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The top 10 DocHub alternatives to transform your workflow

The top 10 DocHub alternatives to transform your workflow

Looking for the best PDF collaboration tool can feel like trying to find a needle in a haystack. 

If you’ve searched online recently for the best answer, you undoubtedly found what seems like hundreds of different options. In fact, G2 alone has 87 different PDF editor software entries… 

And in your research, you probably discovered DocHub as one option. But what if you want to know what other DocHub alternatives are out there?

That’s why we did the heavy lifting for you: we narrowed down our initial list of alternatives to DocHub to the top ten competitors.

The top 10 DocHub alternatives

  1. What is DocHub?
  2. PandaDoc
  3. Smallpdf
  4. Adobe Acrobat DC
  5. pdfFiller
  6. JotForm
  7. HelloSign
  8. Soda PDF
  9. DocuSign
  10. PDF-Xchange Editor
  11. PDF Merge and Split
  12. Alternatives to DocHub: What’s best for you?

What is DocHub?

DocHub is a cloud-based SaaS PDF tool that allows businesses to edit, sign, and share PDF documents with their customers and employees. Most companies use DocHub to help streamline their document signing and distribution processes.

The main features of the software are:

  1. The ability to edit PDF documents, including annotation, form field tools, and the ability to reorder, rotate, and merge.
  2. The ability to create PDF forms and reusable templates and publish them online.
  3. E-signature tools, including multiple signer workflows, batch or bulk document signing, and legally binding signatures.
  4. And Google and Dropbox integrations (including a DocHub app in Google Workspace), collaboration tools, and mobile compatibility.

What is the best DocHub alternative? 

To make it easier for you to compare each competitor head to head, we put together a chart with some of the factors that will enable you to make the best choice for your sales or marketing team.

How did we obtain our data?

For this comparison, we began with a deep dive into the best cloud-based software that helps companies edit, sign, and share PDF documents. 

Our research included a thorough review of 55 different websites, including highly respected review sites (G2, Capterra, SourceForge, Tom’s Guide), software-focused websites, and the sites of the companies we compared.

To craft an objective and accurate analysis of each competitor, we did not consider any company’s interpretation of its own software. We only used company website details to gather factual data such as software features, pricing details, etc.

Using the sources mentioned above, we analyzed each piece of software based on the criteria below.

We then took that information and applied a 100-point scoring system:

  • Online user reviews (25 points)
  • Free version or free trial available (15)
  • Whether the software offers a complete set of features (15)
  • Software security (15)
  • Editing and annotation functionality (10)
  • Option for form creation and reusable templates (10)
  • And Google integration (10)

With all this in mind, let’s look at our choices for the 10 best alternatives to DocHub.

01. PandaDoc

PandaDoc

Total score: 90

Security

PandaDoc is SOC 2 Type 2 compliant and regularly performs external audits to ensure the highest security standards.

All data is encrypted in transit and stored in a SOC, FISMA, and PCI DSS Level 1 compliant cloud. The company also maintains a commitment to GDPR compliance.

The company’s legally-binding eSignature technology is ESIGN and UETA compliant, and PandaDoc provides an electronic certificate with every signed document. 

Platform availability

You can access PandaDoc using the mobile app (iOS and Android) or on a desktop or mobile browser.

Plans and pricing

Features included in the Free eSign plan are:

  • Unlimited legally binding eSignatures
  • Unlimited document uploads
  • Payments
  • Mobile app

The Essentials plan is available for $19 per user per month.

The plan allows you to create documents using a template or their built-in editor, as well as collect electronic signatures and track your documents in real-time.

Features include everything in the free plan, plus:

  • Templates
  • Rich media drag and drop document editor
  • Pricing tables
  • Document analytics
  • 24/7 email and chat support

The Business plan is $49 per user per month. This plan allows you to automate your document workflows and connect your CRM.

Features include everything in the Essentials plan, plus:

  • CRM and Zapier integrations
  • Content library
  • Custom branding
  • Approval workflows
  • Forms ($)
  • Bulk send ($)

PandaDoc also offers an Enterprise-level plan. Contact sales for a pricing quote.

