PDFs are already the headache they once were, but sometimes they can still be annoying, especially if all you have to do is quickly edit the document. Not everyone wants to download special software for the rare occasion of signing documents, and web applications can have their own “quirks.” In this regard, the developer of the format, Adobe, has released extensions for the Chrome and Edge browsers that allow you to access PDF editing tools directly through the browser.

The good news is that you don’t need an Acrobat Pro DC subscription to access this functionality in the extension. Free access also allows you to add comments to PDFs and download and print them. But if you get to things like trying to convert a PDF to a Microsoft Word document, you still have to fork out.

For clarity, note that these extensions are separate from the Acrobat web service, which Adobe recently updated to bring one with a desktop client. If your job involves frequent PDF editing, you will probably prefer to use the dedicated Adobe application. For everyone else who works with PDF from time to time, the extensions will clearly be useful.