PDF Candy is a free online PDF editor that offers a wealth of tools to edit PDFs online free. And by ‘wealth’, we mean an impressive 47 tools, including editing, merging, compressing, rearranging, and protecting files.
- Packed with 46 different tools
- Simple to use
- One-task-per-hour limit on free version
- Desktop app is Windows only
The web-based editor isn’t presented as a unified interface but rather as a slate of individual app icons accessible from a single landing page. Altogether there are 46 tools for creating, editing, and converting PDFs. You just choose one, upload the file, and wait for PDF Candy to complete the task.
Once a task is complete, you can download the file to your device or save it directly to Google Drive or Dropbox. If you’re editing multiple files, PDF Candy queues them so you can download them all at one time when you’ve finished your tasks.
The online free PDF editor and converter lets you used PDF Candy Web – and there’s no restriction to which tools you can use – although you can only perform one task an hour, making the free version ideal for minimal or irregular PDF editing (or sloths). At least it’s more generous than SmallPDF’s one-task-per-day restriction.
Should you attempt to perform another task within the hour, a handy, if somewhat threatening, red countdown timer tells you how long you’ll have to wait. Removing this time-lock requires a monthly or annual subscription – doing so also increases file size limits, too.
The lifetime license – a one-off payment – opens up PDF Candy, as well as offering a desktop PDF editor download free for Windows.
PDF Candy simplifies and streamlines online PDF editing and converting, while packing in plenty of extra tools you didn’t know you needed until now.
Editor’s note: Because online services are often iterative, gaining new features and performance improvements over time, this review is subject to change in order to accurately reflect the current state of the service. Any changes to text or our final review verdict will be noted at the top of this article.