3 Ways to Make PDF Editable on Mac(OS Mojave Included)

2017-05-23 21:45:23 / Posted by Megan Charles to PDF Follow @ Megan

As a carrier of file, PDF usually includes plenty of information, but we all know, PDF, especially those scanned PDFs, cannot be easily edited to add text, modify or copy the text, etc., what do you do? It becomes critical to make PDF editable. There are many ways available for users to make a PDF editable on Mac, and today, I collect 3 methods of making a PDF editable on mac, please read details below for full details.

Method 1: Converting PDF to Well-formatted Editable File on Mac

If you don’t want to spend quite some money on getting a PDF editor to make a PDF editable on mac, you can convert PDF into editable format with an affordable PDF Converter, then edit in your preferred file editor.

Cisdem PDF Converter OCR is highly recommended to convert your PDF(no matter it is native or scanned) and images, you just need to drag&drop one or more files into the program, then one-click export the PDF as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Text, Rtfd,HTML, or other editable format as it supports. The principal reason why I choose Cisdem PDF Converter OCR out from so many PDF converters lies in its capability to keep original file quality when converting PDF to other editable formats, also for the sake of its abundant extended features to manage PDF files, such as creating PDF, protect PDF, unlock PDF and compress PDF.

Now Make PDF Editable on Mac with Cisdem PDF Converter OCR

  • Step 1. Free download and launch Cisdem PDF Converter OCR on your Mac.
    You can click the “Free Download” button below to start downloading it. And then you need to launch it on your Mac. Free Download
  • Step 2. Upload PDF files to make PDF editable on mac.
    Open ”Converter", drag and drop your PDF file that you need to convert to editable format. Or you can click “+” button to add PDF. This application allows you to batch add as many PDF as you like.make pdf editable on mac  01
  • Step 3. Choose the editable output that you want to save the PDF as on mac.
    Choose page range and editable output format. Open the OCR function if you want to make a scanned PDF editable on mac.make pdf editable on mac 02
  • Step 4. Start to make PDF editable on mac.
    Just click “Convert” button to start, you will get the editable PDF within seconds, with nice formatting as original. 

Method 2: Making PDF Editable on Mac for Free

If you don’t work on PDF very often, neither you are working on highly private PDF files, you can try to make PDF editable online for free. Assuming you have a Google Account, you can make PDF editable with Google Docs, the platform Google helps to manage files online.

  1. Login into your Google Account>Google Drive;
  2. Click "New" >File Upload, import the PDF file that you want to make in editable format
  3. Once uploaded, right click to "Open with Google Docs", if your PDFs are scanned copies, an OCR processing will start automatically;
  4. Your PDF will be opened in Google Docs, choose "File">"Download As" to choose the editable output format you want to save your PDF as.

make pdf editable with google

Notes: The file quality (image resolution, format, layout, etc) may lost a little, remember to check and manually adjust for accurate editable file.

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Method 3: Making PDF Editable on Mac with Adobe

If you have installed Adobe, I mean the Adobe Acrobat, not Adobe Reader, you can make PDF editable on mac within this program. Here we take Adobe Acrobat Pro to demonstrate how to make PDF editable on mac.

  1. Open PDF with Adobe Acrobat Pro
  2. Go to View>Tools>Recognize Text in This File to make PDF editable on mac
  3. Now the PDF file is editable now, you can edit the PDF file as you want to in Adobe, after editing, save the file. Done! Of course, you can go to “File” and export PDF as other editable format if you want to.

make pdf editable with adobe


Above-mentioned 3 ways to make PDF editable on mac are all feasible, which solution do you take depends on how much you care about the cost and conversion quality. If you have already installed Adobe, Adobe absolutely is the best choice, but if not, a OCR PDF converter to convert all kinds of PDFs into editable format on mac would be better than online free solutions when taking file safety and conversion quality into considerations.

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2 Comments Leave a Reply

  • Phil

    The PDF to Word converter sounds good, it is easy to further edit the file in Word.

    2 years ago REPLY
  • Jo

    Detailed steps to convert PDF to editable.

    3 years ago REPLY