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PDF Nomad is a modern, carefully styled PDF editor, built from the ground up for OS X 10.7 and later. It features a multitude of ways to take your PDF documents from one place to the next, through an easy-to-use interface. It provides often used operations like merging multiple documents, as well as more exotic ones like exporting the document's text as a spoken sound file.

Features

  • Scan documents directly from your scanner into PDF Nomad. Perform OCR on any document (whether scanned or not) to extract its textual contents. Create searchable pages or new pages with the recognized more...

What's New

Version 2.3:
  • New: Drag selected text from the preview canvas to the outline list to create a new bookmark that links directly to the selected text.
  • New: Link patterns occurring in the document text to an external target. You can put a placeholder in the target URL, that will be replaced by the matched pattern.
  • New: Optionally print only a page's annotations. (Allows overlay more...

Requirements

  • OS X 10.7 or later

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I frequently need to split and crop PDFs of scanned books, as well as adding outlines (permanent Bookmarks) to break them up into easily navigable chapters. I also read and annotate lots of journal articles. Post-Snow Leopard, Preview has been a more...

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Version 2.0
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Pusfarm Member IconComment+33
Pusfarm
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After watching the tutorials, this app appears to have some great features. However, it succeeded in irritating me early and often. I configured the toolbar and preferences, then opened a number of PDFs, but couldn't get past the fact that there's no option for Fit Page, which is how I prefer to view PDFs. And no matter where you reposition the window it always opens in the same place at the same size (unless you've already opened a document in which case it remembers the last setting), and it's smaller than a typical document size.

Rather than tweak the window of every PDF I open or use a window manager (I have Breeze, which has its own annoyances, and Stay which, due to its apparent ADHD, means I don't benefit from its roughly 60% success rate), I can do without this app for now.

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Version 2.3
Pusfarm
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I forgot one thing: open a PDF and try paging through it with the keyboard. It doesn't work until you click on the document. No, no, NO!

Sintraworks
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Open a document and press the down arrow key: first page is selected. Press down arrow key again: second page is selected and displayed. No need to click the document to page through it with the keyboard.

Pusfarm
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I reinstalled the trial to test this. At it's default with the left panel open, pressing the down arrow did nothing. I changed the setting in preferences to not open the left panel by default, but this time I got a pop-up with Text and Forms options. Not even page down works. Until I click the document.

Sorry, this won't work for me.

Bordwehr Member IconComment+16
Bordwehr
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Contrary to the other reviewers, I'm not so impressed with PDF Nomad. Particularly not after discovering that its so-called 'static text boxes' can only be added but not subsequently edited or deleted (which means you'd need a program such as Acrobat to get rid of them again).

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Version 2.3
Thyx
+1

I read the same or a similar complaint on their forum.
It sounds a little bit irritated that "static" is used in its dictionary sense …

Sintraworks
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If you want text boxes that remain editable, you should use dynamic annotations. That's what they're there for.

Bordwehr
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No matter what you call them, the fact remains that you need another piece of software to edit or delete PDF Nomad's static text boxes.

markd1 Member IconReview+3
markd1
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I picked up this app in July last year when it was the promo of the day, and just saw it was the promo of the day again today. I wrote a comment on that post, but thought I should come and do a quick review here too.

I had a couple of issues when I first got the app last year, but the developer responded so quickly and had an update to me the same day which fixed the issue! Unprecedented level of support -- I'd never experienced anything like it.

I've been happily using the app for annotating pdf's ever since. It's been stable and works perfectly for my needs. I have PDF Pen Pro also, but prefer PDF Nomad.

This is the first review I've done here on MacUpdate, even though I've bought a bunch of apps from here. I know when I considered purchasing PDF Nomad last year, I was on the fence, so figured I'd review it to help anyone having trouble deciding.

Great support. Great app. I definitely recommend it!

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Version 2.3
jackybrief2141 Member IconReview+1
jackybrief2141
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„Wonderful PDF - APP! This is exactly what I needed!
The developer is a very nice person and has an unbeatable fast service!
I had a question and the next day he offered me the perfect solution for my problem.
This nice tool and the excellent service are thoroughly recommended!

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Version 2.2
Mtin79 Member IconReview+50
Mtin79
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I just upgraded my pdfnomad version from 2.1 to 2.2 which seemed to be a paid upgrade.

Unfortunatelly annotating pdfs doesn't work so well:
- Textbox in "edit"-mode renders text way bigger than in "view"-mode (when textbox is defocused again)
- Can't make fonts bigger in those text annotations at all! This sucks. Neither the font menu seems to work, nore the menu item has an impact.

Dissapointed.

BTW.: Using pdfnomad 2.2 with macbook retina on Mac OS X 10.9.

