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Top 10 Windows & Mac PDF Editors on Best Download Sites 2022

Top 10 Windows & Mac PDF Editors on Best Download Sites 2022
I have used PDF Editor for more than 10 years and have tried many kinds of PDF Editors, including free online PDF editor, free desktop version, the desktop version of the fee, etc. Which one is the best PDF Editor? Which one is the most popular PDF Editor? With my own user experience, I researched the data of software downloads from the world's leading download sites and carefully checked most user reviews. I have to say that there are advantages and disadvantages to each PDF editor. In simple words, cheap is not good, and you get what you pay for.


The free online editors only provide simple functions, such as adding text and comments, merging and splitting files, and converting files to PDF format. Furthermore, most of them can not edit existing text documents with very few exceptions and have file size and page limits. In addition, there will be a watermark for your edited documents. The online PDF Editor is best suited for quick and easy editing work for these reasons.

Suppose you need some other features, such as OCR scanning, batch editing, adding/removing watermarks, digital signatures, and have some requirements of the PDF text style in the conversion formatting process. In that case, the overall desktop version is your Must-have tool.

I make a list of the most downloaded PDF Editors on the market, and these PDF Editors are downloaded and installed by most users.

P.S. (The free desktop version is either a trial version of its paid version, and there are functional limitations. The pure free version often has some advertising pop-up and lacks most PDF core functions.

Total Downloads: The total number of downloads is the sum of downloads from all the popular download websites (CNET, SOFT32, SOFTPEDIA, etc.). I made a table of detailed downloads data, and you can see it by clicking on the orange download data icon.

PDF Tools




17,577,209
Total downloads on the internet
TOP BRAND
Adobe Acrobat DC ScreenshotAdobe Acrobat DC Screenshot
Pros Reviews by Most Users:
  • "It's an overall PDF tool, covering all the functions involved in PDF software."
  • "Its conversion function (PDF to Word, PDF to image, etc.) performs particularly conveniently. It just needs to 'save as.'"
  • "Its document text recognition function is very powerful."
Cons Reviews by Most Users:
  • "Large size, take up too many system resources when running, and are not cheap."
  • "It has a certain learning curve, and it's not very friendly to newcomers and not easy to get started."
  • "Currently, for Mac Book Pro M1 (Apple M1 Pro and Apple M1 Max) chip series models, the Adobe series' user experience is poor, either slow or often stuck, which acrobat experience is the worst. The latest 2020 version is also often stuck. I look forward to adobe optimizing the adaptation. In a word, for Mac Book Pro M1 users, Adobe Acrobat currently has a certain compatibility problem. The need for software companies to provide M1 adaptations to run smoothly."

3,305,820
Total downloads on the internet
BESTSELLER
LOWEST PRICE
0
Pros Reviews by Most Users:
  • "It provides a comprehensive PDF solution, including editing, creation, digital signatures, OCR, etc. "
  • "Its interface is designed as Office classic style, so there is no learning curve to get started. "
  • "It has a common advantage with PDFelement - the license is not a subscription, so it's cost-effective for business users because it can be without the cost of the expensive audit."
Cons Reviews by Most Users:
  • "The toolbar is cluttered with too much text."

2,319,599
Total downloads on the internet
0
Pros Reviews by Most Users:
  • "Its size is very light. It's unlike other software to download for a long time, and it can instantly complete the download and installation, which is very simple and convenient."
  • "In the creation of a large number of standards-compliant PDF files, its speed is more than 3 times faster than other PDF creation tools."
Cons Reviews by Most Users:
  • "Many users feedback that the Win version is not good compatible, the annotations made by Foxit Reader on Windows system can not be displayed on Mac machines. And later, Foxit also released a Mac version, but the compatibility is not good, and it takes up a lot of system resources."

