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Canvas A1 Full In Depth Review + Unboxing [Video]

Canvas A1 Quick Specs

Display Size: 4.5 inch IPS LCD capacitive touch screen with 480 x 854 resolution

Processor: 1.3 GHz Quad Core MediaTek MT6582

RAM: 1 Gb

Software Version: Android 4.4.4 (Kit Kat) OS

Camera: 5 MP AF camera

Secondary Camera: 2 MP front-facing camera FF [Fixed Focus]

Internal Storage: 4 GB with 2.27 Gb available to the user

External Storage: Expandable up to 32GB

Battery: 1700 mAh battery Lithium Ion

Connectivity: 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP, aGPS, 3.5mm audio jack, FM Radio

Others: OTG Support – No, Dual SIM – Yes, LED Indicator – Yes

Sensors: Accelerometer, gyro, proximity and magnetic field sensor

Box Contents

Quick Buy Now Android One Phones

Build Quality, Design and Form Factor

Canvas A1 feels good in hands and build quality is decent if not great. In terms of design and looks Canvas A1 looks the best out of all the android ones phones, however Dream Uno comes very close in looks and design compared with Canvas A1 but still Canvas A1 looks slightly better. It has got a rubber finish back cover which has rounded edges and all this makes it really easy and confortable for the user to hold this device and carry it on one hand. In terms of weight it does not feel heavy but thickness wise it is not thinner by any standard but not too thick as well as light weight compensate for this slightly thick phone. Its fairly easy to hold in one hand being a 4.5 inch phone and one handed usage is good with good enough not too big display size of the phone.

Camera Performance

The rear 5 MP camera can take decent long shots and good macro shots in day light and low light performance is slightly average. The rear camera can also record can record 1080p video and 720p video but at less then 30 fps. The front 2MP camera can also record HD videos at 720p but again less then 30 fps, the front camera selfie photos were not too great but good enough you get at this price point. Camera Samples

Canvas A1 Camera Video Sample Rear [Video]

Canvas A1 Camera Video Sample Front [Video]

Display, Memory and Battery Backup

It has got 4.5 IPS display which has good viewing angles and color reproduction of the display is decent and sunlight visibility is not great but you can see it in day light most of the times. In built memory is 4 GB out of which user available is around 2.27 Gb but you will need microSD memory card to install some heavy games and Canvas A1 comes with 8Gb card as initial limited offer on chúng tôi from where you can buy the same. SD card does help to solve limited storage problem on this phone as you cannot install apps on the SD card directly but you can move apps and app data from phone memory to SD card. It has 1700 mAh battery which does give you around one day of backup with basic or moderate usage which does not include heavy gaming and video playback for longer time. If you watch videos and play games for longer than 30 minutes than you will not get one day of backup from this device. On continuous usage you can get around 3-4 hours of backup if you are watching a video or playing a game.

Software, Benchmarks and Gaming

User Interface is the most smoother experience, as it runs stock android with almost no bloat ware apps which we normally see on almost all the micromax phones. Another good thing about android one phone is that you get latest version of android and google has also promised future android L update on all the android one phone and more software updates upto 2 years. Gaming performance of the phone is good for the price. It can play HD games as well provided you install them with some app or game data residing on the SD card. We played games like Front line commando d day, blood and glory and Temple Run Oz all these games ran fine but I can notice some graphic lag at times and few frame drops as well. Benchmark Scores

Antutu Benchmark: 18,146

Nenamark2:  62.3 fps

Multi Touch:  10 point

Canvas A1 Gaming Review [Video]

Sound, Video and Navigation

In terms of loudness the loudspeaker is fairly loud but it gets blocked or sound gets muffled when you place the device flat on its back on a table while watching a video, but viewing angles are decent to look at the screen from different angles. You can play HD video at 720p and 1080p as well, but you might need third party MX Player to play some 1080p videos. GPS navigations works on this phone, you also have all the sensor required for precise GPS navigation. It can lock GPS coordinates in outdoors and indoors depending on signal strength it might take few more minutes.

