PDFpen for Mac

PDFpen for Mac


Editors' Rating:
3.5
Very good
Average User Rating:
3.6
out of 35 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
6.3.2
File Size:
52.04MB
Date Added:
August 19, 2014
Price:
Free to try (Watermark on document); $49.95 to buy
Operating Systems:
Mac OS X 10.7/10.8/10.9
Total Downloads:
11,263
Downloads Last Week:
8
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Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

Editing PDF files by adding or correcting text, signatures, or images requires specialized software. PDFpen for Mac allows users to modify PDFs in a simple but efficient program.

Downloading PDFpen for Mac took much longer than expected on a high-speed connection, but installation completed quickly. The program has extensive instructions and tutorials to walk the user through its functions. This is a welcome addition to such a unique and comprehensive program, and better yet technical support does appear to be available. The program immediately brings up a menu where the user can select PDF files with which to work. A top menu has buttons for editing features, including options like highlighting and adding text. Boxes for notations and adding URL links are also among the numerous editing options. All functions performed well and as expected, and the program output matched that of the original PDF. The menu design does appear to be dated, but the program's overall functioning does not make this much of a distraction. The free trial version of PDFpen places a watermark on output files.

PDFpen for Mac performs all of its expected functions well, despite its basic interface. So it will most likely satisfy Mac users who are looking for a solid PDF editor.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of PDFpen for Mac 6.0.1.

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  • All Versions:

    3.6

    out of 35 votes

    • 5 star: 13
    • 4 star: 11
    • 3 star: 2
    • 2 star: 2
    • 1 star: 7
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  • 1 stars

    "Doesn't work....."

    April 12, 2012   |   By rpjb

    Version: PDFpen 5.7.2

    Pros

    I bought this software for one specific purpose : to fill in a lengthy and complex British inheritance tax pdf form, so I can't rate the other aspects of this software.

    Cons

    Didn't work ! There was a title selection Mr/Mrs/Miss/Ms and PDFpenPro couldn't manage it : the whole pdf page was blocked because of this !

    I lost a lot of time tryi,g to solve this issue but to no avail...

    Very disappointing !

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  • 1 stars

    "Very simple image with text and bullets ... fail!"

    February 13, 2011   |   By alvaritof

    Version: PDFpen 5.2.1

    Pros

    Free ... only because I HAVE to write some pros.

    Cons

    On the free version on a PDF you are allowed to convert only the first page and that may be a very simple text ... should allow you to pick a page.

    Summary

    Awful, very simple text and some lines with bullets was read as a complete garbage.

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  • 4 stars

    "useful Program"

    January 27, 2011   |   By stanhall

    Version: PDFpen 5.2.1

    Pros

    I use it to fill out pdf forms and correct pdf documents works well for those functions

    Cons

    not intuitive on some things it will do

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  • 4 stars

    "Good Value for your money"

    October 28, 2010   |   By TKirsch

    Version: PDFpen 5.0.2

    Pros

    It has all the basics for text and graphic editing that you will ever need. Smile is doing a great job of adding features for the same price. Subscribe to their news letter.

    Cons

    Not sure why it has to be so difficult to add lines of different weights or text boxes with different font sizes. Perhaps they will expand the pallets for simplicity one day.

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  • 4 stars

    "Clever Application"

    October 24, 2010   |   By billhilton--2008

    Version: PDFpen 5.0.2

    Pros

    It's relatively low cost way to edit (manipulate) pdf files. It certainly isn't Adobe "writer" but it meets the simple needs I have.

    Cons

    It is relatively difficult to learn for an app of limited capabilities.

    Summary

    I like using this app for the simple pdf editing needs I encounter.

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  • 5 stars

    "Amazing, amazingly cheap, PDF-everything application!"

    September 09, 2010   |   By berksguy2010

    Version: PDFpen 5.0.1

    Pros

    Everything, drag and drop anything and everything out of and into existing pdf documents

    Cons

    Nothing I can think of.

    Summary

    You are crazy if you dislike this app. It's pretty much flawless, imo. I use it as a reader and editor.

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  • 1 stars

    "Pointless - won't do what I need"

    September 01, 2010   |   By tasha13662

    Version: PDFpen 4.7

    Pros

    None since at this point I need one feature which it lacks.

    Cons

    Won't save data in a fillable PDF if it is not allowed in the original. Other restrictions from the original are also "respected." Nice thought, but makes the program completely useless for me.

    Summary

    I wanted a program to allow me to save data that I entered into a fillable PDF. I also want to have the ability to go back and edit that data. This program WON'T do this if it is not allowed in the original document. When I "Save" my document, it changes not only the formatting (minor, but still different) and deleted all of the data I entered. So, for my needs, this program is pointless and useless.

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  • 4 stars

    "Achieves many things I can't do any other way"

    August 06, 2010   |   By JohnCrook

    Version: PDFpen 4.7

    Pros

    Very strong on adding graphis (e.g signatures) to existing pdfs.

    Cons

    Some of the functions are a bit fiddly to use.

    Summary

    I really enjoy using pdfPen though I haven't tried the Pro version.

    Customer support is amazing and very helpful. Each time I've had a query, I have received a very helpful response within an hour or so.

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  • 1 stars

    "No go with Snow Leopard"

    July 11, 2010   |   By maxigar1

    Version: PDFpen 4.7

    Pros

    Potentially v good app.

    Cons

    Very temperamental-now it works, now it doesn't.

    Summary

    I'd love to be able to alter PDFs swiftly and without hassle. This has not happened yet for me and I've wasted a lot of time trying to get this to work properly.

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  • 4 stars

    "Difficult interface, pricey"

    December 26, 2009   |   By TKirsch

    Version: PDFpen 4.5.3

    Pros

    If you need a pdf editor and don't want to spend the big bucks for Adobe Writer this should be your next purchase. It works fine and gives you text and graphics editing tools and colors, text boxes, etc.

    Cons

    Since I don't use it all the time, there is a learning curve each time. The user interface is confusing. It cost much less when I bought it, around $30.00.

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