If you’ve ever been given a pdf file that you want to edit, or a pdf form that you need to complete and return electronically, you’ll realise that it’s not obvious how to edit a pdf file in OS X. Here’s how to edit a pdf file using the built in Preview App that comes free with OS X.
For full pdf editing capabilities (for example adding paragraphs of text, moving pictures around on a page etc) you need to get some fully blown pdf editing software like Adobe Illustrator or Adobe Acrobat Professional. But these cost hundreds of dollars. The good news is that ‘Preview’, the built in OS X pdf reader app, has some basic pdf editing abilities built in!
If you double click on any pdf file in OSX it will open in an application called Preview. Preview has a hidden “Annotations Toolbar’ that will allow you to edit the pdf file. You can’t change what’s already in the pdf document, but you can add your own text and graphics.
Here’s how to use the Annotations Toolbar.