Top 5 PDF Edi­tors for Mac

Parth Shah

Want to sign the recent rent agreement or NDA document that you received in the mail? You would usually need to download the PDF, print it out, add details, and then scan it using mobile document scanners and send it back. It’s time-consuming and required additional hardware to get things done. With a capable PDF editor software, one can edit PDF with multiple fonts, add watermark, add a comment, highlight sections, add a signature, and more. There are dozens of PDF editors for the Mac platform. Let’s find the best options among them.

Pdf editor mac

We have already covered iOS-friendly PDF editors. However, the overall experience is not as good as on the desktop. And that’s why you must invest in a good PDF Editor on the Mac.

The macOS does come with a built-in PDF viewer and editor, but it’s limited in many ways, and the export options are few compared to a third-party PDF Editor. In this post, we are going to talk about five best PDF editors for Mac. Let’s get started.

1. PDF Expert Pro

PDF Expert is my go-to recommendation for anyone looking for a solid PDF editor on Mac. It’s simple, easy-to-use, and feature-rich with the right amount of options at the right place.

Apart from PDF editing, the software also works better with the PDF viewing experience. From the Annotate menu, you can use highlighter, strikeout, and underline tools. My favorite function is Notes and you can add a note to any part of the PDF. On that file, a tiny note icon appears.

Pdf expert

Speaking of ebooks, you will find the side-by-side page layout very useful. Other features include the ability to add stamps, signature, annotation, and more.

Pdf expert editing

PDF Expert is available on iOS, macOS, and iPadOS. The company is offering 7-days of a free trial, and after that, the whole suite costs $80.

2. Adobe Acrobat Pro

Talking about PDFs and we don’t mention an offering from Adobe? Not a chance. The company offers Adobe Acrobat Pro software, which is preferable if you live in an Adobe ecosystem of creative apps.

Adobe acrobat home

I like how Adobe offers some of the basic PDF functions on the home screen. You can tap on a PDF from the recent menu and add a comment, signature, share, and edit it. The overall editing UI is intuitive, and I didn’t find any lag navigating the software on my low-powered MacBook Air.

Adobe acrobat

The major functions include integrating text, pictures, password-protect a PDF, watermark, page organization, and more. You can save the PDF to Adobe Cloud and edit the file from any device.

The software comes with a free trial of 7 days, and after that, it costs $15 per month. The software is a part of Adobe Creative Suite of apps for which the subscription costs $60 per month.

3. Soda PDF

So far, we have talked about software solutions that require installation on the Mac. Let’s talk about some of the best web-based PDF editors. That can be handy when you only want to make minimal changes to a PDF and don’t want to download separate softwaret.

Soda PDF recently received a welcome makeover on the web. It looks and feels modern now. All the relevant options are nicely divided into the eight categories on the home page. The editing menu is simple, carrying the most basic options. You can add text, image, add a shape, and even draw on PDF.

Soda pdf

Other functions include the ability to Compress PDF, PDF converter to JPEG or PPT or Excel. You can also merge PDF, Split PDF, eSign PDF, unlock PDF, and even password-protect PDF.

Soda PDF offers 14-days of a free trial. After that, it costs $12 per month. It’s web-based, so you can pay on one platform and use the software every desktop platform, including Windows, Linux, and Chrome OS.

Soda pdf editing

4. Sejda PDF

Sejda is one of my favorite web-based PDF editors. The home page is quite pleasing to the eyes. The features are presented in an easy to access manner on the default page. Every option is easily identifiable and within reach.

The editing features include the usual text, link, highlighter, signature, shapes, and more. I like the form menu here. It lets you add quick checkmarks (that are usually required to fill-in form) and interactive fields. A well-thought addition from the company.

Sejda pdf home

Before you export, the software offers a bunch of options to make the last-minute changes. You can merge, edit, compress, delete, and split pages before sharing it over the email or any other social network. Hit download, and you can directly save the file on your preferred cloud storage, including Dropbox, Google Drive, or OneDrive.

Sejda pdf editing

The software is free to use for 7 days, and after that, it costs $7.5 per month, relatively less than the competition.

5. Small PDF

Small PDF is one of the solid PDF editors in the market. I like its web version. The homepage is nicely divided into 21 categories to edit a PDF. From the homepage, you can edit a PDF, convert it to other formats, eSign a PDF, split a PDF, and more. There's no need to go through hundreds of options to get things done.

Small pdf home

The editing menu offers the most basic options. You can add text, image, add a shape, and even draw on PDF. My only problem with Small PDF is, you can’t perform a bunch of actions from the same menu. You will have to go back to the home page to make changes.

Small pdf

Small PDF offers 14 days of a free trial, and after that, it costs $12 per month.

Edit PDFs Like a Pro

Mac platform offers a couple of solid PDF editors and excellent options from the web. If you are planning to live in the Apple ecosystem, then go with PDF Expert Pro. It’s the best option for Mac users and offers a relatively affordable one-time purchase. Adobe users should stick to Adobe Acrobat Pro that uses Adobe Cloud to sync the documents and all the changes.

If you are someone juggling among Mac, Windows, and Linux, then you should look for the web-based PDF Editors on Mac.

Next up: Windows 10 also has some of the best PDF Editors. Read the post below to find the seven best PDF Editors for Windows 10.


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Parth Shah

Parth previously worked at EOTO.tech covering tech news. He is currently freelancing at Guiding Tech writing about apps comparison, tutorials, software tips and tricks and diving deep into iOS, Android, macOS, and Windows platforms.