What are the best Adobe Acrobat alternatives for editing a PDF on a Mac?

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    #1PDFpen 9

    PDFpen 9
    PDFpen 9 is a Powerful PDF Editor for Mac. Add signatures, text, and images, make changes and correct typos. OCR scanned docs. You can fill out forms. 


    $74.95- Free trial available

    Thomas Gordon
    Written on January 12, 2017
    "The program partially solved my problem. I was able to make some of the changes to my PDF files that I needed to. However, I was only using a free trial, so I did not see what the full version of the program could do. I don't think it would be as powerful as Adobe software, but I think it would be a better value, overall."
  2. 7

    #2Nitro Pro

    Nitro Pro
    Nitro Pro is a software utility that comes with many useful features for files management for office and for personal and professional uses. You can merge pdf, reduce its size with an office suite like interface.

    Windows, Mac

    $179.99- Free trial available

    Patrick Willis
    Written on September 28, 2017
    "Nitro makes some really good PDF editing software. I have their printer installed on my PC at home. Though I can't find it's tech specs, I don't see why it wouldn't work on a Mac."
  3. 5

    #3PDF Studio Pro

    PDF Studio Pro
    PDF Studio Pro is an all-in.one software wiich you can create, optimize, edit and review PDF documents on Windows, Mac and Linux.

    Windows, Mac

    $129- Free trial available

    Jose Gonzalez
    Written on June 1, 2017
    "The website for PDF Studio Pro looks very outdated and boring. When I click on the link to compare the two versions they have for sale - the comparison chart doesn't look appealing to the eye either - I'm not sure if it is the colors chosen/ the text or just the general layout. The pricing for the PDF Studio Pro isn't a massive difference between what Adobe charges (when you click on their tab comparing their software to Adobe's). And I have purchased software similar to this before that was supposed to do everything (and more) of what Adobe does at a fraction of the cost and it was not as user friendly to use as Adobe's software - and it was very cumbersome. The prices were about the same as shown on this website that I paid, and then ended up just buying the Adobe software because Adobe was easier to use. I wouldn't purchase this software because if I am going to pay $89 for the "offbrand" and not know if it is going to be good or not (easy to use, little to no learning curve, etc) - I would RATHER pay $299 and just have the Adobe version - the name brand version - and know that it will work."
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    #4Master PDF Editor

    Master PDF Editor
    Master PDF Editor is a very useful program for creating and editing PDF and XPS files. This software is equipped with powerful multi-purpose functionality.

    Windows, Mac


    Edward Vasquez
    Written on January 29, 2017
    "I really like how simple and intuitive this is to use. I like the ability to add comments to PDFs and the ability to add signatures. If you have to deal with signing paperwork (like I do) then this is a huge bonus, as it allows you to quickly and easily sign PDF documents! If you aren't a fan of Adobe Acrobat this is an amazing alternative."
  2. 3


    Preview is the PDF viewer that comes by default on the Mac OS operating system. With this tool you can view and print both pdf and digital images. It uses the own Apple's implementation of the PDF, the Aqua graphical interface. It also allows Mac users to view many other image formats such as TIFF, JPG, GIF, RAW and many more. 




    Gregory Wells
    Written on January 22, 2017
    "Preview works pretty well for most things. It lets you look at PDF files but it won't let you fill out forms and sign them. It's much lighter than acrobat reader and you can view a bunch of other types of files too. I really like the spotlight quick preview."
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    Skim is a versatile PDF reader that comes also with a note taking tool for OSX. It is specifically designed for notation on scientific papers  without printing them but, in the end, it presents a wide set of tools that allows you to viewing PDFs, adding and editing notes, highlighting important text, making "snapshots" for easy reference and many others.



    Tomás Olivares
    Written on January 2, 2017
    "I would like to know why Skim is better than Adobe Acrobat. Is it free? Is it simpler or more complex? This solution looks like it would work, but with lack of context I'm not sure it's the best solution."


Best What are the best Adobe Acrobat alternatives for editing a PDF on a Mac
1PDFpen 9Software 9 Paid
2Nitro ProSoftware 7 Paid
3PDF Studio ProSoftware 5 Paid
4Master PDF EditorSoftware 4 Paid
5PreviewSoftware 3 Free
6SkimSoftware 1 Free

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