Best PDF Editors 2017: PDF Software Reviews

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We test and rate the best PDF editors you can get, including Adobe Acrobat, Foxit, Nuance Power PDF, Nitro and more. Most of the packages here cost money but it is possible to edit PDFs for free.

PDF (Portable Document Format) is one of the most popular types of document for sharing as most devices and computers can open a PDF for the recipient to read. It doesn’t matter whether you’re using a laptop or a smartphone, nor which software was used to create it. 

But while some PDF reader software allows you to annotate or add comments, such as the free Foxit Reader, sometimes you need to edit the actual PDF itself. This is possible with the tools below, even if a different program was used to make the file in the first place. Such programs allow to to do things like convert a PDF to Word format.

Do I need to pay for a PDF editor?

Not necessarily. It depends on what you need to do with the file. It can be worth trying a free one to see if it has the tools and options to make the necessary edits, but in some cases you won’t be able to do what you need to unless you pay for a more advanced package.

All software below lets you create PDFs from other files – including .doc – but they also allow you to edit PDF files so that you don’t need to track down the original source file in its native format. In addition, most of them also provide advanced features such as form creation, digital signature and ID certification, and collaborative review and commenting, that you generally don’t get with free PDF packages.

We’ve included one free option here, but again, check out our guide on how to edit PDFs for free.

Online PDF editors

If you don’t want to install any software, you can edit up to three PDFs online using PDF Pro for free, and there’s also FormSwift PDF editor online.

Best PDF Editor reviews

Nuance Power PDF 2


Nitro Pro 11


Nitro Pro 11

Foxit PhantomPDF Business 7


Foxit PhantomPDF Business 7

Wondershare PDFelement


Wondershare PDFelement

Adobe Acrobat DC


Adobe Acrobat DC

AbleWord


AbleWord

Able2Extract 11 Pro


Able2Extract 11 Pro

Tracker PDF XChange Pro


Tracker PDF XChange Pro

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