Canvas A1 Photo Gallery What We Liked

Smooth User Interface

Latest Android Updates

What We Did Not Liked

Average Battery Life

Conclusion and Price

Micromax Canvas A1 is available to the bought from chúng tôi for approx. Rs. 6399 initially but later on it will be available in retail stores as well. In case you want a pure android experience without any extra apps then this is the right phone for you, but don’t expect great camera pictures and powerful gaming performance from this phone, but in day to day usage app scenario canvas A1 and other android one phones does a decent job.

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Xiaomi Redmi Note Review, Unboxing, Benchmarks, Gaming, Camera And Verdict

Xiaomi Redmi Note Full In Depth Review + Unboxing [Video]

Xiaomi Redmi Note Quick Specs

Display Size: 5.5 inch IPS LCD capacitive touch screen with 720 x 1280 HD resolution

Processor: 1.7 GHz Octa Core MediaTek Mt6592

RAM: 2 Gb

Software Version: Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) OS

Camera: 13 MP AF camera

Secondary Camera: 5 MP front-facing camera FF [Fixed Focus]

Internal Storage: 8 GB with 6.15 Gb for apps and 5 Gb approx user available

External Storage: Expandable up to 32GB

Battery: 3100 mAh battery Lithium Polymer Ion

Connectivity: 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP, aGPS, 3.5mm audio jack, FM Radio

Others: OTG Support – Yes, Dual SIM – Yes (First Slot Support 3G and Second Slot support 2G), LED Indicator – Yes ( Color Can be changed )

Sensors: Accelerometer, gyro, proximity sensors

SAR Values: 0.760 W/Kg (MAX) – its under permissible limit.

Box Contents

Build Quality, Design and Form Factor

Redmi Note looks good but its bigger to hold in one hand, its slightly heavy at 199 grams but does not feel cheap. The plastic back is glossy and white in color, so it may get scratches over time and its finger print catchy as well. The front looks good with glossy black bezel. The overall looks of the phone is good. Its quite slim and has slightly rounded edges on the back cover which makes it easy to hold. Its easy to put in pocket but size and weight does affect one handed usage.

Camera Performance

The rear camera can take good photos in day light and low light performance is decent but can show noise if the light is not enough. The front camera can also record HD video and can also take good selfie shots. Below are some camera samples you can get an idea from these about rear camera and  front camera as well

Redmi Note Camera Video Sample

coming soon..

Display, Memory and Battery Backup

It has 5.5 IPS LCD display with resolution 720 x 1280 pixels which gives good viewing angles, has decent outdoor visibility. Touch screen is responsive and touch is smooth and color reproduction is also good. It comes with corning gorilla glass 3 protection but this is not mentioned in specs but we confirmed this from xiaomi india. Out of 8 GB internal memory user get around 5 GB and 6.15 Gb in total has been allocated for apps and user data to be stored. Battery dropped from 30 % to 20 % with 30 minutes of HD game playback or 30 minutes of HD video play back. It can last around 6-7 hours on continuous usage and can give around more than one day of backup with basic to moderate usage.

Software, Benchmarks and Gaming

Benchmark Scores

Antutu Benchmark: 32244

Nenamark2:  61.4 fps

Multi Touch:  10 points

Redmi Note Gaming Review [Video]

Sound, Video and Navigation

Loudspeaker is at the back on the bottom, its loud and sound is clear, it can get muffled and blocked as well accidentally by hand. You can easily play HD videos at 720p and 1080p without any issues. GPS navigation worked fine and you can get the GPS lock easily in indoor depending on signal strength, it does have magnetic field sensor as well.

Redmi Note Photo Gallery What We Liked

Great display for the price

Good rear camera

What We Did Not Liked

Heavy in weight

Glossy back cover

Conclusion and Price

Xiaomi Redmi 1S Review, Unboxing, Benchmarks, Gaming, Camera And Verdict

Xiaomi Redmi 1S Full In Depth Review + Unboxing [Video]

Xiaomi Redmi 1S Quick Specs

Display Size: 4.7 inch IPS LCD capacitive touch screen with 720 x 1080 HD resolution

Processor: 1.6 Ghz Quad Core Snapdragon 400 MSM8228

RAM: 1 Gb

Software Version: Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) OS

Camera: 8 MP AF camera.

