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Overview

pdfFiller is an online form and document management system for editing, printing, downloading, sending, and converting documents....

Adobe Acrobat Reader DC is a cloud-based software designed to help businesses view, sign, and annotate PDF documents from...

  • Platforms supported
  • Web-based
  • iPhone app
  • Android app
  • Windows Phone app
  • Typical customers
  • Freelancers
  • Small businesses
  • Mid size businesses
  • Large enterprises
  • Customer support
  • Phone
  • Online
  • Knowledge base
  • Video tutorials
  • Platforms supported
  • Web-based
  • iPhone app
  • Android app
  • Windows Phone app
  • Typical customers
  • Freelancers
  • Small businesses
  • Mid size businesses
  • Large enterprises
  • Customer support
  • Phone
  • Online
  • Knowledge base
  • Video tutorials

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Pricing

Starting from

8

Per month

  • Free trial available
  • Credit cardless trial
  • Free account
  • Subscription based

Starting from

1.95

Per month

  • Free trial available
  • Credit cardless trial
  • Free account
  • Subscription based

User reviews

4.6

882

5

4

3

2

1

620

184

52

13

13

  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
94%
would recommend this app

5

4

3

2

1

7.2K

2.5K

446

39

19

  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
98%
would recommend this app

Pros

What I like most about PDFfiller is how easy it is for myself and clients to sign documents. This is one of the best tools I have found to edit.
What I like most with the PDF filler is the ability to secure and password protect a very important document.
GREAT structure platform, user friendly have cool tools and variety of options and the great part is online.

Pros

Super easy editing functions and simple design structure makes it one of a kind. Having the app made it super easy to scan stuff in and convert it to a PDF for work.
It has great editing features and the printing quality features are superb. It also has an option to save as pdf file if you are printing any word/browser files into pdf.
It loads fast and let's me print and save with ease. Very important tool for my buiensess to help me view invoices and contracts.

Cons

The user can modify his document and only when downloading it he is asked to register with a payment method. This can be confusing and irritating if you don't know it beforehand.
That in itself is a HUGE risk which users should not allow except in the most dire of circumstances.
My customers had some problems with the software while filling out forms on my website.

Cons

Doesn’t always function if I’m not the administrator and I can hardly understand the verbiage or wording of it. It’s annoying to use and hate using software that require Abode.
Another problem we have is when the product files get corrupted (and we don't know why).
Many features are not available without upgrading to more expensive versions - my biggest complaint is the lack of editing available in this version.
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Key features

  • Total features36
  • API
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Annotations
  • Archiving & Retention
  • Audit Management
  • Audit Trail
  • Authentication
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Commenting/Notes
  • Communication Management
  • Convert to PDF
  • Customizable Branding
  • Customizable Fields
  • Customizable Forms
  • Data Import/Export
  • Digital Signature
  • Document Management
  • Document Review
  • Document Storage
  • Drag & Drop
  • Electronic Signature
  • Email Management
  • Encryption
  • File Storage
  • File Transfer
  • Forms Creation & Design
  • Forms Management
  • Full Text Search
  • HIPAA Compliant
  • Indexing
  • Merge/Append Files
  • Mobile Access
  • PDF Conversion
  • PDF Reader
  • Process/Workflow Automation
  • Rich Text Editor
  • Search/Filter
  • Secure Data Storage
  • Templates
  • Text Editing
  • Third-Party Integrations
  • Version Control
  • Watermarking
  • Total features22
  • API
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Annotations
  • Archiving & Retention
  • Audit Management
  • Audit Trail
  • Authentication
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Commenting/Notes
  • Communication Management
  • Convert to PDF
  • Customizable Branding
  • Customizable Fields
  • Customizable Forms
  • Data Import/Export
  • Digital Signature
  • Document Management
  • Document Review
  • Document Storage
  • Drag & Drop
  • Electronic Signature
  • Email Management
  • Encryption
  • File Storage
  • File Transfer
  • Forms Creation & Design
  • Forms Management
  • Full Text Search
  • HIPAA Compliant
  • Indexing
  • Merge/Append Files
  • Mobile Access
  • PDF Conversion
  • PDF Reader
  • Process/Workflow Automation
  • Rich Text Editor
  • Search/Filter
  • Secure Data Storage
  • Templates
  • Text Editing
  • Third-Party Integrations
  • Version Control
  • Watermarking

