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Best Free PDF Editor for Mac(OS Sierra Included)

PDF is a great format for distribution and sharing of files, you can open it, print it, even copy text from it, but the major downside, of course, is that you can’t modify PDF files easily and freely once it’s been created. In this case, a free mac PDF editor is extremely useful as it allows you to edit and re-master PDF documents. Here we have rounded up the best FREE PDF editing software that everyone should try, you can choose the one fits your needs from the list according to information covered in the following 5 parts.

A Glance of Best Mac PDF Editors


PDF Editor Features Price
1 Cisdem PDFManagerUltimate Edit, read,sign, annotate, highlight, merge, split, compress, encrypt, convert (scanned) PDF files to editable formats $69.99
2 Readdle PDF Expert Edit, annotate, fill out and sign PDFs


3 Preview Read, split, merge, highlights,annotate, encrypt, compress and export to several editable formats Free
4 Skim Read, highlight, edit note Free
5 PDFescape Read, edit, encrypte, fill out forms Free
6 PDFBuddy Edit,add text, annotate, sign, split, merge Free

Part 1.Best Free Mac PDF Editor


Your Mac comes with Preview, which is adequate for reading and managing PDF files, even doing some editing: It’s basically a limited PDF editor, for free, and there’s no download required! But if you've run the gamut (no pun intended) with what you can do with Preview, you're probably in need of something a bit more sophisticated.

With Preview, you can zoom, split, merge PDFs, add highlights and notes, rotate, add bookmark, protect PDF, and export to other editable formats.


Skim is a PDF reader and note-taker for OS X. Most of the major features you need are covered by Skim including: adding and editing notes, highlighting important text, making snapshots for easy reference and navigation using table of contents or thumbnails, with visual history.

Part 2.Best Mac PDF Editor – Paid Solutions

Of course, when it comes to paid Mac PDF Editor, the best-known tool is Adobe Acrobat, and no wonder: Adobe Systems created the PDF standard. However, Acrobat is not so affordable for many PDF users, and not all of its features needed to be frequently used. But since PDF is an open format, other Adobe alternatives which is considerably cheaper also allow you to edit PDF files.

Cisdem PDFManagerUltimate

Cisdem PDFManagerUltimate comes with a full set of tools you need to edit PDF files on Mac as easy as in a Word processor. You can add texts, comments, notes, or shapes (Rectangle, Rounded Rectangle, Circle,) to the PDF, highlight, cross-out, underline text, and draw an arrow or a line. What's more you can use it to read,sign, merge, split, compress, encrypt, and convert scanned PDF files with advanced OCR technology.

Readdle PDF Expert

Readlle PDF Expert is another Mac PDF editor to edit text, annotate, fill out and sign your documents with easy operations. Though it cannot perform conversion to save PDFs as other editable formats, neither can perform OCR on scanned files to make the PDF writable and searchable, just as the way Cisdem PDFManagerUltimate does, it can basically meet your requirements to edit and manage a PDF on mac.


Part 3.Extended:Best Free PDF Editors for Mac and Windows


PDFescape is an online PDF reader and editor. You are also allowed to create fillable pdf forms, protect pdf files with this free service. All you need to use is a JavaScript enabled web browser.

best pdf editor pdfescape

PDF Buddy

PDF Buddy is an online site that allows users to edit and manipulate PDF files. Features include the ability to add text, to annotate, to insert images and signatures, even split and merge PDF files.

Notes: Online PDF Editor is easy to use, just follow the user-friendly interface to edit your PDFs. You are not recommended to upload complicate and confidential PDFs for editing.

Final Words

Free open Mac PDF editor is a real work, but when taking performance and security into consideration, they may disappoint you. If you need some of the additional features that come with the product and/or have a business operation that handles a lot of PDF documents, paid solutions is the best choice. What did you go with? Let me know in the comments.

2017-03-13 21:19:19 / Posted byRosa Reyes to PDF Follow @ Rosa

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5 Responses

  • ITnurtureden


    1 months ago REPLY
  • waqar

    PDFManagerUltimate tops PDFExpert in PDF conversion, that' what I need.

    2 months ago REPLY
  • Brett

    I think this is a real great post.Much thanks again. Will read on...

    5 months ago REPLY
  • Patch

    You've got it in one. Con'udlt have put it better.

    1 years ago REPLY
  • Skevin725

    What the free PDF editor can do is limited, I am more willing to try paid PDF editor. It takes me more function.

    1 years ago REPLY

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