Best PDF Editor

I had covered a list of free pdf editors in the past, now here is another article covering Best PDF Editors. The list is mixed bag of desktop based and online tools and softwares. I have categorized the PDF editors into two sections: Software and Online. Software PDF editors are the kinda that you download and install on your computer, whereas online PDF editors you may use through your web browser, without the need to install any software.

List of Best pdf editors

  • Free PDF editor - Although this isn’t an actual editor, FPE should be noted as a lightweight and simple PDF creator that may be downloaded completely free of charge.
  • PDFill - Similar to Free PDF editor, this piece of software allows to edit and design forms, draw shapes, scan forms or photos, and much more.
  • Bluebeam PDF Revu - This is a very powerful and professional PDF reader and writer. Though the trial is limited, it is worth giving a shot just to see how far these types of software can really go. The aesthetics are very nice, but with a pricetag of 150, I’d suggest looking at the other options, unless you’re looking for high performance and options.

Online

  • PDFHammer - A free online PDF “arranger” that enables you to re-arrange PDF pages, combine different PDFs into one, protect your PDF files with passwords, and also give you the ability to update your PDFs metadata (document information). There is also a paid version available.
  • PDFescape - Another good PDF software editor. Allows you to read, edit, fill & design forms just like the best of them.

Which one should I choose?

Because of the fact that the online editors don’t require any installations, I would recommend them. Not only can they be accessed from any computer with a web browser, but they also aren’t specific to a certain operating system, such as Windows or Mac. They can be used on any operating system that supports active web browsing! They also work just as well as the various software products you may find. However, becuase the software versions may be accessed even when an internet connection isn’t present, the software packages may be considered to be a more reliable choice, as the server for one of the online PDF could go down at any minute for any reason. With so many options available, It really boils down to personal choice. I would suggest trying them all out and then deciding what works best for you.

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14 Responses to “Best PDF Editor”

  1. 1Chris on Jul 2, 2009 :

    “Free PDF editor” isn’t an editor. It’s a PDF creator… Really just a very misleadingly named software. You can’t open an existing PDF file.

    “PDFHammer” only rearranges PDF pages.. doesn’t allow you to edit the content. “PDFescape” can actually do everything it can do (plus a lot more). The “Paid” version you refer to isn’t an online product. It’s NitroPDF (which is actually a pretty good editor, but not free or online)

  2. 2CELCOM on Sep 21, 2009 :

    i had searched web for more than two hour but was unable to find totally free but good pdf editor, the one which i liked was not free but can be used free if we can tolarate dark big water mark left on the final pdf work as foolows “Changed with demo version of CAD-KAS PDF-Editor http://www.cadkas.com“. The paid version is very expensive, can any one inform me where can i get simillar software totally free

  3. 3Qoppa on Oct 14, 2009 :

    Missing in this list of best PDF editors is PDF Studio, a powerful PDF editor / annotator that provides a large number of functions on PDF documents at a fraction of the cost of Adobe® Acrobat® and other PDF tools such as Bluebeam. PDF Studio maintains full compatibility with the PDF Standard and best of all works on all platforms: Windows, Mac and Linux! At $60 only, PDF Studio Standard is a good choice for most users to review, annotate and manipulate documents. For professionals and advanced users, PDF Studio Pro at $95 includes very sophisticated functions such as precision measuring tools, preflight PDF/X verification and batch processes.

  4. 4oman on Apr 10, 2010 :

    Missing in this list is Infix Pdf editor, which by the way is now offering a free license for their product.
    I am using pdf editor in issuing invoices for outsourcing charges for my clients,
    I use Infix to edit dates, amounts, and logos if necessary in my pdf docs.
    I have search all over the internet searching for free pdf editors, some softwares will claim that it is the best free solution to your editing needs but all that it is,
    is a basic pdf creator,you may also stumble upon a pdf editor which only rearrange PDF files and not let you edit its contents, pretty misleading eh.

    the best feature i can share with you, is that it works like a word processor
    you can make corrections to hidden text in scanned OCR PDFs, great right..
    there’s more..
    check out Infix’s loads of features: visit http://www.iceni.com/infix.htm

    the catch is, they are willing to give you a license for their Infix PDF editor product which they charge $99, FREE of charge.

    All you need to do is to create a mini-review in a web site or post a review of Infix in a public forum (such as this). they’ll have fill out a form so you can tell them where they can find your review and once they’ve been there and read your comments, they’ll give you a free license. kasimple anu nga hehe..:D

  5. 5Gabriel Silverstein on Apr 12, 2010 :

    I find it amazing that when I was first looking for pdf editor software I found a lot of product descriptions but no real user reviews, so this is helpful. I ended up getting the Cadkas pdf editor and I still have it years later. I am now looking for the same thing for a Mac. I am going to upgrade my Vista platform to the newest Cadkas version (3.0 I think). So far I’ve been very happy with it (3 years now I think). I run my Vista OS on the Mac through Parallels but I don’t always keep that on (memory hog - typical Microsoft OS). I wish they had a Mac version for when I’m not using Vista because it was easy to learn (I never read any instructions) and it does a great job automatching fonts, etc. when I re-write things.