Integrations

  • Total integrations25
  • Asana
  • Box
  • Dropbox Business
  • GitHub
  • Gmail
  • Google Calendar
  • Google Drive
  • Google Workspace
  • Jira
  • Microsoft 365
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft SharePoint
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Okta
  • OneDrive
  • Salesforce Sales Cloud
  • Slack
  • Trello
  • Zapier
  • Total integrations20
  • Asana
  • Box
  • Dropbox Business
  • GitHub
  • Gmail
  • Google Calendar
  • Google Drive
  • Google Workspace
  • Jira
  • Microsoft 365
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft SharePoint
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Okta
  • OneDrive
  • Salesforce Sales Cloud
  • Slack
  • Trello
  • Zapier

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Lindsey H.

Real Estate, 1-10 employees

Used weekly for 6-12 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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pdfFiller

Works well with scanned pdfs to

Reviewed 5 years ago
Pros

You can wite-out on the page when you need to change some data. You can highlight, it has most features like other pdf programs.

Cons

The time it takes to upload takes longer than with adobe acrobat.

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Quynh V.

Education Management, 11-50 employees

Used monthly for less than 6 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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pdfFiller

An inexpensive version of Adobe Acrobat that does what you need for PDFs

Reviewed a year ago

A good experience. It's resolving the issue of users not having Adobe Acrobat which is the main marketshare holder.

Pros

That you can access the basic PDF features needed - email signature, editing and saving. These are basics and not very costly on pdffiller.

Cons

Sometimes, it can get buggy and glitchy. I think the team need to fix these issues.

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Financial Services, 51-200 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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pdfFiller

PDFs made easy

Reviewed 4 years ago

Since using PDFfiller, I haven't seen any PDF I can't tackle

Pros

This software allows me to edit any PDF unlike Acrobat Reader. Has other useful functionalities such as sending PDF's to clients for e-signature, merging/extracting/compressing pages as well.

Cons

I do not think this software needs any improvements. It helps ease my workload immensely each week.

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Computer Software, self-employed

Used other for 6-12 months

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  • Ease of use
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  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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PdfFilller review

Reviewed 6 years ago

It’s highly effective when you’re looking for an application to modify and do all the edits you need to a pdf file yet for more inclusive processes and tasks I think other counterparts can be more suitable

Pros

It converts pdf files to many formats, lets you edit and modify any pdf file and e-sign it in just a matter of seconds since these are the main features and purpose of this software. It has both iOS and android based apps. Helps you merge or delete pages of pdf files and almost all that you need to do and then easily share it since it’s integrated with one Drive, office 364 and many more. It also has a free trial

Cons

Well as helpful and efficient as it is but It lacks many options of Adobe Acrobat like converting files to PDF (powerpoint or excel) not just from.

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Rashawnda D.

Religious Institutions, 1-10 employees

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  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Just a Little Bit More

Reviewed 9 months ago

It has made editing documents sent via .pdf a lot easier to change. I think it's a great option if you don't need the many features that Adobe offers in its Reader Pro app.

Pros

I like that it's accessible online from anywhere in the world. It's not a cumbersome program and it's easy for people who may not be as tech-savvy or intimidated by Adobe products to use.

Cons

Some of the visual styling things seemed to be a bit dated when compared to Adobe, but otherwise, I have no complaints.

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Mary H.

Food & Beverages, 1-10 employees

Used weekly for 2+ years

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  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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PDF Filler

Reviewed 2 years ago

We really like it - I've not had any issues with usability, nor have any of my employees. I've helped some of our customers use the program to customize some of our forms for their own use with their information on it (sample requests from different sales reps, for example). It's proven to be very helpful - very affordable and a perfect alternative to a more robust Adobe-like program.

Pros

I loved that it is VERY comparable to Adobe in the features it offers. It was user-friendly and easy to share PDFs across a handful of different departments at my company - not one person had issue with filling out OR signing the PDF they were required to use.

