Need free alternative to Adobe Acrobat to edit PDF's

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Need free alternative to Adobe Acrobat to edit PDF's

I sometimes need to update a PDF but hate the huge fees charged by Adobe.

What FREE options are there?

I have MS Office 365

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Take a look at these similar previous questions, should be useful.



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is the resultant file a clean PDF?
Bill PrewTest your restores, not your backups...
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You would need to be more specific with that question, are you talking about a specific tool from those earlier posts?  Or something else?

And what you mean by a clean PDF?

Of course, PDF files come in different styles / flavors too, some have fill in forms, some have protection, etc.  So your results with any alternative product could depend somewhat on the specific files you need to edit also.

In the end you will need to select a couple that look promising, and then do some testing for your self to see how much you like the way they work, and how good the results are for your usage.


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Copying the same functionality/productivity for free is 100% NOT POSSIBLE (as there really is years and years of man hours put into it). Free products are highly simplified in specific functions only.

For the past few years, this company has been most successful in copying most features necessary in accordance with a competitive pricing:

https://www.foxitsoftware.com/pdf-editor/
William FulksSystems Analyst & Webmaster
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How much you can edit will depend on how complex the PDF design is, which is why Acrobat Pro is the best thing. However, you may want to look at Nitro PDF. It is cheaper than Adobe and has a lot of same features for editing PDF's.

https://www.gonitro.com/
I agree with Kimputer; all of the freebies typically don't allow text editing and/or aren't full featured and/or write the PDFs as encapsulated pictures (and not searchable text).

I would go with the most reputable cost-effective app which does what you need.
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process Advisor
Most Valuable Expert 2013
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I agree with the above sentiment that you need to buy something if you want true editing capabilities.  I've researched this for a few hours as I have a client that needs this functionality.  Even bought a library which we have used to combine PDFs programmatically in a simple fashion that end users can understand.  And spent some time understanding how PDFs are written / coded.  Buy something.  Not Acrobat, but you can look some of the products mentioned.  I have a couple of clients who are very happy with Nuance Power PDF - it's roughly half the cost of Acrobat (like FoxIt, which I haven't used).
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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I agree in large with the above posts. If the needs are light, we use Cute PDF Writer
(http://www.cutepdf.com/products/cutepdf/writer.asp)

If we need "the real deal" as you question above, we use Adobe Acrobat.

In business, measure the cost of software (cost of doing business) against productivity. Software should be easy to use, reliable and completely interchangeable.

For personal use, an Adobe Acrobat DC subscription is an economical way to go.
NoahHardware Tester and Debugger
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Hi there! :)

I personally use "ApowerPDF" as it can cater to most of the professional industrial user needs and it is free. Please refer to the following second link for an online review, it may provide you a different perspective.

ApowerPDF: https://www.apowersoft.com/pdf-editor

Reference: https://www.techradar.com/best/free-pdf-editor
curiouswebsterSoftware Engineer

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thanks
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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You are very welcome and I was happy to assist here
NoahHardware Tester and Debugger

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@curiouswebster You're welcome! Glad I was of help :)

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