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How Does Power PDF Compare to Adobe Acrobat?

Let's start with better security, a more intuitive interface and no subscription fees.

Tungsten Power PDF. The Best Adobe Acrobat PDF Alternative

Your business faces many challenges—staffing, overhead expenses, marketing, security and much more. It’s a difficult task to balance these needs, and you need the best tools to develop efficient solutions.

Tungsten Power PDF has been the top PDF alternative to Adobe and other software companies for 20 years. With Power PDF, you’ll save money while improving each of the essential functions your business relies on.

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Discover Power PDF advantages

The all-in-one alternative to Adobe Acrobat


A ribbon-style interface that’s instantly familiar and easy to use

Fewer clicks to get work done
Integrated Tungsten SignDoc for in-app signature functionality. No external web browser required
Connects to popular DMS solutions, including SharePoint and eDOCS



Security without passwords using Microsoft Active Directory Rights Management System

Support for the latest PDF architecture updates for enhanced security and industry-standard encryption capabilities
Lock down network connections and features for compliance and best practices



New levels of productivity with real-time collaboration

Word processor-like capabilities and intuitive tools
Unique capabilities like creating a table of contents and stamp tool features


Conversions & Scanning

Unequaled levels of accuracy from the leader in optical character recognition technology

The fastest, most effective way to turn paper into accurate PDF files leveraging your copier/MFP
One-step text scanning, highlighting, redacting or strike-through



Intelligent Looks Like Search™ via an alphanumeric pattern rather than exact text

Maximum search precision to automatically proofread the hidden text in your scanned documents
Fuzzy search provides search engine-like solutions for finding near-matches

Pay Once, Own It Forever

Overpaying for PDF software is bad for business. Why rent Adobe Acrobat for just one year when you could own Power PDF forever?
Everything to manage PDF files at a lower cost than Adobe


Adobe Acrobat Pro DC
3-year subscription

Versus sign


Tungsten Power PDF Advanced
one-time purchase
(individual license)

Equals to sign


Spent on Adobe Acrobat
over 3 years
(you own nothing)

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Compare Power PDF Advanced vs. Adobe Acrobat Pro DC

Feature Power PDF Advanced Acrobat Pro DC
Create PDF’s and export to Word, Excel or PowerPoint
Convert documents and images to PDF files
Combine multiple documents into one PDF file
Create a password-protected PDF
Easily create, sign and send forms
Microsoft Office style ribbon user interface to minimize learning curve and maximize productivity
Advanced Edit — word processing capabilities within your PDF file
Create a table of contents from bookmarks
Convert Assistant desktop utility or similar
Convert selection using OCR & convert to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, WordPerfect for scanned (image) PDF files and text-based PDF files
Proximal ‘fuzzy search’ to find more results in typos, word orders, etc. to search for Social Security numbers, telephone numbers or any alphanumeric pattern you define
Support to read, save and convert in PDF/A-4 formats
View protected PDF files & apply protection to PDFs using Microsoft Active Directory Rights Management Services (AD RMS)
Organize and manage a library of PDF security envelopes
Drag and drop security profiles to quickly and easily secure documents
One-click professional scanning with auto find-and-mark technology

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Oct 13, 2020

Acrobat is expensive and Kofax has all the features that I need at a fraction of the cost. It is very feature-rich for the value. 

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Power PDF Advanced Beats Adobe Acrobat

With our 30-day money back guarantee, try Power PDF worry-free as your Adobe Acrobat PDF alternative.

Power PDF Is More Secure Than Acrobat

These days, whether you’re running a business or working on your personal computer, security is paramount. Power PDF stands out as a premier defender against both attacks that use PDFs as a vector and bad actors trying to access your files.

  • Adobe Acrobat remains a preferred target for hackers, turning the software against its users and often compromising networks in the process. One malicious PDF could infect an entire organization with ransomware. Power PDF uses advanced security scanning to identify and neutralize malicious code, meaning you can safely open your PDFs without worrying about damaging your computers.
  • While you can password-protect documents with Adobe products, Power PDF takes protection several steps further. By cooperating with the Microsoft Active Directory Rights Management System, you can accurately control who has access to the documents on your network. So your competition and hackers will need more than just a password to access your secure documents.

Power PDF Costs Significantly Less Than Acrobat

Ultimately, your business succeeds or fails based on one uncompromising demand: a positive balance in your corporate bank accounts. Compared to Acrobat, Power PDF is a much more economical choice.

  • You can secure a Power PDF license for a single payment that won’t expire. Ever. The same license you purchase for your business today continues to work in the long term.
  • The costs may look similar between Power PDF Advanced ($188) and Adobe Acrobat Pro DC ($180) in the first year. But the following year, the savings compound. By the time your Adobe contract has extended to its third year, you’ll have paid $540 for the Acrobat license. But with Power PDF Advanced, each additional year costs $0.
  • When your business expands, these savings go even further. For example, using just five licenses, your business can save over $900 per year on licensing. The bigger your business becomes, the more those savings add up.

Does it make sense to repeatedly pay for a product you already have? Thanks to perpetual licensing, with Power PDF, you won’t have to.

Other Reasons Power PDF Beats Adobe Acrobat

While the security and financial benefits of using Power PDF are profound, there are many other reasons to make the switch from Acrobat:

  • Power PDF integrates into many cloud storage solutions. Many businesses rely on Microsoft SharePoint as the baseline for cloud access, but Power PDF is also compatible with Box, Evernote, and Google Drive, among its many options.
  • Power PDF functions as many programs in one. Its utility extends through its many features, including editing, combining, splitting, and converting PDFs. For advanced functions, Power PDF even includes assistants that can help your employees work more efficiently and learn how to do new things each time they use it.
  • As you invest in additional software to enhance your business’s workflows, you’ll find that Power PDF embraces automation—this saves your workers time and money.
  • We’ve designed Power PDF’s utility ribbon to function like the familiar Microsoft Office ribbon. This intuitive design streamlines the learning experience and dramatically softens the learning curve, enabling your employees to use Power PDF like professionals in no time.

Making the Switch to Power PDF

Each business is unique, so the benefits that Power PDF offers your business may go well beyond the security, savings, and convenience features addressed here. The best way to find out how Power PDF can improve your business is to try it for yourself. Explore our free 15 day trial today, then sign up for a perpetual license when you’ve experienced the difference that Power PDF makes. Our support team is standing by to answer any questions you have and to get your business set up to Work Like Tomorrow™ – today.

Over 10 Million Users Trust Power PDF

It is a very complete tool that allows us to convert our PDF files to very useful and well-known document formats including Word, Excel and PowerPoint among the most used. It also gives us the ease of sharing this files through tools such as Google Drive, Dropbox among others. a super lightweight tool that does not consume many computer resources.
Angelica A.
Enterprise User