

  • Movable vertices for poly-line and polygon annotations
  • Support for border style (dash, cloud, etc…) in all shape annotations
  • Easily rotate stamps with a rotation handle

    Rotation Handle
    Rubber Stamp with Rotation Handle
  • Measurement annotations improvements: new option to display area and perimeter measurements on the page.
  • Changing caps only when editing annotation note or author would not save / take effect
  • Improved curve smoothing on pencil annotations: No longer cutting off edges. See also the new pencil tool property “Smooth Curves” that allows to turn curve smoothing off. Tablet users have asked us for this as the stylus already performs some smoothing…
  • Added ability to create points or dots with the pencil annotation. (Previously dots were not recognized)
  • Change transparency dynamically to existing and custom rubber stamps
  • Change the z-order of annotations with new Send to Back/Bring to Front options
  • Text annotations in Linux not displaying in Courier font.
  • Edit multiple annotations at once through the properties dialog (in version 9, this was only possible through the quick property toolbar).
  • New “Text Property” toolbar for interactive objects, separate from the visual property toolbar, customizable with bold and italic.
  • Pasting text from Outlook, Word would sometimes create a black image stamp.

 Form Field Improvements

  • Date picker for date fields

    Form Field Date Picker
  • Sticky fields to add multiple fields easily
  • Added sticky and default tools properties for form fields
  • New option to always show properties dialog when adding a field
  • Form Field Editor (Pro): Edit field names directly in the field tree
  • New “reset” option in form field context menu (in form edit mode)
  • Improvements to the combo field editing
  • Support image scaling in button field
  • Support all image types (not only JPEG) when importing images into a button field with Javascript (
  • Handle both field widget and page rotation for text orientation

contentedit Content Editing & OCR (Pro)

  • Display compression & DPI under image object properties
  • Display color spaces for path and image objects
  • No more refresh issues where objects seemed to be disappearing when moved (due to clipping issues on specific documents)
  • Font size for text content object would sometimes be incorrect under the properties dialog
  • New OCR resolution option to reduce noise and improve results

PDF Redaction Redaction (Pro)

  • New option in Redaction to add text to the redaction annotation with properties for font, font size, auto resize, color, alignment, and repeat text. The text is added on top of the redacted rectangle when the redaction annotation is burnt or applied. Look under the properties dialog or under the Redaction tool properties under Preferences -> Comments.


  • More options when editing bookmark actions: zoom and option to set the destination visually
  • Edit the style of multiple bookmarks at once.
  • Set defaults for bookmarks style
  • Allow selection of multiple bookmarks at different hierarchy levels
  • Left, right, up, & down arrows to move bookmarks in the tree
  • Cut/ paste bookmarks in the tree (in addition to existing cut and paste)

documents_exchange Document Split / Merge

  • Split by blank scanned page – set the tolerance levels for blank pages to easily split scanned pages that may still have small marks on them.
  • When 2 tagged documents are merged, the tag structures are also merged.
  • New functions in the thumbnail pane when multi-selecting pages:
    • When dragging thumbnail across documents, support for modifiers: Shift (or no modifier) +Drag to move pages, CTRL+Drag to copy pages
    • When dragging out thumbnails, create a new file in a folder on your machine with the selected pages
    • Also see new entries for “Copy to New PDF” and “Move to New PDF” under the mouse context (right-click) menu.

clipboard_checks Other Enhancements and Fixes

  • Link tool now highlights all links so they are easily identifiable and editable.
  • Linux – Support for Thunderbird email application or customize to open any other email application.
  • Fixed issue when reading EchoSign digital signatures when reading the signer and expiration date info.
  • Linux – Added Chrome to the list of supported browsers for opening links. PDF Studio will open the first browser found on the machine, among the following: “firefox”, “opera”, “konqueror”, “epiphany”, “mozilla”, “netscape”, “google-chrome”.  The issue with this approach is that it does not use the default browser but it is the most reliable approach for opening a browser across all Linux distributions.
  • New function to “rasterize” a PDF, which consists in re-creating the document using images of the pages instead of vector commands. Look under Images -> Rasterize PDF. It’s a shortcut for exporting a PDF to images and then re-importing the images into a new PDF.
  • Search dialog user interface was a bit improved. Also, upon opening the dialog, the search box will now default to text currently selected in the document, if any. A problem with slower speed on subsequent searches was also resolved.
  • More support for undo: allow to undo adding attachments and importing annotations.
  • Show if a document is tagged for accessibility under Document Properties.
  • Under document properties, xmp metadata will now show in an expandable, collapsible tree.
  • Removed integration with document services (Google Drive, Sharepoint). Read why.
  • Ability to specify custom page size when adding a blank page
  • New user setting to disable in-app messaging
  • Some improvements CJK fonts support.
  • Mac – ability to drag and drop supported image files and Word documents into PDF Studio app for a conversion to PDF on the fly.
  • Improvement to PDF Studio log files to help with customer support.