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Simply put: the smallest, fastest, most feature-rich PDF software available. Create, view, edit, annotate, OCR and sign PDF files – and that’s just the beginning. If you work with PDF then this fully-customizable product will optimize your work process to levels that no other product can achieve.
PDF-XChange Editor can be used to create PDF files from scanned documents, images, text files, Markdown files and much more. This software can also be used to open, edit and convert Microsoft Office documents – a feature that many PDF applications do not offer. There are over thirty tools available to assist in the creation of document comments, annotations and links. These tools make editing PDFs a finely-tuned, precise process that produces documentation and image files of the highest quality. Our user-friendly functionality is diverse enough to meet the needs of all practitioners from novices to professionals. Please see below for an extensive list of available features and functionality.
Our support team endeavor to respond to all queries within eight working hours – and we are usually much faster. We are available via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, browse our free support forums for the answers to your questions.
Free stamp collections to use in conjunction with PDF-XChange Editor are available here.
Please note that if it is intended to incorporate and/or distribute this software with other software for commercial profit then you must first gain permission from Tracker Software Products.
Utilize a broad range of Editing Tools, document enhancing features, navigation panes and page editing options to invigorate your PDF documents.
Add Comments and Annotations to Documents
Add comments and annotations to documents in a variety of formats including geometric shapes, text boxes, hyperlinks and audio files.
Edit Existing PDF Content
Enjoy the ability to edit text-based PDF content, including the options to highlight, strikeout, underline and insert text, permanently remove content with the redaction feature and measure dimensions with the advanced Measurement Tools. Please note that it is not possible to edit scanned material.
Create, print and email documents. Use Sharepoint, Dropbox, Google Drive and/or MS Office 365 integration to open documents directly from 'the cloud' and then use PDF-XChange Editor functionality to convert them to/from PDF. Combine PDFs into a new document. View and edit MS Word documents. Create PDF documents directly from scanned material.
Enjoy 40/128 bit RC4 and 128/236 bit AES Encryption that maximizes your document security. Inherent Data Execution Protection functionality saves your files from malicious malware and viruses. Use digital signatures to further enhance your security and add timestamp server verification as desired.
Customize Your Experience
Utilise an array of preferences to customize your user interface and default options. Create your own toolbars and use the launch options to add convenient links to third-party applications. Activate the browser plugins and avoid compatibility issues.
Use the OCR engine to make image-based/scanned text searchable and selectable. Available in multiple languages.
And Much More...
- View/edit PDF portfolio files.
- Enable Shell Extensions for optimized Windows Explorer navigation.
- Download a portable version of the software and use it any time, any place.
- Buy a licensed version of PDF-XChange Editor and receive a copy of Tracker Software's cutting-edge virtual printer PDF-XChange Lite absolutely free.
- See below for further information and available features.
Edit Existing PDF Content
Use the redaction feature to remove content permanently from documents.
Update Document Text
Use fully-customizable editing tools to highlight, strikeout and/or underline original document text.
Spell Check Documents
Use the advanced document spell-check feature to ensure documents are error-free.
Enjoy Seamless Editing
Use the advanced zoom tools to facilitate precision editing. The pan-and-zoom feature and loupe tool pane simplify otherwise complex processes.
Take Document Snapshots
Use the Snapshot Tool to take snapshots of the current document view that copy to the local clipboard in bitmap format.
Measure Document Dimensions
Use the Measurement Tools to determine exact document dimensions. Measure distance, area and/or perimeter in standard scales or use the Calibrate Measurement feature to create your own scale.
Find/Search Document Text
Use the Find and Search options to locate specific document text in open documents or in folders on the local computer.
Use the Read-out-Loud feature to launch the document dictation feature. PDF-XChange Editor will then dictate all selected document text.
Edit Content Directly
When a license has been purchased it is possible to edit base-content paths and images directly.
Add Comments and Annotations to Documents
Use the Typerwriter Tool to add text-based comments to documents.
Add interactive annotations to documents such as geometric shapes, arrows and freehand lines. Unlike the Adobe Viewer, PDF-XChange Editor does not require the PDF creation tool be to Adobe-certified.
Create Document Comments
Add a variety of dynamic comments to documents, including expandable sticky notes and callouts that highlight specific document locations. Unlike the Adobe Viewer, PDF-XChange Editor does not require the PDF creation tool be to Adobe-certified.
Add hyperlinks to documents in order to link to alternative document locations or external sources.
Add Audio Files
Record/upload audio files and pin them to document pages.
A full license enables the following comment and annotation features:
- Create and edit fillable PDF forms. Available only in Editor Plus.
- Create and edit dynamic document stamps. Available only in Editor Plus.
- Add/remove headers, footers and Bates Numbering.