Cons

I have yet to have a negative experience while using PDFFiller. Maybe, the only thing I can think of, is IF you are an Acrobat Adobe person, understanding this program is for the basic needs of filling in PDFs - it's not all the bells and whistles that Adobe offers, but it's also the perfect program for what it is, a PDF FILLER!

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Pablo M.

Information Technology and Services, 11-50 employees

Used weekly for less than 6 months

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  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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pdfFiller Review

Reviewed a year ago
Pros

A great pdf reader and also form creator.

Cons

So far no problems using pdfFiller, I recommend the tool!!

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Amy H.

Medical Practice, 501-1,000 employees

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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PDFfiller review

Reviewed 6 years ago

Excellent application, saves money as you don't have to buy additional software to edit PDFs.

Pros

Thank goodness for PDFfiller, when you need to fill out PDF forms. Adobe Acrobat forces you to buy additional software to edit PDFs, but with PDFfiller, you can do it for free! It's easy to use, as all you need to do it drag and drop your document, then download it onto your computer or email it to yourself.

Cons

I would be concerned about security, as this is an online application.

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Mahmood M.

Construction, 11-50 employees

Used weekly for 1-2 years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Better than acrobat

Reviewed 5 years ago

Love it, my go to when acrobat pdf filler isn't working

Pros

The easy operation, we can count on it to fill any PDF. Acrobat sometimes let's us down so we started using this instead

Cons

The pricing, please lower it down so we can switch to this software forever. Also a nicer desktop App would be nice

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Nancy D.

Health, Wellness and Fitness, 11-50 employees

Used other for less than 6 months

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pdfFiller

Doesn't work well

Reviewed 6 years ago
Pros

The fact that it didn't have a charge to try it.

Cons

Does not convert well into Adobe documents.

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Gregg H.

Real Estate, 1-10 employees

Used weekly for 6-12 months

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  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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The software is easy to navigate and user friendly.

Reviewed 7 years ago

Not paying the Adobe prices.

Pros

The software is very intuitive which is reduces time determining and understanding feature sets about the tool.

Cons

Some features require a different level of membership which cost more and should be included with the basic package.

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C.F. J.

Broadcast Media, 1-10 employees

Used other for 2+ years

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  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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PDFfiller is almost as good as Adobe

Reviewed 5 years ago

PDFfiller makes PDF editing simple and quick. It's almost as good as Adobe itself. If you don't have Adobe, then here's you substitute.

Pros

It's a simplistic and quick online PDF editor. You basically upload your PDF file, then if provides to all of your needs from: inserting text, erasing text and other modification options.

Cons

None at the moment because I appreciate using it.

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Just ok

Reviewed 6 years ago
Pros

It's an online PDF editing tool, so you can do most of the stuff that would generally require Acrobat on any web browser

Cons

The software is not easy to use, it's slow and it doesn't have much functionality You also have to register with them

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Consumer Electronics, 51-200 employees

Used weekly for 1-2 years

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  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Don't let the name fool you, it does so much more than allow editing

Reviewed 3 years ago

I use pdfFiller to sign agreements when I'm traveling and don't have the version of Acrobat where you can sign, on my computer. I actually like pdfFiller much better, because it allows me to edit things that Acrobat does not. I've utilized several of the templates that have been very well laid out.

Pros

I was pleasantly surprised to see all of the templates and formatting options that are built in to pdfFiller

Cons

There is really nothing not to like. I don't use some of the features, because we don't need them, but I can't say it's missing anything or has any issues.

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Automotive, 51-200 employees

Used monthly for less than 6 months

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  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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pdfFiller

pdfFiller for document sign

Reviewed 2 years ago
Pros

I like the robust feature that pdfFiller provides, fairly simple to use

Cons

Limited functionality, rarely see updates to match other features Adobe has

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NIELS A.

Financial Services, 1-10 employees

Used weekly for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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pdfFiller

An Alternative To Adobe

Reviewed 5 years ago

Run a small business without additional Adobe and DocuSign subscriptions....

Pros

It is a great value and it surprises me with new features on a quarterly basis. When I need new functionality I search for it and am no longer surprised when it is there!

Cons

I wish it would break down .PDF text into MS Word documents.

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Marco M.

