Adobe PDF Editor or Free

How much is the annual cost of Adobe PDF Editor i UK monies ? Adobe seems to have a very crafty way of NOT displaying rhe annual cost until you subscribe ?

What are GOOD FREE alternatives ?
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
> How much is the annual cost of Adobe PDF Editor in UK monies?

I can't answer that one — will leave that up to someone who has actually done it in UK monies.

> What are GOOD FREE alternatives ?

But I can help with this one, although it depends on exactly what kind of "editing" you want to do to PDF files — to be clear, there is no free alternative that can do everything that Adobe Acrobat (either local install or Document Cloud) can do. With that caveat, here are three GOOD FREE alternatives:

(1) Foxit Reader
http://www.foxitsoftware.com/downloads/

(2) PDF-XChange Editor
http://www.tracker-software.com/product/pdf-xchange-editor

They also have a PRO (non-free) version, but the free version is very robust — it even has OCR capability.

(3) Nitro Reader
http://www.nitroreader.com/

They are all more than "readers/viewers", but, again, the degree of editing capability varies, and none has as much capability as Acrobat (local) or Acrobat DC. Cheers, Joe
skijCommented:
Adobe lists their pricing in Pounds Sterling here:
https://acrobat.adobe.com/uk/en/pricing/pricing.html

Notice the drop-down selection about the "Buy Now" buttons.
Their prices range from £11 .42/mo with a minimum 12-month contract for the Standard version to £453 . 60 for an outright purchase of the Pro version.

While Foxit Reader and Nitro Reader are both free, they are NOT editors.  PDF-XChange Editor can edit PDF documents, however it is not actually free.  

If you want a truly free PDF editor, consider using PDFedit:
http://pdfedit.cz/en/index.html

My personal recommendation would be to use OpenOffice, Version 3 or newer.   OpenOffice is very powerful and relatively easy to use.  

Here is a video tutorial, explaining everything, from downloading OpenOffice to opening, editing and saving PDF documents:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wTkf2ciZzuM
Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
> While Foxit Reader and Nitro Reader are both free, they are NOT editors.

Depends on your definition of "editor". As I pointed out in my comments, the "editing" capabilities vary. For example, they all can add annotations/markups, and then do a Save As to a new PDF file — many folks will consider that "editing" the original document to create a new one. Beyond that, in both products, you may add notes, markups/highlights, text, and signatures. Here are their toolbars with the editing tools:

Nitro Reader editing toolsFoxit Reader editing tools
After making the edits, both provide a File>Save As menu pick to create a new PDF file with the edits.

> PDF-XChange Editor can edit PDF documents, however it is not actually free.

Wrong! It is free, if you select the Free Version. As I pointed out in my initial comment, they also have a Pro Version (not free), but all you have to do is select the Free Version when you run the PDF-XChange Editor Setup program:

Free or Pro
Like Foxit and Nitro, PDF-XChange Editor also has a nice set of editing tools:

PDF-XChange Editor editing tools
And, of course, it has a File>Save As to create a new PDF with the edits. Regards, Joe
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JustInCaseCommented:
Depends on your definition of "editor". As I pointed out in my comments, the "editing" capabilities vary. For example, they all can add annotations/markups, and then do a Save As to a new PDF file — many folks will consider that "editing" the original document to create a new one. Beyond that, in both products, you may add notes, markups/highlights, text, and signatures. Here are their toolbars with the editing tools:
In that case Adobe reader is also editor. Does all of the above.
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Adober reader DC
Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
Yes, Adobe Reader XI is the first version of Reader to support Markups and Annotations (including Stamps). I don't use DC, but it doesn't surprise that Adobe moved those Reader XI features into Reader DC.

I'm not interested in getting into a diatribe on what is or isn't "editing" a PDF. I'm trying to help the asker solve whatever editing he wants to do on PDFs with a "GOOD FREE" alternative, as he calls it.

He mentioned "Adobe PDF Editor", which is Acrobat. For ALL of the things that Acrobat do, I'm pretty sure there is no free alternative. In fact, I have numerous, robust, non-free products in the PDF editing space, and none of them can do everything that Acrobat can do (and Acrobat Standard can't do everything that Acrobat Professional can do — and now there's DC, which I've heard from others can do more than XI Pro). So it really comes down to what exactly the asker wants to do with what he calls "Adobe PDF Editor". If we know what that is, we may be able to recommend some good, free alternatives. I took a stab at it without really knowing, but now would be a good time to understand discoveranother's needs better. Regards, Joe
discoveranotherAuthor Commented:
Ok thanks guys. In terms of editing, basically, I agree, each 'freebie' has various limited capabilities. I tried a trial version of Foxit PhantomPDF which actually did the majority of what I wanted better than Adobe !!!  

