Or, is it a good way for businesses to get the latest and greatest apps for a monthly fee that’s easy to budget? And, is there a way to avoid the trend toward rentals?
Rent To Use? Or, Buy To Own?
Software giant Adobe has a new product and a new way to extract your hard earned money. It’s called Creative Cloud. No, Adobe’s apps don’t actually reside in the cloud like Google’s Gmail or Docs.
Instead, it’s a clever marketing name for monthly or annual rentals of Adobe’s latest and greatest products.
Most of us Mac users who’ve been involved with Adobe apps have used various versions of Creative Suite, but didn’t upgrade to the latest versions as often as Adobe wants.
Creative Cloud means you’ll pay a monthly fee to have access to the Adobe apps you need. For example, teachers have access to various pro tools including Acrobat XI Pro by renting. By the month or year. Forever.
If that’s not what you’re after, you’ll find a good PDF editing solution in PDFpen at a fraction of the cost.
Add text, photos, graphics, images, and signatures to any PDF document. PDFpen makes it easy to edit, resize images, redact information, fix typos and do all the editing you want– without a monthly rental fee.
The Toolbar features PDF editing tools that are familiar to anyone who’s used Adobe Acrobat.
All the pages of a PDF are visible in the left Sidebar. Select a page and edit the details in the main window.
The latest version of PDFpen even exports PDFs to Microsoft Word. And documents are easier to manage by using the built-in Library to store photos, images, signatures, or boiler plate text.
Library items can be reorganized with drag and drop simplicity. PDFpen also supports document versions for easier editing, and auto saves everything.
The Library can be synchronized to iCloud so you can use PDFpen for iPhone and iPad while on the go. And, you can use the built-in OCR (optical character recognition) to digitize scanned documents to edit.
To be fair, PDFpen doesn’t come with all the bells and whistles in Adobe Acrobat XI Pro, but costs far less, and gives you more than enough tools to edit PDFs until the cows come home. Or, upgrade to PDFpenPro for more features.
PDFpen is instantly usable and less expensive than going the Acrobat route.