Is there a cheaper alternative to Acrobat Pro for occasional use on Windows?

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The user has a need to create a PDF every so often, and would like to insert a scanned signature into documents so they don't have to print and re-scan.  They are using Windows 7 Pro 64-bit.

Is there an alternative to Acrobat Pro that will do this at a cheaper price than the $15 a month that Adobe charges?
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Edward PamiasTeam Lead RRS Desk
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I use docudesk software. There is also CutePDF. And also Nitro PDF.
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CutePDF work pretty good.
- One-time $49.95 price.
- Free upgrades for life.
- Free trial.
http://www.cutepdf.com/Products/CutePDF/Pro.asp
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Hi Larry,
There are many cheaper alternatives to Acrobat Pro — and with a perpetual (one-time) license fee rather than a subscription fee. Two of my favorites are Nuance's Power PDF and Tracker's PDF-XChange Editor:

https://www.nuance.com/print-capture-and-pdf-solutions/pdf-and-document-conversion/power-pdf-converter.html
https://www.tracker-software.com/product/pdf-xchange-editor

The following articles and videos that I've published here at EE on these products may interest you (although the Tracker ones were done with the free reader, not one of the paid editions):

Batch Conversion of PDF, TIFF, and Other Image Formats via Command Line Interface to PDF, PDF Searchable, and TIFF
Bates Stamping/Numbering of PDF Files with Power PDF Advanced
Convert Scanned Image-Only PDF Files to PDF Searchable Image Files via OCR with Power PDF Advanced
How to rotate pages in a PDF with free software
How to OCR pages in a PDF with free software

Other robust PDF packages to consider are CutePDF Pro, Foxit PhantomPDF Business, and Nitro Pro. I have the free readers or writers of all those products, not their editors, so I can't speak to them from personal use, but they have excellent reputations, and based on the quality of their readers, I wouldn't hesitate to give their editors a try. That said, I have both Nuance's Power PDF Advanced and Tracker's PDF-XChange Editor PRO, and I can that they are both excellent products.

As the titles in my videos indicate, those features in PDF-XChange Editor are in its free version, but you'll need one of the paid versions in order to edit PDFs — the free version can't do it. Fortunately, the prices at the Tracker website are reasonable — $43.50 for PDF-XChange Editor and $54.50 for PDF-XChange Editor Plus. Likewise, Power PDF is reasonably priced at Amazon — $71 for Advanced and $38 for Standard. All of those prices are for perpetual (one-time) licenses, and all of those products can do what you're looking for. Btw, here's an EE thread showing how to create the signature in Power PDF, which you mentioned is one feature that your user wants:
https://www.experts-exchange.com/questions/29044915/Set-image-transparency-grayed-out-in-Nuance-Power-PDF-Advanced.html#a42222606

As a disclaimer, I want to emphasize that I have no affiliation with any of the companies mentioned in this post and no financial interest in them whatsoever. I am simply a happy user/customer. Regards, Joe

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