Adobe Acrobat Reader vs. PDF Studio

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Adobe Acrobat Reader
Score 8.5 out of 10
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Acrobat Reader is a PDF viewer and converter, available as a free download from Adobe. Users can view, sign, collaborate on and annotate PDF files, or edit and convert PDFs into file formats like Excel and Word.N/A
PDF Studio
Score 9.1 out of 10
N/A
PDF Studio is a PDF editor that aims to provides all PDF features needed at a low cost. PDF Studio maintains full compatibility with the PDF Standard. Users can: Create PDFs from Scan, MS Word, Text and Images Annotate PDFs with Comments & Text Markups Create, Fill In & Save PDF Forms Secure Documents with Passwords and Permissions Merge, Split & Assemble Documents Apply Watermarks, Headers and Footers Create Bookmarks / Table…
$99
one-time fee
Pricing
Adobe Acrobat ReaderPDF Studio
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Pricing Offerings
Adobe Acrobat ReaderPDF Studio
Free Trial
NoYes
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional DetailsEach user license key can be used on 2 computers (for the same user) on any of the supported operating system (Windows, Mac, Linux). Each user license is perpetual and allows to continue using this major version of our software (version 2018) as long as it works on your operating system. Payment is a one-time fee, with no monthly or yearly subscription or commitment. Any upgrade to future major versions is optional.
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Small Businesses
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Score 9.0 out of 10
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Medium-sized Companies
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Enterprises
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Score 8.8 out of 10
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Score 8.8 out of 10
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User Ratings
Adobe Acrobat ReaderPDF Studio
Likelihood to Recommend
9.1
(74 ratings)
9.1
(3 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
7.2
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Usability
9.0
(1 ratings)
8.2
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
-
(0 ratings)
8.5
(2 ratings)
Implementation Rating
10.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
Adobe Acrobat ReaderPDF Studio
Likelihood to Recommend
Adobe
This is a useful tool for anyone who downloads and uses PDFs in the day-to-day operations of their role. It has many functionalities like PDF to word documents, e-signatures, commenting, and printing PDF documents. You can annotate PDFs from anywhere, store files on the cloud, and ultimately it makes it easier to collaborate with colleagues. It would be best for e-signatures and editing PDFs, but mainly the program is used for doing anything you like to a PDF.
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Qoppa Software
For Linux users it is without a doubt the best option and the most developed so far.
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Pros
Adobe
  • It has all the tools that individuals need for reading/doing light editing of PDF files.
  • It is the most secure PDF reader on the market, and it tends to get patched with timely updates on a regular basis.
  • It usually works very well, as far as the software itself. It doesn't crash a lot, or is particularly an error prone software platform.
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Qoppa Software
  • Editing PDF pages easily.
  • Organizing PDF pages quickly.
  • Adding comments to particular items within a PDF.
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Cons
Adobe
  • Being able to add image "stamps" to a document is a little tricky as the stamp has to already be in PDF format (at least on Mac) to work. This mean you have to convert the image to PDF before you can use it as a stamp.
  • Being only able to save one signature and one set of initials is a bit of a pain but you can actually use stamps if you need different versions frequently used scribbles for various reasons. The stamp won't secure the document and prevent future changes the same way the signature would though.
  • All of the other features you might want to use are only included with Acrobat Pro but the options are all displayed in the Reader app. When clicked they will offer the free trial that leads to a paid subscription. This is more of an annoyance but you can't fault Adobe for trying to make a sale.
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Qoppa Software
  • I would like to be able to generate indexes of the documents that I am adding to a file.
  • To be able to scan a file and convert it from a PDF simply having the scan parameters.
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Likelihood to Renew
Adobe
To be honest, I do not have any say in the renewal of Adobe Acrobat Reader DC. It is managed at an enterprise level, and the decision to renew or not renew is handled well above my pay grade as an external consultant.
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Qoppa Software
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Usability
Adobe
The main issues or limitations with Adobe Acrobat Reader DC usually stem from the device or OS rather than the software or document. Complaints typically arise when contributors use a different app to view or edit, which is understandably outside of Adobe's control. It would be helpful if the ability to open and fill a PDF was built into the OS, but that's more of a licensing issue than anything else.
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Qoppa Software
As I answered before, the graphical interface is the best developed of the options that exist for Linux.
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Support Rating
Adobe
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Qoppa Software
Anytime I have had questions they have been able to be found in the forums of PDF Studio.
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Implementation Rating
Adobe
The application is pretty much "plug and play"
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Qoppa Software
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Alternatives Considered
Adobe
We have reviewed DocuSign in comparison to [Adobe] Acrobat Reader [DC's] e-sign capabilities. We found that DocuSign has more robust options when creating contracts and consent capabilities. DocuSign's online UI is much more suited to this type of task as well. However, we decided to stick with [Adobe] Acrobat Reader DC because of the price (DocuSign is more expensive) and we felt we didn't need all of the bells and whistles for contract signature and consent.
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Qoppa Software
PDF Studio doesn't involve an expensive subscription, plus has all the features without the cluttered UI. It is intuitive to use and I prefer it to Adobe Acrobat, Foxit, PDF XChange, AcePDF, and others. Minimal design with refined tools. Frankly, I am just relieved to have a perpetual license for a product that just works.
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Return on Investment
Adobe
  • It's available for free, so there is no excuse to not install
  • Contains features that you would normally have to pay for in competitor software, so it has a positive impact on ROI
  • Reduces the amount of printing
  • Decreases the amount of time spent on regulatory and governance documentation
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Qoppa Software
  • Allowed me to get a customer a quote faster.
  • Won business proposition due to the ability to organize and sort through customer documentation quickly.
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