PDF-XChange Editor by Tracker Software is free, fast and efficient and offers a variety of editing features for PDF files. You can still create PDFs with these features without a license but the app will add a ‘trail’ watermark on the PDF.
Use the editor to create and edit PDF files, annotate and digitally sign them. You can also generate PDFs with OCR (optical character recognition). Additionally, the editor includes the free PDF-XChange Lite virtual printer. It helps you print or convert emails and Windows applications to PDF format. You can also try the straightforward Icecream PDF Editor.
Besides the typical features, the XChange editor allows you to build and edit fillable forms and custom, dynamic stamps. Up to 70% of the features are free; you can access the rest through a single-user licence or by purchasing PDF-XChange Editor Pro.
You can customise the application to increase your productivity by generating a PDF from scanned documents, markdown files, images and text files. An extra feature that you don’t see in many editors is converting text-based Microsoft Office documents to and from PDF files.
PDF-XChange Editor has over 30 tools to use for editing, with simple options for beginners and advanced features for professionals. It lets you edit, manipulate, enhance and secure documents. You can also add comments and annotations and customise the application to suit your workflow.
The app integrates with Microsoft OneDrive and you can update fields in Word documents before converting. The OCR engine identifies text in documents and produces a searchable text layer. The OCR functionality supports over 150 languages, while a Pro license gives you access to a faster and more accurate plugin with extra functionality.
How to use
Since this editor has so many features, it’s best to view the online manual to understand and use all the available options. It’s easy to navigate using the provided links. You can utilize the Table of Contents keywords or use the search bar to find the content you need.
PDF editor for beginners and professionals
PDF-XChange Editor has all the basic features for beginners but it also contains an extensive list of features that makes it ideal for professionals. It gives you many customisation options to fit your workflow and it’s a great app if you work often with PDFs.