Best PDF editor of 2018

Compact, feature-packed and viewable on just about every device around, PDF documents are a great way to share information. Editing them, unfortunately, is a very different story.  

You may be able to make some basic document tweaks, perhaps highlighting text or adding new content, with a decent PDF viewer (our list of the best PDF readers will point you in the right direction.)  

Microsoft Word and similar word processors can often import PDFs to allow simple changes, but this isn’t true PDF editing, either. Word must convert a PDF into its own more limited internal format to allow you to make changes, then convert it back when you’re done. Not only does this limit your editing options, but all those conversions could remove functionality from the document or change the way it looks.

If you’re looking to take full control over your document, there’s no substitute for a specialist PDF editor which understands the format, allows you to edit content directly, and gives you full access to all the features PDF makes available.

A decent free editor might be enough for casual users, but if you’re the demanding type we’d recommend you check out our pick of the paid versions, first. From creating documents to conversion, OCR, editing and security, they offer much, much more, and most provide unrestricted free trials to let you test them out. 

  • We’ve also highlighted the best free PDF editor

Foxit PhantomPDF

Foxit is probably best known on the PC for its free PDF reader, but the company also produces a quality PDF editor in PhantomPDF. 

The package excels at PDF creation, with tools to generate documents from Chrome, Firefox, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and Visio, as well as by combining images, using clipboard content and by printing documents from just about any Windows application. 

A comprehensive PDF reader includes all the features you’d expect, and probably a few more: multi-tab browsing, side-by-side comparisons, page thumbnail navigation, smart search tools which include bookmarks and comments, and touchscreen support for maximum usability.

It’s a similar story with the editor. As you’d expect, PhantomPDF can edit, annotate and reformat text, edit and replace images, reorganize pages and manage headers, footers, watermarks and more. But it also goes further, with OCR to extract text from images, custom actions for links and bookmarks (open a file, play a sound), and advanced features including layer manipulations and an option to convert text to paths.

Foxit’s own ConnectPDF technology could be a standout feature for business users, with tools to control access to your documents (including giving individual readers their own specific document rights), track document usage, collaborate with others and notify everyone of new document releases.

There’s way more to the package than we have space to cover here, but fortunately the Foxit website has an excellent feature table which spells out most of the details.  

Foxit PhantomPDF comes in three flavors – PhantomPDF Standard covers the essentials for a one-off $129 (£92), PhantomPDF Business delivers everything we’ve described here for $159 (£114), and a student and educator version is available for only $9.95 (£7.11) a year. Check out the trial build to find out more. 

  • You can download Foxit PhantomPDF here

Gaaiho PDF Suite 4

Gaaiho PDF Suite 4 is a collection of three standalone applications: Gaaiho Doc is an industrial-strength PDF editor, Gaaiho PDF Converter creates PDFs directly from Office and other formats, and Gaaiho PDF Driver is a virtual printer driver which can generate PDFs from anything else you can print.

Although this seems like a familiar mix, there’s more to some of these modules than you might think. The conversion feature doesn’t just import a single Word or Excel document and spit out an equivalent PDF, for instance. It can handle multiple files, optionally combine or overlay them, and apply watermarks, embed fonts, tweak security settings and more, all in a single conversion process. 

There’s OCR support in both conversion directions, too, enabling you to create a searchable, editable PDF from an image-based imported document, or save an image-based PDF to a searchable document in some other format. 

Gaaiho Doc’s talents include the ability to convert your PDFs to a fully writable document, making most editing operations far easier and more straightforward than you’ll find elsewhere. 

Unusual extras include strong support for Excel, such as the ability to create a new workbook from within Gaaiho Doc, and extensive collaboration tools enabling multiple users on the same LAN to discuss documents and work on them together.

There is one notable catch. The standard PDF Driver can only handle a maximum of 1,000 pages or 100 files every 24 hours, potentially a real hassle if you’re working your way through a big archive. (You can remove the limit by purchasing another product).  

If that’s not an issue, Gaaiho PDF Suite 4 can be yours for $5.40 (£3.86) a month billed annually, while an unrestricted 30-day trial allows you to try before you buy. 

