You can do most of what you need to do with respect to PDF’s on your
Macintosh for free!
Any application can export your document as a PDF on the Macintosh.
Just choose Print, and then click on the PDF button and choose Save As
Formulate will open your PDF forms and allow you to quickly and easily
fill in the blanks, without altering the original PDF. Formulate will
even allow you to fill in *locked* PDF forms, and save the filled-in
form as a template, or save the data you’ve previously used in a
form. Very easy to use.
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allows any program that can read RTF documents (including OS X’s
included TextEdit) to open a PDF document as an editable RTF document
and save it in RTF format!
(Assuming that the PDF document isn’t a graphic image of a text
document. PDF2RTFService does not do OCR.)
You can just use Apple’s included Preview program to combine PDF’s:
combine, transform and reorder the pages in your pdf documents
lets you split and join PDF documents as well as insert images and
blank pages, encrypt or decrypt a document, add a watermark, or
interleave several documents.
This program lets you create a booklet out of a PDF file for printing,
which is known as pages imposition.
PS2PDF and Friends (free)
This is a collection of drag-and-drop AppleScripts that convert among
different Adobe file types. The stars of the show are the PostScript
to PDF converters, which emulate different settings of Acrobat
Distiller. There are other useful file converters and optimizers as
You’ll need to download and install Ghostscript to use these
AppleScripts. The fastest and easiest way to do so is to download ESP
Ghostscript from the Gimp-Print website at: http://gimp-print.sourceforge.net/MacOSX.php3
Randy B. Singer
Attorney at Law
Author of: The Macintosh Software Guide for the Law Office
Webmaster of: The Macintosh Law Office Software List
Publisher of: The MacAttorney Newsletter