Can you recommend a free PDF editor?

A. O. Gutierrez November 1, 2010

Is there any good freeware for editing PDF documents?

  1. Aguatec
    November 10, 2010 at 10:50 pm

    Sorry if I missed it but has anyone tried Nitro PDF reader (it is also a PDF writer)

    It's free and , in my opinion very good!


  2. Rachelle
    November 10, 2010 at 6:51 pm

    Wow, I just used pdf escape and my life is about to change. I'm a Ph.D. student with literally thousands of pdf articles. I used to have to print any article that I needed to annotate. This is an amazing resource!

  3. kannan
    November 10, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    One more software is Infix PDF editor. Though it is not free, you can get a free license with a review. For details, go here All the best.

  4. kannan
    November 10, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    how about pdfill at ? Looks it meets the requirements of offline pdf editor. why not try?

  5. LV620
    November 10, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    I use OpenOffice draw with a PDF editor extension and it works really well

  6. Ebaker1954
    November 10, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    What about for a MAC

  7. Courvilp
    November 8, 2010 at 1:09 pm
    • Robhp
      November 10, 2010 at 2:50 pm

      $ 99 is NOT free

  8. JKB
    November 7, 2010 at 12:45 am

    I did the all of the research, & comparisons, &
    THE ANSWER IS .. .

    'PDF-XChange Viewer'


    • Robhp
      November 10, 2010 at 2:52 pm

      The OP asked for a free PDF Editor
      If your link was to a PDF editor, wouldn't -
      'PDF-XChange Viewer'
      be called -
      'PDF-XChange EDITOR'
      instead ?

      • JKB
        November 11, 2010 at 10:20 am


        This program's exact name is
        'PDF-XChange Viewer', yet,
        make no mistake about it,
        this is NOT merely a 'viewer'.

        It has 'markup' tools.

        And, not only that,
        it has very many more markup tools, & functionalities,
        than you will find in any similar product.

        AND, IT IS FREE!
        [Fat cats at Adobe don't need my money.]

        I have tried it, &
        it's the 'real deal'.

        Check out
        all of the screenshots
        at the link above.

        Sorry, Adobe.

        • Anonymous
          November 11, 2010 at 6:58 pm

          It can annotate, and highlight.
          I use it too, however -
          it is not the Editor that the OP inquired about.

        • Lukas Fenz
          February 21, 2012 at 9:38 pm

           + PDF-XChange now offers excellent OCR for free. I tried some free pdf-readers and want to say that only PDF-XChange can replace Adobe as the best mode.

  9. Sam
    November 7, 2010 at 12:29 am

    I would suggest creating a document with Word first and use the BullZip PDF printer to save the doc as a pdf.

  10. Aibek
    November 2, 2010 at 5:11 pm


    you may first convert PDF document to word

    mae edits in word and then convert it back to PDF

  11. Saikat Basu
    November 1, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    We had a small mention of PDF Escape before.

    Then there's PDFVue and PDF Hammer.

    Are you looking for an online or offline tool?

    • Robhp
      November 10, 2010 at 2:53 pm

      I would like a free offline PDF editor

  12. Kylegriswold
    November 1, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    A. O. Gutierrez,

    A good free option for editing PDFs is PDFescape. It is a webapp currently in the beta stage. You can "upload files to view them, modify them, form fill them, and even create new forms." No logo, watermark, or other tag is added to your file. PDFescape is truly free. It allows you to add/whiteout text, move/delete pages, and add sticky notes among other things. There is a limit of 50 pages to documents (probably because the document has to be uploaded before it can be edited). You can use this service without registering, although nothing will be saved for obvious reasons.

    Hope this helps.

    K. Griswold

    • Kylegriswold
      November 2, 2010 at 3:49 pm

      I should have known that MUO had already covered such a thing and referred you to the article. Would have saved me a bit of copying and pasting from the website.

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