1 for All Software

PDF-XChange - All you Need for PDF File Creation, Manipulation and Viewing

PDF-XChange Pro PDF-XChange Editor Version 5 - The free PDF editor!

The new PDF-XChange Editor - successor of the legendary PDF-XChange Viewer - now has the option to edit PDF documents and much more, in addition to all the popular Viewer features...

The new  PDF-XChange Editor, the worthy successor of PDF-XChange Viewer, does not only include all features of PDF-XChange Viewer, including the only recently added OCR feature, but now also provides you with an option to edit existing PDF documents.

PDF-XChange Editor is therefore a fully-featured PDF editor. With its help you are able to edit, correct, add, or remove text effortlessly. Graphics can also be moved, resized, or removed.

Those who wish to view, edit, or modify PDF files on their Windows PCs, or even make PDF documents searchable with OCR, now have a real alternative to Adobe Reader with PDF-XChange Editor, the FREE PDF viewer and editor.

PDF-XChange Editor, successor of PDF-XChange Viewer, is leaner, faster, and more feature-rich than any other free PDF viewer or editor currently available.

The free PDF-XChange Editor enables users to also try the advanced features available in PDF-XChange Editor PRO in a free evaluation mode. No PDF viewer provides more features than PDF-XChange Editor, or does that without sacrificing performance or quality.

The licensed PDF-XChange Editor “Pro” (successor of PDF-XChange Viewer Pro) is a dedicated tool for the creation of PDF files, and enables its users to convert scans, image files, or even .txt or .rtf files into PDF, and to create their own PDF documents from scratch.

The free text recognition feature supports base language packs for English, French, German, and Spanish. Additional language packs are available.

Free Trial Buy Now

The free version of PDF-XChange Editor can now also be used without limitations for private, commercial, governmental, or any other purposes, under the condition that it is not embedded into or distributed with commercial software.

NEW: From now on you get the PDF conversion tool “PDF-XChange Lite”, which you can also use commercially, for FREE, with every purchase of a license for PDF-XChange Editor Pro! Click here to learn more...

For Feature List Overview click here...

  • PDF-XChange Editor Features
  • PDF-XChange Viewer/Editor FAQ
  • Customer Testimonials

PDF-XChange Editor Feature Details

PDF-XChange Editor 3, successor of the popular PDF-XChange Viewer provides its users with a variety of options to edit PDF documents. Especially through its menu options “Document”, “Comments”, and “Tools” users have access to a range of additional features, in addition to those expected from a PDF tool, to modify and personalize files to individual preferences.

In the following you will get an overview of the individual menu items and the editor components provided by PDF-XChange Editor...

NEW! Edit PDF documents

With PDF-XChange Editor it is possible to edit, delete, move, and format text in existing PDF documents.

It is now also possible to move, resize, or remove graphics with PDF-XChange Editor.

NEW! The OCR feature

Scanned paper documents in PDF format have one major disadvantage: those PDFs cannot be searched, and there is no option to select and copy text. The reason for that is simple: a scanned document is nothing but an image, embedded in a PDF document. The same applies to fax documents received by a fax server.

Such PDF documents can for that reason not be searched for phrases and are therefore not ideal for archival storage. If you wanted to find one of these PDF documents later by searching for certain criteria, that would not be possible.

It is now possible to make such documents searchable using PDF-XChange Viewer Pro's integrated OCR feature. After a run of the OCR feature those PDFs can once again be searched for keywords, making them ideal for archival storage.

The OCR feature in PDF-XChange Viewer enables you to apply OCR to entire, multi-page PDF documents, or, if desired, to individual pages. The OCR feature recognizes texts in German, English, French and Spanish, and the language can be selected prior to running the OCR scan.

Menu “Document”

Insert Page

If you click on “Insert Page” in PDF-XChange Viewer, the appropriate menu window opens, which enables you to insert a PDF document to the existing document.

To do this, you first select the source file; you then select the page you would like to insert in the second step, before selecting the target within the edited document where you would like to insert the new page.

Insert empty pages

With the command “Insert empty pages”, you can add any amount of empty pages at a position of your choice to an existing PDF file.

Those can be freely configured in the sections size, amount, and format of the menu window.