Secondary Camera: 1.6 MP front-facing camera FF [Fixed Focus]

Internal Storage: 8 GB

External Storage: Expandable up to 64GB

Battery: 2050 mAh battery Lithium Ion

Connectivity: 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP, aGPS, 3.5mm audio jack, FM Radio

Others: OTG Support – Yes, Dual SIM – Yes, LED Indicator – Yes

Sensors: Accelerometer, gyro, proximity and Magnetometer Sensor

SAR Value: – 1.21 W/KG (Max Value)

Box Contents

Inside the box you will  get a handset, microUSB cable, USB Charger ( 1 AMP output ), User Manual, Service Center List. ( There are no headphones in the package )

Build Quality, Design and Form Factor

It has good built quality and its build is actually much better as compared to the other phones offered at the same price point. It comes by default in black color with grey colored matte finish back cover of plastic. The overall design is not extraordinary but it looks decent. The rounded curved edges makes it easy to old in hands and 4.7 inch display does make sure that its one handed usage does not go for a compromise. At 158 grams it does not feel very heavy but its not the thinnest phone around, its fairly thick phone at 9.9 mm, but on the whole it feels like a solid good built quality phone in hand.

Camera Performance

Note: While recording HD video we faced a lag in camera when the device was hot in terms of temperature after using the camera app for some time, but Xiaomi should be able to fix this with a software update in future.

Camera Samples

Redmi 1S Camera Video Sample Front Camera

Redmi 1S Camera Video Sample Rear Camera

Display, Memory and Battery Backup

It features 720p display which gives you great viewing angles and good color reproduction, the display also have protection for scratches and it does get scratched easily. Sunlight visibility of the display is also good. It has 8GB in built memory out which around 4.12 GB is available to the user which gives you enough storage for the apps and games. However you cannot install apps on the SD card without rooting the phone. You can get around 1 day of battery backup with moderate usage but on continuous use you will get around 4-5 hours of usage. Available amount of RAM is around 430 MB but if you run too many apps then some of the apps might have problem with low amount of available RAM.

Software, Benchmarks and Gaming

The software UI is MIUI 5 which runs on top of android is responsive and does not give you lag unless you load the phone with too many resource hungry apps and games. We played MC4, Front line Commando D Day and every games ran fine without any audio video lag.

Antutu Benchmark: 18507

Nenamark2: 42.9

Multi Touch: 10 point

Redmi 1S Gaming Review [Video]

Sound, Video and Navigation

Loudspeaker on Redmi 1S is fairly loud and but the speaker is placed on the back so it might get blocked when you place the device flat on a table. You can play HD videos both at 720p and 1080p on this device, it did gave any issues in this department. GPS navigation works fine and it locked the coordinates pretty quickly outdoors and in indoors it may take some time, it also has magnetic field sensor.

Redmi 1S Photo Gallery What We Liked

Great Performance for the price

Good Camera

Value for money

Awesome Hardware

What We Did Not Liked

Video Recording Issues to heating

Conclusion and Price

Xiaomi is relatively new chinese brand who has entered india, but it their products are offering the best value for money to indian consumers. Redmi 1S is one such device which has given great results in our testing of different things, apart from video recording lag at high temperature we did not faced any problem with the device. Redmi 1S is retailing on flipkart and it comes for sale every week but gets out of stock in 2-3 seconds, last time 40,000 Redmi 1S were bought in india.

Videocon Infinium Z55 Krypton Unboxing, Quick Review, Gaming And Benchmarks

Videocon Z55 Krypton Specifications

Videocon Z55 Krypton Unboxing

Z55 Krypton comes packed in a broad faced white and red coloured box with Z55 Krypton’s image with graphics printed on top. Sides have the Videocon Infinium Z55 Krypton branding and the key features and specifications are printed at the bottom of the box.

