Sponsor: PDFpen 6 from Smile

I'm quite happy to welcome Smile back as this week's TMO sponsor. And I'm quite happy that they again asked me to talk about PDFpen because this is something I use on every Mac I have, and I use it almost every day for one purpose or another.

Whereas last month we focused on the extended features of PDFpen Pro, this month we'll talk about the fantastic features found in the standard level of the product. For those of you who don't know (and I suppose there may be a few of you!), PDFpen is my favorite all-purpose PDF editing utility. Some of the things I use it for regularly are:

  • Filling out forms. So often I get PDFs that are forms but don't have those handy form-fill-out fields in them. No worry, I just load it up into PDFpen, place my cursor where I want to type and... I type. No problem. I can even paste my signature right onto a document if I want. It's so easy I don't even think about printing and filling out those PDFs any more. I just use PDFpen and then email the result back.
  • Correcting text. There are times when I get a PDF that doesn't have quite the right information in it or, even worse, has a typo. Normally I'd have to go back to the person who made it, ask them to make changes, wait for the change, and then I can move forward. With PDFpen, it's simple to edit text in pre-made PDFs. Just click, type, and you're done.
  • Adding images. I mentioned above that I often add my signatures to PDFs with PDFpen, but there are times I use it to add images, too. PDFpen makes it easy to just paste in and lay the image out exactly where you want it. You can truly customize PDFs with this.

In addition to this, PDFPen 6 now includes the ability to export documents in (editable!) Microsoft Word format, as well. Truly an invaluable tool for me, and I hope you'll find it the same for your workflow. Smile, of course, offers a free trial download so you can easily convince yourself it's something you want to buy and use regularly. Check it out, and let them know we sent you – I think you'll be glad you did, and we thank you!

If you are interested in sponsoring TMO, please {encode="macobserver@backbeatmedia.com" title="email us"} and we'll get you more details.