"Take Control of PDFpen 6" explains PDFpen for Mac and iOS

“Take Control of PDFpen 6” explains PDFpen for Mac and iOS

Have you ever had wanted to fill out and sign a PDF-based form without printing it and faxing it back? Or wanted to change the date on a PDF-based flyer? Needed to give feedback on a PDF, but stumbled around trying to insert comments and proofreading marks? Wished you could perform optical character recognition on a scanned document so you could revise the text right in the PDF? For such tasks, we generally turn to Smile’s PDFpen, which can perform most common PDF manipulations more easily than Adobe Acrobat Pro, and at a fraction of the price. (You can learn more about PDFpen at http://smilesoftware.com/PDFpen/ and read on to learn how to save 20% on its purchase).

As massively useful as PDFpen is, working with PDFs – regardless of the app – can be complex, which is why we’re happy to throw a clarifying light on the topic with our latest title, “Take Control of PDFpen 6.” Written by Michael E. Cohen, who was first briefed by Adobe about the technology before it was even called PDF, the 177-page ebook explains precisely what you can do with PDFpen 6 and its big brother, PDFpenPro 6, plus Smile’s mobile versions, PDFpen for iPad and PDFpen for iPhone. “Take Control of PDFpen 6” normally costs $10, but the 30% MUG discount drops that to $7. Learn more about the book via the coupon-loaded link below.


After a whirlwind history and overview of the PDF format sets you on the right track, Michael walks you through PDFpen’s tools and navigation, along with the many ways you can create a PDF from within the program. You’ll learn how to take notes on a PDF, copyedit and comment on a PDF, fill out PDF forms (complete with your signature!), add and remove pages, and edit text and graphics in a PDF. You’ll even find out how export a PDF to a formatted Microsoft Word document. For PDFpenPro users, Michael explains how to create an interactive PDF form and get the user-submitted data back via email or the Web, plus how to control whether a PDF can be printed, modified, annotated, and more. An appendix describes the many useful AppleScripts that ship with PDFpen.

Specific things you’ll learn include how to:

* Figure out whether to buy PDFpen or PDFpenPro, and what features you do (or do not) get depending on if you buy from Smile or from the Mac App Store.

* Scan a document to PDF and make the text editable with OCR.

* Use professional editing marks and add comments.

* Combine pages from multiple files into a single PDF.

* Fill out a PDF form with ease.

* Remove sensitive or confidential text from a PDF.

* Add a signature to a PDF – and store it in PDFpen’s Library for future use.

* Add page and URL links to a PDF.

* Use (or turn off) OS X’s Auto Save and Version features.

* Turn a Web site into a multi-page PDF (PDFpenPro only).

* Make a clickable table of contents for a PDF (PDFpenPro only).

* Store PDFs in iCloud for access from any of your Apple devices (Mac App Store versions only).

* Go mobile with PDFpen for iPad and PDFpen for iPhone, with a special focus on moving PDFs in and out of PDFpen—Michael describes several approaches, including iCloud, iTunes, Dropbox, and Open In.

We created this ebook in collaboration with Smile and worked with PDFpen’s developers during the tech edit process to ensure that the book is accurate.

Note that members of Take Control’s sister publication, TidBITS, can save 20% on all Smile products purchased through the Smile cart. To learn about joining TidBITS, visit http://tidbits.com/member_benefits.html. To access the coupon code, make sure you’ve logged in and visit http://tidbits.com/your_benefits.html.

cheers… -Adam & Tonya Engst, Take Control publishers

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