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Free Adobe Acrobat DC Alternatives for Windows

There are many alternatives to Adobe Acrobat DC for Windows if you are looking for a replacement. The best free Windows alternative is PDF-XChange Editor. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 100 alternatives to Adobe Acrobat DC and loads of them are free and available for Windows so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting free Windows alternatives to Adobe Acrobat DC are Master PDF Editor, PDF24 Creator, Scribus and PDFTK Builder.

Adobe Acrobat DC alternatives are mainly PDF Editors but may also be PDF Readers or Desktop Publishers. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Adobe Acrobat DC.
This page was last updated Jun 19, 2022
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  1. Compact and fast loading PDF viewer and editor.

    PDF-XChange Editor vs Adobe Acrobat DC opinions
    Most users think PDF-XChange Editor is a great alternative to Adobe Acrobat DC.
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    Very similar features as Adobe Acrobat DC, it fills my needs. Free version for windows will include watermark on saved documents.

    Top positive comment  over 5 years ago
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    Cong_Xu

    Full-featured, fast, and affordable

    Top positive comment  8 months ago
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    Could not figure out how to edit text in a PDF, was able to easily to in Adobe Acrobat DC

    Top negative comment  over 5 years ago
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    The interface is simple, fast, no bloatware other than the software itself compared to Adobe whose bloatware makes me want to destroy the computer.

    Positive comment 11 months ago
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    DavidGP

    PDF-XChange Editor is decades ahead of Adobe Acrobat in features, speed, customizability and ease of use.

    Positive comment almost 2 years ago
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    johnpaulnatividad10

    offers lifetime license which is very good than adobe acrobat ludicrous monthly pricing.

    Positive comment almost 2 years ago
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    munteanzeno

    Can make small edits for free (comments, extra text). Search bar is simple and works well.

    Positive comment about 2 years ago
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  2. Master PDF Editor is complete solution for editing PDF and XPS files. You can insert, edit, remove, copy, add images or graphics. Export, import, remove and change page layouts.

    Master PDF Editor vs Adobe Acrobat DC opinions
    Some users think Master PDF Editor is a great alternative to Adobe Acrobat DC, some don't.

    Free version for windows will include watermark on saved documents.

    Negative comment over 5 years ago
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    It has more festures in the payed version and thus suites my usecase and it actually works on linux and does not just say it does and then it doesnt, at least that was the case with pdfsam in the extended version.

    Positive comment about 5 years ago
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    It does a horrible job with PDF forms. They work ok as long as you open them in Master PDF, but they don't transport well to other common PDF viewers.

    Negative comment over 4 years ago
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    Has all the basic features such as merge, split, delete and it is in active development and it is available for LINUX :)

    Positive comment over 3 years ago
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  3. PDF24 Creator is free and feature-filled PDF creation, merging and conversion tool for Windows. Its unique feature among the free PDF printer tools is an editor, which allows to easily assemble, create and modify PDF files with Drag & Drop.

    PDF24 Creator vs Adobe Acrobat DC opinions
    Most users think PDF24 Creator is a great alternative to Adobe Acrobat DC.

    PDF editing features also available!

    Positive comment over 2 years ago
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  4. Scribus is a desktop publishing (DTP) application. Scribus is designed for flexible layout and typesetting, and the ability to prepare files for professional quality image setting equipment. It can also create animated and interactive PDF presentations and forms.

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    coth

    Scribus cannot edit PDF files. You can only export into PDF. But you cannot open or import PDF.

    Negative comment 2 months ago
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    Truc

    @coth : Scribus can absolutely open and save PDF files. It is not perfect but for simple documents, it works nice enough.

    Positive comment 6 days ago
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  5. PDFTK Builder is a free graphical interface to for PDFtk, making it much easier to use. It is a easy to use tool to collate (merge), split, encrypt, decrypt, stamp and rotate (only 90°, 180° or 270°) pdf documents.

    Almost everyone thinks PDFTK Builder is a great alternative to Adobe Acrobat DC.


  6. GImageReader

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    • Linux

    gImageReader is a simple Gtk/Qt front-end to the Tesseract OCR Engine.

  7. Smallpdf is the first PDF Software you will actually like. The perfect gateway to productive, portable and cost-efficient document management solutions in your everyday life.

    Most users think Smallpdf is a great alternative to Adobe Acrobat DC.
  8. Small python-gtk application, which helps the user to merge or split pdf documents and rotate, crop and rearrange their pages using an interactive and intuitive graphical interface.

  9. Paperwork is a personal document manager for scanned documents (and PDFs).

  10. iLovePDF is an online service to work with PDF files completely free and easy to use. Merge PDF, split PDF, compress PDF, office to PDF, PDF to JPG and more!

    iLovePDF vs Adobe Acrobat DC opinions
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    Reborn

    100% online. Lots of tools to edit your PDF.

    Positive comment over 1 year ago
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    Intuitive, fast and reliable.

    Positive comment over 1 year ago
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    katekopnysheva

    very easy to use online service with lots of pdf tools

    Positive comment over 4 years ago
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