When comparing Adobe Acrobat vs Foxit PhantomPDF Editor, the Slant community recommends Foxit PhantomPDF Editor for most people. In the question“What are the best PDF editors?” Foxit PhantomPDF Editor is ranked 1st while Adobe Acrobat is ranked 6th.
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Pro Excellent compatibility with the PDF standard
Since Adobe is the creator of the PDF standard, it stands to reason that Adobe's Acrobat Reader has the excellent support for it.
Available on Windows, OS X, iOS and Android.
Pro Allows converting MS Office documents to PDFs
You can use the create PDF tool to open any Office document and convert it to an editable PDF or if you're on Windows, you can access the same functionality in Office from the Acrobat tab.
Pro Clean interface
Acrobat has a three tab interface. There are home, tools and document tabs.
The home tab has recently used files as well as files stored in Adobe's cloud services. It will be the first thing shown once you start the program.
The tools tab includes access to all Acrobats functionality. From here you can add tabs to panels or use the search to look for tools.
Pro Acrobat can construct a font to match scanned content
Instead of simply trying to match the font to the closest available, Acrobat can attempt to construct a font based on other characters in the document.
Pro Search allows finding functionality
You don't have to look trough menus to find specific functionality, instead you can use search that's available in the sidebar and the tools tab to find the functionality you're looking for. You don't have to know the name of the tool either, related terms will work.
Pro Good OCR
Acrobat can recognize characters from both both scanned documents and photos of text. Even if the photos are at an angle.
Pro Can automatically detect form fields
Acrobat has a form wizard that will attempt to overlay appropriate form fields (single-line and multi-line text fields, checkboxes, radio buttons, etc.) over existing layouts.
Pro Integrated cloud service
Gives access to a cloud service that allows storage and sharing of PDF files.
Pro Allows getting notified when recipients view or download a file
You can use the document cloud to get a shareable link to any of your documents. And it's possible to get notified when a document cloud document gets viewed and/or downloaded.
Pro Desktop app supports electronic signatures
You can both sign as well as send PDFs for signature.
Pro Good annotation options
Acrobat allows commenting on text, highlighting text and leave audio messages.
Pro Video playback support
Flash and H.264 encoded video can be played back in a Adobe Reader.
Pro Allows comparing two separate PDF files for differences
Reader can compare two versions of a PDF file and highlight differences.
Pro Allows real-time collaboration
Since version 9, Reader supports real-time collaboration that synchronizes documents and includes chat.
Pro Touch-friendly interface for the desktop version
The interface has big enough button that they can be used on a tablet sized device.
Pro Fast and lightweight
Pro Reasonable OCR capabilities
While PhatomPDF's OCR capabilities are not as powerful as those found in some competing products, it will get the job done as long as the layout elements are basic and the text has no particularly odd fonts.
Pro Clean, easy to navigate user interface
PhantomPDF has a ribbon-like interface that allows keeping it clean and intuitive.
Pro Can directly convert Outlook e-mails to PDFs
Single messages, conversations and folders can be converted.
Pro Offers a 30-day trial
Pro Supports password and certificate protection and DocuSign signatures
Pro Author of a document can allow others to leave comments
Through a feature called Shared Review, the author can share a document with others for them to leave comments. Once enabled for sharing through SharePoint, network folder or e-mail, the document can be accessed with Foxit Reader, MobilePDF Business and PhantomPDF Business.
Con Crashes often
Con Very expensive
While there's a free version of Acrobat Reader, it does not allow editing. There's a choice of Standard edition that costs $299, and Pro version for $499.
Con No repsonisive usability
Con Outdated design
You cannot use the version you paid before.
Con Very frequent crashes
Con Not the best for this price
Con Plugins are 32-bit only and don't work with 64-bit MS Office
Plugins for Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint that allow simplified PDF creation are only available for the 32-bit versions.