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PDFpen 6.2
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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
What's New
Version 6.2:
  • Exports plain text and rich text
  • Select language(s) for Word export to improve accuracy
  • Drag from the Thumbnail view to the Finder and other apps
  • Drop multiple pages from Preview's Thumbnails into PDFpen's Thumbnails
  • Drop Word documents directly into the Thumbnail view
  • Adds page count field to the document inspector
  • Adds support for removing the owner password
  • Supports Automator workflows in the scripts menu (OS X 10.8 and later)
  • Numerous fixes and improvements
Version 6.2:
  • Exports plain text and rich text
  • Select language(s) for Word export to improve accuracy
  • Drag from the Thumbnail view to the Finder and other apps
  • Drop multiple pages from Preview's Thumbnails into PDFpen's Thumbnails
  • Drop Word documents directly into the Thumbnail view
  • Adds page count field to the document inspector
  • Adds more...
Requirements
  • Intel, 64-bit processor
  • OS X 10.7 or later





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PDFpen User Discussion (Write a Review)
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GianMarco-Tavazzani reviewed on 07 Apr 2014
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
[Version 6.1.5]


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EarlaFern reviewed on 02 Jan 2014
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.
[Version 6.1.2]


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streblov reviewed on 12 Dec 2013
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 :-(
[Version 6.1.1]


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streblov reviewed on 09 Nov 2013
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.
[Version 6.1]

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streblov replied on 09 Nov 2013
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
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Jerry Krinock replied on 26 Nov 2013
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.
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streblov replied on 26 Nov 2013
Jerry, you are right, Skim can't change/delete Text. It also cant rearrange or delete pages (PDFSigner can).
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Kihoalu replied on 07 Dec 2013
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.
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Kihoalu replied on 13 Dec 2013
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.
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VitoLT3403 reviewed on 31 Oct 2013
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.
[Version 6.0.5]


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Michael_3de902df reviewed on 15 Oct 2013
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!
[Version 6.0.5]


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MikeHush7506 reviewed on 04 May 2013
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.
[Version 6.0.2]


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Big77 reviewed on 24 Mar 2013
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).
[Version 6.0]

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Kihoalu replied on 07 Dec 2013
I will give PDFPen kudos in that my OCR conversions have gone pretty well.
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Kihoalu replied on 13 Dec 2013
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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Bill Clinton reviewed on 19 Mar 2013
I downloaded the demo from the developer's web site.

Would not open a simple, three-page PDF which opened normally in Skim, Preview, etc.

i opened a much longer PDF but the program pinwheeled a lot, and used 100% of CPU while doing noihing obvious other than consuming 160 MB of RAM.

Not able to test the Microsoft Word export in the demo version. This functionality requires an internet connection so presuambly it uploads the PDF and you download the Word file.

Trying to scroll the found-text list is mostly unresponsive (with a long list) and results in pinwheeling.

Making the program the front app takes about eight seconds before it receives focus, after which it uses 100% CPU for a while. After it does start accepting input, scrolling is sluggish and jerky. Similarly, after switching to another app, it hold focus for about 13 seconds.

It pinwheels when trying to highlight text. It did an unsolicited Save while I was experimenting on a document. This Save locked the program up for four minutes during which the app was unresponsive and expanded RAM to 303 MB and of course taking 100% CPU.

I tried to close the file and after four mintes of pinwheeling and 100% CPU use, I force quit the program.

I really can't comment on whatever it is that this program is supposed to do because it is effectively unusable.

I next did the only logical thing and put the program where it belongs, in the Trash.

I don't know what other disasters this program contains but I'm done wasting my time on it.
[Version 6.0]

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Neil_m replied on 20 Mar 2013
I have been using PDFpen for years.

After upgrading from version 5.9.5 (which works just fine), I also found the new app unresponsive - importing my signature library locked the app up and it, the window then flashed between the import prompt and the open file prompt.

After a few force quits and sending crash reports to the developer, I waited and waited for the app to run through it's lag, it then ran fine.

It also moved the 5.9.5 version to the trash, not the applications folder as stated in the upgrade not.


I think it might be safer to just download version 6 from the website and avoid the upgrade installer - at least until the x.x.1 refresh.

I'm now looking to see where the $29.99 value is, then make a decision about upgrading.
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Fhall1 commented on 19 Mar 2013
Price on developer website says $29.99 - also trying to find out if this is a paid upgrade from V5.x or not - haven't spotted any info one way or the other.
[Version 6.0]

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Noraa replied on 19 Mar 2013
Got this update notice when opening up PDFpen 5 -

"PDFpen 6 is a paid upgrade and requires OS X 10.7 Lion or later.
It costs $30 to upgrade to PDFpen 6. If purchased on or after October 15, 2012, your upgrade is free and should be automatic.

Note: There is no risk to try PDFpen 6. When you choose Install Update, PDFpen 5 will be saved in Applications. If you decide not to upgrade to PDFpen 6, you may continue to use PDFpen 5."
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Neil_m replied on 20 Mar 2013
So until 2400 20th March.

Buy a new license of PDFpen $29.99 or upgrade $30.00
Buy a new license of PDFpenPRO $39.99 or upgrade from a previous PRO for $30.00
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YalitaS4648 replied on 05 Nov 2013
@Neil_m how to buy a license of $29.99? I've seen this demo cost $59.99
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Neil_m replied on 05 Nov 2013
@YaltaS4648

As per "So until 2400 20th March." - at the beginning of my comment.

I would guess that the offer expired.
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Narsul rated on 31 Jan 2014

[Version 6.1.3]



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ErvinsS rated on 03 Nov 2013

[Version 6.1]



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ErvinsS rated on 09 Oct 2013

[Version 6.0.5]



Jab415 rated on 08 Oct 2013

[Version 6.0.5]



Pmu8158 rated on 18 Sep 2013

[Version 6.0.5]



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dsimer rated on 10 Sep 2013

[Version 6.0.5]



Boblphd rated on 23 Mar 2013

[Version 6.0]



ckenney108 rated on 22 Mar 2013

[Version 6.0]



captainbatman rated on 19 Dec 2012

[Version 5.9.3]



zamazoom rated on 17 Nov 2012

[Version 5.9.2]


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Version Downloads:622
Type:Business : Word Processing
License:Demo
Date:16 Apr 2014
Platform:Intel 64 / OS X
Price: $59.95
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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 paste rich text; retain fonts and formatting when copying from PDF's
  • Select and copy text across multiple columns
  • Fill out and save PDF forms
  • Add (and print) notes and comments
  • Markup documents with highlighting, underscoring and strike-through
  • Save frequently used images, signatures, objects, and text in the Library
  • Use with PageSender for a complete fax turn-around solution
  • Automate PDF manipulations with AppleScript
  • Available in English, Japanese, and German, with French and Italian coming soon!


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