PDF Converter for Mac

Karl Hodge
9 May, 2011
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Many Mac programs can convert documents to PDF, from open source editor Bean to Preview. But there are few tools that enable you to edit PDFs – and those that do can be pricey. So, this budget option from the folks behind Dragon Dictate is very welcome. For $129.95 you get far more features than you might reasonably expect as well.

Using OCR technology, PDF Converter for Mac scans and converts text in any PDF so that it’s editable. Images too are recognised and can be moved, removed and replaced. And that ain’t all. Because it uses OCR, you can scan in printed documents and convert them to searchable PDFs.

You can also use it to build PDF documents using drag and drop – combining the program’s supported formats. So, while Microsoft Word or Photoshop can output documents and images as PDFs, PDF Converter lets you make a PDF from a sequence of images, text, even spreadsheets.

As is befitting a modern document-creation tool, PDF Converter boasts cloud support among its features. You can upload files direct to Evernote or mail them to friends.

PDF Converter can make a searchable PDF out of scanned documents using OCR

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In use, we found it worked pretty well – opening and converting all the supported formats we could throw at it – though we did find the text editing features a bit tricky. PDF Converter brings sophisticated PDF production techniques within reach of the masses.

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