This plan is appropriate for teams that require more out of their software, like Salesforce and API integrations. Features include everything in the Business plan, plus:

  • SSO support and custom user roles
  • Unlimited number of team workspaces
  • Salesforce integration
  • User performance and content reporting
  • API ($)

Free trial available

PandaDoc offers a 14-day free trial.

Software details

PandaDoc (also available on Google Workspace) is an all-in-one solution that helps companies manage creating, editing, and signing documents.

One of the primary reasons the software beats out the competition is the wide range of available features.

It’s not just great for editing and signing documents; PandaDoc allows your company to create and manage the entire workflow of your sales documents and gain valuable insight from all customer interaction with those documents.

Customers love using PandaDoc, based on the reviews we found during our research. The software ranks 4.7/5 stars from G2 (across more than 1,000 ratings), including a user ranking of 9/10 stars for ease of use, quality of support, and ease of setup.

The company’s template library offers over 450 templates designed to save you time and effort. And their document editor includes drag-and-drop functionality that makes the document creation process a breeze.

Pros

  • Offers a wide range of PDF editing tools, as well as e-signature capability
  • Take advantage of both a free plan and free trial

Cons

  • Slightly more expensive than some of the competitors
  • May offer more functionality than your company needs

02. Smallpdf

Smallpdf

Total score: 90

Security

Smallpdf is ISO 27001 Certified and GDPR (European Union General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679) compliant. The software uses state-of-the-art encryption techniques, with HTTPS as a minimum standard.

When you upload a document, Smallpdf does not store your files longer than an hour, except in the case of their eSign service (which keeps the file online for 14 days for signing purposes).

Platform availability

Smallpdf is available on both Windows and Mac operating systems, as well as iOS and Android mobile apps. Their web extensions include Google Chrome, a G Suite app, and a Dropbox app.

Plans and pricing

Features included in the Free plan are:

  • 1 user
  • Access to all 21 Smallpdf tools
  • Access to their mobile apps
  • Process up to 2 documents per day

The Pro plan is available for a single user. Plans run either $9 per month (annually) or $12 per month (monthly).

Features include everything in the free plan, plus:

  • Convert scanned PDFs to Word
  • Digital seal protection on signatures
  • Unlimited document processing
  • File storage
  • No advertising
  • Customer support

The Team plan is available for between 2 and 50 users. Plans start at $7 per user per month (annually) or $10 per user per month (monthly).

Features include everything in the Pro plan, plus:

  • Easy and flexible billing management
  • The ability to add more users as needed
  • Volume discount pricing
  • Priority customer support

Smallpdf also offers a Business plan for companies with more than 15 users. Contact sales for custom-tailored pricing.

These plans include everything in the Team plan, plus:

  • Personalized onboarding program
  • Flexible payment options
  • Custom contract
  • A dedicated customer success manager

Free trial available

Smallpdf offers a 7-day free trial.

Software details

Smallpdf (also available on Google Workspace) is an award-winning company based in Switzerland. They offer a suite of document management tools that provide an alternative to clunky PDF software.

The software is light and nimble, with a deep focus on user experience.

The company receives good user reviews across the board, including a 4.5-star rating from G2 (and similar user ratings to PandaDoc when it comes to ease of use and setup, with slightly lower customer support ratings).

The software includes 21 PDF tools that are available in 24 different languages. They also offer digital signature capabilities, which include getting PDF files signed and tracking progress.

Pros

  • Available in 24 different languages
  • A simple suite of tools

Cons

  • May not have the full range of features your company needs
  • Have to pay for higher plan levels to access priority customer support

03. Adobe Acrobat DC

Adobe Acrobat

Total score: 85

Security

Adobe prioritizes the security of your digital experience. The company employs “industry-standard security practices” to protect your documents, data, and personal information.

Content security for Adobe Acrobat DC involves using features that safeguard against the unwanted alteration of PDF documents and keep sensitive information private.

For example, Acrobat 7.0 and later documents are encrypted using 128-bit key size AES encryption, while Acrobat X and later are encrypted using 256-bit AES.