    Most of what I do for pdf editing is a) adding pages and/or reorganizing them b) deleting existing pages and c) deleting or modifying text or graphics. I also use it a lot to sign documents and fill in forms because I sign several documents a day, many of which come to me in pdf form and I don’t always want to print them out to sign by hand and re-scan them. I also have to do this for clients as well and after a few such printing and scanning cycles they can get pretty hard to read.

    If anyone knows Cadkas’ software and knows of a Mac pdf editing program as good or user friendly I’d love to know about it. For my Microsoft platform I’ve found that version to be easy to use and able to do everything I need. Unlike Celcom’s comment, I thought it was very reasonably priced. Anything under $100 to me for good features is a great deal.

  6. 6Ralph Soule on Jun 1, 2010 :

    The program I would recommend for the Mac is PDFPen from Smile on My Mac, http://www.smileonmymac.com/PDFpen/

  7. 7Gabriel Silverstein on Jun 1, 2010 :

    Ralph, thanks for the idea. I continue to learn more with the CadKas 3.0 software, which I still don’t use extensively but it’s a huge leap forward over 2.5 (or was it 2.6?). I just checked this out for Mac, it’s a free trial and then $49.95. At quick glance it doesn’t seem as robust as some other systems (i.e the one I’m using on Windows Vista among others) but it’s for Mac, so that’s a good start for me.

    Thanks again.

  8. 8Jennifer on Jun 16, 2010 :

    I am using pdf editor in issuing invoices for outsourcing charges to my clients and also for my garment style sheets where
    I use Infix to edit dates, amounts, and logos and to modify designs if necessary in my pdf docs.
    I have searched all over the internet searching for free pdf editors, some softwares will claim that it is the best free solution to your editing needs but all that it is,
    As a basic pdf creator,you may also stumble upon a pdf editor which only rearranges PDF files and not let you edit its content.The best feature i can share with you, is that it works like a word processor
    you can make corrections to hidden text in scanned OCR PDFs, great right..
    there’s more..
    check out infix PDF editor. The link to Infix PDF editor is http://www.iceni.com/infix.htm.

    Try this it is wonderful.

  9. 9Christian D on Jul 11, 2010 :

    I’ve used Inceni’s infix in cases where I have lost the original documents and did not want to recreate the sometimes complex content just to change a number or a sentence.
    In most cases I worked before with the Adobe Acrobat “insert” a text box, covering the “to be changed” place or text, which is really painful. Fonts do not really match, the alignment is odd or not wrong at all.
    I tried different tools which work with translation into Word or RTF format. Some of them look good at first sight, but when you start working with that document, you are going to regret the time you spend for it, as the layout is most of the time completely crap.

    With Infix you really stay where you need to be and just fix that little omission or error easily.

  10. 10chris on Sep 26, 2010 :

    I want to tell you about INFIX - a fantastic pdf editing package !! Rather than just patching over fixed format elements - this editor is the “real thing” just like a word processor but in pdf format. I am using pdf editor in preparing the accounts and annual reports for our company. What a time saver it is - no more converting to different file formats. I use INFIX to edit dates, amounts, and logos and to modify designs if necessary in all my pdf docs.
    I have searched all over the internet searching for pdf editors, don’t be fooled some editors only rearranges PDF files and not let you edit its content.

    The link to the Infix PDF editor is http://www.iceni.com/infix.htm.

    Try this it is FANTASTIC !!

  11. 11GY on Sep 27, 2010 :

    I have downloaded the trial version of the Infix PDF. The installation is very easy and fast. I tried to edit some PDF files without even reading the manual and it is very easy. I would recommend trying ths software. The link to Infix PDF editor is http://www.iceni.com/infix.htm.

  12. 12Muhammad Naveed on Oct 16, 2010 :

    Infix PDF editor is really an amazing product.i were searching for such an editor for a long time.it works fast and wonderfully.it has almost all the options.it very lightweight.

  13. 13Jessica on Nov 7, 2010 :

    Uhg I’ve tried so many sites & programs and I’m utterly disappointed. Even the ones the people above rave about don’t do anything. What is the purpose of drawing a box, inserting images if you can’t move an image the already exists.

    All I want to do is not have to print 1 item 6 times on a 3′x8′ sheet of paper when all 6 would fit on there. Maybe I’m looking in the wrong place but the file is a PDF.

    I give up. Maybe someone can suggest something I missed. So far every single one I’ve tried didn’t have a simple cut & paste option which I feel is all I really needed.

  14. 14Lloyd Peck on Mar 28, 2011 :

    I needed a pdf program that would open multiple documents (hopefully in the same window) and allow copy/cut and paste operations between them. Tried Infix, Nitro, PDF Editor and Foxit Phantom - plus some others I do not remember (I downloaded trial versions for 3 days). Nitro and Foxit Phantom by far beat out the rest allowing to my needs. But Foxit Phantom did much better than Nitro because it allowed the paste operations to occur seamlessly. Most times when pasting with Nitro - the paste itself would remain selected and - included in the selection - were other items on the page. Which meant I could not move or format the paste without deselecting all items then trying to select just the pasted values — no fun at all..

    Foxit Phantom can go head to head with Acrobat or any editor out there. Price was $119 but after a search online I found a $20 coupon that took it to $99. I am very happy with the purchase, it does exactly what I need and offers a complete array of other editing tools.

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