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Ingenious free PDF tools replace Acrobat & Reader DC


We present free alternatives to the expensive Adobe Acrobat and leaner alternatives to the Adobe Acrobat Reader DC. These free PDF programs are sufficient for many purposes. Plus: PDF services from the cloud.

PDF files (PDF stands for Portable Document Format) can be exported and / or printed using Microsoft Office, Libre Office, or Open Office

Scribus
create. However, specialized programs, which are almost always free, are better for editing or merging PDF files. You can save yourself the expensive Adobe Acrobat with our free tools. We present ingenious PDF programs, almost all of which are free.

1. Alternative to Adobe Acrobat: Bullzip PDF Printer

Bullzip PDF Printer is set up during installation as an additional printer driver under Windows. You can then create PDF files from any Windows application. For many areas of application, you can replace the paid Adobe Acrobat by opening the printer dialog and specifying Bullzip PDF Printer as the target printer. In this case, your file will not be put on paper, but saved as a PDF file – possibly also password-protected and encrypted.

Tip:

You can also edit PDFs with Microsoft Word 2013 and Word 2016.

Bullzip PDF Printer may be used by private users as well as by professional users. Use within the company is expressly permitted. According to the manufacturer, the free version of Bullzip PDF Printer has only one restriction: it only supports up to ten users, which should be sufficient in many cases.

So that you can use the free Bullzip PDF Printer, it must also be free

Ghostscript
be installed on your PC.

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2. Another alternative to Acrobat: PDFCreator

Another free alternative is PDFCreator. The freeware also installs itself as a printer driver, on request even as a central network printer for multiple users. Any program with a print function can access the PDFCreator and start creating a PDF instead of a real printout.

Here we select PDFCreator as printer in the printer menu of MIcrosoft Word 2013.

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Here we select PDFCreator as printer in the printer menu of MIcrosoft Word 2013.

PDFCreator not only masters the creation of PDF files, but also PS, EPS, PCL, PNG, JPEG, BMP, PCX, TIFF, PSD. How to quickly turn a text document into a photo format. You can also use it to automate the processes. PDFCreator also supports the long-term archiving format PDF / A.

The PDFCreator print menu to the left and right of it the save window for the created PDF.

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The PDFCreator print menu to the left and right of it the save window for the created PDF.

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Many file managers have an integrated PDF tool.

In addition to specialized PDF programs such as those on this and the following pages, you can also use a file manager to open and, if necessary, edit PDF files. For example the

Total Commander
or that

Commander file.

3. PDF SAM (PDF Split and Merge)

With the free PDF SAM (PDF Split and Merge) you can split your PDFs or merge several PDFs and / or rearrange the pages according to your wishes.

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PDFill Tools is a free collection of tools for editing and creating PDF files.

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5. veraPDF

veraPDF
checks the suitability of a document for PDF / A. Explanation: A document that is saved as a PDF looks identical on all common operating systems and device types (PC, tablet, smartphone). The PDF / A format is particularly suitable for long-term archiving. PDF / X-1a, PDF / X-3 and PDF / X-4 are suitable for prepress.

Goodreader: PDF management app for iPhone and iPad

With the chargeable English-language app Goodreader, you can open and read PDF, TXT, MS Office, iWork, HTML and other documents on the iOS device. You can add annotations or sketches to the PDFs, highlight text and then save it. The app can also be used as a file manager.

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6. PDF Xchange Editor

PDF XchangeEditor
is suitable for repairing PDFs (there is also a paid version of it). This can be used, for example, to correct spelling mistakes in a PDF. Scanned documents can also be searched with it.

7. PDF-XChange Lite

With PDF-XChange Lite, you can easily create PDF files in the Lite version, which you can share without fear of changes in formatting. In the demo version of the converter, the PDF files are watermarked.

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8. Xodo

Xodo
can remove or rotate pages from PDFs or merge PDFs.

9. jSignPdf

jSignPdf
signs PDF files

10. PDF Accessibility Checker

With

PDFAccessibility Checker
(PAC) the barrier-free nature of a PDF / UA can be checked.

On the next page we present further PDF tools.

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