A few years ago, I began using PDF PenPro after learning about it via either a TidBits article or a Take Control book; at the time it was part of Smile Software. I rarely, if ever, create a PDF document “from scratch” but I often download PDF docs, create one from a scan, or export a Pages doc into PDF format. I like having the ability to make minor document changes, such as delete unneeded pages, highlight a section, or add a note to a document, so I need more than Acrobat Reader. PDF PenPro seemed to suit my needs & I rarely had problems w/it, when I did, Smile tech support was very helpful.
A couple years ago, PDF PenPro became part of Nitro. Since then, I have run into issues every couple months that have needed tech support and Nitro’s tech support is terrible, only available via email, and very slow. Not a single issue has been resolved, in the end, I’m always provided w/a multi-step workaround. My most recent issue has been going on at least 3 weeks and it doesn’t look as if even a work around is in the future. I’m lucky if I get a reply w/in a week.
I’m desperately looking for another alternative for PDF documents. While I’m willing to pay for an app, I don’t need it for professional purposes so I’m not willing to spend a huge amount of money. Suggestions?
Try PDF Expert. We are using it a lot and I am very happy with it.
I don’t see anything in your list of “minor changes” that you cannot do in Preview.
Never occurred to me that Preview could do that many things. I will experiment w/it tomorrow to see if it does everything I need. Thank you very much.
I will look into PDF Expert, didn’t know of it. Thank you.
Yes. Thumbs up for PDF Expert here, our goto.
Here are some resources to look at:
And finally, if you’re really desperate, there’s always Apple’s own Preview User Guide
This review seems very comprehensive.
I’ve switched to PDF Expert and like it, particularly on iPad. Nitro, the new owners of PDF Pen Pro, turned me off with their poor and vague offers to “upgrade” to a version where the major feature seemed to be the addition of their own branding to the app.
That’s more or less my problem w/PDF Pro; Nitro seems to continually over-promise and under-deliver. Per a previous reply, I’ve been experimenting w/Preview, never realized it was so full featured. If Preview doesn’t fit my needs, I’ll move on & test PDF Expert. I’m tired of PDF Pro “breaking” and Nitro’s lack of support.
I’m pretty sure that when you delete a page in Preview it isn’t really deleted, just not visible. At least I read that somewhere.
I use PDF Expert a lot and really like it when I am putting together a Table of Contents or Bookmarks, and when I am deleting pages, annotating additional pages, or inserting graphics and blank pages. It is really easy to reorder pages using PDF Ex.
As an experiment, I opened a 12-page PDF in Preview (Ventura 13.0.1) and deleted the first page.
The original document was 1.7 MB; the new one is 1.5 MB.
I think you’re thinking of cropping a PDF in Preview. In that case, it just sets the display bounds and the original content outside the crop is still recoverable. But if you delete a page in Preview, it deletes it, and someone else can’t get it back (you might be able to undo the delete depending on when you try).
I like PDF Pro, allowing me to scan PDFs for the Form Fields and OCR as a layer. Mayber there’s a better app?
Thanks to David and Jolin for correcting my misinformation! I didn’t say I was bright, simply good at passing on out of date information lol. Thank you both. I will also add the Preview has been a valuable resource for a long time, but for heavy PDF work I have found PDF Expert a good choice. I’ve long used PDFPenPro but with the new ownership and fee structure it hasn’t been worth the effort.
I am able to meet virtually all my PDF needs with Preview and PDF Expert. They both work well for me.
I’ve been experimenting w/Preview, it might be all that I need. Will look at PDF Expert as well, seems to be the most recommended option by far.
Does PDF Expert do things Preview doesn’t?
I find it simpler to use once you get used to the interface. It took awhile to get used to it but then it becomes a tool I can use with ease and far more quickly. That is just a personal experience but I do a lot of PDF work.
PDF Expert’s publisher lists these features (presumably for version 3); I don’t need the ones that go beyond Preview’s capabilities: