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There and Back Again, a PDF Tale
You can make a lot of changes to PDFs in PDFpen for Mac, editing typos with Correct Text, redacting sensitive information, replacing images, and more. But PDFs are really made to be displayed as is, not edited. If you want to send a fully editable document to someone, usually you send an MS Word file.
Well, if you need to make more edits to a PDF than can easily be made to a PDF, export it to Word, then you can round-trip it back to PDF.
Export PDF to Word format
- Open the file you want to export in PDFpen.
- Choose File > Export > Word.
As you save, you can have the file open up immediately in Word. Once you’re done with your fiddling in Word, you can save the file back out as a PDF.
Export Word to PDF
- In Word, choose File > Export, then choose the PDF option.
This will ensure that your PDF is not flattened on export, meaning any links will remain active links, text boxes will be editable in PDFpen without having to run OCR.
Export to Word is supported in PDFpen and PDFpenPro v7 and later, and works offline in v8 and later. You cannot test this feature in demo mode, due to licensing, but you can see samples of export results on our Export to Word page.
If you have any tips of your own, let us know.