How to Edit PDF Files on a Mac

By K.C. Winslow

Adobe created the Portable Document Format “as a way to reliably view, print, and share information with other people,” according to the Adobe website. Mac user can create PDF files from any application that allows printing using the “Save as PDF” option in the “Print” menu. However, no program included with the Mac OS X operating system allows users to edit PDFs. The included PDF viewer, Preview, can only make annotations on PDF files.

Step 1

Use Adobe Acrobat to edit PDF files. Originally released in 1993, Acrobat was the first PDF editing tool. Regular updates to Acrobat over the years have kept the program at the cutting edge. This is the most expensive PDF editing option, but also the most complete. You can download Adobe Acrobat and use all the features for 30 days free before deciding if you want to purchase it.

Step 2

Manipulate PDF files on your Mac with PDFClerk. This full-featured PDF editor positions itself as an inexpensive editing solution for those in the print publishing and graphic communication industries. Key features include adding proofing/trimming marks, splitting even and odd pages and placing pages onto sheets. PDFClerk is available for a 30-day trial; however, all pages will have a PDFClerk watermark until you purchase a license.

Step 3

Make easy edits to PDFs with PDFpen. This accessible editing program allows you to add text, images and signatures to PDF documents. It includes basic text correction features as well as the ability to combine documents and reorder pages. The free trial of PDFpen places a watermark on documents.