Extract pages

Individual or multiple pages from an existing PDF document can be merged into one or multiple new files via the “Extract pages” command.

From that menu window you can, in addition to making the appropriate settings, also select the target folder on your PC for the newly created files.

Delete Pages

If you would like to delete one or more pages from a PDF file, this can be done with the “Delete pages” command.

In the corresponding menu window you can change the appropriate settings according to your own preferences.

Rotate pages

If you would like to rotate one or more pages within a PDF document by 90 degrees clockwise or anti-clockwise, or even by 180 degrees, you can do that using the appropriate command under the “Document” menu.

Additionally you are able to select whether the entire file or only pages with portrait or landscape orientation should be affected.

Crop pages

With the help of the Crop Box feature under menu “Crop pages” you can crop the document visible in the preview window on the right, in a way that only selected portions of the previous page are visible in the final result.

The appropriate margin restrictions can be applied via drag and drop, or directly via the appropriate settings menu.

You can furthermore use that menu window to define whether all pages or just a single page within the edited document should be cropped.

Tools Menu


The sub menu “Comment and Markup” is particularly suited for adding an assertive, quickly recognizable comment to a document.

You can either use one of the stamp presets in English, or create an individually customized stamp with image or font files by calling the command “Stamps Palette” further down in the menu.

If you would like to insert a stamp at a particular position within the PDF document, the first step is to select that stamp from the select box. In the document itself, the cursor will now be displayed as a stamp symbol.

You then click once in the document at the desired position using the left mouse button, and the stamp will be added immediately at that location.

With PDF-XChange Editor it is also possible to create and use your own stamp presets. You can see from this tip how exactly this is done.


When selecting the “Comment” command in PDF-XChange Viewer, the cursor is displayed as a comment bubble, and you can add a comment to a PDF document by clicking at the desired position, using the left mouse button.

By right-clicking on the comment bubble, the context menu opens, which also contains the “Preferences” option. By selecting this option you can change the appearance of the comment symbol and the corresponding sticker in the appropriate menu window.


With the “Typewriter” command you can add additional text passages to existing original text in a PDF document and save the result together with the existing text.

Text field

When dealing with drawings, graphics, pictures, or colorful backgrounds, it is usually recommended to use a text field instead of the typewriter command, and to add text that way. This highlights the text and works better with an existing image.

Speech bubbles

With the help of speech bubbles it is possible to highlight particular areas in text passages or graphics, better than it could be done with arrows or comments.

If you would like to highlight a particular word or a special area in a graphic, you can mark that exact position with a speech bubble.

Mark text

Using the “Mark Text” command, you can select particular areas within a PDF document to clearly highlight them with a yellow background.

To do this, you first select that command and then click at the desired start position and keep the left mouse button pressed while moving over the text you would like to mark, and release the button at the desired end position.

While marking text, text already selected will be highlighted in blue. Once you release the mouse button, blue will turn into a glowing yellow.


The “Strikethrough” command works similar to marking a text passage.

You first select that command in the menu. Passages in which single words or whole sentences should be struck through will be selected with the left mouse button pressed, during which these will be highlighted in blue. Once you release the mouse button, the selected text will clearly be struck through with a red bar.


Similar to the procedure for marking and striking through text, you can underline text using the “Underline” command.

You again select the command in the menu. Following that, you select the text you would like to underline with the left mouse button pressed, during which that text will be highlighted in blue. Once you release the mouse button, the text will be displayed as underlined in green.

Comment and Markup Toolbar

With the command “Comment and Markup Toolbar”, the entire palette of PDF editing options will be displayed, which can then be snapped to the application's main panel so that it is available at all times.

This has the advantage that you no longer have to open the menu explicitly, but can instead use commands directly by clicking on the appropriate icon.

Arrow and other shapes

With PDF-XChange Viewer, red arrows, lines, rectangles, clouds, and other symbols can be added to any position in a PDF document.

If you double-click on a desired shape with the left mouse button, a comment field opens, to which individual text can be added.

Pencil and eraser form a separate unit among the various shapes. Drawings, which have been created in a document using the pencil, can be removed at any point with the eraser. Other shapes remain untouched by the eraser.

