Adobe Acrobat alternatives for creating & using PDFs

Posted on January 29, 2008. Filed under: Adobe Acrobat, Everything, PDF | Tags: , , , , , |

[this post last updated 2010.7.9]

Adobe Acrobat has allowed other software to create and modify the PDF format.

Sumatra PDF Viewer is very small, and only allows viewing.

Nitro PDF Reader allows you to “Create PDF files, comment and review, save PDF forms, extract text and images, type text directly onto the page, and more.”

PrimoPDF PDF creation software is freeware.

PDFTextOnline allows you to get text and other content out of your PDF documents.

PDF-XChange Viewer In addition to all the standard features here are some of the features available in the PDF-XChange FREE Viewer

  • Add Comments and Annotations to any PDF file (subject to security settings) – unlike the Adobe Viewer which requires the PDF creation tool to be ‘certified’ by Adobe !
  • Mark-up pages with text and objects
  • Type directly on any PDF page, not just Adobe enabled forms documents – in Typewriter mode.
  • Export PDF pages or entire files to any one of the supported Image formats including BMP, JPEG, TIFF, PNG and many more …
  • Extract text from a PDF page/File
  • Make your navigation of large or complex PDF files both simple and enjoyable with the extended functionality of our ‘Loupe’ and the ‘Pan’ Window tools
  • Fill and Save Adobe Forms to disk, email or ‘post’ !
  • Full Javascript Engine included
  • Updated JPEG2000 Compression support – improving speed.
  • Plug-Ins for both MS IE or Firefox Browser’s included
  • Integrate seamlessly with your favourite translation software to translate text on the ‘fly’ – including : ABBYY Lingvo 12, Translate It!, Lingoes.
  • Includes comprehensive Help file and PDF Manual – no extra downloads required to add features etc.
  • Portable version also available – can be run from any suitable device such as a Memory stick/CD/DVD etc – simply unzip and use – no installation required – just 4MB download !

And many more features such as Rotate and ‘Save’, Email files etc ….. Recommended by ClifNotes Newsletter.

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why not introduce PDFCreator, it is open source software.

Yes, I covered PDFCreator in a post at https://computerhelpers.wordpress.com/2008/09/21/pdfcreator-lets-you-make-your-own-pdf-files/ . I just didn’t happen to add it in the list. Thanks for reminding me of this one!


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