PDF court documents have become more widespread since the format requires a document that can be shared easily with many different people. Lawyers are known to use PDFs for the sheer amount of documentation and record-keeping that is common to practicing law. Many law firms prefer the ease of use and expert-level customization that comes with Adobe Acrobat but recently, there have been other editors that have become as popular and easy-to-use as Adobe Acrobat.
Lumin PDF is a popular PDF editor that has professional-level tools like merging, splitting, and combining, while also giving you the ability to make changes or add comments to the text to share with other users. The program is available for use online but also comes in a downloadable version that lets you work offline when needed.
The program also lets users sync their cloud-based storage platforms like Google Drive or Dropbox to Lumin so every change to the document is saved automatically. This syncing capability also gives users the ability to edit, comment and annotate any document in real-time with other collaborators who also have access to the file.
Nitro Pro 10
Nitro Pro 10 is a PDF software that is compatible only with Windows and no other operating system. The software is similar to Adobe Acrobat in capability and tools, but also in the price point, which does not include the ability to connect to their cloud services. The program has a familiar user interface that is similar to other word processing programs like Microsoft Word or Google Docs.
The many PDF editing options are laid out on the browser windows and icons so you can find the appropriate tool easily. The program features many familiar PDF editing options like splitting, merging, and compression, while also letting users scan their PDF documents so they can use the OCR function.
Kofax Power PDF Advanced
Kofax PDF advanced offers edit PDF services for professional firms and businesses as well as law firms with its several templates that comply with various legal and business document standards. Kofax also offers several e-filing options so lawyers can send off completed documents that comply with the filing standards of several courts.
The program comes as software that is Windows-compatible only and has a user interface that is similar to other word processing and creation programs like Microsoft Office. With Kofax, you can still view, edit and comment on other PDF files like you would with any other PDF editor, but the program also has more business-oriented features like digital signatures, security features, and redaction tools.
Foxit PhantomPDF Business 7
The Foxit software suite comes in two versions, one that is for general use and the other being more for professionals and businesspeople. They are both software programs that must be purchased outright and come with several licenses to use the pre-installed templates and access to the database.
Both versions of the Foxit family of software give you standard PDF editing options like organizing, merging, splitting, and adding comments or annotations. Foxit also gives you the ability to secure documents with password protection, makes them OCR readable for easy keyword searches, and lets you convert PDF files into other file types.
Tracker PDF XChange Pro
The Tracker PDF XChange Pro features several standard and unique PDF editing tools that range from things like adding or removing comments and annotations. The program is available as standard software for single users but is also available as a group program for large or mid-size organizations.
The program is also broken into several different tools that can be downloaded for free trial use or you can buy the entire bundle of tools that comes at a fixed price. You can choose from tools like editing text, removing layouts, and other options to insert things like images, graphics, and tables.