General Capabilities of PDF Fusion
These days, the inclusion of “PDF" in an application’s name can mean a lot of things. So, before actually diving into our review of Corel PDF Fusion, it’s worth taking a couple of minutes to discuss the software’s main capabilities and its intended audience.
PDF Fusion’s real focus is taking documents, charts, images, tables and other items created in several different applications, and “fusing" them together into one polished final item. Since the software recognizes over 100 different formats, you can easily bring in files from a wide variety of sources such as WordPerfect, PowerPoint, Word, Excel, Photoshop, Paint Shop Pro, AutoCad – and even less widely-used applications like Microsoft Visio. For a full listing of supported file types, please see this document.
Now, there is one important thing to note. Even though PDF Fusion is considered a document creation tool, it’s not going to replace your standard word processor. While there is a Free Text tool that allows you to add a text box to any page in the project, that tool is best used for making additions to pages that have already been created – for instance, it’s great for adding a text description to a chart or a caption to an image. But, if your document is going to include more than just a sprinkling of text here and there, you’re probably still going to want to type up that text in a separate word processor, and then import it into PDF Fusion to combine with the rest of your project.
So, PDF Fusion isn’t going to replace your word processor or any other major program that you use to create source files, but it could replace a lot of the “viewer" application types loaded on your system. We’ll talk a little more about that in the Features and Performance section of this review, but first let’s look at general usability.