The cost of the adobe is ridiculous from a personal standpoint. I have initially subscribed to Adobe Export and now they want more as an extra to be able to use Adobe Editor. In addition, their support service is utterly rubbish.

I'm not even convinced purchasing the full version of Adobe Editor at a crazy cost would allow me to do what I wanted going by previous experience of Adobe.

A separate issue here but whilst we are talking about Adobe, even when using Adobe Export and exporting to a word document the export was pathetic, unlike Foxit PhantomPDF which was fine.

But thanks for the answers, I have tried some of those mentioned above in the past.
Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
> exporting to a word document the export was pathetic

That's my experience, too (with Acrobat XI Pro). For PDF-to-Word, I've had good (not perfect) results with this free online tool:
http://www.pdftoword.com/

If you prefer a local install, I've also had good (also not perfect) results with this free tool:
http://www.boxoft.com/pdf-to-word/

You may get better results with non-free products. I've gotten better (but still not perfect) results with Nuance's Power PDF (comes in both Standard and Advanced editions):
http://www.nuance.com/for-business/document-imaging-and-scanning/power-pdf-converter/index.htm

There's a free trial for the Advanced edition (but not Standard) so you can see how well it works for you before buying it:
http://www.nuance.com/for-business/document-imaging-and-scanning/power-pdf-converter/index.htm#resources

Another good (non-free) product is Able2Extract PDF Converter:
http://www.investintech.com/prod_downloadsa2e.htm

It also offers a free trial.

The first link in this post is to the (free) Nitro cloud. I mentioned Nitro earlier (a very well-known name in PDF tools) and their Nitro Pro has a PDF to Word feature:
http://www.nitropdf.com/pro/features/convert-export

There's also a free trial for this, but I've never used it, so can't vouch for its performance. However, it uses the same engine as the online tool, which I have used and is very good, so I would expect the same of Nitro Pro.

One more non-free product (but reasonably priced at $39) is CAD-KAS's PDF to Word:
http://www.cadkas.com/downengpdf9.php

I haven't used this product, but I have used their PDF Editor Objects, which is excellent. Based on the quality of PDF Editor Objects, I think that their PDF to Word is worth a try, and there's a free trial:
http://www.cadkas.com/pdf2word!.exe

I've been on previous threads here at EE where other experts have recommended these three (free) online tools:
http://www.convertpdftoword.org
http://www.pdfonline.com/pdf-to-word-converter
http://www.wondershare.net/pdf-converter/pdf-to-word-converter.html

I can't personally vouch for these, but based on the positive comments from other members, I'm passing them along for your consideration.

No matter which way you go, PDF-to-Word conversion is tricky business – maintaining the formatting/layout is tough stuff! I haven't found anything that is perfect, and results even vary from one document to the next. It's interesting to hear that you're pleased with Foxit PhantomPDF for PDF-to-Word — that's one I haven't tried, but based on your experience, I'll give it a spin. Regards, Joe

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skijCommented:
If used correctly, Open Office will provide you with the most power and flexibility of any free tool.
Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
I use LibreOffice, a fork of OpenOffice that some people think has evolved better than OpenOffice since the fork, but, imo, LibreOffice is mediocre in editing PDFs (maybe OpenOffice is better). If the asker is interested, here's an article that discusses it:
Edit PDF documents with LibreOffice Draw

Regards, Joe
skijCommented:
LibreOffice was forked from OpenOffice BEFORE the PDF editing features were added to OpenOffice V3.  If editing PDF documents and/or exporting PDF documents to Word format is the objective, I stand by OpenOffice being the best free solution.
Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
> LibreOffice was forked from OpenOffice BEFORE the PDF editing features were added to OpenOffice V3.

Good to know! Thanks for the tip. I'll have to take OpenOffice for a spin again — it's been a while since I tried it. After Oracle acquired Sun and the dev of OO virtually stopped (and many of the OO devs left to form TDF and create LO), I gave up on OO and switched to LO. But I see that dev has picked back up, as OO 4.1.1 was released 21-Aug-2014. Regards, Joe
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