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Operating systemCross-platform / web-based application
TypeWeb-based productivity tools

PDFVue is an online PDF viewer and editor that is in beta release.[1] Features include viewing, commenting, annotations, page deletion or rotation and adding fillable form fields to PDFs. Supported browsers include Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Safari. PDFs can be uploaded directly, or imported from a web address.[2] The Firefox extension redirects PDFs, enabling viewing and annotation within the browser.[3]

The deskPDF with PDFVue On Ramp release also features "print to PDFVue" functionality, allowing any printable file to be uploaded to PDFVue via the print process, and PostScript technology.[4]

The software has been renamed PDFzen.[5][better source needed]


The primary features of the beta release include tools for creating and filling out forms, sharing & collaborating on documents, and annotating existing PDFs.[6]

Additional functionality includes the ability to delete and rotate pages within the PDF.[7]


PDFVue annotation tools

The PDFVue Typewriter Tool allows text to be added to any PDF. This allows forms which have been created without fillable fields to be filled out, as well as documents which have been scanned in without OCR. Available annotation tools include:[8]

  • Typewriter tool
  • Sticky Notes
  • Hyperlinks (to other sites, or to pages within the PDF itself)
  • Drawing tools
  • Page deletion / rotation


PDFVue forms tools

In addition to being able to fill out forms, PDFVue features tools for creating digital forms.[9]

Current supported fillable form fields include:

  • Text Fields
  • Checkboxes
  • Radio Buttons
  • List Boxes
  • Combo Boxes

Sharing and collaboration[edit]

After editing, PDFs can be downloaded locally and can be viewed from any PDF viewer. PDFVue also allows PDFs to be shared via providing a hyperlink to the hosted PDF, as an alternative to email attachments. With the annotation tools, this allows collaboration to take place on a single PDF, rather than on multiple versions shared between parties.[10]

Firefox add-on[edit]

The Firefox extension renders PDFs using PDFVue's servers, thus avoiding the Acrobat Plug-In freeze-up, as well as Acrobat Reader exploits.[3] When enabled, this extensions traps URL requests on a low level catching PDFs from clicks, redirects, new tabs and the address bar, providing a better level of protection from an unintended PDF launch. Once opened in PDFVue.com, the PDF can be marked up and changes saved. This service is available from Mozilla Add Ons free of charge.[11]

Print to PDFVue[edit]

With the PDFVue OnRamp local documents are automatically uploaded to PDFVue and converted to text searchable PDF's for commenting and sharing.[12]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "PDFVue Editor".
  2. ^ "PDFVue for viewing and annotating PDF files online".
  3. ^ a b Lowensohn, Josh (4 May 2009). "PDFVue brings PDF viewing, editing to the browser". Retrieved 28 April 2017.
  4. ^ "deskPDF with PDFVue On Ramp". Archived from the original on 2008-10-22.
  5. ^ http://www.uniquetipsonline.com/edit-pdf-files-free/
  6. ^ "PDFVue beta release".
  7. ^ "PDFVue: Tool For Editing PDF Files Online". Archived from the original on 2013-01-28.
  8. ^ Pirillo, Chris (9 March 2009). "How to Edit PDFs for Free Online". Retrieved 28 April 2017.
  9. ^ "PDFVue: Edit and Annotate PDF Files Online with PDFVue".
  10. ^ "View & edit PDF files in Web browser at PDFVue".
  11. ^ Purdy, Kevin (2009-05-05). "PDFVue Edits PDF Text and Images Online". Retrieved 2009-05-05.
  12. ^ "PDFVue On Ramp". Archived from the original on 2009-03-07.