retouching PDF files on a Mac

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by feuerschlange, Aug 27, 2009.

  1. feuerschlange macrumors regular

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    In my work, I often want to make a quick edit on technical drawings that come in PDF files (take out customer names, rearrange sections, details, blend out unneccessary measurements, …).

    As a lot of things in OS X go very easy and quick, I am still on the lookout for a software, that let's me do exactly that - nothing more, no overhead.

    Unfortunately Apples integrated Preview.app would have the ideal quick and easy UI, but lacks the "cut, paste, delete" functions, to do such easy quick edits.

    I use Skim.app as a PDF viewer more than Preview, as Skim has some neat viewing features. Skim lacks the mentioned edit functions too.

    I am forced at the moment, to use Photoshop CS3, which gets the job done perfectly, but forces me, to jump a few hoops, I would like to save for an even quicker workflow:

    After opening, I am presented to an import dialog - unnecessary.
    When finished with editing, I want to make a quick save on the original file (⌘+S) with the same compression, the original file came with. PS ALWAYS presents an extensive dialog, how to output the file and ALWAYS asks me for a file path for saving.

    What software do you know for Mac, that:

    -opens any PDF file in any compression, coming with the original file
    -has zooming via "⌘ + -" and "⌘ + +"
    -has basic editing functions "delete", "copy", "paste", "cut"
    -has a quick save function, to overwrite the original file after work (dialog "Do you want to overwrite…" is tolerated though).
    -compresses the saved file in the same way, as the original compressed PDF file comes

    Remember, the work gets done sadisfactory in PS CS3 - there are just these little buggers, that make batch processing of many files a pain (costs me 30% more time, than without them).
     
  2. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    Have you tired PDFPen? I've looked into it, highly considering it over Acrobat that seems to freeze and crash often, and it looks outstanding. And it's < $30.
     
  3. feuerschlange thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for the tip Jessica.
    I tried Adobe Acrobat before (mis)using Photoshop for PDF editing.

    Acrobat clogged up my hdd with almost 1GB of application space :eek:, was very slow and sluggish and outragiously expensive for what I need to do with it. It was fired after 2 weeks.

    Skim does all the functions, I needed from Acrobat, except the editing.

    I will look into your suggestion.
     

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