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Take Control of PDFpen 5
Price
$10.00
Pages
132
Formats
PDF EPUB Mobi
Version
1.0
Published
Sep 21, 2010
The Author

Michael E. Cohen has taught English composition, worked as a programmer for NASA’s Deep Space Network, helped develop the first commercial ebooks at the Voyager Company, co-founded a major university’s Humanities computing center, and played with a lot of new technology. He’s the author of a number of books, including Take Control of PDFpen 7, Take Control of Pages, Take Control of iBooks Author, and Take Control of TextExpander.

Take Control of PDFpen 5

Learn to create, edit, and manipulate PDFs with Smile’s PDFpen 5!

Have you ever had to fill out and sign a PDF-based form? Or change the date on a PDF-based flyer? Comment on a document sent around your workplace as a PDF file? Scan a document to PDF and OCR the text? Smile’s PDFpen 5 can perform these and many other PDF manipulations more easily than Adobe Acrobat, and at a fraction of the price. With clarity and humor, Take Control of PDFpen 5 explains precisely what you can do with PDFs using PDFpen and its big brother, PDFpenPro.

What about PDFpen 6? If you’re running PDFpen 6, read Take Control of PDFpen 6 instead. In addition to explaining how to use PDFpen 6 on the Mac, this ebook also discusses which version of PDFpen 6 to buy and looks at using PDFpen on an iOS device.

More Info

After a whirlwind history and overview of PDF, you’ll take a tour through PDFpen’s tools and navigation. With those basics taken care of, you’ll learn how to:

  • Scan a document to PDF and make the text editable with OCR.
  • Combine pages from multiple files into a single PDF.
  • Turn a Web site into a multi-page PDF.
  • Add or remove pages from a PDF.
  • Add a handwritten signature to a PDF.
  • Add page and URL links to a PDF.
  • Make a clickable table of contents for a PDF.
  • Use professional editing marks on a PDF.
  • Edit text within a PDF that was received in email.
  • Leave comments on a PDF document.
  • Remove sensitive or confidential text from a PDF.
  • Enhance the images in a PDF.
  • Fill out a PDF-based form.
  • Print just form entries on a pre-printed form.
  • Create an interactive PDF-based form that can collect data and send it to you via email or the Web.

An appendix describes the many useful AppleScripts that ship with PDFpen.

If you want to try before you buy, you can download a free trial version of PDFpen or of PDFpen Pro. The fully functional trial versions put a Smile watermark on your documents. (Also, you can download a free sample version of this ebook!)

FAQ

Does this ebook cover previous version of PDFpen?

Although the book covers PDFpen 5, many of the program’s features work as they did in previous versions. Of course, if you use PDFpen regularly, upgrading to PDFpen 5 is probably worthwhile. If not, though, you may still find this book useful; while some PDFpen defaults have changed from earlier versions of the software, and while the information in the book about PDFpen 5’s new features will not be relevant to users of previous versions, much of the material—perhaps 70%— is still applicable.

What are the minimum system requirements for PDFpen 5

Both PDFpen 5 and PDFpenPro 5 require Mac OS X version 10.6 (Snow Leopard) or later.

Update Plans

May 15, 2013 – We do not plan to update this particular ebook to further describe PDFpen 5. However, Take Control of PDFpen 6 is available.

Posted by Tonya J Engst

Blog
  1. I Discuss PDFpen 7 on MacVoices

    One of the best parts of finishing a book is talking it up in an interview on MacVoices with Chuck Joiner. In this chat we talk about new features in PDFpen, the various ways you can buy it and how that affects PDFpen’s feature set, and why Smile chose to make PDFpen 7 and PDFpenPro 7 require OS X 10.10 Yosemite.

    Posted by Michael E. Cohen (Permalink)

  2. Version 6 Now Available

    The fine folks at Smile have released PDFpen version 6, and PDFpen Pro version 6. Key new features include PDF-to-Word conversion, support for Apple’s Mac OS X Auto Save and Versions features, and more flexibility for viewing and printing annotations. The new version 6 runs under 10.7 Lion or 10.8 Mountain Lion.

    Michael is working updating this ebook to cover PDFpen 6, but in the meanwhile you can learn more about PDFpen 6 at the Smile Web site or in the TidBITS article, PDFpen 6.0 Adds Word Export.

    Posted by Tonya J Engst (Permalink)

  3. PDFpen and PDFpenPro 5.7 Updates Add iCloud Support; PDFpen for iPad App Completes the Trifecta

    Smile Software has released free updates to both PDFpen and PDFpenPro that add iCloud support. The new feature in version 5.7 of the two Mac apps allows them to access PDFs stored in Apple’s iCloud. For those who have purchased PDFpen or PDFpenPro from the Mac App Store, the iCloud functionality is built-in; those who purchased either application directly from Smile must also purchase the $1.00 PDFpen Cloud Access app from the Mac App Store in order to access this functionality. (“Why?” you may ask. Because Apple allows only apps sold from its App Store to access iCloud directly: see Smile’s FAQ for more about this.)

