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Looking for a cost-efficient PDF Editor to edit PDF in macOS X? Do you think that Adobe Acrobat DC or Adobe Acrobat X Pro for Mac are too expensive for users? Here is good news for you: you can save money to edit PDF on Mac vastly. So, how to edit PDF on Mac? If you don't want to choose the expensive Adobe Acrobat software, you can choose a much more economic PDF editor to help you edit PDF on macOS  Yosemite, El Capitan, Sierra, and High Sierra with the same features.

Part 1Most Cost-Efficient Tool to Edit PDF on Mac

PDFelement for Mac can convert files in most of the popular formats into PDF. It can transform scanned PDF document into usable text, which means into editable document. Also you can easily add, delete or edit the text of PDF document by just one click. You can easily change its font, color and size with the powerful edit feature. More over, you can add images to the PDF, and then rotate, resize or delete it if you like. When you need to edit the pages, it allows you to extract, insert, split, replace, rotate and delete the pages of the PDF document.

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You can edit PDF with Wondershare PDFelement for Mac easily with its user-friendly menu and smooth edit experience. Edit PDF with text, images, links, free-hand drawing, comment, bookmark, watermark etc is easy and convenient with PDFelement for Mac. The great OCR feature helps users to edit scanned PDF into editable texts and searchable texts. It would solve most of the problem if you own lots of scanned file and want to turn them into editable document.

However, Adobe® Acrobat® XI will be end of support on October 15, 2017, which means there will be no security updates, product updates, and customer support any more. And that'll cause the fact that your PDF file and data might be insecure due to lack of latest protection. In this case, you can check here to choose the best alternatives to Adobe® Acrobat®.

PDFelement is the most economical and the most efficient alternative for Adobe® Acrobat® DC and Adobe® Acrobat® XI Pro for Mac. It is a real and innovative PDF editor for Mac which can help you edit PDF files directly or if you like, also can let you edit PDF content in a Word processor by converting PDF to Word. It's an all in one PDF solution for your daily work and business work. With user-friendly interface and powerful functions like edit PDF, convert PDF, create PDF watermark and protect PDF, it'll meet all of your requirements if you need to deal with PDF files or PDF related work. Most of all, compare to Adobe Acrobat DC, it's more cost-effective since it only cost $59.95 for Standard version and $99.95 for Professional version. Click here to check the difference between Standard and Professional version.

What's more, PDFelement for Mac is a one-in-all PDF program which let you edit, create, convert, annotate, highlight PDFs and create PDF forms etc. Download the free trial version to try and feel the product yourself! You can read this review on Wondershare PDFelement to explore more features and get to know what it can do for you!

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Part 2How to Edit a PDF on a Mac

Below are a few short steps to help you edit PDF documents in macOS X High Sierra, Sierra, El Capitan and Yosemite. Let's see how to edit PDF file on Mac with Wondershare PDFelement for Mac.

Step 1. Open PDF Files

Open your PDF file with Wondershare PDFelement for Mac is the first step. You can click on the "Open File" button on the Home window and select the PDF file you want to open, or you can click on the "File" tab on top of the screen and then select the "Open" selection. Drag and drop the PDF files to the Home window is also optional for opening PDF file.

Step 2. Edit PDF Text on Mac

After the file is opened in the program, you can click on the "Edit" tab in the top toolbar and you will enter into editing mode.

  • To move PDF text: just click on the text you want to move and drag the text block to other place on the page.
  • To modify PDF text: click on the text you want to modify, and insert, delete the text in editable text block as you like.
  • To add PDF text: choose "Add Text" from the toolbar, and click on the blank area on the page and type in the text to add.

Step 3. Edit Images in a PDF File on Mac

Similar to edit PDF text, click on the "Edit" tab on the top toolbar to make changes of the PDF images.

  • To insert images into a PDF file: click on the "Add Image" button on the toolbar, choose a local image from your Mac to insert into the file.
  • To move images within a PDF file: click on the image which you want to move, and then drag it to other place on the page.
  • To crop images: select an image in the file and then click "Crop" on the right menu bar. Drag the mouse to select a portion of the image to crop.

