List of PDF software


List of PDF software

This list of PDF software includes links to articles on computer software used to manage Portable Document Format (PDF) documents.

Contents

Multi-platform

Converters

These allow you to convert pdf files to other formats.

Name License Platforms Description
deskUNPDF Proprietary Mac, Windows Converts PDFs to Word, Excel, Text, HTML
GIMP GNU GPL Linux, Mac, Windows Converts PDF to raster images
LibreOffice GNU LGPL BSD, Linux, Mac, Windows (Java based) Export as PDF, and import from PDF; extension included by default
LuaTeX GNU GPL  ? TeX typesetting system that creates PDF documents
OpenOffice.org GNU GPL Linux, Mac, Windows Export as PDF, and import (with restrictions) after installing an extension[1]
pdfTeX GNU GPL  ? TeX typesetting system that creates PDF documents
Prince Proprietary  ? PDF formatter using XML or HTML with CSS and SVG as input
pstoedit GNU GPL  ? PostScript to (other) vector file format converter
XeTeX MIT  ? TeX typesetting system that creates PDF documents
SWFTools GNU GPL Linux, Windows, Mac SWF conversion and manipulation suite containing a standalone PDF to SWF converter along with a Python gfx API ( requires Xpdf )
QPDF Artistic License 2.0  ? Structural, content-preserving transformations from PDF to PDF
pdf-parser Public Domain  ? Extraction and analysis tool, handles corrupt and malicious PDF documents
XEP Proprietary BSD, Linux, Mac, Windows (Java based) Converts XML and XSL-FO to PDF
Solid Converter PDF Proprietary Windows, Mac OS X PDF to Word, Excel, HTML and Text; supports passwords, text editing, and batch conversion

Editors

These allow you to modify an existing pdf file.

Name License Description
OpenOffice.org Draw GNU GPL PDF import via LibreOffice OpenOffice.org software, or extensions[1]
Inkscape GNU GPL Open, edit and export documents, but only one page at a time (pages can be later combined using PDF printer); free open source software
PDFedit GNU GPL Software to view or edit the internal structures of PDF documents, and merge them
Pdftk GNU GPL Command-line tools to edit and convert documents; supports filling of PDF forms with FDF/XFDF data

Development libraries

These are used by software developers to add/create pdf features.

Name License Description
Formatting Objects Processor Apache License Open-source print formatter driven by XSL Formatting Objects and an output independent formatter; main output target is PDF
GNU PDF GNU GPL Open-source C library in development; when done, will provide functions to implement all features of PDF 1.7 specification
iText AGPL[2] Open-source library to create and manipulate PDF, RTF, HTML files in Java, C#, and other .NET languages
JasperReports GNU LGPL Open-source Java reporting tool that can write to screen, printer, or into PDF, HTML, Microsoft Excel, RTF, ODT, comma-separated values and XML files
libHaru ZLIB/LIBPNG[3] Open-source, cross-platform C library to generate PDF files
Poppler GNU GPL[4] Open-source multi-backend C++ library derived from Xpdf; no bundled viewer
ReportLab BSD license Open-source, Python-based PDF creation library
TCPDF GNU LGPL Open-source PHP library to create PDF files
XEP Proprietary XSL-FO layout engine written in Java; output formats: PDF
Qoppa PDF Libraries Proprietary, shareware Portable Java libraries to view, print, manipulate PDF files
JPedal Proprietary, GNU LGPL Java developer library for view, extract, print PDF files

Creators

These create files in their proprietary formats, but then allow you to export them to pdf formats.

Name License Description
Adobe Acrobat Proprietary Desktop PDF authoring suite
OpenOffice.org GNU GPL All OpenOffice.org applications allow PDF export; supports also PDF/A-1a; since many import formats are supported (e.g., doc, docx, rtf, xls, ppt) conversion is also possible
Ghostscript GNU GPL Viewer, creator, converter; supports also PDF/X-3; used by PdfCreator, WinPdf, BullzipPdf, CutePDF freeware version and others
LaTeX/TeX LaTeX Project Public License/Permissive Mark-up language and tools to write technical reports, books, magazines, almost any publication type
PageStream Proprietary Cross-platform desktop publishing application to open, edit, export
Scribus GNU GPL Cross-platform desktop publishing (DTP) application; supports also PDF/X-3
FineReader Proprietary OCR tool; can save as PDF, and recognize text from PDF


Viewers

These allow you to view (not edit/modify) any existing pdf file.

