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

Take Control of
PDFpen 5

Michael E. Cohen

Smile’s PDFpen 5 offers many of the features of Adobe Acrobat Pro at a fraction of the price. With this 132-page ebook, written in collaboration with Smile, you will learn the best ways to use PDFpen to fill out and sign PDF forms, comment on shared PDFs, edit text and graphics, and even scan documents to editable PDFs.

This product has been discontinued.

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 later versions of PDFpen? If you’re running PDFpen 6, read Take Control of PDFpen 6 instead. And, for your PDF-juggling ease, we’ve also now published Take Control of PDFpen 7 and Take Control of PDFpen 8.

After a whirlwind history and overview of PDF, you’ll tour 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.

Michael Cohen

About Michael E. Cohen

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, and co-founded a major university’s Humanities computing center. He has authored several books, including Apple Interface Mysteries, Take Control of PDFpen, Take Control of Pages, and Take Control of TextExpander.

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 at least Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard and work on systems up through 10.9 Mavericks.

  • Read Me First
  • Introduction
  • PDFpen Quick Start
  • Learn about PDF Files
  • Understand the Tools
  • Navigate a PDF Document
  • Create a PDF
  • Take Notes on a PDF
  • Copyedit and Review a PDF
  • Fill Out PDF Forms
  • Edit a PDF
  • Make an Interactive PDF Form (Pro Feature) 102
  • Publish Your PDFs
  • Appendix A: The PDFpen AppleScripts
  • Learn More
  • About This Book
  • June 15, 2016 -- We do not plan to update this particular ebook again. However, Take Control of PDFpen 6 is available. And, for your PDF-juggling ease, we've also now published Take Control of PDFpen 7 and Take Control of PDFpen 8. PDFpen 8 requires at least 10.10 Yosemite.