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Published: August 11, 2022

The 7 key features to look for in your PDF editor in 2022


When it comes to viewing PDFs, many people resort to free PDF readers – but they only go so far, especially at work. These are the features you need in a PDF editor to get it done, digitally.

It's been almost 30 years since we were introduced to the PDF, and it's still a go-to file format. The humble PDF has adapted to today's BYO device, cloud computing world by giving birth to cloud-based PDF readers and editors.

The first PDF editor that jumps to mind is likely Adobe Acrobat. Though Acrobat has long been regarded as one of the best solutions it's also one of the most expensive, making it out of reach for most individuals and small businesses. 

As a result, a market has formed that offers a variety of PDF editor options. They all have the tools we love Acrobat for, but with easier-on-the-wallet pricing schemes.

Here are the seven features we think are most vital in a PDF editor, especially if you're intending to use it in the workplace.

User-friendly experience

For users of all levels of experience, intuitive software is essential. You'll never get to grips with the more complicated features if it's hard to complete the most basic PDF edits.

Look for: simple design, clear messaging, and the option for a 'quick tour' of the software.

Ability to create and edit PDFs

You're not here to read PDFs. A good PDF editor makes it easy to create and amend PDF files, instead of just viewing them.

Look for: typical desktop publishing features (e.g. input te