  • You can download Gaaiho PDF Suite 4 here

Nitro Pro

Nitro Pro is a comprehensive PDF handling application which delivers the functionality you need, and more, in almost every area.  

The package offers a host of ways to create PDF documents. It can convert more than 300 source formats to PDF, scan documents directly to PDF files, and combine multiple existing PDFs into a single document. It can also use OCR to create searchable PDFs from scanned images, and use an Outlook plugin to convert emails or attachments to PDF.  

A straightforward Office-style ribbon interface makes it easy to access Nitro’s editing options. You’re able to add, edit or mark up text, add handwritten signatures, apply stamps, draw shapes, design and insert forms, add bookmarks, attach files, and generally transform the document to suit your needs.  

Security features range from the ability to search for and redact words and phrases, remove metadata, apply a password and sign your document with a digital signature.  

Smart integration with Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, and Box allows you to work with your documents wherever they’re stored, while secure document sharing and viewing analytics make for hassle-free collaboration.  

Put it all together and Nitro Pro is a well-designed mix of high-end functionality and consumer-friendly ease of use. If there’s an issue here, it’s probably the price: at £133.99 ($188) for a one-year license, it’s notably more expensive than most of the competition. 

  • You can download Nitro Pro here

PDF-XChange Editor

Most PDF editors are aimed at a business audience, which is probably why they tend to be bulky, complicated and expensive.  

PDF-XChange Editor is refreshingly different: it’s compact, fast and feature-rich, with many core tools available for free, and a high-end PDF-XChange Editor Pro license available for only $54.50 (£39), less than half the price of the corporate competition.

This doesn’t mean the package is short on power. You can edit and transform content, replace and recompress images, annotate text, apply standard stamps or create new ones, work with watermarks, create and manage bookmarks, design forms, customize security settings, and the list goes on…

If you’ve checked out our best PDF reader feature you’ll know that some of this can be done with a standard reader, but PDF-XChange Editor gives you much more. You can make documents interactive, perhaps creating forms which calculate or validate values, or attaching custom JavaScript to specific content.

You’re not just able to add watermarks – the package can remove them, too. Arguably best of all, a capable OCR engine makes it easy to identify the text in an image-based PDF and make it searchable and selectable.

This array of features means it might take a while to find your way around the package, and if you use a premium feature in the free build, you’ll be warned that the final document will be watermarked. But it’s hard to get too annoyed about that – most commercial PDF editors don’t offer a free version of any kind – and overall, PDF-XChange Editor gives you a great deal of accessible functionality for a very fair price.

  • You can download PDF-XChange Editor here

Sejda PDF

Sejda PDF is an interesting service which offers both an online PDF editor and a desktop package, each available in both limited free and full-featured commercial editions.

The packages cover the editing basics, but don’t have the depth of the competition. Sejda PDF can fill in forms, for instance, but you can’t design new ones, let alone extend them with PDF-XChange-like dynamic calculations and validation.

What Sejda does offer is a capable set of document-level PDF manipulation tools. It can combine, reorder, merge and split files, crop and trim them, apply watermarks, add headers and footers, and add Bates numbering to multiple documents in a single operation. Files can be opened from your own device or directly imported from Dropbox and Google Drive.

Sejda’s range of pricing options is another highlight. Want to try it out? You can run three free tasks a day, though with a few size and other restrictions (up to 200 pages, maximum file size of 50MB.) If you only need the service very occasionally, you can buy a 7-day pass from $5 (£3.57). Access to Sejda Web and Desktop costs $5.25 (£3.75) a month paid annually, and there are also perpetual licenses and team discounts available.

The limited feature set means Sejda PDF won’t be right for everyone, but the service carries out its core tasks well, and if you could use both an online and desktop editor, it may be worth a look. 

  • You can download Sejda PDF here

How to stream the FA Cup final live and for free: watch Chelsea vs Manchester United from anywhere

‘Abide With Me’ is waiting to be sung, the trophy engraver is ready to etch and the fans on both sides are in fine voice up Wembley Way. The tension is almost unbearable, as the historic FA Cup comes to a climax this season. It’s Manchester United vs Chelsea, and you can get a free FA Cup final live stream wherever you are.

With the World Cup around the corner and the big Champions League final next weekend, it’s easy to forget that the UK domestic football season isn’t over yet. But the magic of the FA Cup comes first, with today’s game likely to be an ill-tempered affair.

