PDF is a very popular file format today. Although it was invented for reading only purposes, modern software lets users edit them as well. First PDF editors were not very user-friendly and were limited on functions. These days there are tons of options for editing PDFs – free and paid – and most of them can do the job with surprising speed and efficiency.  

If we are to compare the category of free editors with the category of paid, we want to point out two main differences between those. Free tools don’t have important professional features that make your work easier and they are usually poorly optimized for working with large files (or not optimized at all). While premium utilities allow you to save time because you do everything in one program instead of many. But that comfort comes with a price, of course. So, if you are working with PDFs on a regular basis, you should go for professional tools. In this article, we will briefly review top seven PDF editors for Windows 10, 8, and 7.

Top PDF Editors for Windows

If you decide to buy a paid editor, you need to do research on features and compare prices as well. You must be sure that you are spending your money on the most functional and convenient software, right? Plus, it would be great to calculate which one is more economically efficient. Without further ado, let’s start our top-7 list of the best PDF editors for Windows.  

Wondershare PDFelement 6 Standard

Wondershare PDFelement

The developers of this tool offer two options – standard and professional. Both of them deserve high places on the list. We find PDFelement to be a perfect all-in-one solution for PDF editing as it has a shocking number of features, maybe even more than you will be using. This stays true for standard and pro versions.

The interface of PDFelement deserves praise as well. While some developers go for a fancy untypical design that makes your work harder, the developers of PDFelement created a laconic, clean, and easy to use interface. It assures that you will be editing PDFs without any bustle. You can create a new document as well as edit existing ones. When editing a PDF file, you are free to select any section to edit and apply changes via panels with on-screen commands.

Some files also contain graphic-based objects. Free PDF editing software will have troubles editing those, but with PDFelement you can select any graphics object as easy as text. Another cool feature of the program is its ability to protect important files with passwords. Also, you can sign your documents. Those documents will be protected from editing by other software. 

The Standard version of Wondershare PDFelement 6 costs $60. For that money, you get a license for one computer.

Wondershare PDFelement 6 Pro

Wondershare PDFelement 6 Pro

After praising the Standard version of PDFelement, we could not leave the Pro version out. Professional version has additional features that will be super useful for editing specialists out there. The big one is the OCR technology. Pro version allows users to edit scanned PDF files, edit photos, search text, and more. Automatic form recognition in PDFelement 6 Pro works perfect making it possible to extract information from all forms. 

If you are with tons of PDFs, you need a tool with batch processing functionality. The professional version does that easily. In addition, the program ensures that your files are optimized in size and can be shared at any time.   

PDFelement Pro has a great redact feature to cut all the unnecessary content from your official documents. The professional version of this software is recommended for expert editors who value their time and need more features than simple PDF editors can offer. PDFelement Pro 6 is not cheap, as you might have already guessed. A license for one PC costs $90.  

Foxit PhantomPDF

Foxit PhantomPDF

You have probably heard about a free software called Foxit Reader. But not everyone knows that these developers also produced more great PDF tools. Foxit PhantomPDF is one of those tools. It is a powerful software with many basic and advanced features. Editing text, changing graphics objects, cloud support, and much more.

Any PDF file you open in PhantomPDF is easy to manage, organize, and edit. Information can be exported in different formats or merged with already existing PDFs. With a user-friendly interface, you will never get lost in menus and options.

Another great advantage of using this software is ConnectedPDF. Behind this name a complex of collaboration features and a set of cloud services that assure easy access to your documents. Plus, you can give other users access to your files (and cancel it at any time). Set your own reading rights and editing permissions. You can also trace back all changes made to any file. PhantomPDF users with access can post comments and communicate within the tool thanks to ConnectedPDF. It is a great feature for teamwork and collaborations: track changes, get update notifications, read reviews.     

Foxit PhantomPDF is available as a one-time purchase for about $160. Or you can choose PhantomPDF Business which is a subscription-based and costs $8.99 per month. 

Adobe Acrobat Pro DC

Adobe Acrobat Pro DC

Adobe, the company that created the Portable Document Format back in the 1990s, also developed a great tool for managing files in this format. They named their tool Acrobat DC and packed it with a wide array of features needed for editing. Acrobat lets you to create and edit PDF files as well as save them in other formats and convert PDFs from existing documents.  

Adobe Acrobat DC is a different kind of beast in comparison with other tools on the list. Its interface supports touch devices, and it was designed to make all functions to be accessible on the fly to make PDF editing as fast as possible.

Signing and security features are also here. Users can certify, verify, and sigh their PDFs in one program. Not many PDF editors have these features, to be honest. Also, Adobe Acrobat Pro allows you to collect other users’ e-signatures and check responses in real time.

Adobe’s software for PDF editing is subscription-based. One year will cost you about $180.

Sejda PDF Editor

Sejda PDF Editor

With Sejda PDF Editor you must unlock online features by purchasing a monthly subscription. Yes, it is an online editing tool. Most of your tasks can be performed in the window of your web browser. First, you need to upload the file you need to edit. Or you can always create a new PDF online. When your file is processed, you can start working: edit text, links, images, create annotations, and so on.  

Sejda has a neat PDF signing functionality – you can not just type your signature but also upload a previously created signature or draw a new one on the touchpad. Sejda is easy to use and very convenient with the extra flexibility to access all documents and features from any device with Internet connection. 

You will have to pay $6 a month to use Sejda PDF Editor. If you pay for the whole year in advance, the price tag is lowered to $4.20 per month.

PDFBuddy Online PDF Editor

PDFBuddy Online PDF Editor

PDFBuddy is another tool for online editing. You can use all its features in the window of your favorite web browser (on PC, Macs, or even Chromebooks). Add highlights, new text, symbols, use pen, and many other features. Signatures are also available. You can edit three PDFs per month for free. What we liked in PDFBuddy the most was the ability to edit and then store PDF files in the cloud. It doesn’t mean they are not available for download – you can get them on your computer in a few clicks. If you are worried about protecting the files you upload, well, you don’t have to because this service uses SSL and AES-256-bit encryption.

The unlimited version of PDFBuddy will cost you $7.99 per month. Another option is pay-as-you-go: 5 files for $5.99, 15 files for $12.99, 30 files for $19.99, or 50 files for $29.99.

Soda PDF

Soda PDF

Soda PDF is available in two versions – as an app on your PC or web-app. You can try them out for free. If you like the basic version, then you may want to buy the Premium that adds more great features such as the ability to review PDFs, create custom forms, and add notes to files. Other than that, Soda PDF also offers the OCR technology, PDF signing, PDF merging/converting/splitting, and the ability to insert page elements.

The premium version of the Soda PDF editor costs $84 annually.

This was our list of the best PDF editors you can buy for Windows. All these programs have a wide array of features, and they are updated regularly. We suggest you pick the one that suits your needs the most.