I have written about Setapp before.
Just the other day I had a great work-from-home use case and I thought I would share it with you.
At my work the software we are given to manipulate boring things like PDFs is lackluster to say the least. Last week I needed to convert over 200 pages of a word document (that was broken up in to 60 word files) in to a PDF.
Yes, I could have printed all 216 pages and scanned them to a PDF…or… I could make good use of the various Mac apps I have at home.
My primary PDF reader/editor I use on my Mac is PDF Expert by Readdle. In my opinion it’s the best app that works across the Mac and iOS platforms. However, when I was trying to figure out the best way to use the software to open up 60 word documents and merge them in to one big PDF I was stumped.
That is when I remembered some PDF software I used pay for before I found PDF Expert…PDFpen.
PDFpen by Smile Software
This was one of the first PDF editing/manipulating pieces of software I ever paid for a few years ago and it’s still a fantastic piece of software…but I eventually got priced out of the Pro version that had the advanced features I wanted.
When I was a recruiter I used to work from my home office a lot, and had to collect various documents and merge them and send them off for processing. PDFpen was my go to mac app to get this done.
As I was trying to figure out how to use PDF Expert to do just this, I remembered my past workflow…but I didn’t own PDFpen any more.
That is when Setapp popped in to my head. Did the “Netflix of Mac Apps” have PDFpen PRO?
You’re damn right it did!
I opened it up, searched for PDFpen and had it downloaded and open in less than a minute.
PDFpen let me open up the first word document directly in it, then all I had to do was drag each of the 59 other word document to the side bar. That’s it! Once I had them all over in the left hand thumbnails area, I just saved the document and boom…a 216 page PDF.
With the way that most apps are moving to subscription models, I would say YES.
Rather than paying $150 a year for various applications that you will use, you can pay about $100 a year (or $10/month) for those same apps and a ton more!
There is always the risk that one of your “must-have” apps isn’t in Setapp…but they’re updating their repertoire often.
Might at least be worth checking out.