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Sanjay Kukreja
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I am looking for a PDF editor software. can someone shed some light on good pdf editor software in the market?  Currently, I have Adobe Pro DC but looking for a change.
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Commented:
Hi Sanjay:
There are many such products available. It would help us to know what you do and don't like about Acrobat Pro DC and what you are looking for that it can't do. Or is it a cost issue? If so, what is your cost objective? That said, here are some recommendations:

(1) Kofax's Power PDF: Comes in both Standard and Advanced versions. Here are an EE article and two five-minute EE video Micro Tutorials that show some of its features:

Batch Conversion of PDF, TIFF, and Other Image Formats via Command Line Interface to PDF, PDF Searchable, and TIFF with Power PDF Advanced
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

(2) Tracker's PDF-XChange Editor: Comes in numerous versions. Here are three five-minute EE video Micro Tutorials showing some features of the Free version:

How to rotate pages in a PDF with free software - PDF-XChange Editor
How to OCR pages in a PDF with free software - PDF-XChange Editor
How to password-protect a PDF with free software - PDF-XChange Editor

However, for PDF editing, you'll definitely need one of the non-free versions, but they are reasonably priced.

(3) Foxit's PhantomPDF: Comes in numerous versions. Here are two five-minute EE video Micro Tutorials showing some features of the free version (Foxit Reader):

How to scan to a PDF file with free software - Foxit Reader
How to put a date-time stamp on a PDF file with free software - Foxit Reader

However, for PDF editing, you'll definitely need one of the non-free versions, but they are reasonably priced.

Regards, Joe
Scott FellDeveloper & EE Moderator
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Commented:
Is there a specif function you are looking for?  Do you just need to quickly "add something on top" or do you need to move things around/rearrange?  Perhaps we can help you cut through some of the weeds quickly.

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Basically Ability to add on to the file like comments, then approve the pdf (invoice) for payment & put e signature of the person approving the document.
Joe WinogradDeveloper
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Ability to add on to the file like comments, then approve the pdf (invoice) for payment & put e signature of the person approving the document.
All the paid products (not the free ones) that I mentioned in my prior post can do those functions. They all offer free trial downloads...give them a spin to see if you like one. Regards, Joe
Scott FellDeveloper & EE Moderator
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This version is free https://www.tracker-software.com/product/pdf-xchange-viewer

Under Tools > Comment and mark up > Typewriter Tool allows you to quickly add text anywhere on the document.  If you use it a lot, you can add it to the menu by going to View > Toolbars > Comment and mark up. Then the typewriter option will always be there. You will also like the stamp feature.

If you use the free version, there is not an option for an e-signatures.  The new paid 'plus' version allows an e-signature https://www.tracker-software.com/product/pdf-xchange-editor

What I like about the free pdf-exchange viewer is you can quickly add text anywhere with the typewriter tool.  I also use Adobe Acrobat Pro and while it has more features, this function is not as intuitive. PDF Exchange Viewer does have OCR, but for things like complex documents, I use Adobe and it does a very good job. Also forms are really easy with Adobe too.

For the functionality you are looking for the tracker software is a third the price of Adobe and worth it.
Joe WinogradDeveloper
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Commented:
Hi Scott,
Two comments on your post:

(1) Your first link is to the old PDF-XChange Viewer. That product has been discontinued. Instead, you should use the Free version of the PDF-XChange Editor, as I mentioned in my earlier post. Note this comment at the link you posted (copied here under "Fair Use"):
PDF-XChange Viewer has been discontinued and replaced by PDF-XChange Editor - which is now available and includes all the features of the Viewer and much, much more...
(2) Yes, your second link (same one as in my prior post) is to the paid version, but those same downloads (both Editor and Editor Plus) also contain the Free version. You get a dialog box at installation time (shown at the Steps in my PDF-XChange Editor rotate, OCR, and password-protect videos) allowing you to select the Free version...here it is:

PDF-XChange Editor Free or Pro
Regards, Joe