Name License Description
Adobe Reader Proprietary, freeware Adobe's PDF reader
DigiSigner Proprietary, freeware PDF viewer with added function to digitally sign PDF documents
Evince GNU GPL Universal viewer for GNOME.
Foxit Reader Proprietary, freeware PDF viewer, text conversion limited to easily extracted postscript text, does no optical character recognition
Google Chrome Proprietary, freeware View, search PDF files
GSview GNU GPL A legacy graphical interface for Ghostscript
Okular GNU GPL Universal viewer for KDE; replaces KPDF, available on versions of KDE from 4.1
Xpdf Free and proprietary versions Legacy, a multi-platform viewer; based on Xpdf codebase

AmigaOS

Converters

  • Antiword: A free Microsoft Office Word reader for various operating systems; converts binary files from Word 2, 6, 7, 97, 2000, 2002 and 2003 to plain text or PostScript; available for AmigaOS 4, MorphOS, AROS x86
  • dvipdfm: a DVI to PDF translator with zlib support

Creators

  • ClibPDF: PDF Writer Linker-Lib for StormC (68k, PPC)

Viewers

  • Xpdf a multi-platform viewer for PDF files, Amiga version uses X11 engine Cygnix

Atari TOS

  • Porthos - commercial PDF editor, converter, viewer

Unix / Linux

Annotation functionality

  • Okular: Supports a range of annotation types. Annotations are stored separately from the unmodified PDF file.
  • Xournal: Allows for complex and customizable annotations by freehand drawing, a shape recognition tool, multiple colours and text fonts. In addition, there is a rule tool for straight lines, highlighting and underlining. Annotations may be copied, pasted and easily moved. Annotations may also be in complex scripts such as Tibetan through SCIM input. Annotations are stored separately from the unmodified PDF file.

Converters

  • CUPS: supports exporting to PDF formats
  • Pdftk: can merge, split, en-/decrypt, watermark/stamp and manipulate PDF files
  • Inkscape: Imports and export PDFs
  • SWFTools: 'pdf2swf component converts PDF to SWF

Creators

  • OpenOffice.org: an open source office suite with built-in PDF creation.
  • Xournal: an open source program that creates PDFs.
  • Inkscape Vector drawing program that imports and exports PDF files

Development libraries

  • Xpdf: an open source multi-backend library for viewing and manipulating PDF files. Bundled with a viewer with the same name
  • Qoppa PDF Libraries: portable Java libraries for viewing, printing and manipulating PDF files.

Editors

  • PDFedit: An open source program for viewing or editing the internal structures of PDF documents
  • PDF Studio: Proprietary software for viewing and editing PDF documents

Viewers

Mac OS X

Converters

Editors

  • Adobe Acrobat: Proprietary PDF authoring suite
  • PDF Studio: Proprietary software to view and edit PDF documents
  • PDF Signer: Proprietary; fills forms and embeds image signatures in PDF documents.

Creators

  • Mac OS X: Creates PDF documents natively via print dialog

Viewers

  • Adobe Reader: Adobe Systems's reader which is also available for Macintosh; Safari plug-in available
  • Preview: Mac OS X's default PDF viewer (in Mac OS X v10.5 it also can annotate, rearrange pages, and merge PDF files)
  • Skim, an open source (BSD licence) PDF reader and note-taker for Mac OS X

Microsoft Windows

Converters

  • Adobe Acrobat: Can convert files into PDF or convert PDF files into other formats[5]
  • ABBYY FineReader: Commercial PDF converter which converts PDF into Word (.doc), Excel (.xls), PowerPoint (ppt), and more
  • deskUNPDF: PDF converter to convert PDFs to Word (.doc, docx), Excel (.xls), (.csv), (.txt), more
  • GSview: File/Convert menu item converts any sequence of PDF pages to a sequence of images in many formats from bit to tiffpack with resolutions from 72 to 204x98 (open source software)
  • gDoc Fusion: Proprietary, shareware; PDF views, edits, converts documents into PDF, XPS or Microsoft Word document; after 30 days a watermark is placed on documents in shareware version
  • SaveasPDFandXPS: Freeware add-in for Microsoft Office 2007; converts documents in standard Microsoft Office formats, e.g. Word, Excel, Powerpoint, into PDF format.
  • Print2PDF: Proprietary PDF converter
  • SWFTools: 'pdf2swf component converts PDF to SWF - command line with GUI wrapper