Videocon Z55 Krypton Box Contents

The contents found inside the Z55 Kryptonbox are: –

Z55 Krypton Smartphone

USB 2.0

2-pin charger

2x Screen protector

Documents and guide


Physical Overview

You will find the speaker mesh on the top with the front camera, LED notification light and the Videocon branding.

Touch capacitive navigation keys are marked at the bottom bezel.

The volume rocker and lock/power keys are made out of plastic, and they are on the right side.

3.5 m audio jack, micro USB port and LED notification light is placed on the top.

The back has the square shaped camera with a LED flash in the middle.

The loudspeaker mesh is at the bottom right corner of the back.

Dual SIM slots and the micro SD card slot is placed over removable battery inside the back cover.

Videocon Z55 Krypton Photo Gallery Videocon Z55 Krypton User Interface

It comes with stock Android 5.1 with minor changes in menu and app icons.  The look and feel of the user interface is the same we have seen in almost every stock Android handset. It does not offer any extra features, but it does come with some games from Gameloft pre-installed. Some additional apps like V-Safe, V-Secure and Hungama Play are also already available. During our testing, the UI did not lag or hang at any point of time and it was simple and easy to use.

Videocon Z55 Krypton Gaming Performance

Gaming on this device was something that is pretty common in most of the devices of this range. We installed the Dead Trigger 2 and Modern Combat 5 to test the 3D gaming experience on this device with mid-tier games. Dead Trigger 2 was running smooth as silk, though there was not option to change the graphic details to higher levels. We played 5-6 levels of the Dead Trigger 2 and we did not face any glitches in middle of the gameplay. We then tried playing Modern Combat 5 and the results were same during the initial stages. As we moved further, we noticed few frame drops in between but it was not something that will create much issues. But as far as heavy games like Asphalt 8 and Nova 3 are concerned, it is not the right device to enjoy such games.

The good thing was the temperature, surprisingly it did not heat up at all even after playing back to back games for almost one hour. The highest temperature we recorded was 37 degree Celsius.

Note: – The gaming tests were done under an atmospheric temperature of 29 degree Celsius.

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Videocon Z55 Krypton Performance and Benchmark Scores

Z55 Krypton does not boast of solid spec-sheet, it has MediaTek 6735 SoC with 1 GB RAM. This configuration is found in phone costing much lesser than its cost. Still, the Z55 Krypton performs pretty well in day to day usage. I was not at all troubled by any lags or hiccups while surfing internet, watching videos on Youtube or using any of the IM, but it does fail to handle a lot of processing at once. The perofrmance was covered up by the great UI optimization, it is free from any customizations or tweaks and that works in favour of this smartphone.

The benchmark scores of the Videocon Z55 Krypton are:


Videocon Infinium Z55 Krypton comes with 4G connectivity, HD display, average cameras and a low-end processor with just 1 GB of RAM. At INR 7,500 the overall offering is not something that can appeal the consumers. There are much better phones available at the similar price point and this sort of overall package will definitely find it tough to stand against the competition. Videocon Z55 Krypton’s doesn’t impress us with the power and the design, but it can surely be considere if its price to is reduced to reasonable range looking at the current market.

Google Pixel 2 Review: Android Camera Magic

I confess, I worried when I saw that Google had stuck with a single main camera sensor. At a time when most of the Pixel 2’s rivals are embracing twin lenses, it felt like that was a decision that could instantly date a brand new phone. Turns out, though, there’s plenty you can do with some very clever algorithms.

Both the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL share the same 12.2-megapixel main camera. It now has an f/1.8 aperture, rather than the f/2.0 of the original Pixel, and both optical and electronic image stabilization. The laser autofocus of before has been joined by dual-pixel phase detection. It’ll shoot up to 4K at 30 fps video, or 1080p at up to 120 fps.

On the front, there’s an 8-megapixel fixed focus camera, with f/2.4 aperture. It tops out at 1080p at 30 fps. However, because Google is doing its photographical magic tricks with software rather than dual camera hardware, the selfie-cam doesn’t miss out.