It’s a repeat of the 2007 FA Cup final where the two teams faced each other, but there are some key differences eleven years on. Jose Mourinho helmed the victorious Chelsea that year and will be hoping for glory once again, but this time for his Manchester United eleven over arch rival Antonio Conte’s side.

Despite 2nd and 5th place finishes in the league for United and Chelsea respectively, there’s a feeling for both sides that the 2017-18 season has been something of a disappointment. Neither did managed anything significant in Europe and Manchester City waltzed the Premiership title. But a big FA Cup final win could be the redemption that Mourinho and Conte need.

You can watch stars like Paul Pogba and Eden Hazard try to carve out their little piece of history by getting a live stream of all the FA Cup final action live and for free from wherever on Earth you are. Below we’re going to talk you through the best ways to watch the FA Cup final in the UK and the rest of the world so you can ensure you can easily live stream one of the biggest matches in the footballing calendar.

How to live stream FA Cup final in the UK for free:

The BBC will be hosting the FA Cup final on Saturday May 19. It’ll be on BBC One – naturally – and the coverage is set to start today at 4.10PM with actual kick-off ready for 5:15PM.

You’ll be able to watch it live on TV, through the BBC iPlayer app or online with the iPlayer live stream. You’ll have to pay for a TV license if you want to watch this in the UK though. There’s also the BBC Sport website that will be live streaming the whole game in a similar way to the BBC One coverage too.

The alternative is to watch the game on TVPlayer.com, which requires no logins or hassle.

If you can’t live stream the FA Cup final as it happens then TVPlayer Plus will allows you to ‘record’ Chelsea vs Man United and watch it later. You’ll need to sign up for a paid account, but the good news there is that the site offers a 14-day free trial so no payment is required. 

Live stream the FA Cup final from anywhere in the world

  • Up in Scotland? Learn how to watch the Scottish Cup live stream too

How to watch the FA Cup final: US live stream

In the US, there are lots of options for ways to watch the FA Cup final. You’ll be able to tune in through FOX on your TV as well as the respective FOX streaming services as well. If you don’t have access to Fox, you’ll be able to find it on Sling TV, DirectTV Now and Fubo Premier, but you’ll be paying separately for each of those services to be able to watch the game. Fubo Premier does offer a seven day trial, so you can always use that to watch the game and then be sure to cancel it again afterward.

And if none of that works for you, there’s always the VPN option for a completely free watch. By downloading and installing a VPN, you can effectively trick your computer into thinking that it’s in the UK. It’s really easy to get started with a VPN – below you’ll find out how exactly to do it:

How to watch Chelsea vs Man United: Australia stream

In Australia you have a selection of choices too with ESPN being the main host for the FA Cup final. You can watch live on that channel with your TV, or you can stream it online as well.

You’ll also be able to watch it through both SBS and SBS Live, plus there’s an app so you can stream it for free in Australia. We don’t think this will work in other countries though, so don’t use this route if you don’t live in Australia (unless you want to use a VPN to do so).

You’ll be able to download The World Game app that’s produced by SBS and will show the game for free on either iOS or Android devices.

The best way to stream the FA Cup final 2018 in Canada

As far as we can tell, there will be no official broadcast of Chelsea vs Man U in Canada, and certainly no free stream. That means you’re limited to watch the match using a VPN. It let’s you watch everything for free from the comfort of your own home or elsewhere on a tablet or phone – just follow our easy three steps above.

Main image courtesy of thefa.com

How to watch the Royal Wedding right now: live stream Harry and Meghan’s big day

The wedding of the year is finally here! Harry and Meghan will come out Windsor Castle later on today a married couple before processioning around the streets to thousands of devoted onlookers. You may not be able to be there in person, but you can watch every moment of Harry and Meghan’s big day from the comfort of your own home – and absolutely free.

It’s been six months since the formal announcement of the announcement of the engagement between HRH Prince Harry and the American actress Meghan Markle. Today she’ll walk down the aisle with Prince Charles at St. George’s Chapel, on the grounds of Windsor Castle.