Menu “Annotations”

Embed annotations

With the “Embed Annotations” command you can add annotations at various positions, which, if desired, can also be saved or printed.

For that you simply select the appropriate options under the “Preferences” option for that menu window.

Form fields defined in the document can be annotated with helpful comments the same way, for instance with instructions for filling out the form.

Combine annotations

If multiple users add comments to a PDF document, those comments can be combined and saved into a separate PDF file, with or without the corresponding text.

Output format and properties of that summary as well as various sorting options can be adjusted via the appropriate menu window, as desired.

Export annotations to file

If you would like to transfer comments from one PDF file to another, or to re-use them in the same document at a later time, you can do this effortlessly using the “Export annotations to file” option.

Comments from the source file will be exported into the so-called XFDF format and saved into a new file on the computer. This file can then either be imported into another PDF file, or if desired, be added to the former source file.

Saving comments as a separate file is particularly useful if you wish to send parts of the comments of a PDF document to other users via email, who already have the same or a similar source file.

The comments file uses up far less disk space and can for that reason be downloaded to the appropriate desktop computer, which especially in the case of extensive source files can be a real advantage.

Annotations Panel

The “Annotations Panel” is displayed on the left half of the screen after selecting the corresponding command.

As soon as comments have been added, they are displayed with page number and amount on the left hand side.

As desired, you can effortlessly open comments, add new ones with a single click, edit, or even remove comments, effortlessly.


PDF-XChange Viewer FAQ

  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of using PDF-XChange Viewer?

Apart from being incredibly fast and easy on computer resources, PDF-XChange Viewer has intuitive editing options and extensive configuration options. One disadvantage may be the lack of an option to create files with the viewer. The help file is not very extensive either.

  • How can I use PDF-XChange Viewer?

Those who want a more streamlined program prefer to use PDF-XChange Viewer. PDF-XChange can load much faster than Adobe Reader and offers a more comprehensive feature set than most alternative applications. In addition to being a fast and simple PDF viewer, PDF-XChange allows you to edit or highlight text and add notes to PDF documents.

  • Is PDF-XChange Viewer a good alternative to Adobe Acrobat Reader?

Yes, it is. In addition to its document viewing capabilities, PDF-XChange Viewer comes with basic editing and exporting features, making it an ideal alternative for users seeking more advanced features.

  • How can I use Tracker Software products like PDF-XChange Viewer?

Here are easy steps to follow to use Tracker Software products:
Once you have installed PDF-XChange Viewer, run it using the start menu: Start ->All Programs->PDF-XChange PDF Viewer. Use the menu item “Open” to open a file in order to view or edit it. You can use PDF-XChange Viewer like a regular word processing application, and save the file using the  “Save” menu item.

  • What is the advantage of registering my copy of PDF-XChange Viewer?

Once registered, PDF-XChange Viewer becomes PDF-XChange Viewer Pro, which integrates with the PDF-XChange Pro 2012 license.

  • Why is PDF-XChange Viewer said to be an excellent alternative to Adobe Reader?

PDF-XChange Viewer is a superb alternative to Adobe Reader as it is faster, requires less resources, offers additional features and ships in a single self-extracting archive that requires just 20.8 MB of disk space. The installed application takes up 50.7 MB, compared to 96.9 MB for Adobe Reader 9.5 or 110 MB for Adobe Reader 10. Plus, it has some very nice features not found in Adobe Reader and it does follow the familiar shortcuts as well as the layout of the original Adobe Reader. It is also highly customizable, enabling its users to customize many aspects of the user interface. 

  • What are the latest changes in PDF-XChange Viewer 2.5?

PDF-XChange Viewer 2.5's latest changes are:

  • Resolved a problem with some combo box fields in static and dynamic XFA files, saving dashboards for link annotations, text positioning after performing OCR when page is cropped or rotated.
  • Fixed a plausible issue with printing hidden form fields and layer grouping in layers view as well as a refresh and repainting bug with ActiveX controls on the dialog forms.
  • Appended a workaround for reading PDF files with broken ID fields.
  • What are the different file formats PDF-XChange Viewer can export to?

PDF-XChange Viewer is capable of exporting to the most popular image formats, such as BMP, PNG, JPEG and TIFF.

  • Is it possible to add comments to documents using PDF-XChange Viewer?