1,959,869
Total downloads on the internet
0
Pros Reviews by Most Users:
  • "ABBYY's recognition effect is the best performance of all PDF editors. The mixed layout can be reasonably restored by restoring typography, including charts. It also works well for multilingual scans. If you do not require high-quality scanning, you can choose Adobe Acrobat or other PDF editors because the advantage of Acrobat OCR is simple to use, as simple as one click. Therefore, in dealing with simple typesetting, single language, good quality scanning PDF, you can use Acrobat or other PDF editor tools. After all, most of our daily documents meet this requirement, and Acrobat has many other PDF editing features."
Cons Reviews by Most Users:
  • "ABBYY's Functionality is not as rich as Acrobat. In addition to the license fee is higher than Acrobat"

1,687,066
Total downloads on the internet
GOOGLE SEARCH RANK #1
Pros Reviews by Most Users:
  • "In terms of print quality function performance, Soda PDF is better than PDF Xchanger"
Cons Reviews by Most Users:
  • "Soda PDF is upgraded every year. Sometimes, the new version has negative updates in terms of user layout, and navigation becomes more difficult to locate, and finding certain function buttons will take more time to use than before. The bottom line is that Soda PDF does not support version returns to previous versions and forces you to accept the latest version."

394,985
Total downloads on the internet
0
Pros Reviews by Most Users:
  • "Wondershare PDFelement includes PDF Editor core features, covering the core PDF features such as editing, conversion, annotation, OCR, form processing, and signature), but the performance is not outstanding, only for light PDF users."
  • "It can be adapted to both Windows and Mac systems and iOS."
Cons Reviews by Most Users:
  • "It can not deal with complex, multi-language, and high-quality PDF documents."

228,191
Total downloads on the internet
0
Pros Reviews by Most Users:
  • "It is lightweight, fast, user-friendly, has a rich configuration and feature options, and is very easy to use."
  • "Its best feature is the new OCR option, which supports using your own images or scanned PDF files for creating full-text searchable PDF documents."
  • "It supports adding annotations and comments to any PDF document without getting certified by Adobe's PDF tools."
Cons Reviews by Most Users:
  • "PDF XChange Editor has a slight gap in some details of the function with Adobe Acrobat and Nitro PDF Pro but can fully meet the daily needs of individual's PDF editing."

218,142
Total downloads on the internet
0
Pros Reviews by Most Users:
  • "PDF Architect is a modular program that offers three separate packages (Standard, Professional, PRO + OCR). Each package contains a set of modules for the software, which determine the editing capabilities of the PDF. Can be purchased selectively according to their specific needs. It's unlike other overall PDF editor features that are all bundled together."
Cons Reviews by Most Users:
  • "Some documents are edited with PDF Architect, and if opened with another PDF Reader, for example, in Adobe Reader, sometimes there will be freeze and lockup."

85,241
Total downloads on the internet
0
Pros Reviews by Most Users:
  • "It is currently the most powerful PDF enhancement plug-in for Adobe Acrobat. It is mainly used to check, edit, and batch modify PDF documents, is one of the plug-ins I must install. If you have the same with me in using InDesign to deal with some of the documents sent to the printing plant, there is no text to curve this step. But there are still some unique factories in the receipt of the document or request text conversion. Usually, the printing of the document has been the work of Adobe Acrobat software to deal with the process. However, there is a problem - PDF collocation transparency, and the picture is no longer transparent. Therefore, superimposed on the rectangular box on the picture appeared on a white background. I retraced the process, still could not solve the problem until I used PitStop."
Cons Reviews by Most Users:
  • "I used this plug-in to remove the watermark, but every time I open a pdf file, it takes longer than installing plug-ins."

35,444
Total downloads on the internet
0
Pros Reviews by Most Users:
  • "Compared with other PDF editors, it is practical and easy to operate. And its annotation function is the most abundant and complete of all PDF editors. PDF Expert for Mac has a complete set of annotation tools. In addition to highlighters, brushes, and text markers, the rich and practical graphic elements are also PDF Expert's highlighted features."
Cons Reviews by Most Users:
  • "I have not seen the hand-shaped tool (Drag tool). When I want to move, I feel not convenient, especially when using the mouse. So I'd like to know if this software is no hand-shaped tools or that I did not find? Thank you!"



Total Downloads: The total download data are referred from 9 top download websites, (CNET Download, Softonic, UPtodown, Soft32, Softpedia, MajorGeeks, Software Informer, Downloadcrew, TechSpot). And some products' download data are calculated both the free and paid versions.
LOWEST PRICE - The lowest final price of Top 10 products
BESTSELLER - The top-selling products of Top 10 products at ColorMango
TOP BRAND - The lowest alexa rank of top 10 products' brand website. (The rule is the lower the number, the better)
GOOGLE SEARCH RANK #1 - Ranked #1 of Top 10 products in the google search result (Searched by incognito mode on 4 computers)
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