Ever since Prince Harry’s grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II first allowed television cameras into the chapel during her wedding to Prince Philip, royal weddings have been an event celebrated the world over. The service will be conducted by The Rt Revd. David Conner, the Dean of Windsor, and will be officiated by Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury. 

Harry’s mother Princess Diana’s wedding to Prince Charles is currently the most watched live television event in UK history with 31 million people tuning in to watch live, but thanks to the star-studded nature of the latest Royal Wedding we’re expecting loads of you are going to want to watch.

And thanks to the wonders of the internet you can be one of the millions watching Harry and Meghan’s wedding from anywhere – we have information on your viewing options in Australia, the US, Canada, New Zealand and anywhere else you are in the world and for FREE.

How to live stream the Royal Wedding in the UK:

There are a number of different options for how to watch the Royal Wedding in the UK. The entire event is being broadcast on BBC One, with coverage running until 2pm BST, being presented by Dermot O’Leary and Kirsty Young from the castle’s moat, with Huw Edwards presenting from the roof of the Windsor Guard Room.

If you’d prefer to hear Philip Schofield and Julie Etchingham’s presentation of events, you’ll want to tune in to the ITV coverage from 9:25am until 3pm BST. Or just use TVPlayer.com and flick between the two at your will.

There is also the option to watch the event on Sky, where Sky News is broadcasting all the festivities in Ultra HD. The Sky coverage has already started and runs until 3pm.

Live stream the Royal Wedding for free anywhere else in the world:

Watch the Royal Wedding on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram

The Royal Family don’t want to hide its big event away from the world. So it has made the decision to show it for free across its YouTube and social media channels. That means you can watch for free from anywhere in the world with an internet connection. The Royal Wedding live stream can be found as follows:

  • YouTube – The Royal Channel 
  • Facebook – The British Monarchy Facebook page
  • Twitter – @RoyalFamily, @KensingtonRoyal, @ClarenceHouse 
  • Instagram – @TheRoyalFamily, @KensingtonRoyal, @ClarenceHouse

How to live stream the Royal Wedding 2018 in the US:

Like the UK viewers, viewers in the US have a number of different options for how to tune in. Unlike their British counterparts, American viewers are going to need an early start if they plan to watch all the run up to the event. 

BBC America and BBC World News will be running a simultaneous broadcast with BBC One, starting at 4:15am ET, 1:15am PT. If you’re only wanting to view the event itself, you may be more interested in HBO’s coverage that begins with the ceremony at 7:15am ET, 4:15am PT. 

Both BBC America and HBO require a subscription to watch, should you want a free to watch option, it’s worth checking out CBS, NBC, ABC and Good Morning America which will each be devoting time on Saturday to the festivities. If you’re not going to be near a TV set, there will be online and mobile coverage from most of these providers too. 

How to live stream the Royal Wedding 2018 in Canada:

It’s a simpler proposition if you’re in Canada, with the ceremony is being broadcast by CBC as we speak. Remember, the ceremony itself will only start at 7am ET, 4am PT if that’s all you’re interested in seeing and aren’t bothered about seeing dignitaries, celebrities, polo players and other friends of Harry and Meghan rock up at Windsor Castle.

How to live stream the Royal Wedding 2018 in Australia:

Australian viewers have a number of different options for watching Harry and Meghan’s marriage ceremony for free, with the BBC broadcast being shown simultaneously by Foxtel, starting at 7pm AEST.

If you’d rather have coverage that is more Aussie-flavored, there’s local coverage from ABC, SBS, Seven, and Nine, with start times ranging from 7pm to 7.30pm AEST.

How to live stream the Royal Wedding 2018 in New Zealand:

Your choices are a little more limited if you’re in New Zealand, with the BBC coverage being broadcast by TVNZ from 10.30pm Wellington-time. This is only the final half hour of the preamble so you’ll see the royal family arrive but not the rest of the guests. 

If that’s too late a night for you, TVNZ will also be showing highlights the following day. 

Main image courtesy of royal.cuk

Samsung AR/VR headset release date, price, news and rumors

Samsung has been in the virtual reality (VR) game for some time now thanks to its partnership with Oculus for the Samsung Gear VR headset, but it looks like the tech giant could be preparing to launch a new wireless headset that uses both augmented reality (AR) and VR technology.

