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    Open Source Adobe Acrobat DC Alternatives

    The best open source alternative to Adobe Acrobat DC is Scribus. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 100 alternatives to Adobe Acrobat DC and many of them is open source so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting open source alternatives to Adobe Acrobat DC are PDFTK Builder, GImageReader, PDF Arranger and Paperwork.

    Adobe Acrobat DC is mainly a PDF Editor but alternatives to it 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 May 18, 2022
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    1. 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.
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    2. 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.


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      gImageReader is a simple Gtk/Qt front-end to the Tesseract OCR Engine.
    3. 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.
    4. Paperwork is a personal document manager for scanned documents (and PDFs).


    5. Merge, split, rotate, crop and rearrange pdf documents and their pages using an interactive and intuitive graphical interface.
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      Some users think PDF-Shuffler is a great alternative to Adobe Acrobat DC, some don't.
      chtfn Great little tool, but very specific to reorganising PDF documents. Not enough features to be called an alternative.
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      OCRmyPDF adds an OCR text layer to scanned PDF files, allowing them to be searched or copy-pasted.
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    6. gscan2pdf can scan, clean the scan and do OCR on the scan or imported images (incl. existing PDFs, DjVus or other file types), and make PDF and DjVu-files with embedded OCR-text.
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      Yet another PDF Printer? Yes! This PDF Printer has the intention to be completely open source. Print to PDF, PDF/A, PDF/X, PNG, JPEG, TIF and text.
    7. Sioyek is a PDF viewer with minimal interface optimized for reading research papers and technical books.
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