SmileOnMyMac’s PDFpen 4 is a PDF editing tool that does not require Adobe Acrobat. It lets you edit blocks of text, as well as move, resize, copy and delete images and entire pages. It also retains rich text formatting, supports copy and paste over multiple columns, and provides simple OCR.
For many people, the most useful feature is that you can add your signature or other graphic anywhere on the PDF — I use it for signing forms all the time. Its handy Library feature lets you store your favorite items, from text snippets to placed graphics (signature!), scribbles and annotations.
The Pro version lets you create fillable PDF form fields and a table of contents.
The regular version costs $50, while the Pro version costs $100. Both are available only for Macintosh.
Jeff Gamet is a contributing editor for Design Tools Monthly, the executive summary of graphic design news. He is also the morning editor and reviews editor for The Mac Observer and iPodObserver.com, and contributing writer for Layers Magazine and Photoshop User. He writes the InBrief column for InDesign Magazine, and is the author of “The Designer’s Guide to Mac OS X,” from Peachpit Press
When Jeff isn’t writing about the graphic design world, he’s talking about it on the Design Tools Weekly podcast with co-host Jay Nelson. He also talks about Apple and the Mac world every week on The Mac Observer’s Apple Weekly Report.
Jeff studies, tests and reviews new software and technologies for the Macintosh community as well as the design and print industries. He is a former Pre-press specialist, and has nearly 25 years experience with computer technology. Jeff trains, lectures and consults on techniques for more efficiently using Mac OS X in creative environments throughout the country.
In the rare moments when he can get away from his MacBook Pro, Jeff spends his time climbing and biking in the Colorado mountains.