Hospitality, 1-10 employees

Used weekly for 6-12 months

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  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Editor base per semplici modifiche pdf

Reviewed a year ago
Pros

PdfFiller serve per semplici modifiche di file PDF quali cancellare pagine unire più file etc... Ovviamente non vi permette modifiche come potreste fare con acrobat

Cons

Il costo probabilmente un po' eccessivo visto ciò che offre

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Ray B.

Automotive, 11-50 employees

Used weekly for 6-12 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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JUST AS GOOD OR BETTER THAN ADOBE PDF AND CHEAPER

Reviewed 3 years ago

Used for filling out electronic documents, easier than filling out documents manually and then having to scan them in order to email them.

Pros

Easier to use than adobe PDF, at a better price.

Cons

No complaints about this software as the time of me reviewing it, so far very content with it.

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Religious Institutions, 1-10 employees

Used weekly for 1-2 years

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  • Likelihood to recommend5/10

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A great option vs Adobe

Reviewed 2 months ago
Pros

Pricing, ease of use, a good alternative against Adobe's pricing tiers.

Cons

Doesn't have the full range of Adobe, but doesn't carry the price tag either

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11-50 employees

Used weekly for 1-2 years

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  • Ease of use
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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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The software if very intuitive. No wasted time trying to figure out how to use the software.

Reviewed 7 years ago

Not having to update the software periodically or pay high Adobe license costs.

Pros

Drag & drop features and drop down menus work flawlessly. I can have a colleague use the software and not have to explain how to use it.

Cons

May be thatI haven't had time to really look at this, but I find that I have a lot of information in my main folder. Intuitive or simple organization structure would be nice. I'm usually in and out of there to get what I need done, but I did have to search a few times and thought I needed to clean up that home screen.

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David R.

Financial Services, 10,001+ employees

Used weekly for 1-2 years

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  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Pdffiller, an excellent alternative to Adobe Acrobat.

Reviewed a year ago

Pdffiller I would recommend it for people who use large amounts of PDF all the time is that it allows you to save unlimited files in your cloud. It is a software that adapts to current times where it is not necessary to download an installer on your computer since everything can be to do online, once a PDF document is finished, be it a form, it can be sent by email and track sending documents.

Pros

PDF Filler is a great alternative to Adobe Acrobat, it has features that are even better such as uploading documents directly to its platform for later editing or filling, it can take files saved in Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive or any other URL. One of the great features that it has is that all the PDF editing tools can be done online. This makes it easy to work on PDF files from any device. One of the functions that I like the most that is very practical to use is adding annotations to PDFs.

Cons

Something I don't like is the organization of the files that are saved in the cloud, although it may be an advantage not to have to download it to your device, it lacks a better organization to organize images and other types of documents with which you work, Another aspect that should be improved is an interface since at first it can seem confusing and difficult to use when you are editing a PDF file which takes time to adapt.

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John M.

Information Technology and Services, 1-10 employees

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  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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PDFfiller

Reviewed 4 years ago

Overall, this product is good and I would recommend it to a friend. Like it over Adobe.

Pros

When I played around with the trial, I liked how you had many options and the program layout was nice. Love the ease of use when trying to alter a pdf.

Cons

I wish I had a longer trial period and sometimes I could not save a file causing me to save over the original file.

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Barry L.

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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sign it. save it. send it. rinse. repeat.

Reviewed 7 years ago
Pros

does what it says, says what it does, a simple, efficient product that, frankly, exceeded expectations

Cons

not adobe. a bit clunky. too many requirements to return to dashboard in order to start over. slows process

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Used monthly for 1-2 years

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  • Ease of use
  • Features
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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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A time saver

Reviewed 6 years ago
Pros

A great way to fill, edit and sign PDF documents easily and on the go. Create professional-looking documents even if you are out of the office. Affordable and efficient. It includes many customizable templates for different purposes and the Drag and Drop feature makes it easy to use. Compatible with a variety of formats.

Cons

None, really. It takes some getting used to after using tools such as Adobe, but overall it's pretty intuitive.

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Calum K.

Marketing and Advertising, 11-50 employees

Used weekly for 6-12 months

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  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Great for PDF editing

Reviewed 2 years ago
Pros

How easy it is to fill out pdf forms and add signatures. Much cheaper than adobe alternative.

Cons

I am happy with all aspects of the product.