    With this new functionality, users can choose Open from iCloud and Move to iCloud commands directly from the File menu in either PDFpen application. Note, by the way, that the latter command is “Move” and not “Copy”: invoking the command saves the PDF document in iCloud’s storage and removes it from your Mac’s local storage.

    iCloud access becomes especially smile-worthy when used in conjunction with the new $9.99 PDFpen for iPad app that Smile released on the eve of Macworld | iWorld Expo this year. This app provides much of the PDF editing power available to its Mac-based older siblings (including such niceties as the capability of building your own library of objects to insert into PDFs), along, of course, with full iCloud access, making it easy to work with a PDF on the iPad and then pick it up for additional work on your Mac.

    Posted by Michael E. Cohen (Permalink)

  4. PDFpen 5.5 Adds Page Numbering Features and More

    Smile has just released version 5.5 of PDFpen and of PDFpen Pro, which is available as a free upgrade to registered owners of PDFpen 5 and PDFpen Pro 5. This latest release adds an Insert Page Numbers item to the Edit menu, with various options for placement, alignment, number form (such as numerals, letters, or Roman), and starting page number. It also provides expanded options for Bates numbering (a special format used for legal and business documents, described on pg. 126 of “Take Control of PDFpen 5”), including prefixes and the number of digits to be used. In addition to page numbering enhancements, the update includes support for full-screen mode in Mac OS X 10.7 Lion.

    Posted by Michael E. Cohen (Permalink)

  5. Do you know of any software that is like PDFpen, but for Windows?

    I asked Jean MacDonald at Smile for help with this question. She replied, saying, “One that I know of is Nitro PDF. They have Evernote integration like PDFpen, which is how we got to know them.”

    Posted by Tonya J Engst (Permalink)

  6. Two Podcast Episodes about the PDF Format, PDFpen, and Smile

    Tune into a pair of episodes from the MacVoices podcast to learn a whole lot more about PDFpen, which was recently released in Version 5, as well the PDF format generally, and Smile generally.

    In MacVoices #10109, Michael Cohen, author of Take Control of PDFpen 5 , chats with MacVoices host Chuck Joiner about how he approached writing the ebook, and why the ebook begins with a conceptual and historical look at the PDF format, and the implicit assumptions and goals of the PDF format. The discussion then turns to various foibles of editing PDFs and features of PDFpen. Also, find out which Mac application Michael describes as an “atomic fly swatter.”

    In MacVoices #954, recorded in 2009, the three Smile principals join host Chuck Joiner to talk about the history, philosophy, and product line of the company. (Smile was formerly named SmileOnMyMac, but its name was changed in 2010 because they now also develop for iOS.)

    Posted by Tonya J Engst (Permalink)

  7. “Take Control of PDFpen 5” Teaches You to Tweak PDFs Like a Pro

    Have you ever had to fill out and sign a PDF-based form? Or change the date on a PDF-based flyer? Make comments on a document sent around your workplace as a PDF file? Scan a document to PDF and OCR the text? For those tasks, I generally turn to Smile’s PDFpen, which can perform many PDF manipulations more easily than Adobe Acrobat, and at a fraction of the price. That’s why we’re happy to bring you Take Control of PDFpen 5 to demystify the many sorts of PDF manipulation you can accomplish using PDFpen. Written by Michael E. Cohen, whose electronic publishing credentials predate even PDF (he helped create Voyager’s Expanded Books in the early 1990s), the 132-page ebook explains precisely what you can do with PDFs using PDFpen and its big brother, PDFpenPro. The book costs $10.

    After a whirlwind history and overview of the PDF format, Michael walks you through PDFpen’s tools and navigation. With those basics taken care of, you’ll then learn how to:

    • Scan a document to PDF and make the text editable with OCR
    • Combine pages from multiple files into a single PDF
    • Turn a Web site into a multi-page PDF
    • Add or remove pages from a PDF
    • Add a handwritten signature to a PDF
    • Add page and Web links to a PDF
    • Make a clickable table of contents for a PDF
    • Mark up a PDF with professional editing marks
    • Edit text within a PDF that you received in email
    • Leave comments on a PDF document
    • Remove sensitive or confidential text from a PDF
    • Enhance the images in a PDF
    • Fill out a PDF-based form
    • Print just form entries on a pre-printed form
    • Create an interactive PDF-based form that can collect data and send it to you via email or the Web

    An appendix describes the many useful AppleScripts that ship with PDFpen.

    This ebook was created in collaboration with Smile, with Michael providing feedback during the PDFpen 5 development process and PDFpen’s developers tech editing the book for complete accuracy.

    Posted by Adam Engst (Permalink)