The Best PDF Editor Software

The Best PDF Editor Software

Our Picks

BEST CHOICE   PDFelement    Windows/macOS, $79
QUICKEST AND EASIEST   PDF Expert   macOS Only, $79.99
MOST POWERFUL   Adobe Acrobat Pro   Windows/macOS, $14.99 per month

Whether you’re aiming to go paperless in 2018, produce some new training material, or make your product brochures available online, you’re likely to choose PDF as a file format. Adobe Acrobat files are the closest digital equivalent to sheets of paper. With the right software, you can do a lot more than just read them.

PDF stands for Portable Document Format, and was designed as a way to distribute information electronically while retaining the original formatting and page layout. Your document should look the same on any computer, which makes it perfect for sharing content you need to look right. The format is based on the Postscript printing language, which makes an Acrobat file a literal electronic printout of your document.

When we share documents we don’t expect or want others to modify, we’ll often use a PDF. You never know what someone might do to a Word document, or if it will even look the same on their computer. But it is actually possible to modify a PDF — you just need the right PDF editor software.

In this roundup review, we’ll compare the major apps that are able to work with PDFs, and help you to find the one that best meets your needs.

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