How Can You Highlight Specific Text in a PDF Using Preview on a Mac?

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How can you highlight specific text in a PDF using Preview on a Mac? can’t do editing, only basic annotating and page editing, image editing, but NOT text editing. So what can do text editing for free? LibreOffice Draw (linux+mac+windows) is free and open source, but I don’t personally like it that much. But it will edit PDF text documents fine. Master PDF (Linux+Mac+WIndows) can do editing, will put watermark on your documents in free mode Inkscape, apparently, I would never use that to edit PDFs personally PDFfiller (online) - extremely limiting, but can at least extract text/convert to Docx reliably “enough” if you just need something ONCE What you have to understand is that only licence to preview PDF file became free, PDF editing is still a paid thing. Good, cheap one time purchase PDF editors. Highlight (mac) - is awesome, but slower in opening very very large documents, true pay-once app PDFPen (mac) - can handle big documents, has more features but you pay for new major versions and those come out too often - not really that pay-once Qoppa PDF Studio (Linux+Mac+Windows) Highlight (Windows) - pay once, free updates for 12months, supports ARM TLDR. There’s plenty of free PDF annotation tools/pdf image editing/pdf page editing BUT PDF text editing is pricy, because developers actually have to do continous work so their product can actually edit PDFs well.

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So here is all the above listed for you: 1. LibreOffice Draw — you need license to use it. 3 GB download, and if I was paying this much for free LibreOffice, I would never use it, it is too slow. 2. Inkscape (free, open source, with commercial and non-commercial plugins included) — does PDF editing as well as PDF filling, is cross-platform, simple to use, free updates. I don't use it at all because it doesn't support PDF text. 3. Pages (not the web app, the desktop app, I'm trying to say it is a PDF editor). Free 4. Paper — free, has a perfect online image editor (but not that good for documents) and if you need a cross-platform PDF toolkit, does PDF editing and can fill PDF documents well enough. 5. Popper.mob — free, has some very good feature, is cross-platform, and it can fill PDFs quite well if you.