Last updated: April 8, 2019
There are lots of tools to edit PDF files online. You can use one of them if you need to edit PDF documents, yet have no PDF editor installed on your computer. The vast majority of online PDF editors allows you to convert PDF files into other formats, like Word, Excel, PowerPoint to Image. And vice versa.
Some PDF tools, like CleverPDF, also allows you to merge several PDF files into a single file which is very helpful for certain case. Like putting together receipt files of the bank transactions for a monthly report into a single file. Some tools also allows you to do such other things as adding watermark, encrypting a PDF file, splitting a PDF document, adding new text, deleting words or sentences and so on.
Here are 10 of the best tools to edit PDF files online.
CleverPDF is an all-in-one PDF tool which you can use for free. We have reviewed this tool before. You can visit this page to learn more about CleverPDF. At the time of writing, there are 20 tools offered by CleverPDF in total. We love this tool so much because it has a very clean interface. And there is no ads at all. CleverPDF comes with an integration with Dropbox and Google Drive. Registration is not required to use this tool.
The main page of Smallpdf is pretty similar to CleverPDF. The two have a colorful tiled main page. The tools offered by Smallpdf are not much different to CleverPDF. You can also convert PDF files into other formats and vice versa. Also, you can use this tool to merge several PDF files into a single file, protecting a PDF file with a password or add an e-sign. Smallpdf can also be used for free without creating account. However, you have to deal with ads if you stick to your free account.
PDFescape is a bit different to two tools above. While CleverPDF and Smallpdf have a focus to help you turn PDF files into editable files, PDFespace allows you to edit a PDF file by adding text, adding an arrow, circle, highlighting certain words or sentences and so on. The way PDFespace works is pretty similar to Adobe Acrobat DC. This tool can be used for free without creating an account, yet you will see ads banner.
Creating an account is required before being able to use FoxyUtils, yet you can use it for free. You can use FoxyUtils to convert PDF files into editable formats and vice versa. You can also edit a PDF file by adding text, adding image or adding either circle or rectangle shape. Unless you upgrade your account to premium, you might will think twice before using FoxyUtils because the file generated by this tool contains watermark. Another downside, you will see ads banner when working.
However, FoxyUtils has a feature that not all PDF tools have. The feature is Optical Character Recognition (OCR) which is capable of converting a scanned document into editable file (in Word).
5. PDF Candy
PDF Candy is the tool you are looking for — other than CleverPDF — if you want to work with PDF files online for free without being bothered by ads banner. This tool has a clean interface. You are not required to create an account to use this tool. There are about 44 tools in total offered by PDF Candy. PDF Candy has an Optical Character Recognition (OCR) feature to scan a printed document and turn it into an editable file. It is also integrated with with Google Drive and Dropbox.
iLovePDF allows you to edit PDF online for free without creating account. As a consequence, you have to see ads banner when working. iLovePDF offers tools to convert PDF files into editable formats and vice versa. In addition, this tool also offers tools to add a watermark to PDF, rotate a PDF file and add page numbers. This tool is also integrated with two popular cloud storage services, Dropbox and Google Drive.
Sejda is a truly all-in-one PDF tool. In addition to PDF converting tools, Sejda also offers PDF editing tool which you can use to edit PDF file by adding text, adding image, annotating, adding either rectangle or eclipse shape and so on. Sejda is arguably a combination of CleverPDF and PDFescape. This tool has also been integrated with Google Drive and Dropbox. You can use Sejda for free without creating an account, yet required to see ads banner. Also, free account is restricted to 3 tasks per hour.
LightPDF is pretty similar to Sejda above which combines PDF converting tools and PDF editor. You can use this tool to convert PDF into editable formats or vice versa, converting editable formats into PDF. You can also edit a PDF file by adding additional text, highlighting certain words or sentences, adding underline and so on. The difference is, LightPDF doesn’t bother you with ads banner when working. By the time this is article is written, LightPDF hasn’t supported cloud storage integration.
9. PDF Pro
PDF Pro also combines PDF converting tools and PDF editor. You can use it to convert PDF files into editable formats and vice versa. In addition, you can also edit your PDF files like deleting letters or sentences, adding new text, adding image, adding signature and so on. PDF Pro can also be used for free, but with some restrictions. Same as LightPDF, PDF Pro hasn’t also supported cloud storage integration yet.
Unlike nine tools above, PDFfiller is fully premium tool. No free version is offered by this tool. However, PDFfiller gives you a chance to try the tool for free for 30 days during the trial period. PDFfiller itself is a PDF editor that is built with collaboration in mind. You can invite your team members to join you in editing a PDF document. PDFfiller allows you to add such elements as date, e-sign, text and image to a PDF file. You can also also highlight certain words or sentences. PDFfiller is integrated with Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive and box.
11. Easy PDF
Easy PDF is a collection of online PDF tools that you can use to manage PDFs without effort. Although, it has only 15 different PDF tools, the quality of these conversions are very advanced when compared with other tools from the list. Most importantly, Easy PDF is the only online PDF converter that you can use completely free, without ads or registration. There are no limits to either the number of conversions or the file size you can upload. You can easily drag & drop documents from your device or upload files directly from cloud storage (Google Drive and Dropbox supported). All in all, Easy PDF is a great online tool that is easy-to-use and completely free.