PDFpen features

PDFpen Features You May Not Know About

We all know that PDFpen is like a Swiss Army knife for PDFs. It’s easy to lose track of all it can do and just stick to what you know. But getting to know more PDFpen features can help you work better and more efficiently. To help you get started, we selected three powerful features that you may not have known about or realized you needed until now.

1. Crop Page or Document to Selection

Crop page to selection is a lesser known PDFpen feature.
Cropped selection.

Margins on a PDF are sometimes just wasted space, especially if you’re sending the PDF via email. Before attaching a single-page document with a one-inch margin to an email, try this:

a. Open the PDF with PDFpen.
b. Choose Tools > Select Rectangle Tool.
c. Select the inner content and choose Edit > Crop Page to Selection.

This simple operation will eliminate wasted space and put your content front and center in the recipient’s preview of your document.

2. Number and Renumber Pages

One PDFpen feature some people don't know is numbering support.
Insert window.

PDFpen has incredibly robust page numbering support, including control over position, alignment, format, starting page, and template. PDFpen also supports Bates Numbering, which is of particular interest to lawyers. The font used for page numbering can be set in the Editing preferences.

To add page numbers to your document, choose Edit > Headers, Footers, Page Numbers > Insert. Feel free to try the various positioning and formatting options. If you decide to change your page numbering style later, simply select Edit > Headers, Footers, Page Numbers > Insert again, and PDFpen will replace your old page numbering with your new settings.

You can also remove page numbers or delete the header or the footer where the page number appears. To do this, follow these steps:

1. Choose Edit > Headers, Footers, Page Numbers. Then select “Remove Header” or “Remove Footer.”

If you hold down the Option key you can remove page numbers from the whole document instead of just from the selected page.

3. Print Specific Pages

PDFpen allows you to print in different ways – that's another PDFpen feature.
Print window.

You can use PDFpen to print specific pages of a document, even non-neighboring pages, sometimes called non-contiguous pages. Choose View > Thumbnails, then select the pages you wish to print. To select non-neighboring pages, hold the Command (⌘) key when making your selection. To select a range of pages all in a row, click on the first page, then hold the Shift key and click on the last page of the range.

With your page thumbnails selected, choose File > Print. You’ll find that Selected Pages in Sidebar is chosen for you under Pages: in the print dialog.