These days, an ever-increasing amount of “paper”—contracts, tax forms, bills, reports, and more—comes into our lives as PDF files. We generate this virtual paper too, since it’s so much easier to save a document as a PDF and send it to a colleague via email than it is to print and send via fax or email. To read, edit, and manipulate all these PDFs, you need the appropriate tools and skills.
Given the high price of Adobe Acrobat DC Pro, many Mac users have turned to Smile’s affordable PDFpen apps to help them sign PDF forms, handle scanned documents, make changes in existing PDFs, create new PDFs from a variety of sources, and to export PDFs to other file formats (including Word and Excel). With Take Control of PDFpen 10, you’ll learn how to do all these tasks and more on your Mac with PDFpen or PDFpenPro or on the go with PDFpen for iPad & iPhone.
If you haven’t used PDFpen before, this free book is an excellent way to find out what it has to offer.
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Take Control of PDFpen 10 begins with a guide to purchasing options: PDFpen versus PDFpenPro, from Smile versus the Mac App Store, and the advantages of the iOS version. Next, you’ll meet PDFpen with an overview of the PDF format and a tour of the interface.
With the basics out of the way, highlights of what you’ll learn to do include:
- Add and remove pages, and combine pages from multiple files into one PDF.
- Mark up a PDF with highlights, comments, editing marks, and more.
- Edit a PDF by fixing typos, adding text, formatting text, and redacting confidential text.
- Scan a document into a PDF, and make the text editable with OCR—with single or multiple documents.
- View and work with OCRed text in the OCR layer (PDFpenPro only)
- Add clickable links, headers, footers, page numbers, and images.
- Make a clickable table of contents (PDFpenPro only).
- Add a watermark to each page of a PDF.
- Password-protect a PDF. And (PDFpenPro only), prevent others from printing or editing a PDF.
- Turn a PDF into a formatted Microsoft Word document, or (PDFpenPro only) export it in Excel or PowerPoint format.
And, you’ll find directions for working with PDF forms:
- Fill out forms with ease.
- Add a handwritten signature.
- Apply a digital signing certificate.
- Print just form entries on a pre-printed form.
- Create an interactive PDF form (PDFpenPro only) that can collect data and send it to you via email or the web. You can add an interactive signature field, which makes it easy for the form to be signed online.
An appendix describes the useful AppleScripts that ship with PDFpen.
This ebook was created in collaboration with Smile, with PDFpen’s developers tech editing the book.
- What's New
This updated version of the book covers the latest improvements in PDFpen 10, including these new and revised features:
- Additional ways to edit PDFs, including the Precision Edit Tool
- Using OCR on multiple documents (Pro Feature)
- Adding headers and footer
- Adding a watermark to the pages of a PDF
- New ways to browse documents, view recents, and tag documents in iOS
What are the system requirements for PDFpen 10?
PDFpen 10 runs in macOS 10.12 Sierra or later.
Does this book talk about PDFpen/PDFpen Pro 9?
No, it does not, but, if you want help with PDFpen/PDFpen Pro 9, you should read Take Control of PDFpen 9. PDFpen 9 runs in macOS 10.11 El Capitan and 10.12 Sierra.
- Update Plans
April 10, 2018—No current plans for an update, since a new version was released in April 2018.
Posted by Joe Kissell