- Flatten annotations and comments to make them base document content.
- Summarize and/or export comments for editing convenience.
Add customized watermarks in order to personalize documents and avoid counterfeiting.
Use images to enhance documents.
Customize document backgrounds.
Add barcodes to documents as a concise method to store detailed information in a small amount of space.
Edit Document Pages
Number, rotate, split, resize and/or replace document pages.
Use the Contents, Bookmarks, Thumbnails, Named Destinations and Attachments panes for harmonious document browsing and editing.
Avail of Editing Aids
Use Guides to ensure aesthetic harmony, Rulers for exact measurement and Snapping for fast-paced accuracy.
A full license enables the following editing features:
- Use image compression and embedded font settings to optimize documents.
- Delete document pages.
- Use thumbnails to move document pages.
- Insert/import pages from PDF documents.
- Extract document pages to a new file.
- Crop pages/files.
- Insert blank pages into documents.
Convert to PDF
Convert twenty-five supported file formats into PDF. Please note that a license is required to convert some formats.
Convert from PDF
Convert from PDF into five supported file formats: Plain Text, MS PowerPoint File, MS Word File, PDF/A and PDF/X. Please note that a license is required to convert to *.pptx and *.docx.
Use the file integration features to open documents located on 'the cloud' and enjoy full Sharepoint, Dropbox, Google Drive and MSOffice 365 integration.
Create Blank Documents
Create new documents and start building PDF files from a blank canvas.
Print active documents and enjoy a range of printing options – collate pages, specify page ranges, scale and zoom before printing, set page orientation, add watermarks – and much more.
Email documents directly from the main window of PDF-XChange Editor, saving time and maintaining workflow efficiency.
View MS Word Documents
PDF-XChange Editor is one of the few PDF applications that support viewing MS Word documents, which avoids having to work with two programs simultaneously.
Use Macros when saving watermarks, stamps and documents in order to simplify complex operations and record detailed file parameters.
Use the advanced Bookmark functionality to create and manage detailed document bookmarks. Please note that this is a licensed feature.
A full license enables the following document options:
- Combine multiple PDF documents into a new file.
- Import files directly from XPS and other support formats.
- Create PDF documents from scanned input.
- Create PDF documents from *.txt and *.rtf formats.
Enjoy 40/128 bit RC4 and 128/236 bit AES encryption password and permission settings to ensure document security.
Avail of advanced Data Execution Protection that prevents the exeuction of harmful scripts such as those contained in Trojan horses and other viruses.
A full license enables the following security options:
- Advanced digital signature features, including timestamp verification.
- Security profiles that facilitate the convenient incorporation of document security.
Customize Your Experience
Personalize the Workspace
Use numerous preferences and layout options to make the workspace your own. Group your favorite tools into a customized, dynamic toolbar.
Use translation software integration to translate document text. ABBYY Lingvo 12, Translate it!, Lingoes and many more translation programs are supported.
Create New Styles
Use the Comment Styles Palette to save customized comment and annotation styles for subsequent use.
Find Your Language
Use the language options to convert the UI language into your language of choice. English, Spanish, German, French and many more are avaialble by default.
Add Launch Options
Add quick links on the UI toolbar to third-party software that you like to use in conjunction with PDF-XChange Editor.
Use the customization options to save/import/export customized settings. Send them to your work colleagues and avoid consistency issues.
Enable Browser Plugins
Use browser plugins to avoid compatibility issues when working in multiple environments. Please note that this is a licensed feature.
View/Edit Portfolio Files
Use PDF-Xchange Editor to view and edit complex PDF portfolio files.
Activate Shell Extensions
Use Shell extensions to create PDF thumbnails and document previews in Windows Explorer.
Use the portable version of PDF-XChange Editor and work on the move. No installation required - just unzip and launch.
Double Your Value
When you buy a licensed version of PDF-XChange Editor you will receive a free copy of Tracker Software's cutting-edge virtual printer PDF-XChange Lite absolutely free.
PDF-XChange Editor/Editor Plus V6 includes improved rendering engine for viewing high resolution PDF files with maximum quality
Commenting and Annotations
PDF-XChange Editor/Editor Plus V6 offers one of the most comprehensive sets of commenting and annotation tools available.
Editing PDF files
PDF-XChange Editor features the direct editing of PDF base content for text based pdfs (not created from scans).
Editor Plus Forms Designer
PDF-XChange Editor Plus V6 includes an all new fillable forms designer allowing users to create and edit fillable PDF forms as well as dynamic stamps.
PDF-XChange Editor/Editor Plus V6 features fast, intelligent document search capabilities.
PDF-XChange Editor/Editor Plus includes comprehensive set of standard and advanced printing options.
