I'm looking for a free way to edit my PDF files on my Mac.

EDIT: I should precise (thank to "Doug Harris") that I need to edit old PDF files without having the original texts. These are some of my work for a few years, and I don't wannna have to retype everything...

  • you have asked for free program and you liked non-free program ;) – joe Oct 20 '09 at 20:44
  • I know, I'd love one that does the same as PDFpen for free, but I guess it would be a dream, wouldn't it? – waszkiewicz Oct 21 '09 at 7:10

Some good but non-free programs:

Pagehand is a Mac OS X Program which allows you to save your documents as PDF and later edit them again. It can not open all PDFs though, if they were created with different programs.

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PDFpen looks promising (from SmileOnMyMac, creators of TextExpander), although it's relatively expensive.

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  • PDFPen is great! – Chealion Oct 20 '09 at 14:39
  • Actually PDFpen is the kind I need. Not free, but really great from what I can see. – waszkiewicz Oct 20 '09 at 18:44
  • but pdfpen is not free – joe Oct 20 '09 at 20:43
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    Why not pay for good software? Programmers gotta put food on the table... – Barry Brown Oct 21 '09 at 8:44
  • Pagehand link is dead – alper Nov 24 '19 at 12:42

Skim is a free PDF reader and note-taker for OS X. It is designed to help you read and annotate scientific papers in PDF, but is also great for viewing any PDF file.

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  • I already use that one, really good in my opinion, but not "editing" enough... Deserves a positive point anyway, for the quality, and actually my question wasn't complete enought... – waszkiewicz Oct 21 '09 at 7:13

You don't say what sort of editing you need to do. The standard Mac Preview app has tools for annotating PDFs -- drawing circle, boxes, arrows, highlighting text.

  • ...and reordering pages, assembling multiple PDF, extracting some pages... – mouviciel Oct 20 '09 at 15:32
  • Hey you're right. I should precise that my goal is to restructure some old PDF files build on my PC a few years ago. I don't want to redo the whole thing. So I guess PDFpen is the good option for me. But thanks for your advice. – waszkiewicz Oct 20 '09 at 18:46

If you want a free online PDF editor (Safari & Firefox compatible):






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