Affordable and Powerful Free PDF Editor for your macOS

PDF Studio for Mac

PDF Studio for Mac

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  • Latest Version

    PDF Studio 2023.0.3 LATEST

  • Review by

    Juan Garcia

  • Operating System

    macOS 10.15 Catalina or later

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  • Author / Product

    Qoppa Software / External Link

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PDF Studio for Mac is an easy-to-use, full-featured PDF editing software for your macOS that is a reliable alternative to Adobe® Acrobat® and provides all PDF functions needed at a fraction of the cost. PDF Studio maintains full compatibility with the PDF Standard. See what makes PDF Studio for macOS different and why you should switch!

PDF Studio is an all-in-one, easy-to-use PDF editor desktop app that provides all PDF features needed (see features comparison with Acrobat) at one-third the price of Adobe® Acrobat® and maintains full compatibility with the Adobe PDF Standards.

It uses Qoppa Software's proprietary technology to view and modify PDF files. It is platform-independent and can run on Windows, macOS, and Linux. Simply download, install, and start working with PDF files immediately.

Features and Highlights
  • Create PDFs from MS Word, Text, and Images
  • Scan-To-PDF
  • Annotate PDFs with Comments
  • Highlight and Markup Text
  • Fill In & Save PDF Forms
  • Secure Documents with Passwords and Permissions
  • Merge, Split & Assemble Documents
  • Apply Watermarks, Headers, and Footers
  • Create Bookmarks / Table of Contents
  • Advanced Viewing Experience: Loupe, Pan & Zoom, Rulers & Grid
The following features are only available in the Pro edition:
  • OCR (text recognition)
  • Edit PDF content
  • Redact permanently
  • Compare PDFs
  • Optimize PDFs
  • Batch process multiple PDFs
  • Precision measuring tools
  • Preflight and convert to PDF/A
  • PDF linearization (for fast web view)
  • Convert to HTML5/SVG
  • Digitally sign PDFs
  • Interactive form field designer
Note: Adds watermarks on output files in demo version.

Also Available: Download PDF Studio for Windows

  • PDF Studio 2023.0.3 Screenshots

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What's new in this version:

PDF Studio 2023.0.3
- JPDF-2007: Document specific: Content Edit, not able to select thin lines
- JPDF-2003: Document specific: Copy/paste text issue

PDF Studio 2023.0.2
- Added layers filter to comments panel
- Added wait cursor on loading sessions

- macOS: Fixed crashing issue cause by change on latest macOS 11.7.9 update
- Fixed open button duplication of sessions menu
- Fixed size not showing correctly when trying to modify multiple “Insert Text” annotations
- Fixed annotations belonging to a deleted layer were not being deleted
- Document Specific: Word documents not converted correctly
- Document Specific: Word table missing when converting to PDF
- Document Specific: Splitting table rows across pages were converted incorrectly
- Document specific: numbers are cut-off when converting word to PDF

PDF Studio 2023.0.1
- Regression: Batch Signature is placed outside the document
- Issues with Fast Sign on PDF Studio 2023
- Exception in jPDFViewer when application uses rhino
- Updated version to 2023.0.1
- jPDFPreflight – Memory Leak

PDF Studio 2023.0.0
- Improvements for Enterprise Deployments (Shared User Settings)
- Improvements to Microsoft Office Conversions (Word to PDF & PDF to Word)
- Support for Dropbox Team Spaces
- Installer Enhancements on Linux and Windows
- New Embed / Unembed Fonts Functions
- Additional Multi Document Functions throughout the Application
- New Optimizer Features
- New Print Features
- And Much More…

PDF Studio 2022.2.4
- Resolve issues with Linux file chooser with filename extension and truncating
- Scan “black and white” format is not working correctly when “deskew” is checked
- JavaScript not calculating fields – Event.value not being modified and re-setting the same value after calculation
- Font Specific: Error rendering the attached PDF on Linux due to not using Unicode Mapping
- “Copy text to note” preference broken for text markup
- Remove vm warnings in the console on silent install
- Cleanup replacement fonts
- Clean up files related to install4j runtime, remove warnings