PDF-XChange Editor/Editor Plus includes multilingual support for user interface.
PDF-XChange Editor and Editor Plus includes the PDF-XChange Lite V6 printer
PDF-XChange Editor and Editor Plus licenses inlcude the PDF-XChange Lite V6 virtual printer. Allowing the ability to convert from third party Windows applications to PDF.
PDF-XChange Editor supports all Windows (32/64 bit) operating systems from Windows XP** and later.
Version 5 (2012): Microsoft/Citrix Terminal Server compatible*.
Version 4: Microsoft/Citrix Terminal Server compatible*.
Version 3: Still available for Windows 95/98
* Note: Though many users have virtualized some of our component products such as the PDF-XChange Viewer and PDF-Tools application using XenApp, we do not support this at this time.Particularly the printer drivers are not designed to work in a virtualized environment.
** Limitations to product support for Windows XP
To experience the best performance of our products on all Windows operating systems, the onus is on users to ensure that they have all the latest available Microsoft Windows Service Packs & Updates installed.
PDF-XChange Editor 'Free Version' is free for private and commercial use, provided it is not bundled with other software for financial gain. In FREE mode, many menu items will be marked with a special marker indicating that the specific feature requires a license to use without, producing watermarks:
You can try any of these "Protected" features but, be very careful not to save your PDF if you do not want the watermarks to appear in the upper corners of each page in the document. Once a document is watermarked, there is no way to remove them without a license, so save a copy of the original PDF, before trying the PRO features in an unlicensed Editor. After purchasing a license for the Editor, use Document->Watermarks->Remove All to remove demo watermarks.
PDF-XChange Editor Help Manual - To reduce the size of the Viewer installer download file the Help Manual is now a separate download.
Download PDF-XChange Editor Help Manual
The PDF-XChange Editor is not designed to create new PDF files from 3rd party document formats such as MS Office, Internet Explorer etc - if you wish to create NEW PDF files from Windows applications (any that can print to paper) the PDF-XChange Editor license includes the PDF-XChange Lite Printer - (separate download available here) which will as well license with the Editor license key - the PDF-XChange Editor is designed to create PDF files only from images - or to scan new pages from your scanner - as well as View/Modify/Annotate etc - existing PDF files!
We recommend all users who need to ask which version to download - use the exe/zip installers (the only difference is one is wrapped in a zip file as some download management software will block '.exe' files) as this will correctly sense and install for the Windows version you use, MSI installers do not and you must be sure you download the right version - for the operating system your system uses.
Virtual Print Drivers
PDF-XChange 6 Lite (Now FREE for non-Commercial use, and included for commercial use with the purchase of PDF-XChange Editor/Editor Plus v6 or PDF-Tools v6)
PDF-XChange 6 Standard
PDF-XChange 6 PRO (includes PDF-XChange Editor)
MSI Installer Options - who should use ?
The easiest answer to this is if you are not sure - do not use these installers - they are aimed at corporate system administrators - not general users, so if you are not sure - use the default installer provided and not the MSI installer option !!!
International Editor Language Support
PDF-XChange UI Language support files can be found and downloaded from the Language Support page, as well as access to the Language Localization tools should a particular language pack not currently be available.
FREE OCR Support
OCR functionality available at no charge in both the free and licensed PDF-XChange Editor. By default the installations includes 4 default language support (English, French, German & Spanish). Additional Language Extension packages are available here:
Avg. Score From 41 Reviews :
by Kevin J.
22 Nov, 2016 02:20 PM PDT
I am not a heavy user of PDFs but do work with them frequently.
Imagine my horror when my company uninstalled my Adobe Standard X and replaced it with some off-brand junk called PDF-XChange Editor Plus.
Well, seeing as I had no choice, I began to use the software.
The first 30 seconds of use I determined that maybe the program was okay so I continued.
That is when I realized that this program is VASTLY superior to Adobe.
I am still trying to figure out all that I can do to PDFs with this program and will likely be doing so for the foreseeable future.
Thank you Tracker. You Canucks are pretty sharp!
10 Oct, 2016 02:27 AM PDT
Top! Even the free version is verry good for studiing. Thanks
30 Jul, 2016 04:32 AM PDT
After years of use, I was tired of the the terrible user interface of Acrobat Reader. Your software is a delight for me (using it for 2 weeks now) !
28 Jul, 2016 06:05 AM PDT
Hey, guys! We need autosave in PDF XChange Editor!
by patty davila
22 Jul, 2016 09:51 AM PDT
I have PDF Xchange Pro V6 and PDF Tools V6. Where is the documentation for PDF Tools V6, I have looked everywhere. I am currently using the documentation for V4 but there are a few differences. Also Make it easy to find documentation. If you don't search the web high and low you won't find what you need.