Need a PDF Editor for Mac? I did too, and this is what I learned. Adobe Acrobat Pro is great software with some killer features, but it’s expensive. Acrobat is hard to beat in it’s functionality, but if all you’re looking to do is make small changes and edits to PDF files, spending $350 for a PDF Editor might be a bit overkill. So what are some other options for a Mac PDF Editor?
Best Free PDF editor for Mac
Preview ¨C FREE ¨C included in every Mac OS X install, the most recent version of Preview in Snow Leopard lets you make all sorts of annotations to PDF documents. In the Snow Leopard version, you can draw shapes onto PDF’s, and write text directly to PDF files for things like a digital signature. It’s basically a limited PDF editor, for free, and there’s no download required! If you’re looking for a free PDF editor solution, I highly recommend just using Preview.app that is already included in Snow Leopard!
Other Free PDF Editors for Mac
Skim ¨C FREE ¨C we’ve written about Skim before, and it works pretty well for making quick notes to PDF documents.
Scribus ¨C FREE ¨C an open source desktop publishing app that has limited PDF editing abilities, and the ability to create your own PDF’s
Best Paid Solution for Editing a PDF on Mac
I say this is a tie because PDFPen is great but a lot more limited than Acrobat, but if you’re just looking to make simple changes, save yourself $300 and buy PDFPen. If you’re a professional and you are going for advanced PDF editing and production features, get Acrobat, it’s expensive but there’s a reason: it’s extremely powerful.
PDFPen -$49.95 ¨C a whole lot cheaper than Adobe Acrobat, with much of the same functionality in terms of making quick text edits to PDF files and the ability to edit faxes, OCR files, and more.
Adobe Acrobat Professional 9 ¨C $350 ¨C the grand daddy of all PDF editors, you’ll pay a fortune for it, but if you’re really serious about creating, editing, and modifying PDF’s this is the best way to go. There is an upcoming version X (10) too that will have even more powerful features.