Platform availability

Adobe Acrobat DC is available using both Windows and Mac operating systems. Supported browsers include Microsoft Windows using Internet Explorer 11, Mozilla Firefox, or Google Chrome.

Reader and Adobe Fill and Sign both have iOS apps.

Plans and pricing

Individual plans start at $14.99 per month with a 1-year commitment ($179.88 per year) or $24.99 per month (monthly).

Features include:

  • The ability to convert, edit, share, and sign PDFs
  • Create accessible PDFs
  • Create and apply custom actions
  • Meet ISO standards

Their Business plan (Acrobat DC for Teams) starts at $16.99 per license per month with a 1-year commitment ($203.88 per year per license).

Features include everything in the Individual plans, plus:

  • Multiple licenses
  • Access to advanced 24/7 tech support
  • Integration with enterprise applications like Microsoft 365 and SharePoint

Acrobat DC for Enterprise is also available. Contact sales for more information about their enterprise-grade capabilities if you are a midsize or larger organization.

Free trial available

A 7-day free trial is available, with access to full software features.

Software details

Adobe Acrobat DC (also available on Google Workspace) is often the PDF reader tool people think of when editing PDFs because it’s the current industry standard for editing PDF files. 

However, industry-standard doesn’t always equal the best option. Customer reviews of Acrobat DC are mixed. Some people love it, and others are frustrated by the high price and not-so-user-friendly interface. 

The most recent version of the software now includes digitally signing documents, including emailing a document from the tool.

If you don’t need to edit anything, Adobe also offers a simple (free) software called Adobe Fill & Sign.

Pros

  • Adobe has been around since 1982 and is a current industry leader
  • Edit your PDFs on any device, anywhere

Cons

  • Have to download software before using the product, unlike cloud-based competitors
  • One of the more expensive options on the list

04. pdfFiller

The top 10 DocHub alternatives to transform your workflow

Total score: 85

Security

pdfFiller is SOC 2 Type II certified, GDPR and HIPAA compliant, and uses PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard) certification. 

The company uses multiple networks for speed and redundancy, and encrypt communications and house documents at secure storage facilities that meet federal compliance standards.

In addition, each session includes secure, private SSL 256-bit viewing sessions and digital certificate technology for their eSignature offerings.

Platform availability

You can access pdfFiller through the cloud, Windows and macOS desktop apps, or iOS and Google Play mobile apps.

Plans and pricing

The Basic plan is available for a single user. Plans run from $8 per month (annually) to $20 per month (monthly).

Included features are:

  • Edit, print, save, or fax PDFs
  • Convert PDFs to editable word documents
  • Highlight and annotate your documents
  • Create your own e-Signature
  • Sign documents from your mobile device
  • Receive faxes for an additional $19.99/month

The Premium plan is available for up to 5 users. Plans run from $3 per user per month (annually) to $8 per user per month (monthly).

Features include everything in the Basic plan, plus:

  • Send documents out to be signed using their SignNow service
  • A yearly subscription to USLegal Forms Library
  • Advanced fields
  • Personal branding
  • Collect payments
  • Role-based advanced workflows
  • Advanced recipient authentication
  • Receive faxes for an additional $9.99/month

The airSlate Business Cloud plan is available for more than 5 users, from $50 per user per month. Contact sales for details.

Features include everything in the Premium plan, plus:

  • Business process automation
  • Enterprise-grade e-Signature workflows

Free trial available

pdfFiller offers a free 30-day trial, plus a 180-day money-back guarantee for their annual plans.

* The Premium plan includes a free 30-day trial for both SignNow and pdfFiller.

Software details

pdfFiller (also available on Google Workspace) is an online document management platform that gets relatively good customer reviews across the board, including 4.5/5 stars from G2 users (across about 500 reviews).

The cloud-native software is one of the less expensive options on the list, yet still allows for editing, e-signing and signature management, and cloud storage.

You will need to use their SignNow software to take advantage of e-signature capability.

pdfFiller offers the most generous money-back guarantee of any of the competitors, at 180 days from purchase.

