The Best Alternatives to Adobe Acrobat
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The Best Alternatives to Adobe Acrobat

Last updated on May 16, 2018 by

For several years, Adobe Acrobat is one of the leading PDF tools in the market. It helps the users to create and edit PDF files. And people can even share the created files in the program without difficulty. However, aside from being too much expensive, many beginners find this program not so easy to use. Don’t worry! There are many programs on the internet that can work as an Acrobat alternative. Here are some you can use.

7 Alternatives to Adobe Acrobat

LightPDF

LightPDF can be classified as one of the best substitutes for Adobe Acrobat. It can convert PDF to Word, PPT, images and vice versa, add watermark, protect and unlock PDF, edit PDF, OCR, etc.

LightPDF Page

Reasons to be recommended:

  1. Many feasible features for PDF.
  2. Free and easy to use.
  3. No need to install anything to use the program.
  4. No limitation to the times of uploading and file size.
  5. Available on Windows and Mac.

Disadvantage:

  1. Since it guarantees that it will delete the files after you finish the operations to PDF, it cannot work like a PDF reader very well.

PDFescape

PDFescape is another Adobe Acrobat Alternative. There are two versions of this program. One is a web-based program where you can use to edit and view your PDF documents. The other version is the full version where you can use offline. You can rely on this desktop one program to convert, edit, read PDF and more. And here we much prefer to the desktop one.

PDFescape Interface

Reasons to be recommended:

  1. It has more functions on the desktop app.
  2. The price for the desktop software ($5.99 per month) is cheaper than Adobe.
  3. It can be your PDF reader and you can set bookmarks.
  4. You can create forms with it.

Disadvantages:

  1. The online version has limits to the file size uploaded.
  2. The conversion tool for the desktop program will change the fonts of pages and some conversion operations may not work properly.

PDFPen

The third Acrobat Alternative we recommend here is the PDFPen. It is a PDF editor for Mac users. It offers basic editing tools to modify your file easily. Aside from that, this program is capable for adding text, images and signatures.

PDFPen Interface

Reasons to be recommended:

  1. It has clean interface.
  2. It has OCR tool and can adding page number, header and footer.
  3. It can work as a PDF reader for Mac.

Disadvantages:

  1. It cannot convert PDF.
  2. Modifying the existed PDF content is not available.

ApowerPDF

ApowerPDF is another great Adobe Acrobat alternative. It has many functions such as converting, editing, splitting, rotating, deleting pages, etc., which can work fast and easily.

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ApowerPDF Interface

Reasons to be recommended:

  1. Clean and easy-to-use interface.
  2. Many functions available.
  3. Able to work as your PDF reader as well as PDF editor.

Disadvantages:

  1. Not available on Mac.
  2. Not able to add bookmark.

Foxit Phantom PDF

Foxit Phantom PDF can be listed among Acrobat alternatives online as well as offline. This program excels in editing your PDF file. You may also split and merge PDF files, and add encryption to the PDF. What’s more, converting PDF to other formats and vice versa is available.

Foxit Phantom PDF

Reasons to be recommended:

  1. The online version works like the desktop one and has the same strong functions as the desktop software.
  2. Both online and offline version has three types for different people, such as Standard, Education and Business.

Disadvantages:

  1. The Rotate function can only rotate the pages one by one, but cannot rotate all pages with one click.
  2. It only works for Windows PC.

Soda PDF

Just like Foxit, Soda PDF is Acrobat Alternative which you can use both online and offline version on your Windows PC. This tool will allow you to do basic editing in your PDF file. Its trial version is also a web-based program that doesn’t need any installation or software download. You may also use this app to rotate your PDF file easily.

Soda PDF

Reasons to be recommended:

  1. Both online and offline tools have many useful features for PDF files.
  2. You can use both online and offline version as a PDF reader as it can add bookmarks.

Disadvantages:

  1. It takes a long time to start the online tool.
  2. You need to sign in to enjoy some of its features online.
  3. You need to install many functions before using, as it is not available after the first-time installation.

Nitro Pro 11

Although it is the last one we recommend, Nitro Pro 11 works outstandingly among most alternatives to Adobe Acrobat in the market. It can work like any other desktop software tools we mentioned above, such as editing, OCR, converting, combining PDF files.

Nitro Pro 11

Reasons to be recommended:

  1. Full of useful features.
  2. Professional and user-friendly interface.
  3. Able to whiteout some parts of the PDF contents.

Disadvantages:

  1. The price is a little bit high ($159.99)
  2. Editing tool is not good to use to modify the PDF contents.

Conclusion

There are many alternatives to Adobe Acrobat. Some are less expensive, while others’ performances are equal to their charges. Among the above tools, we do recommend LightPDF for online, as it is easy to use on multiple platforms, free and contain many functions even OCR. We also think ApowerPDF is a good choice for Windows users who much prefer to desktop PDF software, while PDFPen for Mac owners.

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