PDFPenPro 5.8.1 a feature-filled app for PDFs
Posted 10 May 2012 - 06:02 AM
It costs the same $100 but adds additional features for converting PDFs into Word, Excel, and other format conversions. These features are "in the cloud"--the app uploads your PDF to the Nuance servers, who make the conversion and send the new documents back to you.
Nuance's PDF Converter Pro for Windows is a very popular and successful product with a totally different user interface and a much larger feature set that PDFpen for Mac. Apparently the Nuance company wanted a presence in the Mac market, so they simply licenesd PDFpen Pro from Smile Software and rebranded it with their cloud document conversion features bolted on.
Since all this happened recently, I don't know what's going to happen with the parallel development of Nuance PDF Converter for Mac and Smile PDFpen Pro for Mac. At some point the feature set should diverge even further.
This post has been edited by wheat: 10 May 2012 - 06:18 AM
Posted 10 May 2012 - 06:06 AM
No, it's not overpriced at all. The other alternative for Mac is Adobe Acrobat Pro, which costs $450.
This post has been edited by wheat: 10 May 2012 - 06:09 AM
Posted 10 May 2012 - 07:06 AM
Posted 10 May 2012 - 07:47 AM
For this reason I started using PDFPenPro & am glad I did so. There are times when it doesn't handle things correctly. At these times I just go use version 9 of Acrobat. Normally I would have had version 10 by now. But because of there poor treatment of my problem I have not given Adobe any more of my money.
I usually do not use Apple's software to handle any of my work if I can find a third parties software that does the job. Thus I use PDFPenPro & Acrobat rather than Apple's Preview. Other than the OS Apple is not on my trusted software developers list. There have been too many times when they cancel a program & will not sell it to someone else to continue the development. Take the floundering iWork on the Mac platform. Its been over 3.5 years since an update. I want to have software that will be worked on for a longer period than Apple does. As far as the Mac OS goes it seems that they have topped out with version 10.5 & 10.6. Lion, version 10.7, has been a step or more back in many areas. I'm only running it because I have such a good setup of Windows with it that I do not want to call Microsoft up & beg them to let me install one of my copies of XP on a new partition.
It is easy to add or delete sheets from PDFPenPro.
Posted 10 May 2012 - 07:51 AM
Correct! And they do not mistreat you the way Adobe does. I've gotten more than my money's worth.
Posted 10 May 2012 - 07:54 AM
There is also a consumer version (PDF Pen) for $50. It is good enough for basic editing of PDFs if that's all you are looking for.
Posted 10 May 2012 - 09:56 AM
Like is often the case most people do not need "a professional-grade tool" but do need some of the features that do not exist in the $50 version which I believe is also over priced. No one is suggesting 99 cents.