PDF-Xchange Viewer enables you to add comments to documents. Comments can be added to every part of a document and are marked with a colored icon, with details being displayed in a balloon popup.

  • What is the difference between Foxit and PDF-XChange Viewer?

PDF-XChange Viewer comes with a variety of helpful editing features, while Foxit only supports form filling.

  • Why is PDF-XChange Viewer different from any other FREE PDF reader/PDF viewer/PDF editor applications available?

PDF-XChange Viewer is smaller, faster and has more features than most other applications. A free PDF viewer download enables users to try the extended functionality provided with the PDF-XChange Viewer ‘PRO’ edition for free through an evaluation mode. PDF-XChange Viewer simply is the most comprehensive PDF viewer available, it uses less resources and is lightning fast.

  • What is the advantage of PDF-XChange Viewer ‘PRO’ being licensed?

After registration, PDF-XChange Viewer becomes PDF-XChange Viewer ‘PRO’ and allows users to create their own PDF files using scanned images or existing documents. A license also unlocks advanced editing and conversion features.

  • Is there a particularly useful feature of PDF-XChange Viewer that I should be aware of?

PDF-XChange Viewer fully integrates with Windows Explorer and enables a PDF preview feature. In addition to that, its deep integration makes it possible to edit meta information from within Explorer.

  • What PDF form formats can be imported or exported by PDF-XChange Viewer?

PDF-XChange Viewer supports saving filled PDF forms (Acroforms), it imports and exports form data in FDF/XFDF formats.

  • Is there another new feature included in PDF-XChange Viewer's latest version?

PDF-XChange Viewer's latest version now comprises Windows shell extensions and IFilter support. Windows shell extensions make it possible to show PDF files’ thumbnails in Window Explorer. Whilst using the thumbnail mode view in Windows Explorer, first page’s thumbnails in a document are displayed rather than standard document icons once the folder is set to show extra large or large icons. IFilter or PDF IFilter is a very powerful search tool for end users or administrators who want to index PDF documents with Micro Filter indexing. It enables users to conveniently search for text within the PDF documents: in content, keywords, annotations, author, bookmarks, files attached or embedded within PDF files, or even within the document's XMP information title.

  • What are the key benefits of IFilter tools in shell extensions – a feature of PDF-XChange Viewer's latest version?

The key benefits of IFilter are:

  • It integrates with the Windows operating system on your computer
  • Significantly boosts your capability to exactly access information embedded in PDF documents
  • Presents a convenient solution to find text within the PDF documents placed on your computer, company intranet or company network.
  • Can I use the free PDF-XChange Viewer without limitations?

Yes, you can use the free PDF-XChange Viewer download for commercial, government, private and all other uses. However it cannot be incorporated, bundled or otherwise distributed for profit/commercial gain with other software or through any type of media distribution without permission.

  • Why is the tool version of PDF-XChange Viewer excellent for converting non-searchable PDF files?

The “PRO” version of PDF-XChange Viewer is noted to be an excellent tool for converting non-searchable PDF files. However, it is not free, and the license fee depends on the amount of licenses required.

  • Why is it said that the PDF viewing experience with PDF-XChange Viewer is fast and smooth?

If you view PDFs with PDF-XChange Viewer, you will notice that it is fast and offers a smooth experience. This is because you are able to view documents in different layouts, search for keywords and customize the application interface to your liking.

  • What are the system requirements to run the PDF-XChange Viewer?

PDF-XChange Viewer requires Windows Server 2008, Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows Vista or Windows 2000.


