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If you are searching for a PDF creator for Mac, you'll find a ton of options to choose from, many of which are free. Some of them are online tools, and many offer trial versioins to download and try out as well. If you want to find the best PDF creator for Mac, this article outlines the best PDF creators for Mac based on their features, tools and compatibility with operating systems.

Top 5 PDF Creators for Mac

1. PDFelement for Mac

PDFelement for Mac is one of the best PDF creators for Mac. This simple and user-friendly desktop program lets you create industry-standard PDF files on Mac easily and efficiently. You can right-click a file to open it as a PDF file or import a collection of files to combine them into a single PDF file. And the output PDF documents are of good quality as well.

PDFelement is an all-in-one PDF tool. In addition to creating PDFs, it also lets you easily edit, annotate and convert PDFs quickly and easily. You can modify text, images, and pages as well as markup your PDF with comment boxes, highlights and drawings. You can also convert your PDF to Word, Excel, PPT, Image, EPUB and many other formats.

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Pros:

  • Edit, add, create and delete PDF text easily
  • Annotate PDFs with markups, comments, notes, free-drawing tools etc.
  • Merge several PDF files into one
  • Create PDF from text, images and html
  • Convert PDF to Office formats efficiently
  • Sign PDFs with digital signatures

2. PDFLab

PDFLab allows users to create PDFs from any image on Mac OS. It also lets you combine or separate PDF documents easily, plus encrypt/decrypt a document, add a watermark or merge several documents together.

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Pros:

  • Compatible with Mac OS x 10.3/9/10/11
  • Split or combine PDF files easily
  • Include images in PDF files

Cons:

  • Incompatibility issues with some versions of Mac OS
  • Default folder from Utility functions may not respond

3. Scribus

Scribus is a free PDF creator program for Mac which lets you to quickly create any type of document. It provides many templates and tools to create a PDF document that will meet your individual requirements.

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Pros:

  • Easy-to-use program
  • Allows highlighting of text in PDF files
  • Supports most file formats
  • Offers diverse template options for easy customization of PDF files

Cons:

  • Issues with use of imported images
  • Limited to Mac OS X versions
  • Incomplete support or help options

4. PDF Creator Master for Mac

PDF Creator Master for Mac lets users create PDF files from images, plain text and PDF documents. Users can merge several files into a single PDF file effortlessly. It also provides many functions and tools to modify the documents, zoom or set page sizes, compress PDF files and encrypt PDF files with passwords.

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Pros:

  • Combine multiple PDF files into one file easily
  • Compatible with Mac OS X 10.7 or newer versions
  • Password protection with encryption of PDF files is available

Cons:

  • Supports text and image formats only

5. Spool Pilot

Spool Pilot is a versatile, modular and free Mac PDF creator for Mac OS X 10.11. With this program you can extract printouts from graphic file types and save them as PDF files separately.

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Pros:

  • Users can create PDF files from graphic images
  • Has a simple and well organized interface

Cons:

  • Does not provide diverse editing functions/tools
  • Compatible with Mac OS 10.4 or later only

How to Create PDF on macOS X

Download the free trial version of PDFelement for Mac and install it. It's fully compatible with macOS X 10.10 and later, including the latest macOS 10.14 Mojave.

Option 1. Create PDF from a Single File

You can launch PDF Creator for Mac and then click the "Create PDF" button to load your file. Alternatively, you can also go to the "File" menu in the ribbon and click "Create > PDF From File". From here, you just open a file and save it as a PDF document.

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Option 2. Create PDF from Multiple Files

If you need to combine a collection of files into a single PDF file, click "File > Create" and then select "Combine Files into a Single PDF" from the submenu. You can then import a range of files and combine them into a single file. You can also click the "Combine Files" button on the Home window.

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Option 3. Create a Blank PDF

If you want to create a new PDF file, you can navigate to "File > Create". Then select "Blank Document" from the submenu. When the file is open, you can type in the content and finally click "Save" to export your PDF to a local folder.

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How to Choose a PDF Creator for Mac

  • When selecting a Mac PDF creator, you should make sure that it's compatible with other PDF programs, like Adobe Reader, Foxit Reader, Nitro PDF reader, etc. This is especially important if you want to share the newly-created PDF files with others.
  • Consider the quality of your PDF files. You should use a Mac PDF creator that does not compress your original file too much. Otherwise, you might lose quality in the output file because the original file formatting and layout will be affected.
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Published: Oct 19,2017 16:24 pm / Updated: Nov 14,2018 11:24 am

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