Preview or Adobe Acrobat Pro

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  1. mox123 macrumors 6502

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    Hi there. I am just wondering if Preview can do everything that Acrobat can do? And if Preview is more efficient and less CPU-intensive than Acrobat?

    I am trying to decide which program i should make as the default PDF reader. :confused:
     
  2. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    As a reader? Preview all the way

    Acrobat Pro has some more advanced features in creating PDF's but for reading and manipulation, Preview should be all you need. It is very quick and versatile and does a lot more than most people realize.
     
  3. bocomo macrumors 6502

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    +1
     
  4. Peace macrumors Core

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    I agree. Preview is great. The only reason you would need Acrobat Pro is if you are creating advanced PDF documents.
     
  5. mox123 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    wow. thanks for heads-up. But is it true that I can convert most formats into PDF on a mac by "printing to PDF"?

    So what can acrobat do that preview can't? What sort of advanced PDF features that Preview lack?
     
  6. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    Yes, using "print to PDF" will create PDFs from just about anything
    You can also use Preview to reduce the size of your PDFs as well
    It can size and crop your images

    For the casual user... Preview will do most anything you need
    Poke around it some and find out all it can do

    For Acrobat Pro... unless you are creating complex PDF forms and such, most will never need it
     
  7. mox123 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    awesome. I've set preview as my default program. I love how multitouch works too with it. Acrobat doesn't seem to work with multitouch.
     
  8. mysterytramp macrumors 65816

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    Acrobat is $450?!?!?

    If there's anything you think Preview can't do, take a look at Skim. It's a bit beefier than Preview, and it's free.

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