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Adobe Acrobat DC

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Likelihood to Recommend

Adobe Acrobat DC

This program is a must for any office situation. From simple edits to more complex fillable forms, or even just for comments... this program is great. Even if someone doesn't have the full DC version, as long as they have the free Reader version, they are able to view your document. Also, the documents render well from laptops to mobile devices, which is a big plus!
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

PDFelement

It's a wonderful asset to have when you lose your original Word doc, etc. so you can still edit a document (and not have to start from ground zero). That feature alone is why I bought this product and why I will continue to recommend.
Abbie Duquette | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Adobe Acrobat DC

  • Adobe Acrobat works particularly well with opening documents quickly and not having compatibility issues with various sources of documents.
  • Also, if you do not need some of the more advanced features that the more expensive professional version provides, there are free or less expensive versions that better suit your needs. that flexibility is welcome
  • The UI of zooming into documents that might have smaller font or unclear information is very helpful, and generally, anyone can sit down and figure out how to work the program with very little training. It's very intuitive.
Daniel Epstein | TrustRadius Reviewer

PDFelement

  • PDFelement provides the same powerful features as Adobe Acrobat, but the interface is easy to learn and use. The product is extremely intuitive, which saves our clients from becoming frustrated as they learn the product.
  • PDFelement Pro's ability to create fillable forms with the click of one button is one of our clients favorite features. I was impressed at how accurately PDFelement performed this task and the ease with which these fields can be edited, if needed.
  • Security is more important than ever these days and PDFelement provides the encryption and permissions to protect documents quickly and easily. I especially like the batch encrypt feature, this makes it easy to protect multiple files with the same password.
  • PDFelement makes it easy to extract the data from form fields. This is a huge plus for our clients.
Coleen Carswell | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Adobe Acrobat DC

  • Search function is a little weak, especially if the original document is an older document
  • Image to text interface would be nice. If I can scan a document to a pdf, and the software is smart enough to recognize the text to make it searchable it would be beneficial
  • Merging files would be a nice add, but I believe that comes with the full version of Adobe Acrobat
Jonathan Kweder, Ph.D. | TrustRadius Reviewer

PDFelement

  • I wish there was a lighter program for just reviewing a document and then to transition seamlessly to an editing mode. It takes a few seconds longer to load than Preview on my Mac, and based on that frustration, I use Preview to view documents.
  • A lower price for upgrades.
Thomas Myers | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Adobe Acrobat DC

Adobe Acrobat DC 10.0
Based on 2 answers
I use this program almost every day. Most of the documents we work with are already PDFs so it would be problematic if I didn't have this program anymore. I would renew it because it has made working with documents so much more efficient than when we used to rely on using Microsoft Word, printing, and scanning!
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

PDFelement

PDFelement 10.0
Based on 1 answer
Excellent, easy to use product
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Adobe Acrobat DC

Adobe Acrobat DC 7.5
Based on 7 answers
Overall, Adobe Acrobat DC provides an easy user interface. The program can take some time to get used to, just like most programming you use, but once the software is understood it is very easy for users to use. Compared to many programs this is very easy for people to use.
Kelsey Arnold | TrustRadius Reviewer

PDFelement

PDFelement 8.6
Based on 5 answers
I am a novice and I am using it like a pro because it is so easy to work with
Amy Carter | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Adobe Acrobat DC

No score
No answers yet
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PDFelement

PDFelement 10.0
Based on 1 answer
No issues. Works perfect
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

Adobe Acrobat DC

Adobe Acrobat DC 6.2
Based on 10 answers
One of the best features of Adobe Acrobat is its speed and stability. When dealing with massive multi-page files, having to reload a crashed program over and over again would slow down progress unnecessarily. And expanding on that, having the table of contents generated allows me to skip to different pages with ease, a necessary feature with exceptionally long files. word searches are even more helpful with text recognition.
Daniel Epstein | TrustRadius Reviewer

PDFelement

PDFelement 7.6
Based on 2 answers
There is a lot of learning. Although some of the functions you can probably pick up relatively quickly, some of them, including compressing the size or using a different language, remains a myth to me.
Eric Y | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Adobe Acrobat DC

Adobe Acrobat DC 8.7
Based on 88 answers
I haven't had to use the customer support very often, it at all. Why? Because the software has a well though through user interface and has lots of horsepower when it needs to deal with gigantic documents. I don't think I've ever seen it crash.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

PDFelement

PDFelement 8.1
Based on 13 answers
PDFelement is always in contact with me, by email and by giving constant tips and recommendations. But what makes me give you a 10, was the outstanding support service received on July 9th by one of your support professionals Amanda, who helped me with a tariff issue, and makes me [rate] your product.
Juan Pablo Montes | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Adobe Acrobat DC

Adobe Acrobat DC 9.0
Based on 2 answers
Works well with JamF and SmartDeploy. These are our Enterprise imaging solutions for Mac's and PC's. The Enterprise installer is required when pushing out this app.
Jerome Pierce | TrustRadius Reviewer

PDFelement

PDFelement 10.0
Based on 2 answers
Just pay, download, activate and start using it
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Adobe Acrobat DC

Adobe Acrobat, in my opinion, is the gold standard - the pioneer and household name for all things PDF.However, in the last several years competitors have emerged who offer very similar functionality, solving the same problems as Adobe. Sometimes Adobe performs better, and in some areas the competitors do. For me personally, price is very important in deciding what application to go with for PDF-related need. Two other applications that I've used in past organizations, or purchased myself when prices were lower than Adobe, are PDFfiller and DocuSign. Again, some things are done best by Adobe, but a couple things the competition do BEST are:1. PDFfiller: I like this application the BEST for mobile use / accessibility. Has awesome integration with the G-Suite2. DocuSign: I like to use this, over Adobe, for getting legally-binding contracts executed.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

PDFelement

I didn't try or buy other programs, but did a good bit of research on them. I went with PDFelement because of the lower pricing, and because of the rich features I learned it had.I also appreciated the great customer service I received from reps in the community forums, which showed me they have an aim in keeping their customers happy - which is always good to have when using fairly complex technical apps.
Steve Rafalsky | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Adobe Acrobat DC

No score
No answers yet
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PDFelement

PDFelement 10.0
Based on 1 answer
Super easy Word style layout and format.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Adobe Acrobat DC

  • Adobe Acrobat DC has greatly reduced our number of new accessibility issues.
  • Adobe Acrobat DC is easy enough for most users that request for ADA compliant PDFs no longer come through the web office, so our workflow is much more streamlined.
  • Adobe Acrobat DC has allowed us to generate fillable forms more easily, resulting in less time trying to interpret poor penmanship.
Charley Allen | TrustRadius Reviewer

PDFelement

  • For me, it's been very important to me that my business as a pet sitter and dog walker not leave a negative footprint on the environment. To that end, it's been very important that i'm able to do as much paperwork as possible without using paper. PDFelement is wonderful at helping me meet those goals.
Lesley Maple | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

Adobe Acrobat DC

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Adobe Acrobat DC Editions & Modules

Edition
Acrobat Standard DC22.991
Acrobat Pro DC24.991
Acrobat DC for Teams - Standard16.992
Acrobat DC for EnterpriseContact sales team
  1. per month
  2. per seat/per month
Additional Pricing Details

PDFelement

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

PDFelement Editions & Modules

Edition
PDFelement Pro$129
PDFelement$79
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