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PDFpen allows users to easily edit PDF's.

Add text, images and signatures. Fill out PDF forms. Merge or split PDF documents. Reorder and delete pages. Even correct text and edit graphics!

Features:

  • Replace text in original PDF with editable text blocks
  • Move, resize, copy, and delete images in original PDF
  • Overlay text and images onto PDF (for example, sign purchase orders by applying signature image)
  • Perform Optical Character Recognition (OCR) on scanned documents
  • Insert and remove pages; re-order pages in a PDF by drag-and-drop
  • Copy and more...

What's New

Version 6.3.1:
  • Improves performance on OS X 10.9 Mavericks
  • Fixes crash when scanner is unplugged while PDFpen is running
  • Fixes potential crashes with the scanning window
  • Improves editing bar appearance on Yosemite developer preview
  • Resolves issue with access to tools when search results are displayed

Requirements

  • OS X 10.7 or later

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Dbleagle0 Member IconReview+1
Dbleagle0
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I originally purchased this app at 5.7.2. I have been running updates because the updated always said the updates were free. This latest version I was told my update was again free, so I downloaded the update. Now, it is telling me I need to pay $50 to keep using the program. I do not wish to pay $50 (or ANY $$ for that matter- I already paid for the program!). Now there is a big water mark on my PDF files! I need to re-load the last version I had that was working just fine. Until that happens, this gets minimum stars for the deception involved.

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Version 6.2
LuukLuuk Member IconReview+11
LuukLuuk
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I've tried the trial, by opening a PDF I created myself and afterwards noticing PDF pen made a horrible Watermark in it. IN MY PDF?!

What an arrogance!

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Version 6.2
GianMarco-Tavazzani Member IconReview+128
GianMarco-Tavazzani
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What makes this app indispensable (and the developer proud!) is its unique (did i loose some other app?) skill to not just recognise the characters but also the whole document is paginated.
This should give you back the full control on a page as it was edited by the author say with Pages.
But unfortunately it's still not ever the case and the developer should give an easy possibility to send him badly converted documents as feedback to enhance this very liked skill, beside some systematic badly character recognise (of absolutely standard and perfectly readable characters!).
Bt the way, I can't wait for some more intelligent OCR which could make a kind of contextual evaluation of the probability that a character is inside a word, a word inside a sentence, which needs for sure an integration with a spell control and even a translator, all apps which have own smartness, but this is an issue of any OCR programs I've tested till now.
For now I must consider 'still a bit' overpriced this app, being it 'still a bit' disappointing and needing a faster update

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Version 6.1.5
EarlaFern Member IconReview+2
EarlaFern
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Maybe developers can think of a way to remove the leftovers that previous version left in applications after every updates. Others are just functioning all right as they advertised.

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Version 6.1.2
streblov Member IconReview+3
streblov
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PDFpen 5 jut was updated to 5.9.9 for Mavericks compatibility. Thanks for that :-)

But: 5.9.9 still contains a bug I reported in March 2013:
- Open a document
- Set the toolbar to icons only
- Draw a line, rectangle etc.
- Click on a toolbar icon
- Toolbar icons disappear :-(

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Version 6.1.1
streblov Member IconReview+3
streblov
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I have used PDFPen for years (since Version 2) an it helped me doing my daily business. But the program never seemed to be "rock solid" or "really fast". Occasionally I had problems with large PDFs with a lot of annotations which, in some cases, crashed PDFPen. The most annoying fact is, that PDFPen does nor support contextual menus. The developer just sees no need for it. But I do.

Now I switched to Skim (free) https://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/24590/skim and PDF Signer ($9.99) https://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/37970/pdf-signer. The two programs make me much happier than PDFPen does. Skim is much faster than PDFPen and has a lot more to offer regarding annotations although it can't fill forms. That's what I use PDF Signer for.

One thing the Skim an PDF Signer can't do: OCR. But I rarely need that. And If, then I use Prizmo https://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/31157/prizmo

So I replaced PDFPen with three programs which are in each particular task way ahead of PDFPen. They cost the same an they fill half the space on my hard drive. No need for PDFPen anymore.

