Top 5 PDF editors for Mac

Would you like to sign the current rental agreement or the NDA document you received in the mail? Typically, you need to download the PDF, print it, add details, then scan it with mobile document scanners and send it back. It’s time consuming and requires additional hardware to get things done. With a powerful PDF editor software, you can edit PDF with multiple fonts, add watermarks, add a comment, highlight sections, add a signature and much more. There are dozen of PDF editors for the Mac platform. Let’s find the best options among them.

We’ve already covered iOS-friendly PDF editors. However, the overall experience is not as good as on the desktop. And that’s why you need to invest in a good PDF editor on Mac.

The macOS has a built-in PDF viewer and editor, but is limited in many ways and the export options are few compared to a third-party PDF editor. In this post, we’re going to talk about the top five PDF editors for Mac. Let’s begin.

1. PDF Expert Pro

PDF Expert is my recommendation for anyone looking for a solid PDF editor on Mac. It’s simple, easy to use, and feature-rich with the right number of options in the right place.

Aside from PDF editing, the software also works better with PDF viewing. In the Annotate menu, you can use the highlight, strikethrough, and underline tools. My favorite feature is notes and you can add a note to any part of the PDF. A small note icon will appear in this file.

Speaking of e-books, you will find the side-by-side page layout very useful. Other features include the ability to add stamps, signatures, annotations, and more.

PDF expert editing

PDF Expert is available for iOS, macOS and iPadOS. The company offers a 7-day free trial, after which the entire suite costs $ 80.

2. Adobe Acrobat Pro

Speaking of PDFs and we don’t mention any offer from Adobe? No chance. The company offers Adobe Acrobat Pro software, which is preferable if you live in an Adobe ecosystem of creative apps.

Adobe Acrobat Home

I like how Adobe puts some of the basic PDF functionality on the home screen. You can tap a PDF file on the last menu and add a comment, add a signature, share, and edit. The editing interface is overall intuitive, and I didn’t experience any lag while navigating the software on my slow-performing MacBook Air.

Adobe Acrobat

The main features include the integration of text, images, password protection for PDFs, watermarks, page organization and more. You can save the PDF in Adobe Cloud and edit the file from any device.

The software comes with a free 7-day trial and costs $ 15 per month after that. The software is part of Adobe’s Creative suite of apps that cost $ 60 per month to subscribe.

3. Soda PDF

So far we’ve talked about software solutions that require installation on Mac. Let’s talk about some of the best web-based PDF editors out there. This can be handy when you want to make minimal changes to a PDF and don’t want to download separate software.

Soda PDF recently received a welcome makeover on the web. It looks and feels modern now. All relevant options are nicely divided into eight categories on the start page. The edit menu is simple and has the most basic options. You can add text and images, add a shape, and even draw on PDF.

Soda pdf

Other features include the ability to compress PDF, converters to JPEG or PPT or PDF Excel. You can also merge PDF, split PDF, eSign PDF, unlock PDF, and even password protect PDF.

Soda PDF offers a 14-day free trial. After that, it costs $ 12 a month. It is web based so you can pay on one platform and use the software on any desktop platform including Windows, Linux and Chrome SHE.

Soda PDF editing

4. Sejda PDF

Sejda is one of my favorite web-based PDF editors. The homepage is very easy on the eyes. The functions are presented easily accessible on the standard page. Each option is easily identifiable and within easy reach.

The editing functions include the usual text, link, highlighter, signature, shapes and more. I like the form menu here. This allows you to add quick check marks (usually required to fill out forms) and interactive fields. A well thought out addition to the company.

Sejda pdf home

Before the export, the software offers a number of options to make the final changes. You can merge, edit, compress, delete and split pages before sharing them via email or other social network. Click on Download and you can download the file directly in your preferred Cloud-Save storage, including Dropbox, or Google Drive OneDrive.

Sejda PDF editing

The software is free to use for 7 days and then costs $ 7.5 per month, relatively less than the competition.

5. Small PDF

Small PDF is one of the solid PDF editors out there. I like its web version. The homepage is nicely divided into 21 categories for editing a PDF. From the homepage, you can edit a PDF, convert it to other formats, electronically sign a PDF, share a PDF, and more. You don’t have to go through hundreds of options to get things done.

Small PDF start page

The edit menu offers the most basic options. You can add text and images, add a shape, and even draw on PDF. My only problem with Small PDF is that you can’t do multiple actions on the same menu. You must return to the home page to make changes.

Small pdf

Small PDF offers a 14-day free trial and costs $ 12 per month after that.

Edit PDFs like a pro

The Mac platform has some solid PDF editors and excellent options from across the web. If you plan to live in the Apple ecosystem, choose PDF Expert Pro. It’s the best option for Mac users and offers a relatively affordable one-time purchase. Adobe users should stick with Adobe Acrobat Pro, which Adobe uses Cloud to synchronize the documents and all changes.

If you’re juggling between Mac, Windows, and Linux, then you should look for the web-based PDF editors on Mac.

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