Creators

  • deskPDF Standalone PDF creator available for both client and terminal servers.
  • PrimoPDF Standalone freeware PDF creator.
  • Bullzip PDF Printer: freeware PDF creator application
  • CC PDF Converter: create a PDF with embedded Creative Commons license from any software
  • CutePDF: Freeware and Professional versions, also has proprietary PDF editor
  • doPDF: Freeware standalone PDF creator that doesn't use Ghostscript
  • eCopy PaperWorks: Proprietary PDF Creator
  • gDoc Creator: Shareware enterprise-level creator to create, review, edit, share or archive PDF and XPS documents. After 30 days shareware version places a watermark on documents.
  • NovaPDF: Commercial virtual PDF printer for Windows
  • SaveasPDFandXPS: Freeware add-in for Microsoft Office 2007
  • PagePlus: Proprietary desktop publishing suite with PDF viewing, editing and creation features
  • PaperPort: Proprietary desktop publishing suite with PDF viewing, editing and creation features
  • PDFCreator: Virtual printer for Windows licenced under GPL. Uses Ghostscript includes adware.
  • Solid PDF Creator: proprietary PDF creation application

Development libraries

  • Qoppa PDF Libraries: portable Java libraries for viewing, printing and manipulating PDF files.

Editors

  • Adobe Acrobat: Adobe Systems's proprietary desktop PDF authoring suite
  • gDoc Fusion: proprietary/shareware desktop product to create, review, edit, share or archive PDF and XPS documents. After 30 days a watermark is placed on documents in shareware version.
  • Infix PDF Editor: a proprietary PDF editor with word processor features
  • PDF Studio: Proprietary software for viewing and editing PDF documents
  • pdftk: free (GPL) command-line tools to manipulate, edit and convert documents; supports filling of PDF forms with FDF/XFDF data
  • Solid PDF Tools: proprietary PDF editor, converter, and creator.

Viewers

  • Adobe Reader: Adobe's freeware PDF reader.
  • DigiSigner: Freeware PDF viewer with additional function to digitally sign PDF documents.
  • Evince: a free (GPL), open source PDF reader. Part of the GNOME desktop environment. Windows port available since version 2.28.
  • Foxit Reader: Freeware reader, supports FDF import/export, saving filled forms; other extended functionality available via purchasable plugins.
  • gDoc Fusion: Proprietary/shareware to view PDF, XPS, Microsoft Word document, Microsoft Excel spreadsheet, Microsoft PowerPoint presentation or image files, included in the evaluation version of the product. Shareware version places a watermark on documents after 30 day eval.
  • GSview: Open source software and Ghostscript's viewer for Windows
  • Nitro PDF Reader: Free, proprietary PDF reader and creator. Supports PDF creation, saving filled forms (AcroForms), text typewriter, markup/collaboration, and stamp signature.
  • Nuance PDF Reader: Freeware PDF reader, supports saving filled forms, partial support for XFA forms; enables the capability to convert PDF files to MS Word or Excel files through Nuance website.
  • PDF-XChange Viewer: Freeware viewer, supports FDF/XFDF import/export, saving filled forms, extended markup and export to image capabilities.
  • Qiqqa: Freeware PDF reader, indexer, tagger and annotator. Supports OCR and export of PDF text and images.
  • Sumatra PDF: A free (GPL), open source PDF reader. Supports automatic reloading of PDF files.
  • STDU Viewer: A freeware for non-commercial usage PDF reader. It also supports DjVu, Comic Book Archive (CBR or CBZ), XPS, TIFF, TXT and image file formats.

Mobile

Web-based

Converters

  • Cometdocs: Online PDF conversion
  • Software602 Print2PDF 9.0: interactive web conversion from IIS or XML-SOAP web service
  • Zamzar: Online file converter

Editors

  • PDFescape: a free web service to view, create forms, fill out forms, and edit PDF documents from a web browser (requires JavaScript to be enabled)
  • PDFVue: a free web application that allows the user to view PDF's, comment and fill PDF forms from a web browser. Generates a watermark.
  • Qoppa PDF Libraries: Java beans for viewing and annotating PDF files to be integrated in an applet.

Viewers

  • A.nnotate: a web service which views PDF documents as HTML in the browser, with annotation features.
  • Crocodoc: a free web service which allows annotating PDFs and saving them
  • DigiSigner: free online PDF viewer java applet with additional function to digitally sign PDF documents.
  • Docstoc: a web service which allows viewing PDF documents online
  • Google Docs: a web service which views PDF documents as JPEG images in the browser
  • Scribd: a web service which renders PDF documents as HTML5 in the browser
  • vuzit: a web service which views PDF documents (and 40 others) as HTML in the browser via AJAX.

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