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Version 6.1
streblov
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Oh, I forgot PDF to Word Conversion: I use PDF to Word + for that https://itunes.apple.com/de/app/pdf-to-word-+/id566210419?mt=12

Jerry Krinock
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streblov, I tried Skim (http://skim-app.sourceforge.net) based on your recommendation, but could not find any way to *change* or *delete* text. The "Correct Text" tool in PDFpen is the only way I've ever found to do this. It is somewhat clunky and unpredictable, but totally adequate for minor corrections after some experience which you will gain by trial and error. (I recommend switching OFF "Enable autosave and versions" in PDFpen's Preferences > General to avoid inadvertent saves of mistakes.) The clunkiness and unpredictability is probably due to the technical difficulty of *changing* text in a PDF, the same reason why this feature is so rare. Someone may correct me if I am wrong, but I think that if you need to *change* or *delete* text, you need PDFpen.

streblov
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Jerry, you are right, Skim can't change/delete Text. It also cant rearrange or delete pages (PDFSigner can).

Kihoalu
+0

Missing the old days of MacUser & comparative reviews.

There are tons of pdf editors out there now.

Yet, I haven’t found a pdf editor that really feels like a tool I can use on a regular basis & that has a well designed interface that stays out of your way. PDFPen is about par, but I’m not sure the new interface in 6x is an improvement over 5x.

iAnnotate on the iPad is interesting, though I cant make use of it there & is not available for the desktop, so far as I know.

Kihoalu
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If I can hazard one more reply: the logic escapes me that you compare the price of 3 apps to one, when the most expensive of those 3, Prizmo, is the one you rarely need.

If the OCR is far better (important feature-wise?) then there’s some sense in it, but it would be hard to drop $50 on the one feature rarely used!

Trying to work with pdf files makes me grumpy.

VitoLT3403 Member IconReview+0
VitoLT3403
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I love PDF Pen. I use it daily and it has made life much easier. The customer service is the best out there bar none.

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Version 6.0.5
Michael_3de902df Member IconReview+0
Michael_3de902df
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I have PDFs that I need to remove some pages but keep it 'fillable' with the computer. This does the job. I also create PDF files in a snap. Every business needs PDFpen!

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Version 6.0.5
MikeHush7506 Member IconReview+1
MikeHush7506
+1

Program is fast and does what others won't

Two supports went unaddressed
6.0.1 Open the library and even when not using took over 1.72 GB on my machine [librariand] was the app. for the library]

No Response

Scroll Tool was removed in 6.0.2 [my main tool]
Support quickly replied that it was still there. [But it's not]
Made them aware again that it's gone with no reply.
Went back to 6.0.1 for scroll and kept the library closed

Makes it one of my best programs despite terrible support.

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Version 6.0.2
Big77 Member IconReview+149
Big77
+4

Don't get too excited about the PDF to Word conversion. When you convert your data is uploaded to NuancePDF.com which converts in the cloud. You're then asked to save the result. If you really want to do this, you can do it now for free via the NuancePDF reader app. But you might not want to bother -- in my limited testing the conversion was quite poor.

The UI changed quite a bit in PDFpen 6. I found that quite confusing but I suppose I'll get used to it.

So far I see no compelling reason to upgrade though the price is good while on special in case you want to stay current. Also note you'll have to buy the Mac Apple Store version if you want to save documents via iCloud (due to Apple restrictions).

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Version 6.0
Kihoalu
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I will give PDFPen kudos in that my OCR conversions have gone pretty well.

Kihoalu
+0

Simple conversions & just average documents maybe.

Can you see uploading a legal document to be converted?
The cloud is not where I want my important or proprietary papers.
Just me.

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Version 6.3
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Narsul
Version 6.1.3
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ErvinsS
Version 6.1
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ErvinsS
Version 6.0.5
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Pmu8158
Version 6.0.5
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dsimer
Version 6.0.5
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Boblphd
Version 6.0
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Version 6.0
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Version 5.9.3
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Version 5.9.2
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Date 16 Jul 2014
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