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PDF Expert vs. Adobe Acrobat: Which PDF Editor is Best on Mac

Now that working from home is the new standard, you may want to invest in a capable PDF editor on your main work device. You may ask why? With the PDF editor, you can fill out the necessary forms, sign an NDA, add stamps, highlight relevant paragraphs in an e-book, and even use stamps to approve or reject a proposal. While the Mac ecosystem offers plenty of excellent PDF editors, two options are always on top – PDF Expert and Adobe Acrobat Pro.

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PDF Expert and Adobe Acrobat are powerful and feature-rich PDF editors for Mac. Although it provides every possible functionality of a PDF editing software, the overall experience of using it may be different. Both programs have interface design, cloud integration, and more. What if we compare them to see which one is worth having on your Mac?

In this post, we will compare PDF Expert to Adobe Acrobat Pro on Mac. The comparison will cover user interface, features, export options, cloud integration, price, availability across platforms, and more. Let’s get started.

Availability on different platforms

PDF Expert is developed by a company called Readdle. It is mostly known for developing productivity tools for the Apple ecosystem. PDF Expert is available on iPhone, iPad, and Mac devices. Adobe Acrobat is accessible on every platform, including iPhone, Android, Windows, and Mac.

user interface

The user interface plays a major role in any PDF editing software. After all, you wouldn’t want to spend most of your time finding this option hidden in a somewhat bewildering interface. Fortunately, PDF Expert and Adobe Acrobat have done a commendable job by offering a user-friendly interface and easily accessible options.

Starting with PDF Expert, every option and feature has been carefully crafted. You don’t have to browse through dozens of listings to find a relevant feature. The app is mostly divided into two parts – Annotations and Text. I love the way PDF Expert offers so many themes, like Day, Night, and Sepia. Among them, Sepia is my favorite as it offers a book-like experience with a light brown background.

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Adobe Acrobat Pro’s home screen may seem full and busy for new users. I like how Adobe offers a bunch of options when selecting a PDF file in the app. You can directly share, sign, edit, or even organize a PDF file from the main menu.

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I also like the menu icons. It looks better compared to PDF Expert and serves the purpose.

Edit PDF

Let’s talk about the editing capabilities of both programs. When you open a PDF file in Adobe Acrobat, it takes you to the main editing interface. You get a bunch of options to choose from from the side menu. One can add images, manipulate text, add web links, crop PDFs, add header, footer, watermark, and more.

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Acrobat also allows you to combine files before the editing process is finished. I like all the options on the right side of the top. Well, this is my favourite, and your choice may vary.

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Adobe also offers fill and signature options. I think it’s a mature solution with all the bells and whistles. You can add signature, initials, and even small details needed in forms such as cross marks, bullet points, etc.

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PDF Expert offers several annotation tools. You can use highlighters, font, and even the underline tool in several colors. Options allow administrators to make or recall changes immediately. I hardly use the pen tool. My favorite job is notes. You can attach a note to any part of the PDF file. It is useful when reading an e-book or reviewing a research report.

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PDF Expert offers a better e-signature experience than Adobe. You can actually sign your signature using the trackpad. I like and prefer the solution compared to Adobe. Color options are limited to violet, black and blue.

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Other options include the ability to add text, images, links, and even remove sensitive information using the Redact tool.

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Other Features

Adobe also offers the stamp functionality, which is well categorized into categories such as dynamics, signature stamps, and standard business stamps.

Other features include scanning, OCR, and feedback functions to indicate changes. I like the File Compare option, which allows you to compare the edited PDF file to the original file.

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PDF Expert’s stamp menu offers a better built-in option. Of course, you can make custom stamps as well. You can also add a password to the PDF file. Overall, when it comes to the number of features, Adobe has the upper hand here.

Share and export

Adobe comfortably wins this round. In Adobe Acrobat, you can export a Word file, spreadsheet, image, and even plain text as a PDF file. Adobe also provides a way to invite others to make edits to a PDF. It’s fun while working on group projects and wants everyone to take a look and review the PDF.

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PDF Expert pales in comparison here. There are limited options for sharing and exporting.

the price

Readdle offers seven days of a free PDF Expert trial. After that, the cost of the entire suite is $80. Adobe Acrobat comes with a 7-day free trial as well. It costs $15 a month. The software is part of the Adobe Creative Suite for apps that costs $60 per month to subscribe.

roll it

Are you still confused? Let me simplify it for you. PDF Expert has a better user interface, more editing features, and overall feels easy to use. Adobe is ahead in many export options, and the sharing capabilities are unparalleled compared to the competitors. But when it comes to pricing, a one-time purchase of PDF Expert will be cheaper in the long run. Which would you choose and why? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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