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  • 5.0 stars

    "Awesome product"

    April 28, 2009  |   By Fred_4

    Version: PDFpenPro 4.1.2

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    Don't read the feedback of noobs that don't even know what this software does.
    It is NOT a text editor or a free Preview application. These people have no clue.
    What it does is allow you to edit PDF files even if they were not setup as fillable forms.
    There's nothing more frustrating than downloading a form from the internet to only find out that you can't fill it in because the producer of the form has no idea how to create forms.
    This product will allow you to edit and fill in any form.
    It does it very easily, better than Adobe Acrobat Writer.
    Now you don't need to worry if the PDF was setup correctly or not, you can still type on it and fill it out easily.
    It does a lot more than this, but this is the main reason I got it.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "A Well-Conceived and Very Useful Product"

    October 4, 2008  |   By dulness

    Version: PDFpenPro 4.0.1

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    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.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Irritating Nagware"

    September 3, 2008  |   By Andrew D

    Version: PDFpenPro 3.5

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    The product is multiply limited in its "demo" form to a ridiculous degree. It can't print without its logo on every page, it interrupts you to ask you to pay, it only allows you to edit 20 forms, etc. In my experience, a publisher this suspicious is not a good sign. Also, much of its functionality IS in the newer version f Preview -- as it should be. The PDF format was envisioned as a public, open standard. Finally, I hit several bugs in five minutes -- problems with fonts, an odd behavior with form fields and so on. I would be more sympathetic if the developer's price were lower and the attitude more positive, but I say look elsewhere.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "A good product"

    August 8, 2008  |   By chris - France

    Version: PDFpenPro 3.5

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    Personally, i like it: the interface is not very intuitive, but it allows to sign pdf and quickly produces "clean" documents. A good product, a little bit too pricey.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great product and Prompt Good Support"

    August 14, 2007  |   By Steve Frawley

    Version: PDFpenPro 3.3

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    Fast and helpful support makes it even better.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Spinning Beach Balls of Death"

    October 15, 2006  |   By pcal

    Version: PDFpenPro 3.0

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    I want to use it but it quickly bogs down and becomes unusable. Plus the price tag is a little steep, especially considering that you can do a lot of this in Preview now (for free).

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Great tool"

    March 22, 2006  |   By Frank Jr.

    Version: PDFpenPro 2.3.3

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    It works fine and offers many features to edit PDFs.
    But the program becomes too slow after a few minutes of work.

    Why? Memory leak?

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