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9 Best Alternatives to Adobe Acrobat DC

Adobe Acrobat DC is a great tool to edit PDF files. It turns a PDF file into an editable format to allow you to edit the content of your PDF file such as correcting the typos, adding new words, inserting an image, and so on. Adobe Acrobat DC is part of the Adobe Document Cloud, a cloud-based office suite from Adobe. To use it, you need to subscribe to one of the plans offered by Adobe. This is one of the common issues with Adobe Document Cloud.

Some people prefer to spend more money upfront to buy an app instead of paying a monthly basis subscription fee. If you also think so, here are 9 best PDF editors alternatives to Adobe Acrobat DC.

1. PDFElement

PDFElement is one of the best alternatives to Adobe Acrobat DC. It has nearly all features offered by Adobe Acrobat DC. You can use it to edit the content of your PDF file by replacing a certain word, adding a new word, inserting an image, correcting a typo, and so on. When editing the PDF content, you can set the alignment of a paragraph, set the typography (font size, color, family, and so on). Just like when you are editing a document using a regular word processor. In addition to editing the PDF content, PDFElement also has the functionality to convert a PDF document into a wide range of formats such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and HTML.

You can use PDFElement for free, but your document will contain a watermark. You need to buy a license to remove the watermark. PDFElement is integrated with Dropbox, allowing you to both save your document directly to your Dropbox account or open your PDF document from your Dropbox account. PDFElement is available for Windows and Mac.

2. Icecream PDF Editor

Icecream PDF Editor is an affordable enough PDF editor. You can get it at only $49. A free version is also available but — same as PDFElement — your PDF document will contain a watermark. You can use the free version to figure out if the features offered by this PDF editor suit your needs or not. Unlike PDFEelement, Icecream PDF Editor is only available for Windows. You can use Icecream PDF Editor to edit the content of your PDF document. You can add elements like image and stamp. You can also annotate your PDF document by adding a note, highlighting a certain word, and so on. Icecream PDF Editor has no converting feature. Here are some key things you can do with Icecream PDF Editor.

  • Edit PDF content
  • Add elements to PDF document
  • Annotate PDF document
  • Combine PDF files

3. WPS Office

You might know WPS Office as a Microsoft Office alternative. In case you haven’t known, WPS Office also comes with a PDF Editor that you can use to edit a PDF file. The offered features are even plenty enough, probably more than Adobe Acrobat DC features. In addition to editing the content, you can also add elements such as signature, image, page number, shape, and so on.

WPS Office also has a converting feature. You can export your PDF document into a raw format. Be it Word, Excel, PowerPoint, or text (TXT). WPS Office is especially a great tool for collaboration. It comes with a built-in tool that you can use to collaborate with your teammates in real-time. WPS Office itself is a freemium office suite. To use its PDF Editor, you need to use the paid version. WPS Office is available for all major desktop platforms. From Windows, Linux, and Mac. You can get the paid version whether with a one-time purchase option or subscription-based.

4. Movavi PDF Editor

Movavi PDF Editor is another affordable PDF editor. You can get it at only $39.95 (one-time purchase). Movavi gives you a chance to use its PDF editor for free for 7 days during the trial period. You can make use of the trial period to figure out the features and functionalities offered by the tool. Same as other tools above, you can also Movavi PDF Editor to edit the content of your PDF document and add elements like image and signature. You can also use Movavi PDF Editor to convert a PDF file into a raw document format (Word and TXT). Movavi PDF Editor is available for Windows and Mac. Another thing you can do with this tool is to merge PDF files.

5. Sejda

Sejda is the best option on this list if you are looking for a free item. You can use this tool to edit the content of your PDF document for free and your document won’t contain a watermark once you export it. You can also add elements like image, form, signature, and shape. Sedja can also be used to annotate a PDF file or to convert a PDF file into a raw format. However, the free version of Sejda has the following limitations:

  • 3 tasks per day
  • Maximum document size of 50Mb and 200 pages
  • Maximum image size of 5MB
  • One by one conversion

Sejda itself is basically an online PDF editor, but the developer also offers a desktop version. The desktop version is available for Windows, Linux, and Mac. The paid version of Sedja desktop is available in two options: subscription-based and one-time purchase.

6. ApowerPDF

ApowerPDF is a freemium PDF Editor that you can use to replace Adobe Acrobat DC, meaning that you can use it for free although with some restrictions. With the free version, your PDF file will contain a watermark once you export it. Also, you can only export the first 5 pages of your document, which is useless if you are editing a long document. The features offered by ApowerPDF are plenty enough. In addition to editing the content of your PDF file, you can also convert your PDF file into a raw format.

7. Nitro

Nitro is an expensive PDF editor. This tool tends to ideal if you use PDF files for a business purpose. For instance, if you often request e-signatures on PDF documents, Nitro is a great option. Nitro supports integration with popular cloud storage services like Dropbox, Box, Google Drive, and OneDrive. Nitro comes with OCR support, allowing you to scan a printed document and turn it into an editable PDF file. In addition to editing the content of your PDF file, you can also use Nitro to:

  • Convert a PDF file into a raw document format
  • Combine PDF files
  • Apply and request digital signatures
  • Annotate a PDF file
  • Compare PDF files

8. Foxit PhantomPDF

Foxit PhantomPDF has one thing in common as WPS Office. You can also use it to edit a PDF file collaboratively with your teammates. You can simply invite your teammates to start working together. Functionally, Foxit PhantomPDF is great enough. You can use it to edit the content of your PDF file, convert your PDF file into a raw document format, and so on. Foxit PhantomPDF is a paid PDF editor for Windows and Mac. You can try it for free for 14 days during the trial period.

9. PDFescape

Same as Sejda, PDFescape is also originally an online PDF editor. The developer offers a desktop version (Windows) to make PDFescape as one of the alternatives to Adobe Acrobat DC. The desktop version of PDFescape can also be used to edit the content of your PDF file, annotate a PDF file, merge PDF files, and convert a PDF file into a raw document format. There are also options to add elements such as an image, digital signature, form, and so on. PDFescape offers no one-time purchase option.

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