qwerty2u

Rename and move downloaded pdf (Mac)

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I just switched from PDFpen and can't find the function I used the most (and will desperately miss). The majority of the pdf documents I have are downloaded from the Internet. With PDFpen I could click on the document's name at the top of the window (not on the tab) and rename and move the document all at once. That way, I didn't have to Save As and then delete the now-abandoned original document in my Download folder.

 

I can't find anything in the guide or FAQ, but from what I've discovered so far, I have to right click on the file name in the tab, open it in the Finder and rename and move it from there. That's a royal PITA. Other Apple apps I use for documents and photos have the same rename and move function as PDFpen. Am I missing something here, or do I have to beg to get this added to PDFelements?

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Hey Qwerty2u, 

 

To clarify - I used this app called Goodnotes on my iPad and every time I came across a PDF I could download, it would have a "Save as" button on the top right. Once clicked, there would be a drop down menu I could pick which app to open it in. Is this what you're referring to? What apps on Mac will let me do this? I'd love to check it out! 

 

I don't think this exact feature is available for PDFelement right now. I love the idea - I've moved this post under our "feature suggestion" forum for consideration by the development team. If you have any other feedback, please let us know! 

 

Best,

Rebecca

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All native Apple apps that handle documents or photos, including Preview, Pages, Numbers, TextEdit, and other 3rd party apps like PDFpen let you rename and/or move an open document in one easy step in the viewing app as I described in my original post. In PDFelement, you apparently have two options. First, you can do a Save As on the open document. That mimics the ease of Apple's native apps. But it also leaves the original document where it was previously saved as an orphan. Now you have to find and delete it in Finder. Windows works this way, also. The second method in PDFelement is as I described above, right click on the file name in the tab, open it in the Finder and rename and/or move it from there. The good news is that you can do this while the document is open, and the new name will appear in the tab. The bad news is that it requires unnecessary steps that don't take advantage of the native Apple method.

 

I download many pdfs from the Web for business and research that I have no intention of saving, so by default they all go to my Download folder. I open them from there and then decide what to do with them. Yes, I could do a Save As in my browser, but I don't know which ones to do that to until I read them.

 

Thanks for forwarding my feature request, Rebecca.

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Thank you for the details :) Definitely learned something new today!! 

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