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PDFpenPro for Mac

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PDFpenPro resolves one of the biggest issues users have with PDF documents -- their intractability when edits are needed. Rather than requiring expensive first-party software for edits or a source file, PDFpenPro allows you to quickly and easily edit the documents, changing text, highlighting segments, and adjusting on-page elements. It's not as powerful as the full Acrobat suite, but it's close and it's a lot more accessible.

When you open PDFpenPro, you're asked to register for ease of updates and file saving, but it's not required. You can then immediately start opening and editing files. It's very easy to do and we were surprised by just how fast it works. Editing text, highlighting, copying, and pasting was done in split seconds and didn't take the usual five to ten-second delays that you'll find in a lot of other PDF editors. The result is an app that will prove very useful if you need to make annotations to a PDF, highlight text, or even edit the text within the document. The interface is clean but easy to navigate and feature rich and everything is really fast - one of the primary benefits of this app.

If you need a new and more accessible PDF editor, consider PDFpenPro. From adding text to the Apple-specific Mac OS X features you want and need in a PDF editor and creator, this app works well from top to bottom. It is free to try and the full version is $99.95, so it is comparable to Acrobat but with a lot more OS X-specific features -- and you can't beat the speed here.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of PDFpenPro for Mac 6.1.

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All User Reviews

Results 1-10 of 17

  • 4.0 stars

    "Edit pdf file on Mac"

    April 7, 2014  |   By Charlienn

    Version: PDFpenPro 6.1.5

    Pros

    I also recommend PDF Pen Pro - gives you most of the functionality of Adobe Acrobat that most users need for a fraction of the cost. The also do a standard edition as well that is a little cheaper.

    I found a discount here:
    www.videotoflashmac.com/pdf-editor-for-mac/

    Cons

    I received a pdf file from my boss, he asked me to check and modify the content on it, but it seems I don't know how to edit the pdf file with it. By the way I use a Mac computer.

    Summary

    pdf files are not editable in iWork (Number, Pages and Keynote). You can import pdf files, portions of pdfs, scale, and mask them but you cannot change the actual contents. If you created the pdf you should modify the contents of the program you used to pront the pdf. If the pdf is from somewhere else then you are out of luck.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Horrible- I'd give it 0 stars if the system allowed it."

    March 11, 2014  |   By sorengraves

    Version: PDFpenPro 6.1.5

    Pros

    I honestly can't say anything positive about this software. This review, and certain others, lead you to believe that the software has more features and uses than it actually does.

    Cons

    It doesn't combine PDF documents, even though it says it does; it actually redirects you to Mac's own text edit software. It doesn't allow more than one PDF document to be opened at one time in one window. It has no help file that actually provides information on how to accomplish simple tasks. It is not intuitive to use. The icons are also not intuitive, nor do they make sense. You can open one document, view it, and highlight parts of it, but forget about actually editing it. It doesn't allow the document to be edited in the same sense that a Word document can be edited; it is very limited, and I bought the full $100 version.

    Summary

    This software has caused me significant grief. The review conned me into buying it, but I strongly urge you to reconsider. I have had to purchase another PDF editing software that actually does edit PDF documents.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Who the heck thinks this works?"

    August 6, 2013  |   By blahburgblahburg

    Version: PDFpenPro 6.0.4

    Pros

    Sometimes it will work for editing PDFs when it feels like it 2 out of 10 times with no rhyme or reason.
    May be useful if all you want to do is augment pictures in places that don't require you to move or edit text.

    Cons

    when you go to edit one word/sentence/paragraph - whatever
    (and yes, I'm following the directions), the format of the whole document flips out and makes the edit useless. Unfortunately, mankind has not progressed far enough to achieve PDF editing. Some day. Some day.

    Summary

    Don't say I didn't warn you. Oh and one more thing. It is probably the least intuitive soft wear ever made.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great appp with advanced features for pdf manipulation"

    September 22, 2012  |   By rudycuba

    Version: PDFpenPro 5.8.5

    Pros

    e.g. You can add images to pdf (like your signature)

    Cons

    The price...

