PDF candy (opens in a new tab) is a free online PDF editor that offers a wealth of tools to – you guessed it – edit PDF files online for free. And by “wealth,” we mean an impressive 47 tools, including editing, merging, compressing, reorganizing, and protecting files. The service is delightfully easy to use, but as with most free PDF editors, an upgrade is required to unlock its full potential.
PDF Candy: Prices
- Fair, free, with flexible payment upgrades
The online free PDF editor and converter allows you to use PDF Candy Web – and there is no limit to the tools you can use – even if you can only perform one task per hour, making the free version ideal for minimal or irregular PDF- editing (or sloth) . At least that’s more generous than SmallPDF’s limit of one task per day.
Should you try to complete another task within an hour, a handy, if somewhat ominous, red countdown timer will let you know how long you have to wait.
Removing this time lock requires a monthly or annual subscription – this also increases file size limits.
The lifetime license – a one-time payment – unlocks PDF Candy, as well as offering a free download of the PDF editor for Windows.
PDF Candy: Interface and Experience
- PDF Candy couldn’t be easier to use
Using PDF Candy is child’s play. Literal. The ability to grab a mouse and see an icon is all it takes to get started.
When you first hit the home page, you’ll find a bold “action” button to add files from your desktop, or use third-party cloud storage services, Dropbox and Google Drive. Depending on the tool you use, this will vary slightly, but the layout and workflow remain largely the same.
By default, the home page of the PDF converter opens, but below the action button are the 46 other PDF editing tools – including page rearrangement, image and office document conversion to PDF. Icons are big, bold, streamlined and uniquely identifiable in design – so you can generally find what you need if you know what you’re looking for.
If there’s a flaw here, it’s the lack of categorization. There is no clear basis for their default order – for example, it is not alphabetical. And you can’t drag, drop and rearrange icons. But you can search for or favorite any tool, which greatly improves navigation.
The strong, simple interface expands as you dive into any of the tools. PDF Candy never leaves you in doubt about what to do and what to expect.
- Interface and experience: 5/5
PDF Candy: PDF editor
- As easy as using a word processor
Editing PDF files online is as easy as any other feature in PDF Candy. Key tools run along a left sidebar and, as elsewhere, the icons leave you in no doubt as to what each button does.
Editing text in a PDF file isn’t a million miles away from editing one word processor document. Open the PDF editor, highlight a word, line or paragraph and you can replace it with your own content.
Alternatively, by clicking anywhere in the document, you can start typing in the text box before dragging it into place. You’ll also get a handful of controls over the look, but it’s pretty much lacking. You can’t even change the font.
Whiteout is a useful tool for removing sensitive data from a PDF file – although we still prefer it Foxit PDF Editor‘s editorial tool if compliance is important to you. Elsewhere, PDF Candy lets you upload images to files, draw lines and arrows, and write freeform with the pencil tool.
It included eSign software works very well, offering three options for adding signatures to documents: via text, image upload, or drawing it with the mouse. And you only need to make this once. Your signature will then be saved to be used across other documents (and you can add more if needed).
PDF Candy: PDF conversion
- Packs an incredible 29 PDF conversion tools
PDF Candy has the ability to convert documents with just one click. And in our experience, the platform delivers on this promise. The only (albeit optional) exception is when converting images to PDF and vice versa, where you can also choose image quality.
After waiting 15 seconds for the tool to process the document, a quick conversion occurs. Once converted, you can download or immediately open the document in another tool to make further changes, such as merging PDFs or compressing PDFs.
But the real draw here is the sheer number of PDF conversion options. There are 19 ‘convert to PDF’ tools, included Word to PDF, Excel to PDFand PowerPoint to PDF. There are also options to convert images and popular e-reader formats to PDF.
On the flip side, ‘convert from PDF’ has 10 conversion tools, for example PDF to Word, PDF to JPG and PDF to Excel. If you find yourself regularly converting to and from PDF, you will find a lot of use in PDF Candy.
PDF Candy: Extra features
- Packed with bonus tools you didn’t know you needed
So, PDF Candy explains the basics. Here’s a platform that offers everything most PDF users need to get the job done. But it doesn’t end there.
In addition to editing, converting, and otherwise modifying pages, the free online PDF editor also has the ability to encrypt and password protect files, edit a document’s metadata, and add watermarks to PDF files. And, as expected at this point, everything is just as easy to use.
PDF OCR was startlingly accurate – ‘read’ text in a PDF and exported it to a .TXT file. The formatting may not match what is on the page, but the content itself was accurate. Depending on the amount of “unreadable” images you have in the document, the waiting times will vary.
Also available is Image Candythe company’s free online image editor and converter. Like PDF Candy, it has a good selection of tools, such as removing backgrounds, watermarking images and even generating memes. It is as easy to use as the document management suite.
PDF Candy: Scorecard
|Pricing||Free, with paid upgrades||4|
|Interface and experience||Clean, simple and total child’s play to use||5|
|PDF editing||Good set of editing tools suitable for most users||4|
|PDF conversion||Extensive library of conversion tools||5|
|Additional functions||Many useful additional tools and fears||5|