Pros

  • Full suite of secure PDF editing tools
  • Less expensive option

Cons

  • e-Signature capability only available through a separate software
  • Does not offer an Android app

05. JotForm

Total score: 85

Security

JotForm is served across a protected 256 bit SSL connection that uses a SHA256 Certificate. The software is PCI DSS Service Provider Level 1, GDPR, California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), and HIPAA compliant (Silver plan and above).

Platform availability

The forms themselves work on desktop and mobile, in nearly every browser. However, according to the company, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox work best across all platforms.

Plans and pricing

The Starter plan is available for free but does not eliminate JotForm branding. This plan is limited to:

  • 5 forms
  • 100 monthly submissions
  • 100MB storage space
  • 10 payment submissions

The Bronze plan is available for $24 per month (annually) or $29 per month (monthly). This plan is limited to:

  • 25 forms
  • 1000 monthly submissions
  • 10GB storage space
  • 100 payment submissions

The Silver plan is available for $29 per month (annually) or $39 per month (monthly). You must reach this plan level to attain HIPAA compliance. This plan is limited to:

  • 100 forms
  • 10,000 monthly submissions
  • 100GB storage space
  • 1,000 payment submissions

The Gold plan is available for $79 per month (annually) or $99 per month (monthly). This plan level also offers HIPAA compliance. The plan is limited to:

  • Unlimited forms
  • 100,000 monthly submissions
  • 1TB storage space
  • Unlimited payment submissions

There is also an Enterprise level plan available — contact sales for details.

Free trial available

As well as offering a free plan, JotForm also has a 30-day money-back guarantee.

Software details

Jotform (not available on Google Workspace) is best known for its form creation capabilities.

However, it also offers an online PDF editor that turns collected form responses into secure PDF documents you can share with your team and customers.

You can include an e-signature widget or signature field in any document. The software incorporates ready-made templates you can customize to create secure PDF files.

The software gets good (if somewhat mixed) customer reviews, with 4/5 stars from G2 users.

Pros

  • Great for companies who need to turn simple forms into signable PDF documents
  • Submissions can automatically save as PDFs

Cons

  • Not available on Google Workspace
  • Other options are best if you need full PDF editing capabilities

06. HelloSign

HelloSign

Total score: 75

Security

HelloSign is both SOC 2 and HIPAA compliant. In addition, all documents signed through the software are compliant with Electronic ID and Trust Services (eIDAS) regulations, as well as being legally binding under the U.S. Electronic Signature in Global and National Commerce Act (ESIGN) and Uniform Electronic Transactions Act (UETA).

Platform availability

HelloSign is available as a web application as well as an iOS and Android mobile app.

Plans and pricing

The Essentials plan is available for a single user. This plan starts at $15 per month (billed annually at $180). Included features are:

  • Unlimited signature requests
  • 5 templates
  • Audit trail
  • Signer fields

The Standard plan is available for 2 or more users. Pricing starts at $25 per user per month. Features include everything in the Essentials plan, plus:

  • 15 templates
  • Custom branding
  • Bulk send
  • Team features

The Premium plan is available for 5 or more users. Contact sales for pricing. Features include everything in the Standard plan, plus:

  • Unlimited templates
  • Advanced reporting
  • Advanced signer fields

Free trial available

HelloSign offers a limited Free plan that allows you to send three free signature requests per month.

Software details

HelloSign (also available on Google Workspace) is best known for its e-signature capabilities, including sending and tracking legally binding signature requests. 

Dropbox acquired the company in 2019, and the software is also heavily integrated with Google. Users are generally happy, with G2 users giving it a rating of 4.7/5 stars. 

Compared with DocHub and the other competitors in this article, HelloSign sinks in the rankings due to its lack of PDF editing tools and slightly higher price point.

Pros

  • Great for teams that mostly need e-signature capability
  • Secure, cloud-based option that’s heavily integrated with Google

Cons

  • Limited PDF editing capabilities
  • On the higher side of price as compared with alternatives

07. Soda PDF

Total score: 75

Security

Most of the information we could find relating to security is about password protecting and otherwise securing the documents themselves, not about Soda PDF’s security. However, their website mentions safeguarding your information through SSL encryption technology, and files are only kept on the company’s servers for 24 hours.

