PDFs are great for making sure your words and images are presented the way you planned, but they are horribly inflexible. Hence, Mac app PDFpen — which lets you easily change PDFs and save them as Word docs — is a neat utility. Lifehacker readers can now get PDFPen Standard or Pro for 50% off.
Of course, Preview is fine for occasional annotations, but for folks who need a bit more, PDFpen strikes a good balance between functionality and price. Like Acrobat, it allows you to edit original PDFs, annotate with images, redact sensitive information and scan documents with OCR, but at a far less eye-watering price — with the current 50% discount we're offering, it's $29.98.
Here's a run-through of PDFpen's best features:
- Add text, images, signatures, and markup to your PDFs.
- Make changes and corrections in the original text of a PDF.
- Export PDFs to Microsoft® Word format.
- Redact or erase sensitive information.
- Store frequently-used signatures and images in the Library for reuse.
- Use Dropbox storage for seamless editing on Mac, iPad, and iPhone.
- Optimized for Retina displays.
PDFpen Pro (also 50% off) can even do the following:
- Convert websites to multipage PDFs
- Edit document permissions (saving, printing, copying, etc)
And a look at the kind of reviews it's getting…
"PDFPen is perfect for anyone who fills out a lot of paperwork, but it's just as handy for those on=off documents." – Adam Pash, Lifehacker
"PDFpen goes well beyond Preview's PDF processing power, yet it offers some of the same features you'll find in the much more costly Acrobat Pro." – Rob Griffiths, Macworld
Bear in mind that PDFpen is only compatible with Mac OS X 10.7, 10.8 and 10.9 (Lion, Mountain Lion, and Mavericks). To get the deal and all the extra info, head for the link below.
Written by Mark Myerson
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