The main camera is fast. Very fast. Quick to load – double-tapping the power button launches it even before the lock screen – and quick to take shots. Moving subjects that left a blur on rival smartphone cameras were crisp and clean in the Pixel 2’s shots.

Its images are bright, colorful, and show great contrast. The steadying hand of Google’s algorithms are never far away, no matter how you’re shooting. Stills are automatically captured as Motion Photos, the Pixel 2’s take on Live Photos from the iPhone, where a few seconds of video brackets each picture. They’re automatically trimmed to what the software thinks is the cleanest loop, too, and you can export them as short movies or GIFs through Google Photos.

HDR is also on by default, the Pixel 2 firing off numerous frames to combine their data. Interestingly, it does that in preference to relying on the optical image stabilization and longer shutter speeds. Again, the results can be astonishing: plentiful detail and minimal grain. Google has actually developed its own system-on-chip, the Pixel Visual Core, which not only does the HDR processing but at a fraction of the energy the Snapdragon 835 would demand. Right now, oddly, nothing actually accesses it: even the Pixel 2’s own camera app isn’t touching it. That should change eventually, though, and in time Google plans to also open Pixel Visual Core access to third-party apps using the Android Camera API.

It’s the Pixel 2’s Portrait mode where the power of Google’s software really shows its hand. Early, software-driven attempts to add background bokeh, or blur, to single-camera devices had generally lackluster results. Better were the dual-camera approaches, like the iPhone 8 Plus’ Portrait mode, which can build a depth map of the scene by using both slightly-offset cameras simultaneously. Even so, they can still struggle with fine detail like hair, and get things wrong around the edges of subjects.

Google took a data-first approach, training the algorithm responsible for Portrait mode with millions of sample faces, and then combining that with the dual-pixel data from the new sensor. On paper, with an offset so small as to be invisible to the human eye, it shouldn’t work. In practice, it’s producing some of the best Portrait mode images I’ve seen.

I take a lot of iPhone Portrait mode photos of our cat, but often her whiskers either suddenly fade out or just cut off into blur prematurely. The Pixel 2, however, keeps those tiny hairs crisp, even as the background is blurred. If you’re not in the habit of running a feline photo studio, you should see the same benefit around human hair: no more weirdly fuzzy beard halos, for example. The fact that the Pixel 2 uses its f/1.8 aperture for bokeh shots, too, whereas the iPhone 8 Plus is relying on its f/2.8 telephoto camera, makes a big difference too.

Since it’s software that’s at the heart of the system, not hardware, it means Google can extend Portrait mode to its front facing camera too. The selfie cam obviously doesn’t have the dual-pixel sensor, and the resulting photos aren’t quite as refined around the edges as when you use the back camera, but it’s still very impressive. It also means that both sizes of Pixel 2 get the functionality, as opposed to Apple only offering it on its larger iPhone.

The other place that the software and hardware partnership shows its worth is in video stabilization. There’s none of the jelly-like wobbles or judders some phones suffer, just the OIS and EIS working in tandem.

Some of the more playful features I couldn’t test yet. Google’s AR stickers, interactive characters and emojis that you can drop into photos and video captured on the Pixel 2, will be arriving in the coming months. Face-retouching, which does at least smooth your skin out without making you look entirely rubbery, isn’t available in Portrait mode yet; it’ll arrive in mid-October.

Pdfpen & Pdfpenpro Review: Pros, Cons And Verdict


Adrian Try

Effectiveness: It has all the basic features I need

Price: Cheaper than its competitors

Ease of Use: Makes a complex job simple

Support: Good documentation, responsive support

Important Update: PDFpen has been acquired by Nitro since June 2023, and PDFpen is now Nitro PDF Pro (available for both Windows and macOS). The content in this review will not be updated.

PDF documents are normally considered read-only. PDFpen changes all of that. It empowers you to edit the text of a PDF, mark up the document by highlighting, drawing and writing pop-up notes, fill in PDF forms, and even reorder pages.

With the help of a scanner, it will also help you create PDFs from paper documents. Here are the main benefits of the app:

Edit and correct the text inside PDF documents.

