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If you need to create a new PDF file or edit an existing PDF file you should use a special software package which has capabilities and support of PDF features you require. PDF format is very feature rich and it is important to choose a software which will support everything that you need. For example Acrobat Forms is a very popular PDF file feature but not every software package can correctly create it or even display it. Same applies to PDF file signing and security.

The most popular choice for PDF creation and editing at this moment is Adobe Acrobat. Originally known as Adobe Acrobat Exchange this software package was in development by Adobe since 1993. It supports all features of PDF specification and is available for multiple platforms including Windows, Mac OS, iOS, Android and Linux.

Currently Adobe Acrobat is available as Adobe Acrobat Standard DC and Adobe Acrobat Pro DC which cost $12.99 per month and $14.99 per month correspondingly based on annual commitment. Acrobat Pro DC provides several advanced features in comparison to Acrobat Standard DC like editing of images and text in PDF on iPad or Android tables, adding audio, video and other interactive objects to PDF, enhancing interactivity with Javascript and many more. For detailed feature side-by-side comparison visit Adobe Product Comparison page.

A good free alternative to Adobe Acrobat is LibreOffice Draw. It is a vector graphics editor which allows opening of PDF files and editing them. It also has many features of Adobe Acrobat DC. At the same time it may have slower load times (especially for larger PDF files) and some layout problems. It may be worth trying it before switching to paid version of Adobe Acrobat DC to see if LibreOffice has all features which you need for PDF editing and creating.

Another powerful PDF creation and editing software package is PDF Stuido from Qoppa Software. It provides full specter of PDF specific features and besides that it has built in OCR support. It is packaged similar to Adobe Acrobat with PDF Studio free version offering viewing and annotating capabilities, Standard version offering PDF creation, signing and editing and Pro version offering OCR, Interactive Form Designer, PDF comparison, optimization and more. Standard version is available at $89 while Pro version will cost you $129.

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