    Summary

    In Mac OS X we can use the embedded app Preview for pdf manipulation as you probably know
    With Preview we can perform simple tasks (and not so) on pdf files that are usually enough for most users

    But PDFpenPro is the best advanced complement for pdf file manipulation that I could find
    and is not so heavy like other apps

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  • 5.0 stars

    "GREAT PROGRAM... BUT FOLLOW DIRECTIONS WHEN USING!"

    June 5, 2012  |   By evothevoth

    Version: PDFpenPro 5.8.1

    Pros

    Program operates exactly as described. However, to obtain best results, it is necessary to follow all directions in tutorials.

    Cons

    Clumsy if you do not follow directions.

    Summary

    I have successfully used this program for several years.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Some bugs, but useful overall"

    February 25, 2012  |   By rrc--2008

    Version: PDFpenPro 5.7.2

    Pros

    Relatively easy text editing. This is the only PDF program I know of that allows you to simply paste a scanned signature into a letter or form, and it looks just as if you had signed it. Neither Adobe Acrobat nor Preview will do it.

    Cons

    Changing letter sizes on text is a chore. I have yet to find how to change line spacing, if it is even possible.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Works as advertised"

    February 22, 2012  |   By mcw99

    Version: PDFpenPro 5.7

    Pros

    Allows editing and OCR; does simple editing tasks very very well. Works with Snow Leopard (10.6.8). Cheap at $99, compared to AA. Definitely go with Pro.

    Cons

    Not as powerful as AA, but only 1/3 the cost.

    Summary

    My favorite for our Mac; for Win 7, I use Nitro Pro.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Either buggy software or there are no PDF standards..."

    September 15, 2010  |   By star-tech

    Version: PDFpenPro 5.0.1

    Pros

    This product has potential. I don't need to explain the pros of being able to create form-fillable PDF's.

    Cons

    PDF's look and behave differently when opened with Apple Preview vs. Adobe Reader. Options for form objects don't stick half the time. Show grid doesn't show a grid. Alignment guides would be great. Numerous other quirky behaviors in the editor.

    Summary

    I have tried multiple times over the last couple of years to justify purchasing this product. I just spent over 3 hours trying to create a simple credit card authorization form for my customers. I have no problem with support's response time or willingness to respond, but it always seems to result in being told that my newly created PDF is corrupted or has something wrong with it, never that the software has problems. All in all, this software needs a lot more polish before I will pay for this product.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Won't work on my MacBook Pro running 10.6.4"

    September 9, 2010  |   By donelson2

    Version: PDFpenPro 5.0.1

    Pros

    Earlier versions of this application are very useful

    Cons

    When I download & unzip the file, it has the crossed zero over the icon and I get the following error message when I try to launch it: "You can't open the application "PDFPen Pro" because it's not supported on this type of Mac."

    Summary

    I would like to be able to use and evaluate this new version, but first it must work, and, at least on my machine, it doesn't. I hope Smile fixes this quickly.

    Updated on Sep 9, 2010

    After writing this review, I contacted support and they very quickly responded with a link to a version that works with my machine. Apparently what they posted was 64-bit only. Of course, after running it I learn that they now want another $25 to use the new version. Don't know if I use it enough to justify that.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "good alternative to the PDF giant"

    May 20, 2009  |   By michael!fluharty.com

    Version: PDFpenPro 4.1.3

    Pros

    everything but a box of chocolate

    Cons

    it's not free, unless you want a watermark on your documents.

    Summary

    I have had to use the PDF creator's program to edit and manipulate scanned forms, this was a few years back. then it was five to six times more do buy the professional software from the creators of the PDF format. it is still pricy but this is a good alternative, only a fourth the price and this is able to OCR the PDF, Preview has been able to but the original pdf maker was not able to. i had to print the document and take the physical copy then rescan it and use the scanners ocr program. defeats the purpose of using pdf files to reduce the need for paper.

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