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Edit PDF Online with PDFescape

By DominicD
The PDF document format is a de facto standard for document and file sharing. The PDF format being portable, goes beyond the user differences of operating systems and desktop publishing software. It is a universally accepted email/file attachment that preserves and protects the document data and visual formatting. While various free PDF converters are available for every operating system, only a few handful programs are free for editing existing PDF files. Fortunately, a generous contribution for everyone’s PDF editing needs is made possible with

PDFescape is a free online PDF Editor and Reader. With PDFescape, you no longer need expensive PDF editing programs like Adobe Acrobat for designing PDF forms or filling PDF form details.

PDFescape Requirements
  1. An active internet connection
  2. A web browser that allows JavaScript

There is no software download or browser plug-in required for PDFescape!

Browse to, you will be asked if you want to start right-away without registration, or register for free, and enable you to save and share PDF files in the future). For purposes of this quick tutorial, we choose to start without registration.

You are given the option for (1) uploading a PDF file from your computer, or (2) loading the PDF from an online link.

If you have previously registered for a free account, you can choose to load your saved PDF files from your account.
Take note that PDFEscape supports up to 10MB PDF file sizes. In retrospect, PDF files are meant to be optimized and compact. The 10MB PDF file size limit is usually sufficient for most documents and files.

The PDFescape control panels appear as soon as the PDF file is loaded.

Notice the familiar view which resembles that of PDF readers.
The top left menus give options for editing and adding Text, Images, Links, Interactve Form Fields, Lines and Erasures.

For this sample PDF, we will add a descriptive text title, include a sample company logo that is linked to the sample company website.

Click on the Text icon on the left control panel. Notice that the mouse changes to a text cursor. Click anywhere in the document to start typing.

Notice the text formatting toolbar above. You can choose diffent font sizes, styles, and colors. If you change your mind and would like to remove the text, simply click on the Delbutton.

To insert the image of our sample company logo, click on the Image button. You will be asked to locate the saved image on your computer. Choose and upload the image of your choice.

As soon as the image is uploaded, click on a point in the document where you want the image to appear. You can move and resize the image in the pdf. Click the mouse button again if you wish to insert a second copy of the image. Click the Del button if you wish to cancel inserting an image.

Next, we will link the uploaded image company logo to our sample company website. Click on the Link button.

Click a point in the PDF file that you would like to be “clickable” so that it points to a URL or a page in the PDF. The highlight shows the area that will be made clickable. Adjust the size of this link area to the picture or text in your PDF.

If you have previously registered for a free account, click on the Save button so that changes to your PDF files are saved in your account.

Click on the Save and Download PDF button to download your edited PDF to your computer.

We can test with various PDF reader programs if our edited PDF is indeed a success.

Testing with Adobe Acrobat Reader

Testing with FoxitPDF Reader

The edited pdf from PDFescape works fine in Adobe Acrobat and free PDF readers like Foxit. The uploaded company logo appears correctly, the edited text shows in the correct font and color, and the link to the sample company website is enabled.

Try now! It’s an online free PDF Editor and Reader. Registered members can explore and take advantage of the other free features.

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Registered PDFescape users can share a read-only copy of a PDF document in their account with other users via a simple link.

If the document has sharing enabled, anyone with this link can view (but not change), download, and print a copy of the document in its current state. Sharing can be turned on and off using the "Share" button on the top of the PDFescape user interface.

Example Uses
  • Email PDF documents via a simple link
  • Show others your partially completed PDF form
  • View changes made to a PDF document by someone else

Important Limitations
  • Changes made to your PDF will only be seen by your viewers when their page is refreshed
  • When you delete or let expire the shared PDF document, those with whom it was shared will no longer be able to view it
  • Viewers not will be able to edit your shared document

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