Movavi PDF Editor

  • Creating a PDF document from scratch
  • Applying digital signatures
  • Adding text, images, and other content
  • Converting PDFs to various file formats

List of Best Free PDF Editors

We often need to create or edit a PDF file – for instance, you may need to create a new report from scratch, merge scanned documents into a single file, or edit an existing PDF to keep its content up-to-date. If you are new to working with PDFs, it can be difficult to figure out which PDF-editing tool works best for you.

Top 10 Best PDF-Editing Software Tools for Desktop

Before choosing a software solution for working with PDFs, you should decide which features you need most. First of all, the software has to support basic editing features like an ability to merge and split PDF documents, an ability to add and edit images, and a PDF conversion option. The chosen tool must have a simple and easily navigated interface. Surely, it is also preferable that the files would be processed without any loss of quality.

We have compiled a list of the top well-known PDF editors, including our highly recommended Movavi PDF Editor. We hope the list will be useful for anyone seeking more information about editing PDF files.

Movavi PDF Editor

  • Type: PDF viewer, PDF creator, PDF editor & PDF converter
  • Operating system: Windows, Mac OS X

The PDF Editor is one of the most effective instruments for working with PDF files. A free trial provides a full version of the latest Movavi PDF Editor release for free for a limited time (7 days).

What you can do with Movavi PDF Editor:

  • Open, navigate, and print PDF documents
  • Add and edit text
  • Insert, crop, and resize an image in a PDF doc
  • Sign PDF documents
  • Combine and merge files into a single PDF
  • Split a large PDF into smaller size files
  • Extract images from PDF files to JPG, PNG, BMP
  • Convert JPG, PNG, BMP, and other images to PDF files

Movavi PDF Editor is available for free as a PDF reader. For more advanced issues, the PDF Editor offers affordable 1- and 12-month subscription plans (starts from just $4.95).

Soda PDF

  • Type: PDF viewer, PDF editor & PDF manager
  • Operating system: Windows, Mac OS X

Soda PDF takes a top position in the rating of the best PDF editors. This app brings a welcome surprise for desktop users. Thanks to its set of features and operating speed, Soda PDF outpaces many other software solutions.

What you can do with Soda PDF:

  • View and comment PDF documents
  • Insert and edit images
  • Add text to a PDF document
  • Apply digital signatures and stamps
  • Crop and rotate pages
  • Split and combine PDF files
  • Compress files

Please note that some features must be purchased separately. Soda PDF’s subscription plan starts from €15 ($17).

Sejda PDF

  • Type: PDF viewer, PDF editor & PDF manager
  • Operating system: Windows, Mac OS X, Linux

Sejda is a PDF management tool designed for speedy work with PDF documents. It is very simple, originally focused on fast e-signing, and it offers only basic text editing for uploaded PDF files. But that’s also why we like it.

What you can do with Sejda PDF:

  • Combine and merge PDF files
  • Split one PDF into two or more files
  • Edit text and other content
  • Crop and rotate pages
  • Apply watermarks to PDFs
  • Secure and sign PDF documents
  • White out and highlight content
  • Convert PDFs to Word docs and JPG images

There are a few limitations in the free version. For example, the page count cannot exceed 200 pages, and the file size of the import cannot exceed 50 МB. Also, the program can perform only 3 tasks per day. For more advanced issues, Sejda PDF offers a Desktop+Web license that costs $5.25 per month.

PDFsam Basic

  • Type: PDF merger, PDF splitter & PDF manager
  • Operating system: Windows, Mac OS X, Linux

PDFsam Basic cannot boast a polished-to-perfection and comfy interface. Besides, the free version doesn’t allow to edit contents or convert from and to PDF for free. Yet, it has a few useful PDF-organizing features available without any fees.

What you can do with PDFsam Basic:

  • Merge PDFs in different modes (combine whole files, alternate odd/even pages)
  • Split PDFs in different modes (split by file size, split by bookmarks, etc.)
  • Rotate pages (if you scan a landscape-oriented spreadsheet in portrait orientation)
  • Extract pages by page numbers
  • Convert from and to PDF ($10)
  • Edit text and other content ($30)

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PDF-XChange Editor

  • Type: PDF viewer, PDF creator, PDF editor & PDF converter
  • Operating system: Windows

PDF-XChange Editor is full-featured PDF-editing software that you can install on Windows. A fair warning though: this program might be a little hard-to-use for beginners because of the huge amount of menus and features.

