PDF Pro vs Adobe Acrobat: Comparison Guide (2023)

December 16, 2022
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Adobe Acrobat is one of the most popular and well known PDF editors around. They're known for their innovation and advanced PDF tools, but also their high price, steep learning curves, and the sometimes overwhelming amount of tools, menus, and popups.

Adobe users are no stranger to steep learning curves and pop up menus.

Meanwhile, PDF Pro (formerly known as PDF Pro 10) is our all-in-one PDF editor, creator, converter, merger, OCR tool (and more) and one of the best adobe alternatives around.

But how do they compare?

And what's the difference between Adobe Acrobat Standard vs Pro?

We'll answer all these questions and more in this helpful guide!

We'll cover everything you need to know for you to make an informed decision and the best choice for your PDF editing needs (even if it isn't us!)

PDF Pro vs PDF Pro 10

Long story short: PDF Pro 10 is now PDF Pro!

The same great company, now with an updated look, new and improved PDF editor, and a new name that matches our commitment and vision of the best, affordable Adobe Acrobat alternative.

What's PDF Pro?

PDF Pro is a no nonsense, all-in-one PDF editor that was made to be easy to use, intuitive, powerful, and affordable. With PDF Pro, you can easily and instantly create, edit, convert, merge, OCR, batch process, and more.

What does "no nonsense" mean?

It means that we wanted to make an affordable PDF editor that you can use right out of the box, at a price that is more affordable than Adobe's steep subscription price of $179 US.

Anyone that's used Microsoft Office or Google suite will feel right at home with PDF Pro's layout. The tools and buttons are neatly organized and clearly labeled, so you can quickly and instantly find the tool you're looking for.

How is PDF Pro different than PDF Pro 10?

PDF Pro now offers Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology to instantly recognize text within images, scanned documents, downloaded PDF files, and more. So you can edit, search, and interact with any PDF or document!

The biggest differences are (maybe make a table):

  1. PDF Pro offers both subscription and lifetime (perpetual) licenses, PDF Pro 10 only has a lifetime license.
  2. PDF Pro offers OCR functionality (PDF Pro 10 does not).

This means that there are now more tools and advanced features for all your PDF needs, and new pricing options so you can find a plan that works best for your needs.

Adobe Acrobat Pro vs Adobe Acrobat Standard

I've heard of Adobe Acrobat having different versions, which one is right for me?

Adobe Acrobat has two different versions: Pro & Standard.

While there are many similarities, Adobe Acrobat Standard is your basic PDF editor that let your perform standard capabilities you would expect in a PDF editor (creating, editing, converting, annotating, etc.)

There are a variety of differences, but the most important are:

  • Pro is more expensive.
  • Pro has advanced features (like OCR) while Standard does not.
  • Pro is Windows & Mac (Standard is Windows only).

PDF Pro vs Adobe Acrobat

Adobe Acrobat Pro is the premium version of Adobe Acrobat, while PDF Pro is our powerful, affordable Adobe Acrobat alternative.

PDF Pro was made to be simple to use, powerful, and affordable, while Adobe Acrobat is known for their rich features, overwhelmingly complex menus, and steep price.

While the basic features are largely the same between the two, Acrobat boasts the more features (like redaction and cloud services). PDF Pro's features are comparable, and they both have OCR, while PDF Pro's prices are better.

There are many similarities between the two, as well as some differences. Some of the most relevant being:

A comparison matrix comparing PDF Pro, Adobe Acrobat Pro, and Adobe Acrobat Standard.


While there are similarities, the differences are pretty impressive between PDF Pro and Adobe Acrobat (Pro & Standard).

The biggest differences are the tools they come with and the price (this includes the license type).

While some PDF-power users may need access to the rich features that Adobe Acrobat Pro has, they also have the need to read knowledge basis, guides, and learn to navigate the sometime overwhelming button layout and display.

For most people however, PDF Pro's powerful editing tools, advanced PDF features, different license options and affordable price have everything they need and more, while keeping things simple. So you don't need a computer science degree to work on and modify your PDF documents.

But don't just take our word for it, take a look at the other things PDF Pro can help you with.

PDF Pro can help you:

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Digital Marketing SpecialistArron Staradub
Arron is a Digital Marketer at PDF Pro, where he writes helpful and engaging articles for those that that use PDFs in their daily life. He has a knack for explaining concepts in an easily understandable way. He also loves reading and drinking too much coffee.

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