Step 4. Add Markups to PDF on Mac

When you need to annotate the PDF, the markup tools will be useful. Click on the "Comment" button on the menu bar. You'll then see all of the options on the below toolbar.

  • To highlight the PDF text: click on the "Highlight" icon, and then select the text content you want to highlight. You can change the highlight color on the right side menu.
  • To add sticky note: click on the "Sticky Note" button, and then click on the place where you want to place the sticky note.
  • To add other annotation element: you'll find other annatation tools on the menu bar, such as "Underline", "Pencil", "Shapes", "Stamp" and so on. Choose your desire one to add to the PDF document.

Step 5. Redact PDF Content on Mac

When you need to protect sensitive contents in the PDF file from being seen, you can use the redact function in this case. Click on the "Redact" button on the "Protect" tab. Then select the content you want to protect. You'll see a black block appear on tghe text. You can change the color of the redaction since black is the default color.

If you want a whole page to be radacted, select the "Pages" tab on the right side menu. When you're done setting, click on the "Apply Redactions" button. The contents you select will now be block and no see will be able to see them once you save the file. Remember there is no undo of redaction, so be careful when you redact PDF content.

Step 6. Edit PDF Content with a Word Processor in macOS X

Open your PDF file with Wondershare PDF Editor for Mac; Click "Convert" on the toolbar; Customize page range for conversion and whether to enable OCR function and click "Convert" button; Your PDF file will be converted to Word document in seconds, after conversion, you can edit PDF files in Word in Mac then.

If you're a Windows user, you can download Wondershare PDFelement (Windows version) to edit PDF files on Windows PCs. The main interface of the Mac version of PDFelement is a little bit different from that of Windows PDF Editor. If necessary, read the guide to learn how to edit PDF in Windows.

Part 3How to Edit PDF in Mac with Preview

Preview is another option to edit PDF on Mac. Here we'll also show you the steps of how you can make editions on PDF with Preview.

Step 1. Edit PDF Text with Preview

Open PDF files in Preview, and then click on the "T" icon on the menu bar. A new text box with appear in the PDF. You can put text on the box to add PDF text to the file. You can also go to "Tools" and click on "Text Selection". There you can select the text and right click to copy them out.

Step 2. Add Annotation to PDF with Preview

You can also insert annotations to PDF file for your own use. Click the "Note" icon on the menu bar. Then click on the location within the PDF where a note must appear. Here you can insert comments in the text box for annatation. You can also drag your mouse to create the required annotation.

Shapes and signature are also available on Preview. Click on "Tools" and then select "Annotate". There you can see all of the annotation tools on the menu. Choose the one you needed to put in the PDF document.

Part 4Why Choose PDFelement for Mac over Preview

Here is the comparison of PDFelement for Mac and Preview. You'll see the difference of the main features between this two products.

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Create PDF
Batch create PDF from documents, images and clipboard
Create PDF from documents, images and clipboard
Edit Text in PDF
Add, delete and modify text in PDF

Can only add text to PDF

Edit Images in PDF
Add, delete, rotate, crop, extract image in PDF
Edit Scanned PDF (OCR)
Support over 20 OCR languages. Make scanned PDF searchable and editable with OCR
Annotate PDF
Markup PDF with highlight, notes, shapes and hyperlinks

Highlight, comments and draw free-hand markups on PDF

Convert PDF
Batch convert PDF to Microsoft Office, Pages, RTF, Text, HTML, EPUB and images (JPEG, PNG, TIFF, JPG, BMP, GIF)

Can only convert PDF to JPEG, PNG, TIFF

Protect PDF with Password
Can not only protect unauthorized viewing by adding open password, but also protect unauthorized copying, editing and printing by adding permission password

Add open password to protect unauthorized viewing

Redact PDF
Permanently redact PDF to hide sensitive and confidential content in your PDF
Sign PDF
Electronically sign PDF documents without printing

Add e-sign to PDF files

Create PDF Forms
Create fillable PDF forms with text fields, buttons, check list and more
Fill PDF Forms
Fill in both interactive and non-interactive PDF forms

Fill out PDF Forms

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