The top 5 tools for editing PDFs in 2024

It is not always easy to navigate the multitude of PDF editors and viewers that abound on the web. Our deliberately reduced selection will tell you which PDF file editor to choose and why.

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Adobe Acrobat Pro, the historic PDF editor

Take advantage of the historical PDF editor tools Adobe Acrobat ProTake advantage of the historical PDF editor tools Adobe Acrobat Pro
Take advantage of the tools of the historical PDF editor Adobe Acrobat Pro // Source: Adobe

Adobe Acrobat Pro is the historical editor for PDF files. Did you know that it was Adobe who invented this particular format which allows you to find the same layout, regardless of the viewer used to read the document? Adobe Acrobat Reader DC is the most popular viewer. In fact, it is logical that the user stays in the same line when choosing their editor.

We often talk about the expensive price of the subscription, but we must not forget all the innovations made and the numerous improvements that you can benefit from very regularly. Recently, Adobe Acrobat Pro has stood out in theimproved intuitive form creation and filling with, in addition, the possibility of signing, of requesting the signature of other interlocutors, and also of following the signature process with certification.

PDFelement, a complete but easy-to-use editor

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Edit your PDFs intuitively with PDFelement // Source: Wondershare

PDFelement stands out from other editors thanks to its completely intuitive interface. Everything is positioned so that the user immediately finds the tool they want. Impossible to get lost in the different menus and yet, the software offered by Wondershare does not lack features. Users appreciate the tool’s compatibility with different platforms and the converting PDF to other office formats.

PDFelement’s latest update rolled out AI to its features, allowing you to translate and extract data, but also helping you in writing your document. There is no doubt that future versions will contain new AI-related features, streamlining your workflow to optimize it.

ILovePDF, an editor to do everything with your PDFs

Take advantage of ILovePDF's many editing featuresTake advantage of ILovePDF's many editing features
Take advantage of ILovePDF’s many editing features // Source: ILovePDF

iLovePDF is the latest nugget that caught our eye. Not only is it compatible with all platforms (even Linux thanks to the web version), but its free version allows you to test almost all the functionalities (except the conversion to DOCX and XLSX), even the modification function – however a limitation in file size.

The online service provides access to all tools without installing software, and the incorporation of remote storage accounts like Google Drive or Dropbox allows you to retrieve files from cloud and save them to cloud when processed.

The Premium subscription is more geared towards professionals who will benefit from it with the possibility of creating and managing a team of collaborators in a standardized workspace with company logo and common layout parameters to harmonize the set of documents.

PDF-XChange Editor, a Ribbon mode interface

PDF-XChange Editor provides many free toolsPDF-XChange Editor provides many free tools
PDF-XChange Editor provides many free tools // Source: Tracker Software Products

PDF-XChange Editor is part of this selection for all lovers of the ribbon format interface dear to Microsoft. Although it is only compatible with Windows PCs, the software has many advantages such as freehand drawing, ideal for your Surface PC with its stylus, or the possibility ofinsert audio comments, just as you would leave a comment or annotation. Another interesting feature: thevirtual printer which transforms your office documents into a PDF file whose content and layout cannot be modified.

All of these tools are accessible, even with the free version of the software. The paid license provides more advanced management and protection tools, the ability to sign documents digitally with certificate system and a powerful character recognition module.

Foxit PDF Editor, innovative tools to simplify modifying your PDFs

Foxit PDF Editor integrates innovative editing tools for your PDFsFoxit PDF Editor integrates innovative editing tools for your PDFs
Foxit PDF Editor integrates innovative editing tools for your PDFs // Source: Foxit Corporation

Foxit PDF Editor integrates all the essential features for editing your PDF documents. The feature that sets it apart from its competitors is the tool Smart Redac. Contrary to what one might think, it does not help you write content, but it simplifies the process of censoring sensitive documents. Instead of reading all the pages of many documents, the user uses the batch processing system, indicates the words to be censored, which will automatically be highlighted in black, so as to be unreadable.

The scanner, combined with the OCR tool, allows you to scan, identify and directly edit contracts and other documents in text or image format, in just a few clicks. We will also not forget to mention the live sharing and collaboration system, or the electronic signature system.


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