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Version 2.2
Sintraworks
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Updating from 2.1 to 2.2 is of course not a paid upgrade. Only upgrades from version 1 to version 2 are paid. You may want to contact us at our SintraWorks address if there is any confusion.

Sintraworks
+1

Oh, and version 2.3 fixes the edit mode issue that occurred in Mavericks.

Mtin79
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Thanks at Sinatraworks for the clarifications!
Meanwhile the edit mode is fixed: HURRA!
And strangely enough it seems that my License for Version 1 worked until i upgraded from 2.1 to 2.2... so everything's sorted!

Espec Member IconComment+4
Espec
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Great product, but missing view of annotations in one single place.

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Version 2.2
taja
+0

Not enough of a reason to give it a one-star review!

Sintraworks
+2

Yes there is. In the annotation toolbar (visible when in annotation mode), you can click the right most icon to bring up the list of annotations. Also, I cannot make sense of a one star rating, for what you otherwise call a great product.

Espec
+0

I am sorry. I did not intend to give only one star! This product deserves more! But there is no way to change the star system on macupdate (at least this is what I know).
Thanks to the developer.

MacUpdate---Ryan
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Espec, what star rating would you like to give it and I will adjust the rating?

Ozron Member IconComment+25
Ozron
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I also purchased this through MacUpdate and was most disappointed to discover that I couldn't edit text within the pdf, which is my main requirement. OK my fault for not checking this out thoroughly first. It's got some nice features which I might eventually get around to using, but for now it's not of much use to me.

So can someone please recommend an app which is not too expensive which I can use to edit text in a pdf? Thanks.

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Version 2.1.1
Sintraworks
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There are PDFPen from Smile Software and PDF Editor from Wondershare. Note that this is by no means a recommendation, as I have very little experience with either. I suggest you read the user reviews on them here on MacUpdate, and then download and test them both and see if any of them meets your needs. Write to me directly on the SintraWorks contact email, if you want more info.

Ozron
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Thanks for the prompt reply. I have found a temporary workaround which appears to be working, although it's labour intensive. I'm cropping the pdf to include the text I want, and then using OCR extraction to rtf, which I'm then importing into Word. It allows me to edit and reformat the text. There are 33 pdf's which I need to process and then compile into 1 document, but at least I'm getting what I'm after.

Will also check out the other apps you suggested. Thanks!

Sintraworks
+1

From your original comments, I understood that you already had searchable text in the PDF. If you are working from scanned images which need to be OCRd though, then you can edit the OCR results before finalising the OCR process. In that case PDF Nomad may be all you need. If exporting to RTF is fine for you, as you indicate, than also, no need to look further than PDF Nomad. You can export searchable PDF documents directly to RTF. No need to OCR first to get to that step.

Protagonisitc Member IconReview+28
Protagonisitc
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I just purchased this program through MacUpdate a few days ago and I have to say I am very happy with it. It is far and away the best at scanning to a searchable PDF of the programs I have tried. I tried Abbey, Prismo and several others and was disappointed with the results. Thanks for a great program and it was worth every penny I paid for it.

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Version 2.1.1
GHammer Member IconComment+0
GHammer
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Does PDF Nomad enable one to batch edit meta data? I'd like to be able to edit the meta data of several PDFs at once.

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Version 2.1
Sintraworks
+0

There is no batch editing of metadata for multiple documents through the UI, but you may be able to do it through AppleScript. Email us with a more detailed description of what you need, and we'll see if we can accommodate.

esspii Member IconComment+2
esspii
+1

This looks very tempting - I am moving from paperport on windows to (potentially) this on mac. As I scan a lot of marked (dirty) documents it has been very useful to be able to delete marks and areas of the scan, for example page creases, in paperport. Can I do something similar here? If not, then my search for a comparable mac program continues, and windows stays......

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Version 2.1
Sintraworks
+0

The OCR feature can turn scanned documents into regular text. If you choose to replace the original with the recognised text, then you won't have any creases or other marks on your pages. If you need something else, then contact us directly via email, to see if it is something that we can add in an upcoming update.

ylluminate
+0

I too would like to see this. If I could edit the original bitmap by cleaning up certain areas and then also provide OCR for the text so that we would have the recognized text and the original image contents and have them selectable like in Acrobat, this would be excellent.

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Widber
Version 2.3
user icon+0
Sschneew
Version 2.1.1
user icon+0
machunk
Version 2.1
user icon+18
IgorFreiberger
Version 1.5
user icon+2
Schmidhauser
Version 1.4.1
user icon+0
frank.lorenz
Version 1.3
user icon+90
taja
Version 1.1
user icon+90
taja
Version 1.0
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Downloads 13,761
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Date 26 Nov 2013
Platform Intel 64 / OS X
Price $39.99
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