PDFpen free download for Mac


15 January 2020

Edit and annotate PDFs with ease.


PDFpen allows users to easily edit PDF's. Add text, images and signatures. Fill out PDF forms. Merge or split PDF documents. Reorder and delete pages. Even correct text and edit graphics!

  • Add text, images and signatures to PDF
  • Correct text in original PDF with editable text blocks
  • Fill out interactive PDF forms and sign them
  • Redact or erase text, including OCR text
  • Search and redact text; search and replace text
  • Export in Microsoft® Word format
  • Scan directly from Image Capture or TWAIN scanners
  • Perform OCR (Optical Character Recognition) on scanned documents
  • Viewable OCR layer for proofing OCR text from scanned pages
  • Adjust resolution, color depth and contrast, skew, and size of an image or scanned document
  • Sign PDF forms via interactive signature fields (not digital signatures)
  • Insert and remove pages; re-order pages in a PDF by drag-and-drop; combine PDFs
  • Move, resize, copy and delete images in original PDF
  • Save PDFs directly to Evernote
  • Copy and paste rich text; retain fonts and formatting when copying from PDFs, including columns
  • Context-sensitive popup-menus enable quick edits
  • Add (and print) notes and comments
  • Mark up documents with highlighting, underscoring and strikethrough
  • Save frequently-used images, signatures, objects and text in the Library
  • Apply business-related and sign here stamps via the Library
  • Print notes and comments with or without the original text
  • Print a list of all annotations along with the document
  • Full screen mode, as well as zoom to document width and zoom to actual document size
  • Password protect a document with up to 256-bit AES encryption
  • Compatible with iCloud Drive
  • Sync Library items with PDFpen for iPad and iPhone via iCloud
  • Automate PDF manipulations with AppleScript
  • Available in English, Japanese, German, French, Italian, and Spanish

What's new in PDFpen

Version 11.2.1:
  • Fixes issue where signatures turn black when made transparent
  • Removes text-only option in toolbar
  • Other fixes and improvements

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09 April 2019

Most helpful

The most convenient and reliable pdf software for mac , with many outstanding features and reliable results , annotation , OCR , merge and rearrange with powerful tools to create a beautiful pdf , finally a reliable application with stunning design. My daily use in my study and work , it make me have fun while study and working .
Like (2)
Version 10.2.4
23 January 2020
In terms of price performance vs Acrobat, PDFPenpro is good value BUT it is buggy as hell when dealing with any complex PDF. I've sent numerous example of files that PDFprenpro cannot handle but none of the bugs seem to ever get fixed in the endless releases. A pet hate is how sometimes the text edit tool creates a duplicate of the text to be edited but leaves original ghost test behind. Checkboxes are another major fail.
Version 11.2.1
03 November 2019
One of the ultimate PDF tools. The Pro version even better. This is a must have!
Version 11.1.2
09 April 2019
The most convenient and reliable pdf software for mac , with many outstanding features and reliable results , annotation , OCR , merge and rearrange with powerful tools to create a beautiful pdf , finally a reliable application with stunning design. My daily use in my study and work , it make me have fun while study and working .
Like (2)
Version 10.2.4
22 June 2018
Finally, an app that does precisely what it is supposed to. I love to be able to search PDF documents that arrive without a search facility and the OCR seems to be very accurate. Further, being able to scan and save a signature is great -- something I had struggled to achieve in other ways. Good stuff.
Like (1)
Version 10.1.1
02 November 2017
I am not using this in a business; strictly personal use. I use PDFPro mainly creating and editing PDF's on my geneology work. If you are using this for business, I cannot express an opinion.
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Version 9.2.2
07 June 2017
Can't download older versions you paid for. What a scam and waste of money. Now corrupt version don't work and i don't want newer version.
Like (3)
Version 9.0.2
2 answer(s)
02 July 2017
Same here. The Update Desktop App must have updated my registered purchased version to a trial new version. Purchased app installers should not disappear at least for several years.
Like (2)
30 August 2017
Older version downloads are available at: https://smilesoftware.com/pdfpen/download

Smile does not control the MacUpdate Desktop App.
Like (4)
12 April 2017
Getting tired of the annual upgrade procedure and limited new functions. I'm switching to PDF Expert now. PDFpen hasn't improved much for me (at least in my workflow) over the last years and still has the same layout as earlier versions.
Like (9)
Version 9.0
2 answer(s)
26 July 2017
I left PDFpen a couple of years ago. PDF Expert does everything I need, in a more elegant way, and for less money.
Like (2)
23 October 2019
$49.99/yr subscription is less money? Depends on what you want, but I would choose functionality over an expensive subscription for a pretty app any day. Bottom line, I want my app to do the job and the developers to keep improving it. The optional upgrade to the next major version is only $30, which sounds is reasonable and I am not tied down to yet another subscription.
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Version 11.1.2
09 December 2016
Watched the video and thought, "This will do nicely." Unfortunately, the actually software, as has performed on Mac at least, seems to have vague similarity to the videos/written instructions. I'm sorry I wasted my money on this awkward, counter-intuitive mess.
Like (5)
Version 8.3
Just a note about Smile Software's customer support. I'd bought PDFpen 7 in February this year from the Mac App Store, but v8 insisted that I'd bought it before January and would have to pay upgrade price. I raised a support request on Smile's website, and sent them a copy of the email receipt from my original purchase. Within a few hours, I had a complementary licence in my inbox. What a nice change from having to deal with the 'support' from a certain large company whose name and competing product both start with 'A'.
Like (6)
Version 8.0
27 April 2016
I am still on PDF Pen 6 and it works fine on El Capitan. This is an app I use often enough that I would normally upgrade. However, I mostly find myself wanting to modify existing text in PDF files. For some reason, the process of actually selecting text and then modifying it seems clumsy and ill-conceived. I have really worked at mastering this procedure, but a pleasant experience eludes me. I saw others who found this app clumsy with regard to manipulating PDF elements when I looked into it a while ago. Does version 8 offer improvements in this regard? Otherwise, the new features of recent versions don't seem compelling to me.
Version 8.0