PDF Studio 2022.2.3
- Regression: multiple JavaScript prompts
- Editing mode exited after entering non-Latin characters with Right ALT key
- Document Specific – Fix image rendering issue

PDF Studio 2022.2.2
- Incorrect logic when setting JavaScript “field.display” value

PDF Studio 2022.2.1
- Null pointer exception happening in on load JavaScript
- Added class cast protection and set signature as invalid if the entries in the signature field dictionary are invalid
- Document Specific: Digital Signature not validated correctly (Digital Signature Service)
- Document Specific: Signature marked as “Revoked” instead of “Not verified”. Revocation has to come from issuing CA in the Certificate Revocation List

PDF Studio 2022.2.0
- Add additional replacement fonts for Microsoft Files Conversion & Preflight Conversion
- Improve Signature Field Position (with units) in Batch Sign Dialog
- Render first page faster for documents with lots of links by delaying loading of destination pane
- Allow text size for text box annotations to go down to 6 from 8 at the moment
- Increase Tolerance max value from 100 to 200 when deleting blank pages on Batch Delete Pages dialog
- Add support for “+” character in email addresses for registration dialog
- Word to PDF Conversion: Add some support for the legacy/deprecated VML format
- Word to PDF Conversion: Support for diagonal cell “borders”

- Regression: Unable to save document due to link annotation to a remote document (delay loading of links)
- Scanning profiles started from quick access menu don’t set the “Insert At” property correctly
- Exception when Selecting IRT Group Annotations
- Internal: Settings.xml has some java classes for property values
- Command line registration does not work when PDF Studio is running in the background
- Cannot access class sun.print.PeekGraphics when printing page with Custom Composite
- Regression “Dimension of full grid” when creating multiple copies of form field broken
- Enabling retain PDF/A format preference and signing document gets user stuck in error loop
- Add safety null checks when checking for valid save file
- Regression: Document Specific: Paste text to word removes space characters
- When registration fails due to non-volume license limit, show a message to users instructing them to go to manage
- Increase Tolerance value from 100 to 200 when deleting blank pages on Batch Delete Pages dialog
- Handle null resource in type3 font which was generating a ClassCastException
- Bad focus issue when doing undo while editing a text field
- Add support for “+” character in email addresses for registration dialog
- Document Specific: Null pointer exception when viewing signature certificate details
- Word to PDF fix for a document that could not be laid out
- Regression: Error when trying to duplicate multiple checkboxes/radio buttons
- Document restored from session cannot be saved as another filename
- Document restored from session is not set to the front

PDF Studio 2022.1.3
- Better handling of fonts missing character mapping information when using inline text editing

- PDF/X conversion would fail on documents using Blend Mode set with a name, from within an ExtGS dictionary
- Document Specific: Error after converting to PDF/X-1 due to issue with embedded icc profile
- Document Specific: Specific JavaScript code could result in NPE (breaking some form fields)

PDF Studio 2022.1.2
- Allow larger custom memory amount in user vmoptions file

- macOS Ventura: If dark mode was used, the installer would hang on startup
- macOS: Full screen mode was broken
- Align points in overlay comparison was broken
- PDF/A-1b preflight validation option in sub menu was broken
- Document Specific: NPE converting to PDF/X-3 due to error when copying name of color space
- Document specific: Error loading PDF Cannot invoke “Object.getClass()” because “” is null

PDF Studio 2022.1.1
- Convert Word to PDF: Handle Theme Font Languages for Arabic, Asian, etc..