Highlight text, circle words, and add other simple drawings to PDFs.

Create searchable PDFs from paper documents.

However, there are a number of alternatives that allow you to work with PDF documents in Windows. These include Adobe Acrobat Pro DC, ABBYY FineReader, Nitro Pro, and Foxit PhantomPDF.

There are two versions of the app. One includes all of the basic features most people (including myself) need. The other adds additional features at an additional cost and is mainly aimed at those who need to create PDF documents and forms. PDFpen costs $74.95, while the fuller-featured Pro version costs $124.95.

In this PDFpen review, we are covering the features of the less expensive version. What does the extra $50 buy you? PDFpenPro has all the features of PDFpen, plus the following:

Turn websites into PDFs

Powerful form-building tools

More export options (Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, PDF/A)

Control over permissions

Create and edit tables of contents

Create links from URLs

PDF portfolios

Yes, it is safe to use. I ran and installed PDFpen on my iMac. A scan found no viruses or malicious code.

Smile is a company with a long history of creating quality Mac software and has an excellent reputation in the Apple community. PDFpen is used and recommended by many reputable Mac users, including David Sparks of the Mac Power Users podcast.

Why Trust Me for This PDFpen Review?

My name is Adrian Try. I’ve been using computers since 1988, and Macs full time since 2009, and over those years PDFs have become increasingly important to me. In fact, Finder just found 1,926 PDF documents on my hard drive. And that doesn’t account for the many more I have stored in Evernote, Google Drive, and elsewhere.

I have a large collection of eBooks in PDF format. I have collected, purchased, and created a large number of training courses over the years, and most of them are PDFs. My birth certificate and other important documents have all been scanned as PDFs. In fact, a number of years ago I became almost 100% paperless and spent months scanning large stacks of paperwork onto my computer as PDFs.

All of that was done using a variety of apps and scanners. I have heard good reviews about PDFpen, but have never tried it until now. Curious to see how it stacks up, I downloaded the demo.

I also activated the full version with an NFR license provided by Smile. Here’s how it looks:

PDFpen Review: What’s In It for You?

Since PDFpen is all about making changes to PDF documents, I’m going to list all its features by putting them into the following five sections. In each subsection, I’ll first explore what the app offers and then share my personal take.

1. Edit and Markup Your PDF Documents

PDFpen is a PDF editor allowing you to edit anything that appears on a PDF page, including text, images, attachments and annotations. PDF is commonly thought of as a read-only format, so all of that power can make you seem like a magician to the uninitiated.

The ability to highlight text and draw circles around paragraphs can be of great help to students when studying, and teachers when grading papers. That sort of markup is also regularly used by editors when pointing out where corrections need to be made and changes are required. The ability to edit text allows you to fix the odd typo that made its way into the PDF without needing access to the original source document.

In the following screenshots, you see me change “Canadian Compliance Statement” into “Australian Compliance Statement”.

​Notice that the font used for the new text is very close, but not identical, to the original font. The location of the text was also a little different, but easy to move. While not a major problem, this heading will look a little different to the others. As I tested this in other PDF documents, it didn’t seem to be a problem unless an unusual font was used.

​My personal take: PDFs don’t have to be read-only documents. Marking up a document can be useful for your own reference, or when collaborating on a PDF with others. And being able to add and edit text in the PDF directly can be very handy, especially when you don’t have access to the original document the PDF was created from. PDFpen makes all of this easy to do.

2. Scan and OCR Your Paper Documents

PDF is arguably the best format to use when scanning paper documents onto your computer. But unless the scan is OCRed, it’s just a static, unsearchable photo of a piece of paper. Optical character recognition turns that image into searchable text, making it a much more valuable resource.

​My personal take: Scanned paper documents are much more useful when optical character recognition has been applied. PDFpen’s OCR is highly accurate, and in the rare case that it gets it wrong, you can fix it yourself.

3. Redact Personal Information

From time to time you’ll need to share PDF documents that contain text you don’t want others to be able to see. This might be an address or phone number, or some sensitive information. Redaction is where you hide this information (typically with a black bar), and is especially common in the legal industry.

