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Top 5 Free Online PDF Editors – Edit PDF Online for Free

The online PDF Editor, PDFescape, enable users to insert PDF text, images, link, annotate PDF files online with sticky note, mark up PDF files with all kinds of shapes. Learn it here

Emily Xiao
Posted by Emily Xiao | @Emily Xiao | Category: PDF Editing Tips
Published: May 19,2015 17:04 pm / Updated: Sep 01,2015 11:59 am

The other day when I was looking for an online PDF editor, my friend recommended me PDFescape, a totally free online PDF editor. Compared with other online PDF tools, this one requires users no personal info, that is to say, no registration is needed. Whenever users need to edit a PDF file, just upload a PDF file to the app to begin the editing.

  1. Part 01: Introduction to PDFescape-A Free Online PDF Editor
  2. Part 02: Compart PDFescape with Wondershare PDFelement (Online VS Desktop)
  3. Part 03: Another Four Free Online PDF Editors Recommended

Part 01: Introduction to PDFescape-A Free Online PDF Editor

With PDFescape, users can:

  1. Create a fillable PDF form. This is the standing feature of this free online PDF editor. After launch it, you can create a PDF form with text, checkbox, radio, dropdown list, listbox, and more.
  2. Add text to a PDF file. I tried it, only to find that I only can insert text. And it seems it is not so responsive. After clicking the Text tool, in the text block, I can only insert new text, not being able to remove text.
  3. Annotate a PDF file. This PDF online editor enables users to annotate a PDF file with sticky note, mark up PDF text with highlighter, circle, rectangle, line, and freehand tools.
  4. Insert images and link.
  5. Delete, rotate, and crop PDF pages with PDFescape. When cropping a PDF page, users cannot preview the result.
PDFescape - online PDF editor

PDFescape is the best free Online PDF editor I could find. However, as far as I see, it is not an easy-to-use PDF editing tool. Compared with online PDF editor, I’d prefer the desktop PDF tool, Wondershare PDFelement. In fact, this online PDF editor reacts less responsive as what the desktop does. It takes 4 times longer to edit a PDF online than edit a PDF file on a desktop PDF tool. Besides, Wondershare PDFelement offers more featuresf for users. You can download it right away to have a try.

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Part 02: Compart PDFescape with Wondershare PDFelement (Online VS Desktop)

Let's take a look at the comparison between PDFescape and Wondershare PDFelement. And you can choose the one that suits your situation the best

No. Fuction PDFescape Wondershare PDFelement
Insert text, images and hyperlink
Insert new text, images and hyperlink to a PDF file
Annotate and mark up PDF files
Annotate a PDF file with sticky note and mark up a PDF file with highlighter, freehand drawing tools and all kinds of shapes
Insert, delete, crop, merge and rotate PDF Pages
Insert, delete, crop, merge and rotate PDF pages easily
Modify and delete PDF text
Modify and delete PDF text hassle freely
Edit and delete PDF images
Crop and delete existing PDF images
Support editing large files
No size limitations for PDF files imported for editing
Split a large PDF
Split a large PDF into small ones
Add, edit and delete Watermark
Add, edit and delete watermark on a PDF
Powerful Conversion
Convert PDF to Word/Excel/ PPT/ EPUB/ HTML/Text
Support OCR
Edit and convert scanned PDF with OCR technology
To use the OCR feature, users need to enable PDFelement OCR Plugin.

Download Wondershare PDFelement to have a try for free!For more details about Wondershare PDFelement, please go to Wondershare PDFelement>>

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Part 03: Another Four Free Online PDF Editors Recommended

01 PDF Buddy

PDF Buddy is a powerful online PDF editor. Here you are able to can add images, text, annotations, and signatures, and highlight and white-out content. You are also able to save signature files and pictures like logos for easy reuse.

On top of adding content, PDF Buddy lets you to merge and split PDF files, and allows you make shareable links to offer others n simple way to fill in your PDF forms.

PDF Buddy is perfect for filling out PDF forms, and for signing, redacting or marking up any PDF document. Forget expensive PDF software- for quick and easy editing, all you need is PDF Buddy!


  • Share links features
  • Simple and easy to you


  • Resolution too small
  • You can't print or save or anything after you edit the file
free online pdf editor

02 DocHub

DocHub is another PDF online editor that you can use for free. It allows you edit PDF files without trouble. It allows you to insert images, watermark, and text overlay in your PDF files. It could be used for filling up PDF forms as well. It displays the pages thumbnails and you are able to easily navigate within the document. It allows you to save the PDF files when the editing is done. It has a lot of other features as well.


  • Powerful Annotation Tools
  • Works on Mobile
  • Lossless Editing
  • Google and Dropbox Integrations
  • Collaborate and Share
  • Secure Workflow


  • Small resolution
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03 CutePDF Editor

CutePDF Editor is a free cloud based online PDF editor that allows you to easily edit your PDF documents. CutePDF offers the basics to convert PDF documents, do minor changes, and print in different ways. It contains the main features required for commenting, form making, and security.

CutePDF Editor allows you to convert a file to PDF by choosing CutePDF in your printer options, or you can simply drag and drop the document into the program. It contains OCR capability, which means it can make searchable and editable documents from your scanned files. It’s especially suitable if you are converting electronic format from written documents.


  • Cloud-based
  • High security and privacy measures
  • Allows you make or modify forms and collect the data


  • It lacks advanced features for PDF creation
  • 10 MB size limitation
pdf editor free online

04 PDFzorro

PDFzorro is another fully reliable online PDF editor.  It also allows you to add add comments, delete text, extract or rotate pages. It also let you delete single pages, merge a spilt PDF files.  Through this you can also convert Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and images to PDF.

PDFzorro also allows you to set security settings to the PDF document or get rid of the encryption.  Other useful features of PDFzorro are: Edit text as in word processors, filling out forms, paste pictures, Delete pages, change sorting and page order, rotate pages, write texts and paste, mark sections of text - insert, fill and label blank pages, create drawings and paste, merge multiple PDF documents, use undo and redo functions, among others.


  • Easy, fast and for free
  • Safe and Secure
  • Multi-platform
  • PDF Merger for GDrive
  • PDF Editor for GDrive


  • File size limitation unknown
  • No multiple page select option
pdf editor online free

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