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Best Alternative to Adobe Acrobat on Mac,any idea?


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#1 techaddictive

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Posted 16 May 2017 - 02:09 AM

Hi guys!

 

What are the best alternative to Adobe Acrobat on Macbook? I just think its functions are somehow too heavy for me and also too expensive. I am looking for a good alternative to Adobe to edit text on PDF files on OS X. 

 

Any idea?

 

Thanks!

 

 

 



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Posted 17 May 2017 - 03:28 AM

I have PDFelement on my iMac for years which I think might meet your requirements: more simple and cheaper than Adobe Acrobat.
I have to say I've never used full-featured copy of Acrobat, I ever used its free reader only. PDFelement from my point of view is much easier for personal users to learn and operate. I bought its Professional version which includes edit, convert, combine,markup and OCR, also data extraction (until now I never used this function. It is business-oriented)  I often edit and annotate most, sometimes OCR scanned files. 
If you really think about having one, I recommend it.  :clapping:



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Posted 17 May 2017 - 03:04 PM

Hi guys!
 
What are the best alternative to Adobe Acrobat on Macbook? I just think its functions are somehow too heavy for me and also too expensive. I am looking for a good alternative to Adobe to edit text on PDF files on OS X. 
 
Any idea?
 
Thanks!


Have you tried Preview that is built into the macOS to see if it will do what you need? That is what I use on a regular basis, but then I mainly just need to read PDFs with a few occasions where I mark them up (i.e. add notes or highlight things).

Just beware that Apple made major changes to the build-in PDF engine in Sierra. This has causes some issues. You can read about it here:

http://tidbits.com/article/17152
http://tidbits.com/article/16966

If Preview won't work for you, then I have heard good things about PDFpen. I have never used it myself, so I cannot confirm whether or not those "good things" I have heard are true or not.

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Posted 18 May 2017 - 08:50 PM

 

Hi guys!
 
What are the best alternative to Adobe Acrobat on Macbook? I just think its functions are somehow too heavy for me and also too expensive. I am looking for a good alternative to Adobe to edit text on PDF files on OS X. 
 
Any idea?
 
Thanks!


Have you tried Preview that is built into the macOS to see if it will do what you need? That is what I use on a regular basis, but then I mainly just need to read PDFs with a few occasions where I mark them up (i.e. add notes or highlight things).

Just beware that Apple made major changes to the build-in PDF engine in Sierra. This has causes some issues. You can read about it here:

http://tidbits.com/article/17152
http://tidbits.com/article/16966

If Preview won't work for you, then I have heard good things about PDFpen. I have never used it myself, so I cannot confirm whether or not those "good things" I have heard are true or not.

 

 

I have Preview. It is very easy-to-use. But I think it is just for reading, am I right? What about converting PDF to Word? 



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Posted 19 May 2017 - 12:26 PM

I have Preview. It is very easy-to-use. But I think it is just for reading, am I right? What about converting PDF to Word?


You can do more than just read PDFs with it. You can mark them up and digitally sign them and do some modifying of PDFs (i.e. reorder pages, delete pages, add pages, etc). You cannot covert from PDF to Word (other than the normal highlighting of text in the PDF, using the "copy" command, and then switching to Word & use the "paste" command). You also cannot actually edit the content of a PDF (i.e. edit a word or sentence) with it.




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