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I have used Adobe Acrobat for many years but a few years ago they moved to an excruciatingly expensive subscription model. Most users can now generate and edit PDFs using Microsoft Word. I need Acrobat for

  • Redaction
  • Creating PDF Portfolios for Board meetings
  • Commenting
  • Adding and removing pages
  • OCR

I don’t want to pay £15 per month for occasional use. Fortunately there are several good alternatives. I tested NitroPDF 11 and Foxit PhantomPDF Business 8.

Foxit had much better support for PDF portfolios and cost about £95 for perpetual licence rather than a subscription. If you use PDF a lot (I don’t) the $9/month option might be worthwhile.