- Pan & Zoom and Loupe Tool Broken
- Action Wizard: Continue button label is broken
- On macOS, some printers can throw an exception when getting the default DPI resolution
- Convert Word to PDF: Handle Theme Font Languages for Arabic, Asian, etc..
- Convert Word to PDF: Handle negative positioning of an Image within a Table Cell
- Convert Word to PDF: Handle NullPointerException when converting a Word file to PDF
- Convert Word to PDF: Anchored images not positioned correctly due to clipping
- Document specific: Error loading PDF Cannot invoke “Object.getClass()” because “” is null
- GUI display error on separator in Preflight Dialog

PDF Studio 2022.1.0
- Added missing new features to Classic Toolbar for 2022
- new add content tools
- create table of contents from bookmarks
- sign with timestamp
- Sessions Manager GUI improvements
- New PDF/X-4 and PDF/X-5 verification profiles
- New PDF/X-1a and PDF/X-3 Conversion profiles
- Allow editing new content after being added to the page
- Improved annotation loading performance for extreme cases (i.e. over 20k comments)
- Only create the annotation components when a page is displayed
- Comment tree now only loads the annotations when the comment pane is shown
- Updated digital signature libraries to the latest version
- PDF To Word: Added Support for Multiple Columns
- New Window & User Interface options in Initial View document properties

- Zoom icon on toolbar not changed when zooming in / out
- Replacement text in redactions not displayed when fill set to “no color”
- Search and redact added multiple redactions for single instance
- “Restore last page and view when reopening a PDF” overrides Magnification setting
- OCR Current Page does not work on current page
- Action Wizard: Save As “keep original file names” option not disabling insert before / after fields
- “Next page” and “Last page” are hidden when resizing PDF Studio frame really small
- Fixed typo on top signature banner
- Rotate Pages dialog does not focus on the dropdown
- Add content toolbar buttons not reverting back to default tool
- Fixed window caching issue related to window scale
- DocuSign signatures marked as unknown due to missing type in DDS dictionary
- Auto create links would create invalid links over existing links
- Deleting pages when in single page view results in ArrayIndexOutOfBounds
- Catch invalid / null color space in preflight
- Optimizer Auditor sometimes reported more font bytes than doc bytes
- Missing Optional PAdES information in signature details
- JavaScript: “Doc.addField” method was broken
- Imposition does not work correctly after changing cropbox and trimbox
- Fixed issue causing pattern tiles to not be reset in some cases creating blank page areas
- Mac: Shortcut key is not working correctly on the current selected document
- Mac: Print does not work when opening multiple files from Finder
- MAC: ⌘ + Shift + T does not show My comments toolchest
- MAC: Alt + / to launch the find tool does not work
- MAC: Retina (4k) – Output preview does not work
- 4K Displays: Snapping drawing tools rendering artifacts
- 4k Displays: Polyshape cursors look bad
- Word to PDF: Image element in conversion changes color from blue to black
- Word to PDF: Handle Arabic Unicode Map during Conversion to Allow Text Extraction
- PPT to PDF: EMF images were getting clipped very slightly
- Document Specific: Exception reading JPEG image

PDF Studio 2022.0.2
- Windows: Fixed bug where Save As SVG or RTF would append file extension twice
- Windows: Thumbnail previews causing “Com Surrogate has stopped working” error
- Zoom gets stuck on fractional digits when the language is set to another language other than English
- Fix bug where extract “current page” always extract the first page
- Limit the max number of sessions that can be saved

PDF Studio 2022.0.1
- Add default stamp selection to Rubber Stamp action properties
- Increase file name length in document tabs selection list
- Improved Ctrl + Scroll Wheel zoom logic to include more steps
- Improve error message when loading an invalid PDF file
- Updated the default length for DigiCert TSA
- Include default TOC profile for Create Table of Contents Tool
- PDF to Word & PDF to RTF enhancements

- Fixed issue with ribbon toolbar not staying collapsed when switching across documents
- Fixed auto-save would reload only single document when restoring from online storage (Google Drive, Dropbox and OneDrive)
- Fixed attach file as comment would not prompt for file in some rare cases
- Document Specific: Fixed “Cannot invoke “java.awt.Container.addComponentListener” error when deleting annotations
- OneDrive: Session token would not properly refresh causing frequent log outs
- Studio Viewer: Removed redundant files to reduce installer size