Platform availability

Since Soda PDF is cloud-based, you can access your files online or offline on any platform.

Plans and pricing

The Free Forever plan gives you access to basic features like viewing, creating, merging, splitting, and compressing PDFs when you create an account.

The Online Standard plan is best for individuals who want just the essential features. Pricing is $4.15 per month (annually) or $5 per month (monthly).

Features include:

  • Access to the latest updates
  • View, convert, and edit PDFs

The Online Pro plan is best for power users who want a more comprehensive toolset. Pricing is $7.50 per month (annually) or $9 per month (monthly).

Features include everything in the Online Standard plan, plus:

  • Comment and annotate
  • Secure PDFs
  • Create forms
  • OCR (and search)
  • A 20-pack of E-signatures
  • Batch edit PDFs

The Business plan is available for larger companies who need additional functionality and workflow solutions. Contact sales for details.

Features include everything in the Online Pro plan, plus:

  • Flexible, customizable deployment options
  • Dedicated, personalized customer support 24/7
  • Online and desktop access to the entire suite of tools

Free trial available

Soda PDF offers a 7-day free trial that gives you access to the full functionality of the app. After the trial expires, you retain access to all features of the Free plan. For all paid plans, the software offers a 30-day money-back guarantee.

Software details

Soda PDF (also available on Google Workspace) allows your team to edit, create, convert, merge, split, sign, and secure PDFs. The software also includes an e-Sign feature that allows for signing and managing signatures remotely.

Online user reviews range from 3.5 to 4.5 stars out of 5 (from more limited numbers of reviewers), but the software includes both a free trial and 30-day guarantee and is one of the lowest-priced options on our list. 

Pros

  • Offers a robust feature set for the price
  • Low-risk option due to a combination of low price, free trial, and money-back guarantee

Cons

  • Does not offer templates
  • Not much information available about the security of the software

08. DocuSign

Total score: 70

Security

DocuSign uses ISO 27001-certified and SOC-audited data centers located across multiple geographic regions and near real-time secure data replication and encrypted archival.

Their systems use two-factor authentication and encrypted VPN access as well as 256-bit AES encryption.

The company’s e-signature capability includes a digital audit trail with a Certificate of Completion that provides non-repudiation for all documents generated and signed using DocuSign.

Access and transfer of data to and from DocuSign are via HTTPS.

Platform availability

DocuSign works on most modern browsers, including Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, IE11+, and Microsoft Edge. A mobile app is available on iPhone, iPad, Android, and Windows Phones.

Plans and pricing

The Personal plan is available for a single user. Pricing starts at $10 per month (annually) or $15 per month (monthly). The plan includes:

  • Send up to 5 documents per month for eSignature
  • Basic fields

The Standard plan is available for multiple users. Pricing starts at $25 per user per month (annually) or $45 per user per month (monthly). Features include everything in the Personal plan, plus:

  • Send documents for eSignature
  • Reminders and notifications
  • Personalized branding
  • Comments

The Business Pro plan pricing starts at $40 per user per month (annually) or $65 per user per month (monthly). Features include everything in the Standard plan, plus:

  • Collect Payments
  • Advanced fields
  • Signer attachments
  • Bulk send

DocuSign also offers what’s called “Advanced Solutions” for larger companies. Contact sales for details. These solutions include everything in the Business Pro plan, plus:

  • APIs
  • Integrations and connectors
  • Embedded signing
  • Advanced branding
  • Identification and authentication
  • Single sign-on
  • Organization administration
  • Customizable usage limits
  • Industry modules
  • Enterprise-level support

Free trial available

DocuSign offers a 30-day free trial as well as a free plan. And for annual subscription plans, they offer a refund within 30 days of purchase. 

Software details

DocuSign (also available on Google Workspace) is another of our DocHub alternatives that’s great for e-signing but falls short on some other comparison metrics. While you can add tags or fields to a PDF document, your ability to edit documents is limited.

You can send and sign documents from almost any device, and the software supports 43 different languages. Customers also seem to like using the software, with a 4.5 out of 5 star rating from G2 users.