PDFpen allows you to redact text either with a block or by erasing it. This is done by selecting the text, then choosing the appropriate redaction option from the Format menu. In the following screenshot, you’ll see two paragraphs that have been redacted on the right. The first was redacted with a block, the second by erasing some of the text.

​My personal take: Redaction is important for keeping private or sensitive information secure. PDFpen accomplishes the job quickly, simply and securely.

4. Sign and Fill In Forms

PDFpen allows you to fill in PDF forms, including adding a signature. If you want to create forms, you’ll need PDFpenPro.

A few months ago my family moved interstate. We needed to handle a lot of paperwork, including filling out and signing lease documents, from a remote location. Although we used a different app at the time, PDFpen would make such tasks very simple.

To get started, you’ll need to scan your signature, drag it into PDFpen, and make the background transparent so it doesn’t hide any text in your document. You only need to do this once.

My personal take​: PDF forms are a convenient way of filling in official paperwork. My wife is a nurse, and it’s a regular part of her professional life. PDFpen makes it easy.

5. Reorder and Delete Pages

Sometimes you may want to reorder the pages of your PDF, for example switching Page 1 with Page 3. Doing this in PDFpen is a simple drag-and-drop operation.

With the left pane in thumbnail view (which it is by default), you see an overview of your document page by page. Simply drag the page you want to move to its new location, and it’s done.

My personal take: Years ago I had a training manual professionally printed. The layout was a little tricky, with pages being folded so they could be stapled, and printed double-sided. To do this, the printer had to rearrange the order of the pages using Adobe Acrobat Pro. For a job that sophisticated, PDFpen wouldn’t be the best tool, especially in the hands of a professional. But when rearranging just a few pages, it will do the job quickly and simply.

Reasons Behind My Ratings

Effectiveness: 5/5

Price: 4.5/5

PDFpen offers similar functionality to its competitors at a much friendlier price. That’s great. But $75 is still a steep price to pay if you don’t use the app regularly. Perhaps a PDFpen Basic with fewer features for around $25 would appeal to casual users of the program.

Ease of Use: 5/5

PDF editing has a reputation for being tricky and technical. Adobe Acrobat Pro lives up to that reputation. By contrast, PDFpen makes marking up and basic editing child’s play.

Support: 4/5

The Smile website contains helpful video tutorials for PDFpen, as well as a brief FAQ and a detailed knowledge base. A comprehensive PDF user’s manual is also available. You can contact support via email or an online form, and Smile say they work hard to respond within 24 hours, and usually respond much faster. I didn’t have the need to contact support during my review.

Alternatives to PDFpen

Adobe Acrobat Pro was the first app for reading and editing PDF documents, and is still one of the best options. However, it is quite expensive. An annual subscription costs $179.88. Read our full Acrobat review.

PDFelement is another affordable PDF editor, costing $79 (Standard) or $129 (Professional). Read our PDFelement review.

PDF Expert is a fast and intuitive PDF editor for Mac and iOS. While you are reading a PDF, an extensive set of annotation tools allow you to highlight, take notes, and doodle. Read our full PDF expert review.

ABBYY FineReader is a well-respected app that shares many features with PDFpen. But it, too, comes with a higher price tag. Read our FineReader review here.

Apple Preview: The Mac’s Preview app allows you to not only view PDF documents but mark them up as well. The Markup toolbar includes icons for sketching, drawing, adding shapes, typing text, adding signatures, and adding pop-up notes.


PDF is a common format for sharing user manuals, training material, official forms and academic papers. It’s the closest thing to paper that you can work with on your computer. PDFpen allows you to do even more with your collection of PDFs.

Students can study more effectively by highlighting, circling text and making notes right on their PDF class notes. Teachers and editors can mark up a PDF to show their students or writers what changes are required. Consumers can fill in PDF forms, and even add their signature to official documents.

If PDFs are a big part of your life, you need PDFpen. It includes most of the features of its competitors, but at a more affordable price. And it’s much easier to use. I recommend it.

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