PDFpenPro 6


Description of App: 

From the Mac App Store:
"The crème de la crème of PDF editing and annotating applications." - Macworld, 4.5 mice
Edit PDFs easily with PDFpenPro! Add text, images and signatures. Make changes, fix typos, resize images, fill out forms, and redact sensitive information. Use OCR (Optical Character Recognition) to digitize scanned documents.
PDFpenPro is for those who want to go beyond PDFpen to create interactive forms, add and edit tables of contents, and convert websites into PDFs!
New! PDFpenPro 6
New interface makes PDF editing faster and easier than ever, and it's optimized for retina displays! We've also added the ability to export PDFs to Microsoft Word. There's much more -- see the list of new features below.
PDFpenPro users also enjoy two additional new Pro features: edit document permissions (restrict saving, printing, editing, etc.) and automatically generate form fields in a non-interactive form.
• Make changes and mark up PDFs
With PDFpenPro, you can add text, images and signature to your PDFs. You can even correct text in the original PDF. Use PDFpenPro’s tools to highlight, underline, or strikethrough text. Add comments and notes to share with others.
Remove private information with the redaction feature. Select the text you want to omit, and redact it with a black box or a blank space--either way, the text is removed from the document. Remove a word, phrase or social security number throughout a document with search-and-redact or search-and-remove.
And now you can easily access your annotations! In PDFpenPro 6, filter annotations by type, and even print them out as a list.
• Paperless Workflow
Reduce the amount of paper in your office. Scan documents directly into PDFpenPro and then use PDFpenPro’s OCR (Optical Character Recognition) on the scanned text, so you can search, edit, and copy it.
No more printing! You can add your signature to a PDF contract and email it back. It's the end of the old routine of print first, then sign, then scan or fax.
Go mobile! Get PDFpenPro for iPad on the iTunes App Store, and edit your PDFs seamlessly on Mac or iPad, thanks to iCloud and Dropbox.
• Easy to Use
In PDFpenPro’s Library, you can store frequently-used images, signatures and text so they are always at your fingertips when you want to add them to a PDF. New in version 6: reorder your Library items via drag-and-drop!
Drag-and-drop thumbnails to rearrange pages or to combine pages from different PDFs. Deleting a page is as simple as selecting its thumbnail and pressing the Delete key.
• Why Go Pro? Additional Features in PDFpenPro
- Create interactive PDF forms with text fields, check boxes, radio buttons, choice fields, and buttons to submit via the web or email - Add form fields to a scanned form automatically
- Create PDFs from web sites and local HTML files, complete with internal links
- Create and edit tables of contents
- Apply and edit document permissions
• What is New in Version 6
- Adds editing bar for faster, easier access to tools and properties
- Export in Microsoft Word (.doc, .docx) format (requires Internet connection)
- Optimized for full resolution viewing on Retina displays
- Updates and improves document window appearance
- Supports autosaving and document versions
- Adds support for reordering items in the Library
- Supports printing lists of annotations
- Adds filtering by type of displayed annotations
- Adds option to highlight form fields with transparent background
- Syncs Library via iCloud for use with PDFpenPro for iPhone/iPad
- Edit document permissions to control saving, printing, copying, etc.
- Add form fields to a scanned form automatically



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Version Of OS X App Was Tested On: 

Version 10.9.4

Accessibility Comments: 

The primary reason I use this app is to fill in accessible interactive PDF forms. So long as the form fields have been properly labeled by the created of the form, PDFPen Pro works beautifully to complete the forms. No lag or delays or crashes or anything. So far, however, I've only got it to work with text fields, not with pop up menus, checkboxes or other form fields. I hope accessibility with VoiceOver of these fields is coming in future versions though.

I have not tested all features of this app, as there are many, and so do not know how many of them are accessible and to what extent. I do note, however, that this is not a good PDF reading app. The experience reading PDFs with VoiceOver using this app is poor. I mainly use it to fill in interactive PDF forms. I hope to learn to use it to edit PDFs as well, rearrange pages and create tables of contents etcetera, but have not explored these features myself yet.

PDFpenPro has the ability to automatically apply form fields to normal PDFs which it identifies as forms. However, as the resulting form fields are not properly labeled, it does not allow for independent completion by VoiceOver users, at least not with the forms I've tried.


There are some accessibility issues with this app, but it can still be used if you are willing to tolerate these issues and learn how to work around them.

Other Comments: 

The developer is very responsive. I worked with the head developer closely as he improved VoiceOver performance with text fields and resolved some issues I was having. I believe there are good prospects for continued VoiceOver accessibility with this app in the future.

I was also a little unsure of how to rate this app accessibility-wise. It seems not all features of this app are accessible, but those which a VoiceOver user would probably most be interested in using are really quite accessible. The only issue with the filling out accessible interactive PDF forms is the pop up menus and checkboxes.

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