PDF Nomad
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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
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 printing on paper forms, etc.)
  • New: PDF Nomad now detects if it is running outside the Applications folder and offers to copy itself into it.
  • New: When zoomed out or showing facing pages, you can now paste on the page where you hover the mouse by pressing Command-Option-Control-V.
  • New: Added "performing OCR" AppleScript property on the document so that it becomes possible, in a script, to check whether OCR is ongoing.
  • New: When editing a recognized OCR element in the popover, you can press the Return key to dismiss the popover.
  • Changed: When double-clicking a static text box annotation the popover will now appear to its left side, to avoid it getting in the way as the text grows while editing.
  • Fixed: On OS X 10.9 (Mavericks) text boxes displayed an incorrect font size during editing.
  • Fixed: Editing an element during the OCR correction phase could under certain circumstances result in a hang.
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 more...
Requirements
  • Intel, 64-bit processor
  • OS X 10.7 or later



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PDF Nomad User Discussion (Write a Review)
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Bordwehr commented on 27 Jan 2014
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).
[Version 2.3]

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Thyx replied on 25 Mar 2014
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 …
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markd1 reviewed on 22 Jan 2014
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!
[Version 2.3]


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jackybrief2141 reviewed on 16 Nov 2013
„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!
[Version 2.2]


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Mtin79 reviewed on 11 Nov 2013
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.
[Version 2.2]

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Sintraworks replied on 26 Nov 2013
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.
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Sintraworks replied on 26 Nov 2013
Oh, and version 2.3 fixes the edit mode issue that occurred in Mavericks.
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Mtin79 replied on 26 Nov 2013
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!
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Espec commented on 04 Nov 2013
Great product, but missing view of annotations in one single place.
[Version 2.2]

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taja replied on 04 Nov 2013
Not enough of a reason to give it a one-star review!
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Sintraworks replied on 16 Nov 2013
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.
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Espec replied on 26 Nov 2013
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.
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MacUpdate---Ryan replied on 26 Nov 2013
Espec, what star rating would you like to give it and I will adjust the rating?
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Ozron commented on 30 Aug 2013
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.
[Version 2.1.1]

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Sintraworks replied on 30 Aug 2013
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.
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Ozron replied on 30 Aug 2013
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!
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Sintraworks replied on 03 Sep 2013
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.
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Protagonisitc reviewed on 05 Aug 2013
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.
[Version 2.1.1]


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GHammer commented on 30 Jul 2013
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.
[Version 2.1]

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Sintraworks replied on 30 Jul 2013
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.
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esspii commented on 30 Jul 2013
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......
[Version 2.1]

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Sintraworks replied on 30 Jul 2013
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.
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ylluminate replied on 26 Aug 2013
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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Cmoon reviewed on 17 Jun 2013
I tried PDF PenPro before but it seems to have some performance problems.

PDF Nomad works without any problem.

Like it.
[Version 2.0.1]

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David1 replied on 05 Jul 2013
This has been my experience, too. Recently, I switched my workflow over to PDF Nomad. It does everything I need, and it’s rock solid.
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Jacklarm rated on 15 Jan 2014

[Version 2.3]



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Widber rated on 26 Nov 2013

[Version 2.3]



Jacklarm rated on 07 Oct 2013

[Version 2.2]



Sschneew rated on 04 Aug 2013

[Version 2.1.1]



machunk rated on 30 Jul 2013

[Version 2.1]



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IgorFreiberger rated on 16 Nov 2012

[Version 1.5]



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Schmidhauser rated on 12 Jul 2012

[Version 1.4.1]



frank.lorenz rated on 07 May 2012

[Version 1.3]



+78

taja rated on 16 Jan 2012

[Version 1.1]



+78

taja rated on 13 Jan 2012

[Version 1.0]


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Date:26 Nov 2013
Platform:Intel 64 / OS X
Price: $39.99
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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 text.
  • Easily resize whole documents to a different page size with a single command, or resize individual pages with drag-and-drop, shifting page contents as needed.
  • Export individual pages as bitmaps (JPG, PNG, etc.) or create spoken audio files from the document's text. Split documents into even/odd pages, or explode documents into single-page PDFs or even into individual chapters.
  • Merge pages side-by-side or on top of each other. Split pages in half or tile them to print onto multiple pages to be assembled into posters.
  • Merge documents, interleave documents, and even overlay documents on top of each other.
  • Create and fill out PDF forms.
  • Markup text and annotate pages with rectangles, ovals, arrows, lines, and more.
  • Add watermarks.
  • Create books and magazines ready for printing. Add finishing/proofing marks if needed.
  • PDF Nomad is blindingly fast, even documents with thousands of pages are laid out in less than a second.
  • Measure line annotations and other shapes.
Tutorial videos are available on the SintraWorks website.


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