However, if you have enough time and energy to explore all the features on your own, you'll find that it isn’t as daunting as it might seem first.

What you can do with PDF-XChange Editor:

  • Open and view PDF files
  • Add notes and annotations to a PDF document
  • Split, merge, and reorder PDF files
  • Secure and sign PDF documents (available on a paid basis)
  • Convert PDFs to Word, Excel, and PowerPoint (available on a paid basis)
  • Compress files (available on a paid basis)
  • Watermark specific PDF pages (available on a paid basis)

PDF-XChange Editor is a good solution for Windows users who need basic PDF-editing features and are ready to explore these features on their own.

Foxit Reader

  • Type: PDF reader & PDF converter
  • Operating system: Windows, Mac OS X, Linux

Foxit is a fast and convenient PDF reader with different view modes. It’s perfect for users that need a simple tool for reading PDFs without additional features. The software is available on all common operating systems.

What you can do with Foxit Reader:

  • Read and annotate PDF documents
  • Search for words or phrases in a PDF file
  • Select, resize, and rotate pages in documents

In addition, there is a PDF-to-DOCX conversion option in some tablet versions of Foxit Reader. This option is available within a subscription at a giveaway price of 20 cents per month.

iSkysoft

  • Type: PDF viewer, PDF creator, PDF editor & PDF converter
  • Operating system: Windows, Mac OS X

iSkysoft PDF Editor is a full-featured PDF solution that offers everything you need to create, convert, edit, and securely share your PDF files. Available for both Mac OS X and Windows operating systems.

What you can do with iSkysoft:

  • View and annotate PDF files
  • Edit text and other content
  • Insert, extract, replace, and rotate pages in PDF documents
  • Secure and sign PDF documents
  • Convert PDFs to Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Compress PDF files

iSkysoft PDF Editor is good in many ways and would be almost ideal if not for the fact that it has a watermark in its free trial version. The watermark can’t make it difficult to view or print PDF documents, however, it can be a sudden obstacle to editing, saving, and sharing your PDFs.

Nitro Pro

  • Type: PDF reader, PDF editor & PDF converter
  • Operating system: Windows

An alternative program to edit PDF files is the Nitro Pro PDF editor. There is a slight possibility of quality degradation in the exported file, but the program handles all of the operations with PDF documents quickly and efficiently.

What you can do with Nitro Pro:

  • Read and share PDFs
  • Insert and edit images
  • Organize pages in a PDF document
  • Merge and split existing PDF files
  • Digitally sign PDF documents
  • Convert PDFs to Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

The software is currently only available for Windows users, so if you are looking for PDF software for Mac OS X, we recommend skipping the program.

PDFescape

  • Type: PDF reader, PDF editor & PDF manager
  • Operating system: Windows

PDFescape is another PDF editor for Windows that deserves attention. It lets you view and edit PDF docs quickly and with minimal effort. The only downside is that your PDF files should be less than 10 MB or less than 100 pages.

What you can do with PDFescape:

  • Open and view PDF files (free)
  • Edit text and other content (available on a paid basis)
  • Merge and split PDF files (free)
  • Change the page order, delete or rotate pages (free)
  • Secure & sign PDF documents (available on a paid basis)
  • Convert PDFs to other file formats (available on a paid basis)

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ApowerPDF

  • Type: PDF creator, PDF text editor & PDF converter
  • Operating system: Windows, Mac OS X

There are two versions of ApowerPDF: a free web app and a premium desktop program. Here, we're using the online editor; if you download the desktop software, you'll only receive a trial of the premium edition.

What you can do with ApowerPDF:

  • Create new PDF files
  • Edit text (including formatting)
  • Insert images (JPG, PNG)
  • Add, delete, or move pages in a PDF
  • Digitally sign PDF documents
  • Convert PDFs to image files

You can edit text, insert multiple images, add a signature to PDF documents, convert your PDF to an image file and vice versa. You can even create a PDF file from scratch. Still, you should remember that the files are processed online and there’s no guarantee your data will be kept secure and confidential.

We have outlined the top 10 PDF editors for desktop users. We hope you find it to be a useful and interesting read.

By Drusilla Thornsson
October 18, 2018

Movavi PDF Editor

Just what you need to manipulate PDF files!

  • Merge and split PDF files
  • Add, rearrange, and remove individual pages
  • View multiple PDFs and images
  • Convert images into PDFs
  • Extract single pages from PDF documents

Disclaimer: Please be aware that Movavi Screen Recorder does not allow capture of copy-protected video and audio streams.