If all you need is an e-signature software, DocuSign would rank much higher on the list, but since it doesn’t offer the same toolset as the competitors, it makes the cut for the top ten but is not a leading competitor.

Pros

  • Great for getting your documents signed
  • Available on multiple modern platforms

Cons

  • Need to edit your PDFs using some other software before uploading them to DocuSign
  • One of the more expensive alternatives

09. PDF-Xchange Editor

Total score: 60

Security

Like some of the lower-ranked software options, most of our findings relating to security are about password protecting and otherwise securing the documents themselves, not about PDF-XChange Editor’s security.

Platform availability

PDF-XChange Editor is only compatible with Windows devices.

Plans and pricing

PDF-XChange Editor does not charge monthly or annual subscription fees. Instead, all software is available via the purchase of a perpetual license.

Single-user licenses start at $46.50. A 3-user pack is available for $127.50, a 5-user pack for $210.00, a 10-user pack for $404.75, etc.

All licenses include the following features:

  • Create and apply custom stamps
  • Add clickable URL links to other PDFs
  • Add document information/Metadata/XP Metadata
  • Add images or signatures to PDF files
  • Add watermarks to documents
  • Append or insert new pages into PDFs
  • Append or insert pages from one PDF file into another
  • Send automated emails via SMTP/MS MAPI
  • Control over PDF creation properties

Free trial available

PDF-XChange Editor offers what they call an “evaluation copy” of their software.

Software details

PDF-XChange Editor (not available on Google Workspace) is a license-based software that allows you to create, view, edit, annotate, and digitally sign PDF files. More than 70% of the features do not require a license to use. However, please note that you will have to purchase a license to use the digital signing capabilities. 

The software is slightly limited compared to the competitors, with no ability to use or create templates, very little data available about the software’s security, and no Google integration.

Online user reviews are generally good, with G2 users ranking the software 4.5/5 stars.

Pros

  • No ongoing fees once you pay for the initial license
  • Feature-rich PDF editing software

Cons

  • Maintenance and access to new versions after 12 months for an additional fee
  • Cannot edit scanned PDFs

10. PDF Merge and Split

Total score: 55

Security

Like some of the lower-ranked software options, most of our findings relating to security are about password protecting and otherwise securing the documents themselves, not about PDF Merge and Split’s security.

Platform availability

PDF Merge and Split is cloud-based software that supports modern browsers like Google Chrome, IE10+, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge, and Safari.

Plans and pricing

PDF Merge and Split is a free software offering.

Software details

PDF Merge and Split (also available on Google Workspace) is a bare-bones software option that allows you to merge, split, remove pages, and rotate PDFs.

There are very few user reviews available online, with a G2 user ranking of 3.7/5 stars. And the app is a very simple web interface that allows you to work from your local machine (without uploading your PDF to a server).

Pros

  • Offers a Google integration
  • Straightforward user interface

Cons

  • Does not offer PDF editing or annotation tools, forms, or templates
  • Not much information is available online about the software

Alternatives to DocHub: What’s best for you?

Now it’s time to take what you’ve learned today and apply it to your particular needs. With these ten excellent DocHub alternatives in your pocket, it should be much easier to make the right choice for you.

Consider what tools are necessary (versus nice to have), your budget, what kind of security considerations your company has, and the user experience you’d like to have. 

In our opinion, PandaDoc is one of the best alternatives out there. Across the board, the software checked every box we used in our comparison metrics. 

But don’t take our word for it. Start your 14-day PandaDoc free trial today and see for yourself.

Frequently asked questions

  • There are a potentially overwhelming number of alternatives to DocHub. Our research indicates that PandaDoc is the best DocHub alternative. This article also covers the other nine options you might consider.

  • DocHub pricing starts at $0 for the free plan. Their Pro Plan starts at $4.99 per user per month, and they offer a 30-day free trial.

  • No. DocHub is not owned by Google. The company is headquartered in the Greater Boston area and is currently led by CEO Chris Devor. DocHub is, however, fully integrated with Google Drive.

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