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.
Free PDF tools
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PDF files (PDF stands for Portable Document Format) can be exported and / or printed using Microsoft Office, Libre Office, or Open Office
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
6. PDF Xchange Editor
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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can remove or rotate pages from PDFs or merge PDFs.
signs PDF files
10. PDF Accessibility Checker
(PAC) the barrier-free nature of a PDF / UA can be checked.
On the next page we present further PDF tools.