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Adobe Acrobat Editor Alternative?

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Adobe Acrobat Editor Alternative?

Hello,

I've mostly gotten away with just using the adobe reader, but find i'm needing editing more and more lately (splitting files, merging, OCR is nice, but necessary). The cost of the official adobe editor is crazily price and seems like it's subscription based now?

I'm using the PDF-xchange free trial and might do the trick. The cost for the paid version (to remove watermarks) is $46USD (one time fee, not subscription).

I'm wondering if anyone has suggestions on alternatives?

Thanks!
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Oct 14, 2009
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For doing things like splitting, merging and rearrangeing, one free tool that I like is: PDFArranger (Windows releases can be found here).

For doing things like annotating and drawing on PDF docouments, a good free tool is: xournal++ (Windows releases can be found here)

I haven't really found a good free tool for OCR. I've only used it a couple times, but OCRMyPDF is one option (not sure if there is an easy-to-install Windows version).

One paid option is: Master PDF Editor. The free version works pretty well too and seems pretty close to Adobe in terms of features (and is one of the few that can handle XFA forms). I think the newer versions of the free-version add a watermark, but there are older versions of the free version that do not.
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Thanks, let me check these out!

Do you have a good link for an older Master PDF editor? I'm trying to avoid getting it from random websites.
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There must be a million pdf editors out there. They can all do the basic file operations like splitting, merging, deleting pages etc. Try https://www.pdfill.com/

Some can annotate pdf files with extra stuff like shapes and text boxes.

Only a few can actually edit existing pdf contents and reflow text, and honestly Acrobat is the only tool that does it well.

As for OCR, I've never found anything else to equal Acrobat on OCR to pdf. It does a really fantastic job, capturing text formatting, embedded image etc., with virtually no mistakes on a long document.
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Mint wrote: Thanks, let me check these out!

Do you have a good link for an older Master PDF editor? I'm trying to avoid getting it from random websites.
It's a bit harder to find since they don't list it publicly. I'm assuming you're on Windows. See if this works for you: https://code-industry.net/public/Master ... -setup.exe

If you're a Linux user, this is a link to the .deb file: http://code-industry.net/public/master- ... .amd64.deb

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