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Apowersoft Online PDF Editor review

Creating PDFs is simple these days, but here's a tool that lets you edit them in the cloud

Apowersoft Online PDF Editor
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Our Verdict

An impressive editor that makes working with PDF as simple as working with just about any other type of file.

For

  • Compatible with all popular browsers
  • Does not feel like an online tool
  • Simple DTP-style interface

Against

  • Still requires software installation
  • Not all text can be edited

PDF editors are far more common than they used to be, but they're certainly not all equal. What most people are looking for in a free PDF editor is the ability to edit text, but this is a feature that all too often is missing. While some editors bodge things, allowing for the creation of new text boxes over existing text, Apowersoft Online PDF Editor does things properly, actually enabling you to directly edit the text of a file.

It's not perfect – you may find that text flows a little strangely sometimes, requiring you to tinker a little more than planned – but for most tasks it will get the job done. You can add and delete text, change font style, and just about everything else you could want.

In addition to text editing, you can also add new text boxes and images, add and remove pages, split large files into two or more documents, rotate pages or entire PDFs, crop documents, and convert into other formats.

Bearing in mind the reason most people will want to edit PDFs – simple text edits – it could almost be argued that there are too many features and options available. But in reality this fact simply means that Apowersoft Online PDF Editor will appeal to both those with simple demands, and those looking for something a little more advanced.

User experience

The need to install a browser plugin on first use slows down the process of getting started, but thankfully this is something you only have to do once. Once it's loaded, you would be forgiven for forgetting that this is an online editor – it really just feels like a desktop tool (and it's worth noting that there is a desktop version available if you're going to need to be able to edit PDFs when you don't have an internet connection available).

In use, everything is laid out in a very intuitive way, and if you have ever used any sort of word processor or DTP package, you'll feel comfortable very quickly.

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