The news is interesting for a few reasons. While VR headsets have become a lot more common over the past few years, to date AR has largely been limited to apps on our phones.

AR headsets have been released – including the likes of Google Glass and Microsoft HoloLens – but these remain largely out of consumer consciousness.

There are a few major differences between the rumored AR/VR headset and Samsung’s already-released Gear VR headset. 

The Gear VR is made strictly for VR, meaning it blocks out the entire outside world and instead displays a new, virtual reality. AR, on the other hand, involves being able to see the outside world and displaying virtual elements over the top of it.

Samsung Gear VR is built for virtual reality only

If Samsung does launch an AR headset, it could change the tech world forever. AR is considered by many to be the next big thing in tech – and could even replace the smartphone. 

Of course, Samsung may have some serious competition. A long time rival has been rumored to be working on its own AR/VR reality headset. 

We’re talking about the rumored Apple VR headset with AR capabilities, and if the products are launched at the same time, it could mean all-out war in the AR/VR space. That’s a good thing for consumers, however, as it will lead to more innovation and more choice.

But what will Samsung’s new AR/VR device look like? And how much will it cost? Here’s everything we know about it so far.

Cut to the chase

  • What is it? A wireless headset from Samsung capable of both VR and AR
  • When is it out? No official word yet, though it could be announced at IFA 2018 in September
  • How much does it cost? No official word yet

Release date

Samsung’s AR/VR headset may be well and truly on its way. 

Rumors indicate that Samsung may be planning on launching the headset as soon as September, at IFA 2018 in Berlin.

Will the new headset be unveiled at IFA 2018?

Of course, just because it announces the headset at IFA doesn’t mean that it’ll be available in September of this year. Still, we expect that if it’s not available as soon as announced, it will instead be available within a year of its reveal.

That is, if Samsung announces it at IFA 2018. It could still be a year or more off before Samsung lifts the lid on this mysterious AR/VR device, though of course, that’s just our speculation. 

Price

In addition to when the headset might release, one major unknown is exactly how much the headset will cost. Like the Samsung AR/VR headset release date, price is likely to remain unknown for the time being.

We can, however, look at the pricing of other products to get a general idea of how much it could potentially cost.

The Samsung Gear VR comes in at $129 in the US, but you need a compatible Samsung phone to use with it. The standalone Oculus Go is perhaps a more appropriate comparison, and it’s priced at $200 / £200 / AU$300, or $250 / £250 / AU$370 for a version with more storage.

Microsoft HoloLens costs $3,000

Other augmented reality headsets, however, are a little pricier. There’s the Microsoft HoloLens, which comes at a hefty $3,000 (£2,719 / AU$4,369), but there’s also a HP mixed reality headset that features Microsoft software and runs for $300 and requires a decently powerful computer to connect to. 

Last but not least is Samsung HMD Odyssey, a mixed reality headset that comes at $500 and features the Windows Mixed Reality platform.

We expect the new Samsung product to be decently accessible to most people, so it probably won’t run for more than $500. Still, that’s just speculation – it could end up being far more or far less.

What will it be like?

Rumors indicate that the new Samsung AR/VR headset will be a little different than other offerings, in that it will be wireless, and won’t require a phone to work. 

In other words, it’ll be a completely self-contained headset that runs using Samsung’s own self-built chips. 

It’ll also make use of Samsung’s OLED displays – which means the AR portion of the headset may actually involve a camera displaying the outside world on a screen rather than digital elements being projected onto glass.

That would also help with the VR aspect. It’s important to remember that the headset is supposed to combine AR and VR, and when the headset is being used for VR, it’ll need to be able to block out the outside world. 

Considering this, it’s looking like Samsung’s new headset won’t be the smart glasses we’ve been holding out for.

Samsung’s new AR/VR headset won’t need a phone to work

One key thing to note about this headset is that Samsung is building it in partnership with Microsoft. 

What that means is that the hardware is likely to be Samsung-built, while the software will most likely be some form of Windows Mixed Reality. 

We’ll have to wait and see if it’s the same software that’s on other Windows Mixed Reality headsets, or a tweaked version of the software.

Another important thing to note is that the headset is rumored to be wireless, and won’t require connection to a computer or phone. What that means is that it’ll be among the first truly mobile augmented reality devices built for consumers.

