Tuesday, March 19, 2013

PDFpen 6

PDFpen 6 is now available. Here’s an overview of what it offers compared with Preview (which still isn’t AppleScriptable). I frequently use PDFpen to OCR scanned documents in EagleFiler.

One of the interesting new features is the ability to convert a PDF to Microsoft Word format. This is done via the Nuance OmniPage Cloud Service, which works amazingly well. Conversion from PDF format is not my first choice of workflow, but it’s good to know that it’s possible in a pinch.

The direct sale version of PDFpen 5.7 could access iCloud via the PDFpen Cloud Access app. This helper app is no longer available, so iCloud support is now available only if you purchased PDFpen from the Mac App Store.

Update (2013-03-19): Adam C. Engst looks at PDFpen in more detail.

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