A Money-saving Alternative to Acrobat.

Here’s another second-hand tip

person holding coin

Photo by maitree rimthong on Pexels.com

I picked up this tip from Nicholas Rossis at http://nicholasrossis.me/2019/01/21/pdf-element-an-alternative-to-adobe-acrobat-dc/

I haven’t been following his blog for very long but I’m finding it an informative site that covers a wide range of topics. This particular post points to an affordable alternative to Adobe Acrobat called PDF Element. Nicholas also offers a handy comparison between the basic and premium versions of the program.

I am currently paying a monthly subscription to Adobe. My obsolete version of Acrobat became increasingly unreliable and finally died halfway through formatting our writing group’s anthology. I thought the ‘save as pdf’ option on MS Word might be good enough to convert my Word manuscript, but it didn’t convert the font we were using and made a mess of the pictures on a Christmas verse of my own I was publishing.

(NB: Since then I’ve discovered how to embed fonts on Word by going to File/Options/Save/Embed fonts in the file. This will ensure your ‘Save as PDF’ option saves your font as well. Lots of people know this already. Self-publication is quite a learning curve.)

silver and gold coins
Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com

Since we were running short of time to publish before Christmas, I panicked and took a monthly subscription to Acrobat. There are numerous design resources thrown in that I have no idea how to use nor time to find out (and probably will never need). I don’t intend to continue subscribing beyond this initial year so I will be checking out PDF Element when the time comes.

In the meantime, if anybody out there tries it,

please let us know what you think.

7 thoughts on “A Money-saving Alternative to Acrobat.

  1. I just use the ‘save as PDF’ for my needs, but if I needed to do more, as you did with your manuscript, Adobe would have been my first thought too. Never heard of PDF Element so I’m sure that’ll come in handy for a lot of people, thanks! x


    1. I learned – after getting Acrobat – that you can embed fonts in Word by going to File/Options/Save/Embed fonts in the file.
      I didn’t discover this before I gave up using the ‘save as pdf’ option for our manuscript, but I just went back to give it a try and it works! (I’ve amended the blog post to include this info.)


    1. It depends on the font. some basic ones are standard, but we were using Garamond.
      I’ve since learned you can embed fonts in Word by going to File/Options/Save/Embed fonts in the file.
      I’m not sure if I discovered this before I gave up using the ‘save as pdf’ option for our manuscript. I’ll have to go back and give it a try.

      Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.