PDF-XChange Viewer Testimonials

What customers say about PDF-XChange Viewer

I am more than satisfied with the PDF Xchange Viewer as well as the customer service. I made an inquiry, and within half an hour I got the appropriate answer. THIS IS how I imagine customer service. Thank you very much. Timo Witt
Now that is what I call customer service. Thank you so much for the additional mail. And while I’m at it…. Your products are awesome!!! I’ve been using the free version for quite some time. Thought it’s high time to say thank you for that by purchasing the Pro version. Now I’m looking forward to all the additional features. Dana Gottstein
The program is exactly the icing on the cake that I was missing for a virtually paperless office. Scanning the daily mail and then distributing it, creating a stamp on my own, then signing the answer with a stamp and mailing it afterwards. Perfectly made, good to use, fair price. I like it... Heinrich Ritter von Waechter
An impeccable product that is prepared for pretty much all tasks regarding PDF editing, at a reasonable price. Fast and competent order fulfillment, hassle-free, friendly. I will always recommend such experiences. Martin Fettke
I have been using PDF Xchange as a freeware version to full satisfaction. Even with the limited options I could do without the Acrobat Reader. The Pro Version is definitely worth the money and therefore it leaves nothing to be desired. It’s always a pleasure to work with it! If you could attract even more users with optional, additional skins, this is intended as a suggestion and should not be understood as criticism. I congratulate you on this masterpiece! Werner Stauch
I am very happy with this program. Professionally, I use a well-known competing product. All features that I regularly need (highlighting, annotating, inserting pages, rotating …) and many more are available, and all that at a much more attractive price. Perfect! Katja Steinert
I am exceedingly happy with the product. I have also recommended it at university. In my opinion, it is extremely important that one can add an unlimited number of underline, comments and bookmarks in documents when going paperless with PDF files at work. Besides the feature should not cost hundreds of euros. So far, I have not noticed that any PDF files have been displayed incorrectly, and all comments / bookmarks have been displayed correctly in Adobe Reader as well. So once again, many thanks for your product. Max Funk
Inserting texts. The structures are indeed self-explanatory, which is as otherwise very rare in programs, and in my opinion, they are very well laid out, even for “amateurs”. Rolf Scheuder
Thank you for your mail. The PDF Viewer is great, will get the Pro shortly. Have meanwhile eliminated Adobe. Good luck and best wishes, Werner Widmer
TOP product, super intuitive use. All in all, highly satisfied. Have already bought it. Everything went without any problems. Fast delivery of the registration key. Lots of helpful tips per mail. I am completely satisfied and will most certainly recommend the program. Stefan Muth

Free PDF-XChange Editor Download

We want to give you the opportunity to us the freeware version of PDF-XChange Editor in detail. The freeware version is fully functioning and contains all current features.

With the purchase of a license key, the freeware version can be unlocked any time to the PRO version. You are therefore not required to re-install the software at purchase.

Important: On this email address you will also receive FREE tips & tricks as well as tutorial videos which will support you to learn more about the advantages of the application during the evaluation period.

Notice: You are not taking on any obligations, and your email address will not be sold or distributed by us!

You also have the option to remove yourself from the mailing list at any time by clicking on the link at the end of each email. You will then not receive any further information to your email address.

Email Address:
Enter Security Code:
Your privacy is safe and it's easy to by clicking one link!


Free Trial Buy Now

Supported Operation Systems

  • Windows XP
  • Windows Vista (32-bit and 64-bit versions available)
  • Windows 7, 8 (32-bit and 64-bit versions available)
  • Terminal Server and Citrix compatible

Customer Testimonials

I am very satisfied with your product. Very intuitive and super value for money indeed. JM
I previously used something from A..... on my computer, something from the same range as your PDF-XChange Pro, but there is no comparison!!! Your software is just much, much better and much, much, much cheaper!!! Your product runs absolutely smoothly and stably under Windows 7 Ultimate (64-bit)!!! Even after the purchase, an absolutely high-quality support is provided!!! Best regards, Karl-Heinz Kajan
Hello, everything went really well, could install it immediately, perfect. The software offers more than I expected, especially the PDF tools are awesome. In fact, have only worked with it shortly, but I am thrilled. The whole handling, for my part, nothing to complain about. So keep it up and thank you. I also like the fact that I can give you feedback, maybe it is a bit early for the software, but not for the handling. Joerg Fritz
I have been a user of PDF-Xchange’s free version, and for some time now I am a user of the Pro version. There is simply no comparison. The options are enormous and more comprehensive. Gradually I am using a large part of the features, and they all make sense. Have just bought a second license for another computer. Frieder Hanisch
I am impressed that finally someone has realized how to explain software features in an excellent graphic way. And this in many single steps, so that everything you have learned so quickly will retain in your memory. In this respect, I ordered 3 full licenses of your software yesterday. Keep it up! Wolfgang Roessner