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With PDFpenPro 6, Smile makes a great PDF utility even better

Jeffery Battersby | April 12, 2013
PDFpenPro just might be the best PDF editing and annotation tool available for the Mac.

PDFpenPro also allows you to edit the text within your PDF file without converting it to a Word format. Although this feature works well enough, in most cases the changes you make will alter the font in the edited text and make it look different from the text in the rest of your document. In short, the inline editing features are optimal for rearranging images and making minor edits to text, but if you're planning on making big changes to a PDF file, you're better off converting the file to Word and editing there.

It's important to note that one minor difference separates the App Store and direct-download versions of PDFpenPro, and your needs may affect your decision about how to purchase the app. The direct-download version no longer supports access to iCloud using Smile Software's PDFpen Cloud access app. So if you, like me, want to have direct access to your PDF documents via iCloud on your Mac and your iOS devices, you must purchase the App Store version. Otherwise, both versions of PDFpenPro support syncing through your Dropbox account.

Bottom line

PDFpenPro is the crème de la crème of PDF editing and annotating applications. While the app's new editing bar makes the program easier to use, it's features such PDFpenPro's form-recognition tool and excellent PDF-to-Word conversion tool that continue to make PDFpenPro a constant companion in my daily workflow.


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