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Adobe Acrobat DC is the latest version of the Adobe Reader for Android, iOS and desktop. But did you know with Xodo PDF Reader you can do the same things as Acrobat DC but without a subscription? In fact, Xodo is an alternative that can do much more than Acrobat DC. If you take a look at what you can do with Xodo, we think you’ll be surprised. Here are some subscription-only Acrobat DC that come standard with Xodo:
Xodo offers many features beyond what’s available in Acrobat DC (at any price). Some important ones include:
Create a new PDF
Xodo can create blank PDFs (no subscription!), which is great for taking notes in class or at a meeting. It can also create a new PDF from an image, which is useful when you want to draw on an existing picture, for example of a whiteboard after a meeting. Here’s how to make a new PDF in Xodo:
1. Go to the Browse Folders tab, and navigate to the folder where you want to create the PDF.
2. Tap the blue ‘+’ circle in the lower right hand corner. This dialog will appear:
Delete and reorder pages
Deleting and reordering pages is an advanced feature that even many longtime Xodo users might not know about. Here’s how to do it.
1. Open the PDF you want to edit. Tap the toolbar button that looks like a document page, pointed to by the red arrow:
This dialog will appear:
2. Tap the bottom item, “Thumbnails”, to bring up the thumbnails browser:
3. Tap the “Edit” button in the upper right hand corner which puts the thumbnail browser into edit mode.
4. To delete pages, select the the pages you wish to delete by tapping on them. Selected pages have a checkmark appear in their upper right hand corner. You can deselect a page by tapping on it again. To delete the selected pages, tap the “Delete” button in the upper right hand corner. To reorder pages, tap and hold over the page you wish to move. It will become translucent and appear to hover above the other pages. Drag it to where you want this page to move to, and remove your finger from the screen. This will drop the page into place.
Xodo has other great features missing from Acrobat DC:
With tabs you can have more than one document open at once, and quickly switch between them. If you use tabs in your web browser then you’ll quickly find it to be a must-have feature for PDF viewing. When you open a new document, it automatically opens in a new tab.
More annotation types
Xodo provides a large number of annotation types to let you express yourself exactly as you wish. Here’s the annotation toolbar:
Xodo PDF annotations include sticky notes, text highlights, strikethroughs, squigglies, underlines, signatures, ink, free text, and geometric shapes. We plan on adding even more in the future.
More annotation colors and options
Xodo lets you choose from a large number of colors, and save your favorites for later. It also lets you change the thickness and opacity of an annotation in the same spot, saving taps and time. With Acrobat DC you only get a few colors and have to deal with multiple popups to change properties.
Dropbox and Google Drive sync
Storing documents in the cloud is an easy way to keep your documents synced across devices. Millions of people are using Dropbox and Google Drive for this purpose, so who wants yet another cloud like Acrobat DC? With Xodo you can directly access and work with Dropbox and Google Drive. Best of all, you don’t need to download a local copy of each document – you can read and work directly on the server’s version of the file. Dropbox changes are saved as you go, and Google Drive files are re-synced when you close the file. Access your Dropbox and Google Drive files by tapping on their respective tabs in the drawer.
Online sharing & collaboration
Acrobat DC can put a PDF online for downloading and viewing in a picture format. Xodo can do this too but in a much more useful way. First of all, the document is displayed as a true PDF so you can zoom in with high quality and select/copy text. Secondly, it allows the people you’ve shared with to annotate the PDF right in a web browser, with everyone’s comments showing up on the same PDF. This saves you from endless email chains with people’s comments and annotations scattered through your inbox, and instead keeps all the information together, in one place.
SD cards are great for expanding your Android phone’s storage, but if you view a PDF on the SD card with Acrobat DC it will copy it to valuable internal storage. Xodo allows you to view and share documents directly on the SD card, no copying required.
Acrobat DC can sign documents and save your signature for further use. However if you need a client or colleague to add a signature, it will automatically replace your saved signature. With Xodo, you can save your signature and have someone else sign a document without replacing your saved signature.
There’s a lot more to Xodo than what we’ve covered here, but maybe the best way to appreciate what it can do for you is to download it and give it a try. We think you’ll like what you’ll find.
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