PDF Studio 2021.1.4
- 4K: Fixed side by side comparison (right document not scaled)
- Mac: Fixed issue with highlights not showing color after using OCR
- Word to PDF: Improved support for “Wrap Margin”
- Word to PDF: Missing dots before page number in table of content and missing underline in sub-section
- Word to PDF: Fix issue with a row minimum height taller than the available space (infinite loop) + validate document type
- Flattening (on the context menu) did not seem to check for permission to modify the document
- Better error handling for Typewriter annotation missing “borderstyle” dictionary entries
- Fixed “Print Service Not Available” error for remote redirected printer after connection timeout
- Ribbon Toolbar error when selecting annotation with collapsed ribbon
- Fixed signature vulnerability with incremental save attack found by PDF researchers, submitted by Raphael Sütterlin of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum
- Fixed “Stencil Mask” with JBIG2 compression was being decompressed twice and rendered incorrectly
- Fixed Signature validation shows content added after first signature because we look at most recent DSS entry
- Document Specific: Fix for infinite loop JavaScript error when filling out NYC income tax form
- Document specific: Error loading PDF array copy: source index

PDF Studio 2021.1.3
- Fix Byte range error for PDFs signed with Docusign containing invalid characters following end of file
- Convert Word to PDF – Unable to layout document due to table width set to 0 + Improve support for multiple polygons in EMF images
- Convert Word to PDF – Fix VML shapes / text boxes alignment and positioning issues
- Fix error when merging PDFs with tags
- Linux: Signing with Token Error on Linux – Use SHA 256 when SHA 1 fails on PDFs with a version <= 1.5
- Checking for updates on older versions should inform users that a new major version has been released
- Create Self-Signed Digital ID not working on Mac M1 – Universal Binary Build
- Ribbon toolbar shortcut modifiers were no longer working
- Issue with initialization of bundled font locations on Linux
- Pro only features on the File panel are not showing in demo

PDF Studio 2021.1.2
- Remove unused log4j files to avoid false positive results in virus scanners

PDF Studio 2021
User Interface

New Features:
- New Full Screen Mode
- New Document / Adding New Page, give options to specify page size / format & orientation
- New options to “Unflatten” annotations
- New document color options for accessibility
- New customizable favorites group on Home tab
- New z-order moving options for annotations
- New Create Multiple Copies option in form fields
- New options to sort/filter comments pane
- New “Add Place” option in file tab
- New “Extract Text as Table (CSV/Excel)” option
- New content explorer pane
- New Text To Speech (TTS) reading tools
- 4k user interface enhancments

- Content editing now displays text paragraph and image areas
- Drag & rearrange tabs in tabbed document view
- Drag document tabs to new window / frame
- New option to print pages from selected bookmarks
- Color picker enhancements
- New toolbar buttons on Signature panel
- Add merge, compare options to Tabs context menu when multiple tabs selected
- Set last used tool on zoom split button
- Ability to set layer for multiple annotations at once
- New options to insert pages from currently open documents
- Tab document list chooser now always displayed
- Auto detect web URLs & Links in document & User Warning
- New recent file list search tool
- Preflight dialog enhancements
- New Recent Document search
- New “Length” property to measurement annotations

Cloud Storage:
- Google & One Drive now use System Browser to login instead of internal browser

Prepress / Print Production:
- New PDF/A 3u Preflight Verification
- New PDF/A 2u Preflight Conversion
- New PDF/A 3u Preflight Conversion

Digital Signatures:
- New signature banner displaying validation info for signed PDF documents
- New toolbar buttons on Signature panel
- Timestamp server enhancements

New Standard Features:
- Measuring Annotations
- Fix scans – (Optimizer still Pro)
- Enhanced Merging tools
- Side by side Compare – (Overlay still Pro)
- Split PDF
- Form export / import

