PDFpenPro for Mac
Date Added:Oct. 01, 2008
Price:Free to try (Watermark on document); $99.95 to buy
Downloads Last Week:8
Product ranking:#25 in Word Processing Software
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In terms of what I need to do, PDFpenPro does a lot more than Preview, and a lot more than Acrobat Professional. It's made a lot of my administrative and research workflow easier and more organized.
Forms, for example: you'd think that organizations making pdf forms would create them with the form-fill feature right in the Acrobat Pro software, but they don't -- they treat forms like paper in a way, still expecting you to download, print them, and then fill them in by hand -- and then you have to photocopy them if you want a copy for your records! This has really made an improvement on basic day-to-day administration. Being able to simply type over top of the page is simply the best feature of this software, and by itself is worth the price to me.
Commenting on documents, for another example: Word, Acrobat, and Preview all let us make annoying little notes in balloons -- but what if you want to annotate the document using traditional annotation markup? The library handily provides you with these marks.
The other feature that I use a lot is the ability to drag a number of pdf documents into the new PDFpen document, and generate a single pdf. Preview I think won't let you do this (you can view them that way but they save again as separate files). Acrobat will let you do it, but the "Mac-ish" interface of PDFpen is much nicer to use.
There are still a few annoying little user interface issues in this product -- sometimes when you click on the text imprint tool to to type some text over a document and don't drag your cursor enough, it creates a textbox so small that you can't type into it -- you have to delete it and start over. You also have to specify multiline text, and it's a bit difficult to get a really long segment under control if you paste it into a textbox. Another small annoyance is that it defaults away from the tool you last used back to the select tool, so you have to keep clicking your desired tool button every time you add something.
That said, I've had this software through several versions, and each time it's updated, it's very much improved -- updates are free or reasonable in cost. So, to the developers, congrats on a good product. Especially congrats on the continued improvements.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Don't say I didn't warn you. Oh and one more thing. It is probably the least intuitive soft wear ever made.
e.g. You can add images to pdf (like your signature)
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
Program operates exactly as described. However, to obtain best results, it is necessary to follow all directions in tutorials.
Clumsy if you do not follow directions.
I have successfully used this program for several years.
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.
Changing letter sizes on text is a chore. I have yet to find how to change line spacing, if it is even possible.
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.
Not as powerful as AA, but only 1/3 the cost.
My favorite for our Mac; for Win 7, I use Nitro Pro.
This product has potential. I don't need to explain the pros of being able to create form-fillable PDF's.
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.
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.
Earlier versions of this application are very useful
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."
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
everything but a box of chocolate
it's not free, unless you want a watermark on your documents.
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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|What's new in version 4.0.1|
|new preferences for OCR prompts and a number of bug fixes|
|Publisher web site||http://www.smileonmymac.com|
|Release Date||October 01, 2008|
|Date Added||October 01, 2008|
|Subcategory||Word Processing Software|
|Operating Systems||Mac OS X 10.4 Intel, Mac OS X 10.4, Macintosh, Mac OS X 10.4 PPC, Mac OS X 10.5 Intel, Mac OS X 10.5 PPC, Mac OS X 10.5|
|Downloads Last Week||8|
|License Model||Free to try|
|Limitations||Watermark on document|