★ 3 PDF Tools to completely replace Adobe Acrobat for your Mac and iOS devices

Posted on June 25, 2011

Preview

Apple’s PDF Viewer and Creator

Preview

First and foremost, Apple’s preview. This will allow you to view PDF files in a format very similar to Acrobat’s. If you are interested in creating or merging multiple PDF files into a single document, Preview can do that, too. Here is great (and simple) tutorial by Apple on How to Combine PDF Documents using Preview

PDF Pen Pro

Sign, Edit, Annotate PDF

PDFPenPro

I was initially worried about this app because of the reviews that I had read regarding its form filling capabilities. I’m not really sure what the fuss was about, because it worked great for me. It did what it was supposed to do. I was able to edit and save the forms with no problem. It also has some really nice annotating functionality. The price tag may be a little steep, but it’s still considerably cheaper than Acrobat. THere are also two versions offered (regular and Pro).

Ease of Use: 8
Look and Feel: 9
Functionality: 8

Overall Rating: 8.5/10

Price: $49.95 / $99.95 (pro) | Trial? Yes | Homepage | App Store Link

Pdfpen pro screenshot

PDF Expert for iPad

Read, Edit, Annotate

PDFExpert Ipad

This app is truly fantastic. It actually does a better job at reading PDFs than any other app I’ve seen. PDF Expert also lets you sign and annotate your PDF documents. Being able to sign innin PDFs with your own signature is pretty nice. Most importantly, you can read from and save to Dropbox, iDisk, GoogleDocs, FTP, and many other online services.

Ease of Use: 8
Look and Feel: 10
Functionality: 10

Overall Rating: 9/10

Price: $9.99 | Trial? No | Homepage | App Store Link

Pdf expert screenshot

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