Wondershare PDFelement for Mac 8.0 Review: A Complete All in One Tool


Looking for a full-featured, intuitive PDF application for macOS? This article reviews Wondershare PDFelement for Mac 8 including all it has to offer.

Finding the perfect tool for working with PDFs on a Mac can be challenging. While plenty of tools are available, finding a tool with the ideal combination of features, ease of use, and won’t break the bank is nearly impossible. It’s why we’ve enjoyed writing about PDFelement for Windows, and with version 8.0 now available for Mac, we wanted to walk through the app to see if creating and editings PDFs with PDFelement 8.0 for Mac is as easy on Mac as it is for Windows.

Follow along as we walk through the various options for creating a PDF, explain the features that make editing simple, and summarize the new features that Wondershare brings to this latest version of PDFelement for macOS.

Generate a New PDF

You can easily create a new PDF or form, and you have a variety of options. Create a PDF from an existing file, a capture, clipboard, a scanner, or a blank document. Go to File > New from the menu bar and choose an option from the pop-out menu.

File, New PDFelement

Use the sections and tools below to add items to your PDF with your new document in view.

Create and Edit PDFs

PDFelement provides a variety of tools for both documents and forms. Create or open the file and choose the area you’d like to work with from the top navigation.

PDFelement for Mac navigation

Markup: Highlight, strikethrough, underline text, add a text box or callout, or insert a shape, stamp, or signature. You can also include sticky notes for yourself or others you’re working with for reference.

Markup tools

Text: Add text and format it with familiar tools like font style, size, color, bold, italics, and alignment.

Text tools

Image: Insert an image and then rotate, crop, or resize it. You can also extract an image or replace one with a click.

Image tools

Link: Include clickable links in your PDF and customize the appearance with an enclosing rectangle or line style, thickness, and color.

Add a link

Form: Make or edit a form using tools like text, a check box or radio button, a drop-down or a list box, a button, and a digital signature.

Form tools

Redact: Blackout parts of a PDF with the built-in redaction tool. It works great for marking out sensitive text in PDF documents. It’s easy to use; mark what you want to redact, select a color, and hit Apply.

Redact tools

Tool: Additional tools display in a convenient drop-down list on the right side of the navigation bar. You can use OCR text recognition, add or edit a watermark, background, header, footer, and crop pages. You can also perform batch processes such as Bates Numbering, encrypting, data extraction, and conversions.

Extra tools list

Convert PDF Files

Converting PDF files into other file types can save a lot of time, and in my testing of PDFelement for Mac, it’s much better than a standard copy/paste I’ve used in the past.

To convert a single document, make sure the tab is active. Then, click File > Export To from the menu bar. You can choose from Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Pages, an image, ePub, text, HTML, or RTF in the pop-out menu.

File, Export To options

To convert several files at once, click Tool > PDF Converter from the navigation bar. Choose a Format and OCR Setting on the right and drag and drop your files into the window. Alternatively, you can use the Add button at the bottom to add files, a folder, or open files.

Batch PDF converter

Protect PDF Files

Another commonly used feature when working with PDFs is protection or encryption. With PDFelement, you can apply a password to open your document, perform certain actions, or both. Again, extremely helpful if you need to send PDF files that contain sensitive customer or employee data. Again, PDFelement has this feature built right into the tool.

Click File > Protect from the menu bar and pick Encrypt with Password. Enter an Open Document Password at the top.

File, Protect options

If you also want to protect specific actions, next, enter a Permissions password. Then select the permissions for Printing Allowed and Changes Allowed. Optionally, check the box to enable the copying of items and finally choose an Encryption Level. Click OK when you finish, and be sure to jot down the password(s) somewhere safe.

Encrypt With Password

PDFelement for Mac 8.0 – New Features

Intuitive Interface

One of the standout features of PDFelement for Mac 8.0 is its intuitive user interface. You’ll see a multi-tab organization making it simple to open multiple documents and move between them in a single app window.

PDFelement for Mac tabs

The main areas described above are displayed neatly across the top of the app. After you select one and work with its tools, you can easily switch to the other areas using the drop-down box on the left. Or, return to the main selection screen with the back arrow.

PDFelement for Mac navigation

Light and Dark Mode

No matter if you enjoy working when the sun comes up or in the dark, after the sun sets, PDFelement for Mac adapts to your environment with Dark and Light mode support for better readability and a more tailored overall experience.

PDFelement light and dark mode

Annotations in Outline View

If you’re working with others or use sticky notes for yourself, you have a clean and straightforward way to view those notations.

Click the sidebar button on the far right of the navigation bar. You’ll then see all of your Comments listed by page. You can collapse or expand the pages to see or hide those notes and click a note to jump right to it within the document.

Notes sidebar

You’ll also notice that the sidebar offers help with form fields and document searching.

Trackpad Signature

Make your document official with a signature handwritten by you. Head to the Markup area, click the Signature icon, and hit Create Signature. You can select a color and line thickness, then handwrite your signature with your Mac’s trackpad.

Trackpad signature

Conversion Quality

The conversion engine in PDFelement 8 received an upgrade, improving the quality of converted documents by 50 percent. This upgrade will save you time cleaning up any regions of a document that previously didn’t convert well. The converter supports converting a PDF file to a Microsoft Word, Excel, or PowerPoint document without worry.

PDFelement conversion quality

PDFelement for Mac Pricing, Discounts, and Upgrades

Special thanks to Wondershare, the maker of PDFelement, for sponsoring this article and providing a special 50% discount to groovyPost readers. Play with the free trial or grab a discounted Pro or Standard (license for 50% off. It’s also available as a free download from the Mac App Store on Apple.com.

If you have a previous version of PDFelement with a Perpetual Plan or as a student, you can upgrade at a discounted price. Visit Wondershare’s upgrade page for complete details and eligibility.

Note: PDFelement supports Macs running macOS 10.14 or later. Macs with the M1 chip are also supported.


I enjoyed testing out PDFelement for Mac 8.0. The interface makes it super simple to get your work done. For features that I hadn’t used before, the app has screen tips (hover the most over them) for seeing the tool’s actions. I also really liked the batch processes, converter tools, and digital and handwritten signature options. And of course, the cost is right as well.

If you’re a Mac user who has been searching for a full-featured, easy-to-use, and overall impressive PDF application, check out PDFelement. If you have a pal who uses Windows, share our review of PDFelement 8. And if you want to complete the package with the app on your mobile device, have a look at PDFelement for iOS too!

Special thanks to Wondershare, the maker of PDFelement, for sponsoring this article.

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