Other Enhancements:
- OCR now supports angled text baselines
- Support or JavaScript in Names tree
- New preference to open GoTo page actions in new or current window
- New preference to paste pages AFTER selected page
- New setting to display validation marks (error, warning and check) drawn on top of signature appearance
- New right-click menu option on the tab also include “Copy Path To Clipboard” and “Open Containing Folder”
- New option to “Show comments pane when a PDF with comments is opened”
- “$filename” variable no longer includes file extension
- Additional font substitutes now packaged with PDF Studio
- Optimizer font improvements
- Many internal bugs & fixes

PDF Studio 2020.1.0
- Darken background of page view area
- Option to set color of non-page area in Reading Mode
- New options added to right click menu on tabs (Overlay, Side by Side, Close All, Close all to right, Close others)
- Ability to open files by dragging to new tab area
- “Keep Alive” option is now enabled by default for faster launch times
- Improved Despeckle and Reduce Noise tool tip descriptions
- Demo mode enhancements
- Resolved file association being reset on updates
- OCR & Print dialogs no longer block the application and can now be used in separate frames

Bug Fixes:
- ESC key not working in reading mode when starting with Ctrl + H
- Status bar showing when entering full screen thru document initial view
- Center aligned date fields would throw error
- Export text & XML options broken in comments pane
- Inconsistent panel/toolbar state when closing a document while in Reading Mode
- Classic toolbar: Status bar and page number broken
- Classic toolbar: tools would not work on second document open in tabbed document view
- Touch mode did not enlarge resize handles for annotations
- “PDF to Microsoft Word” preferences in should not be in standard version
- (macOS) Blue border showing around frame
- (Linux) saving scanning profiles did not save properties
- Specific document: Checkboxes disappear after using sequential renaming

PDF Studio 2020.0.0
- Many User Interface, Annotations and Fields Enhancements
- Allow Opening Docs in Tabs instead of Frames
- New Find Tools search box to help locate tools on ribbon toolbar
- Redesigned Vertical Comments Pane on the Right Side
- License Management Tool for more than 10 Users
- New MSI installer

PDF Studio 2019.2.3
- Fast Search: options to search in comments and fields broken
- Switching from single page to continuous page would go to page 1
- Switching from overlay to side by side would not maintain current page location
- Issues connecting to Canon P21511 WIA scanners
- Mac app store: error “operation not permitted” when saving without file extension
- Issue when rendering pages with negative font size leading to displaying some pages with reversed text
- IRT annotations not imported correctly from FDF & XFDF
- PDF to HTML: convert lines with 0 width in PDF to 0.1 width in SVG so Browsers render them
- PDF to HTML: detect and handle BIDI and RTL to avoid Arabic text or parenthesis being flipped
- Document Specific: ClassCastException when creating a field due to invalid field format
- Optimizing a PDF with JPEG images with Decode Array sometimes results in black pages
- Fixed issue where opening new document would restore (un-minimize) all other frames
- Word to PDF: table header somehow duplicated at bottom of table
- Word to PDF: auto resized columns conversion enhancments
- PDF/A validation did not catch fonts embedded as TTC (True Type Collection)

PDF Studio 2019.2.0
- Scanning broken in macOS 10.15 Catalina due to Apple Image Capture API changes
- Dropbox update: security changes now require using system browser for authentication
- Save button not enabled when applying Fast Sign signature
- Fixed issue with some special characters (þÿ) showing in form fields
- Added support for dash array in border style for link annotations
- Word to PDF: Handling for transform & clipping on EMF images
- Word to PDF: Improved PNG image resolution issue due to “Indirect” color models

PDF Studio 2019.1.4
- Type 3 fonts now supported in SVG conversion
- Handle saving & opening file attachments with invalid characters in filename
- Regression: Caret no longer displays when starting to type in text annotations (first character)
- Rendering improvements for PDFs created by MacOSX Quartz PDF Context
- (Document Specific) Vector overlay colors not blending
- (Document Specific) Text not showing behind the image (Color Key Mask + Indexed)
- Word to PDF conversion enhancements

PDF Studio 2019.1.3
- Scanning broken by notarization process for upcoming macOS 10.15 Catalina
- Recent file list on menu bar did not work
- PDF to HTML5 now converts in-document links, supported by Chrome and Firefox