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Adobe Acrobat alternative?

By AlbertLionheart
Jul 23, 2009
  1. I have an aversion to spending the best part of £300 for Adobe's UK priced ripoff - does anyone know of an alternative legal product with the same PDF read and write functions?
    There are alternatives that will write to a printer but not to a file - full functionality is needed!
     
  2. bobcat

    bobcat TechSpot Paladin Posts: 688   +67

    Foxit Products

    I stopped using the Adobe Reader long ago. It’s large, slow, resource hungry and insecure. As a normal user, I content myself with the fast & free Foxit Reader. But then I don’t need any enhanced functionality.

    If you do need extra functionality, have a look at the following:

    Pro pack, up to $39
    Code:
    http://www.foxitsoftware.com/pdf/reader/
    Foxit PDF Creator, up to $30
    Code:
    http://www.foxitsoftware.com/pdf/reader/whatsnew23.htm
    Foxit PDF Editor, up to $99
    Code:
    http://www.foxitsoftware.com/pdf/reader/addons.htm#editor
    If you order more than 3 different products at the same time, you will get 15% discount automatically.
     
  3. AlbertLionheart

    AlbertLionheart TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 2,714

    thanks Bobcat - I have been looking at something called PDF sign & seal which someone came up with on another forum - about the same sort of price but not the easiest thing to use so far!
     
  4. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,290   +25

    I vouch for Foxit's products too. I prefer them over Adobe's resource-hogging alternatives.
     
  5. AlbertLionheart

    AlbertLionheart TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 2,714

    I'll have a look at that as well!
     
  6. ChinoNYC

    ChinoNYC TS Rookie Posts: 102

    FoxIt is an excellent alternative as I use it myself. Bloatware has long become a thing of the past (i.e.: *cough cough* Adobe Acrobat)
     
  7. AlbertLionheart

    AlbertLionheart TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 2,714

    Seems to be lots of support for Foxit so will give it a go!
     
  8. strategic

    strategic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,274

    I am also a proud Foxit user, it's a lot easier to use than Adobe, and just like any other software, it doesn't have security issues like Adobe because it is less popular. It has an excellent PDF printer as well. You can't go wrong (and that's quite obvious seeing that every post is basically pointing in that direction) :D
     
  9. AlbertLionheart

    AlbertLionheart TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 2,714

    I'll go and get it now, seeing as the accolades are getting too much!
     
  10. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,474   +329

    PDF995 is a print driver which will create a pdf on disk from any application;
    freeware too :)
     
  11. AlbertLionheart

    AlbertLionheart TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 2,714

    Cheers jobeard - will have a look at that too, but all I really need is an easy to use PDF editor and creator - it is a given that they will all open PDFs I guess!
     
     
  12. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,474   +329

    The cool part is creating a PDF from ANY application.

    Then you can use Foxit Edit to tweak as you please.
     
  13. AlbertLionheart

    AlbertLionheart TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 2,714

    Jobeard - tell me how the editing tool works? Does it open the original app (say Excel) to make changes to the PDF file and resave as a PDF, or do you save the PDF file with a .xls (say) extension and then use the original app (Excel) to make changes to it?
    Can files be password protected?
    Sorry to be a pain, but I need to be sure this thing does what I want it to do!!
     
  14. strategic

    strategic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,274

    PDF995 is indeed another good driver (which I have used before Foxit ) , however if you have the Foxit editor. it already has it's own printer driver which means fewer apps/processes running on your PC. It's awesome, I've even created simple text files and print them to PDF with Foxit (or previously PDF995:) so the documents won't normally be edited by recipients.
     
  15. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,474   +329

    interesting -- how do you use Foxit to create a PDF from an email, say while reading within Thunderbird? File->Print->PDF995 sure looks simple to me!
     
  16. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,474   +329

    The EDIT feature is an add-on to Foxit Read (for a smal fee, which I have not elected to do as yet). I can copy/paste PDF content, but as I understand it, Foxit Edit works directly with the PDF content. I could not see a reasonable means to open with the original application -- who says you have it installed?
     
  17. strategic

    strategic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,274

    Same way... I can actually print this web page right now by clicking on 'print' in the File menu, and select 'Foxit PDF Printer' now, just as before when I would select 'PDF995" as the printer. If you look under the 'printers and faxes' tab in your Start Menu, you'll see it listed as a printer. Very cool:cool: Actually if you had to edit the email, just do wehat you have to do and... print using the Foxit printer.
     
  18. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,474   +329

    hm; The free-bee doesn't shown that in the file menu.
     
  19. strategic

    strategic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,274

    Oops! I'm sorry, I seemed to have missed that one. Yes I have the Foxit Reader/Editor,( I thought that's what AlbertLionheart was after ) it's the Editor module that has the PDF printer. :(
    Hopefully someday, they can add it to the reader as well. (and then Foxit will have security issues like Adobe, and then, and then, and then)...
     
  20. bobcat

    bobcat TechSpot Paladin Posts: 688   +67

    Hoare’s Law

    Hoare's Law of Large Programs: Inside every large program is a small program struggling to get out.

    And Adobe v Foxit is a perfect demonstration of the above Law.
     
  21. AlbertLionheart

    AlbertLionheart TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 2,714

    In coming from a position of some ignorance here, Strategic has picked up on what I think I want and so far Foxit seems to fit the bill. I removed all PDF readers from the system last night (before going to a 10cc concert - anyone remember them?) so now in theory can download and install Foxit.; Hope I don't need a PDF reader to do this or is this Catch-22 all over again!!
     
  22. AlbertLionheart

    AlbertLionheart TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 2,714

    Update - sorry if this should have been an edit on post #21.
    I have installed Foxit evaluation and does exactly what I want - allows editing and all that.
    One query - the evaluation copy plonks a great red 'Foxit - blah blah - evaluation copy' at the top of each page. I would prefer that there is nothing there on a fully paid-up copy: can anyone tell me what happens on a proper copy please??
     
  23. strategic

    strategic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,274

    I have the full suite, and it comes out clean. They usually put images on the document or make you waste time with ads to push you to buy the product.
     
  24. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,474   +329

    correction to post#18.
    There is an add-on in the UPDATE screen to add PDF-Creator, but it does
    add the watermark UNTIL a license is purchased.

    I guess I'm still recommending PDF995 which has a nag screen but creates a 'virigin' pdf output :)
     
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