It’s possible the new headset could be similar to the Samsung HMD Odyssey, an existing Samsung-made Windows Mixed Reality headset. We’re hoping, however, that it’s a totally new product.

Will it be like Apple’s VR headset?

Samsung isn’t the only company working on an AR headset. Apple has been rumored to be working on AR Glasses for some time now, while new rumors have cropped up that Apple is making an AR/VR headset, though it’s not clear if this is in addition to its AR glasses, or a replacement for it.

While the two rivals headsets could both features AR and VR capabilities, there will be some major differences between the two products. For starters, the operating system will be different. 

Apple is likely building its own operating system for its rumored product, while Samsung, through its partnership with Microsoft, will most likely be using Windows-based software for the headset.

Apple is reportedly developing an AR/VR headset, too

Apart from that, we expect both products to be wireless, standalone devices, and we expect them both to be targeted towards consumers. 

There may be an emphasis on design as a way to entice customers to wear the product more often as they go about their daily lives – especially for Apple.

Rumors give us an idea about what Samsung’s new AR/VR headset could end up looking like, but there’s still a lot we don’t know. Will this be the product to push augmented reality to the average consumer while at the same time shaking up the VR industry? We’ll have to wait and see.

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The first 4K G-Sync HDR gaming monitor hits pre-order at a budget-busting price

If you were hyped up about the very first 4K, Nvidia G-Sync HDR gaming display from Acer, the Predator X27, then try not to get too deflated by this: the thing costs $1,999 (about £1,490, AU$2,660). 

The news comes via a pre-order listing on Newegg, promising that the monitors will be ready to ship on June 1.

That price is more than most high-end gaming PCs – full stop. However, the price is less than expected, given earlier leaks from European retailers of prices converted from Euros reaching nearly $3,000.

Unfortunately, Newegg has yet to list the monitor in the UK or Australia. Either way, expect equally eye-watering prices in those regions.

Now, at least there’s a relatively good reason why this monitor is so damn expensive. Simply put, on paper, this screen is better than literally any other gaming monitor.

This monitor has a faster refresh rate than most 4K displays at 144Hz, and the 384 backlight zones behind the HDR technology work well in tandem with G-Sync frame smoothing. Then, there’s the DCI-P3 color gamut standard met by the monitor with a brightness of 1,000 nits required by HDR10 certification.

As PCWorld points out, that’s far brighter than the 600 nits found in AMD’s FreeSync 2 displays.

All told, you’re going to have to wait for Nvidia’s next generation of graphics cards to even play games at the maximum resolution that this display allows. The GTX 1080 Ti can’t even handle 4K at 144Hz in today’s top games. So, beware, early adopters.

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Memorial Day sales 2018: What to expect

Although Memorial Day commemorates our fallen military men and women, it has also come to symbolically mark the start of summer. It’s also one of the biggest shopping weekends, with Memorial Day sales being some of the most popular retail events of the year. As with other big shopping days, you’ll see just about everything on sale, from clothing to appliances and everything in between.

When it comes to consumer tech, the best deals will be on older models as stores begin to make a concerted effort to clear out old stock in time for the winter holidays. If you don’t mind last year’s televisions or laptops, you could score a good deal.

The best deals, though, will be on appliances, specifically things for the kitchen. It’s the best time of the year to buy a new refrigerator, as well as small appliances. Department stores and home improvement stores like Home Depot, who had discounts of up to 50% off last year, will offer some of the best prices of the weekend.

When will Memorial Day sales begin?

This year Memorial Day falls on May 28, but that doesn’t mean you’ll have to wait until to shop Memorial Day sales. Unlike Black Friday, stores will unveil their deals days  —  if not weeks  —  before the actual holiday. In fact, some stores have already begun to roll out their Memorial Day deals, which you can check out below.

Memorial Day sales retailer quick links

  • Home Depot
  • Walmart
  • Amazon
  • Sam’s Club
  • Jet
  • Sears
  • JCPenney
  • Macy’s
  • Kmart
  • Costco
  • Lowe’s
  • Office Depot & Office Max
  • Kohl’s

Top Memorial Day sales

Best Memorial Day appliance deals