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For all the fans of Acrobat XI, 2017 is a problematic year. On October 15, Adobe stopped support for Acrobat XI, as part of the lifecycle policy. What does that mean for you? Well, while you can still use the Adobe Acrobat XI, you will have to live without security updates and bug fixes. Adobe has recommended to its users they switch to a different PDF solution. One of them is Adobe Acrobat DC, a more feature rich and improved version of the Acrobat. However, Acrobat DC is to expensive, so why not switch to - PDFelement, a cheaper but robust one?

In terms of finding a good alternative to Adobe Acrobat DC, that is another PDF product that does everything better and simpler. A high quality that promises to change completely the way you work with your documents. Available for both Windows and Mac operating system, PDFelement is designed for smarter and faster PDF editing. Here are some features that make the product an absolute must try in the PDF world.

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  1. Smarter editing allowing you to change the font type, size, and style. You won't lose formatting in the process. Two other important tools in the edit section are text autofit, automatically reflowing text when altering paragraphs and spell check for fixing typos and small mistakes.
  2. Create and manage digital signatures to approve and sign documents. You can also protect your documents with redaction, allowing you to conceal text. Password protection is standard, as well as encryption.
  3. Create fillable forms easily by turning any non-fillable form into a fillable. Using automation technology you can export data into Excel spreadsheet, or use OCR to export data from scanned documents
  4. Use PDFelement's template database of more than 8,000 templates for easy sending documents
  5. Create PDF file from any other file type. Convert PDF file into Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel files.
  6. Split and merge files. You can split large files into smaller ones, or merge several different documents into one single PDF file
  7. Add stamps, markup documents, and sticky note comments

Adobe® Acrobat® vs PDFelement

Product Features
PDFelement Try Free Try Free
Acrobat Standard DC
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Adobe Acrobat DC vs Acrobat XI

Product Features
Acrobat XI Standard
Acrobat Standard DC
Send, track, confirm document delivery
Access and store files in cloud
Create PDF from any application that prints
Export PDF to Microsoft Office formats
Add or edit text
Digitally Sign Documents
Price $299 one time $12.99 per month if paid annually, $22.99 if paid monthly

Bad Sides of Switching to Acrobat DC

While Adobe recommends you switch from Acrobat XI to Acrobat DC, the company does not mention the downsides that come with that. For one, the price for the Acrobat DC is much higher than the one of the Acrobat XI.


Adobe has changed the subscription to yearly and monthly for the Adobe DC. And while that seems like a cheaper option on first glance, it is actually much more expensive.

The monthly subscription for the Standard Adobe DC is $12.99 if you pay for an annual subscription, or $22.99 if you pay monthly. The Pro Adobe DC costs $14.99 per month if you pay annually, and $24.99 if you pay per month. Adobe offered the Acrobat XI for $449 for the Pro license back in the days, and you could also purchase it for $19.99 per month. Both prices are cheaper than the one for the Adobe Acrobat DC.

Customer Support

When you think of Adobe, one of the first three things that comes to mind is awful customer support. Adobe's customer service has been criticized a lot in the past several years. Consumer affairs has an overall rating of 1 star for Adobe. Bear in mind, that is for Adobe in general, not for the Acrobat DC. But you should think twice about purchasing a product from a company that has as low as rating.

Oftentimes, you will spend countless of wasted hours dealing with incompetent support workers. You will also hear that you should contact "experts" via the Adobe support chat. So again, why not switch to a cheaper and better alternative?

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Updated on Aug 09,2019 14:49 pm

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