[Windows] PDFill PDF Tools is an excellent tool that allows you to edit PDFs — merge, split, encrypt, rotate, crop, add watermark, and much more

Working with PDF files can be a pain if you don’t have the right tools. Sure, there are a lot of programs out there that can view PDF files, but changing them is a different story. On top of that, most of the free programs that allow you to change PDF files leave watermarks on them if you don’t buy the “pro” version. All of this can be avoided with PDFill PDF Tools.

WHAT IS IT AND WHAT DOES IT DO

Main Functionality

PDFill PDF Tools is just what it sounds like. It is a bunch of PDF tools all bundled together into one free package. You can use these tools to do a number of things, including (but not limited to): Add information to PDF files, merge PDFs, encrypt, decrypt, crop, reformat, and more. The program is free to use both personally and commercially.

Pros

  • Has 15 tools that allow you to merge PDF files, rotate PDF pages, add headers and footers, convert PDFs to images, and much more
  • Offers to create PDF buttons inside Microsoft Word, Excel, etc. during installation
  • Completely free, no watermarks or limitations

Cons

  • Comes bundled with a trail version of PDFill PDF Editor ($19.99 to buy), but you are not required to use the PDFill PDF Editor — you can run PDFill PDF Tools (which is completely free) separately after installation
  • Comes bundled with PDFill free PDF printer; you have to ability to not install the PDF printer, if you don’t want it
  • Ugly interface
  • Does not support batch processing
  • Requires Java to use (will install an unofficial, outdated version of Java if you don’t have Java — be sure to cancel that installation)

Discussion

Messing around can be a pain. Most of us have programs that can view PDF files, but how many of us have programs that can edit these files? I am not just talking about filling out information in PDF files. I am talking about creating headers and footers, adding watermarks, converting PDFs to images and more! Well, if you are looking for a program that can do this, you may want to take a look at PDFill PDF Tools.

Now, before we get into how great this program is, please keep in mind that it does come bundled with other programs. This is the biggest and only drawback I found with the program. The program comes bundled with PDFill PDF Editor. This program is free to try, but you have to pay $19.99 to use it after the trial period. That is fine, because what we really want here is PDFill PDF Tools. This part of the package is completely free.

One thing that I love about the program is the fact that it is 100 percent free! This is not one of those programs that says it’s free but then holds you back with limitations. PDFill PDF Tools is free, it doesn’t put watermarks in the files you edit, and you don’t have to deal with ads.

In total, this program has 15 different tools built in. The tools are: Merge PDF Files, Split or Reorder Pages, Encrypt and Decrypt Options, Rotate or Crop PDF Pages, Reformat Multiple Pages, Add Header and Footers, Add Watermark by Text, Add Watermark by Image, Convert Images to PDF, Convert PDF to images, PDF Form Field Operations, Convert PostScript into PDF, Add PDF Information, Scan into Image or PDF, and Create Transparent Image. That is a lot of tools to get completely free.

CONCLUSION AND DOWNLOAD LINK

This is a program that I highly recommend to anyone that is looking to edit/modify PDF files. It is a little annoying that they package this great free program with a trial for their paid program, but on the positive side, you don’t have to use the paid program if you don’t want to. In the end, PDFill PDF Tools’ faults can be overlooked by the sheer amount of useful tools they give you for free.

Price: Free (Paid editor version also available)

Version reviewed: 9.0

Supported OS: Windows 2000 / XP / Vista / 7

Download size: 11.2MB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/43

Is it portable? No

PDFill PDF Tools homepage

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12 comments

  1. arbyaitch

    @Paul D: Hi Paul. I do get your point, and I agree with it. Often we want to choose where the install goes. And I know about the registry entries too. However, sometimes it works OK as it does with this software; I made sure to try it before I made the suggestion. If this works for you, you don’t have to hate it. :)

  2. Paul D

    @arbyaitch: I’m not sure you got the point. I want to be able to decide where I actually install the application, not where the output goes. When you install an application there are also registry entries written. Moving the application folder does NOT change those registry entries, so the application will most probably no longer work

  3. Maximus

    PDFill PDF Tools – straightforward and easy to use. Excellent speed and results. I was so impressed with (the) “Tools”, I purchased their $20. editor package. A complete PDF package, sweet deal.

  4. Kristy

    I seriously love your website.. Pleasant colors & theme.
    Did you build this website yourself? Please reply back
    as I’m attempting to create my own website and want to learn where you got this from or what the theme is called. Cheers!

  5. Suze

    Nice one, Justin! I just downloaded and installed this. I don’t think it has an ugly interface either. In fact, there is an option to change the default interface for those who don’t like it :)

  6. arbyaitch

    I bought PDFil many years ago when it was version 4 I think, actually use the editor far more than the free tools you are featuring here. It is lifetime licence. It has a feature which I haven’t found in other editors; text can be whited out and then typed over (via a layer) if changes are desired. For the price this software offers more than other editors at much higher cost. Can’t blame the developers for hoping to make a sale when offering their free pdf tools.

  7. kelltic

    Hmmm. :) I don’t think the interface is ugly. I would describe it as clean, neat, and functional. Things I value in an application.

    Beauty is in the eye of the user. When I see comments about an ugly GUI or a Great interface, I always reserve judgment until I’ve seen it for myself.