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PDF-Tools is a dynamic and user-friendly solution for the creation and manipulation of PDF and image files. It features seventy-six default tools, as well as the option to clone, edit and create fully-customizable tools, which makes it the ideal software to compliment your existing PDF facilities. Two additional PDF-XChange applications are included with this product:


pdf-xchange-editor(4144)_60x60 PDF-XChange Editor – one of the fastest and most feature-rich applications used worldwide to create, view, edit and annotate PDF files. The PDF-XChange Editor manual is available here.


pdf-xchange-lite(4136)_60x60 PDF-XChange Lite – our award-winning technology that installs as a virtual printer, and can be used to print-to-PDF from Windows applications. It features an optimized hybrid engine that significantly increases the quality of conversion for images and image-based text characters, and prints to both GDI and XPS. The PDF-XChange Lite user manual is available here.


We offer several other applications for the manipulation of PDF and image files. Please see the PDF-XChange Products Page for further information. The User Forums are an excellent resource for troubleshooting, and our Knowledgebase contains over four hundred articles about our software and other relevant information. If you have any queries then please Contact Us.


This manual is composed of the following sections:


Installation details the installation process, system requirements, installation switch options and licensing details for the software.

Features Overview details the main features of PDF-Tools.

User Interface details the various components of the PDF-Tools user interface.

Create Tool details the Create Tool feature, which is used to create custom tools.

Clone Tool details the Clone Tool feature, which is used to clone the default tools and enables the customization of their settings.

Actions Library details the actions that the Create Tool feature uses to build tools.

Default Tools details the seventy-six default tools included in the application.

Appendix details additional information that relates to the software.

PDF-XChange Editor V9 User Manual - a comprehensive guide to PDF-XChange Editor, the PDF viewing/editing software that is included with this product.

PDF-XChange Lite V9 User Manual - a comprehensive guide to PDF-XChange Lite, the virtual printer that is included with this product.


A PDF version of this manual is available here. The system administrator's guide, for managing PDF-XChange products across an enterprise, is available here.


The PDF Format


The Portable Document Format (PDF) is an internationally-recognized file format that was developed in 1992 in order to present documents, including text formatting and images, between users of different platforms, application software, hardware and operating systems, who may not have access to mutually-compatible application software. PDF files are based on the PostScript page-description language, and every PDF file contains a complete description of a fixed-layout flat document, including the text, fonts, vector graphics, raster images and other information required to display it. PDF was standardized as an open format in 2008, and since then has expanded to contain a range of additional content besides flat text and graphics, including logical structuring elements, interactive elements such as annotations and form fields, layers, rich media (including video content), three dimensional objects that use the U3D or PRC formats, encryption options, digital signatures, file attachments and document metadata. The specifications of the PDF format are defined and maintained by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), which determines the content that is permitted in PDF documents, the properties of that content and the manner in which it can be manipulated. The original PDF specification was created in 1993, and since then it has been regularly expanded and enhanced to include additional content. The ISO published the most recent specification, PDF 2.0, ISO 32000-2:2020, in December 2020. All documents that are created and/or edited with PDF-XChange software conform to the ISO specification and are therefore compatible with all systems and software worldwide that also conform to the ISO specification.