PDFpenPro free download for Mac


10 July 2019

Advanced PDF toolkit for HTML conversion and more.


PDFpenPro allows users to edit PDF's easily. Add text, images and signatures. Fill out PDF forms. Merge or split PDF documents. Reorder and delete pages. Create fillable forms and tables of content with PDFpenPro! Even correct text and edit graphics!

The Pro version adds these additional features that the regular version does not:

  • Create cross-platform fillable PDF forms
  • Add interactive signature fields to forms
  • Create and edit Table of Contents
  • Convert websites into PDFs
  • Correct typos in OCR text layer
  • Add and edit document permissions
  • Automatic form creation - detects text fields and check boxes in existing PDF and makes them fillable
  • Create submit buttons to submit form data via web or email
  • Gather submitted form data via backend integration
  • Export in Microsoft Excel (.xlsx, .xls), Microsoft PowerPoint (.pptx, .ppt), and PDF Archive (PDF/A) formats (requires Internet connection)
Features of PDFpenPro
  • 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 PDFpenPro

Version 11.1:
  • Improves ability to select and copy column and table data
  • Adds automatic page rotation option for scans:
    • Rotate and deskew scanned pages independently of OCR
    • Rotate and deskew scanned pages when performing OCR
  • Other fixes and improvements

Requirements for PDFpenPro

  • Intel 64
  • macOS 10.12.0 or later

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23 October 2008

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PDFpenPro is a powerhouse of thought and action, but its inclusion into your workflow may prove to be a frustrating experience. For the money, PDFpenPro (and PDFpen) offers tremendous value compared to other paid offerings such as Acrobat, PDFClerk, and PDF Studio while offering tremendous abilities over the free alternatives such as Apple's Preview or Skim. Pros and Exciting Nuances: 1) The addition of an OCR engine to the program is a powerful move by SmileOnMyMac. No other program aside from Acrobat has even ventured into this realm. 2) It's applescriptable. 3) Little things - This is the only PDF program I've found that correctly selects/highlights PDF text when the page has multiple columns. 4) It has the ability to edit text that is already in the PDF as well as draw in your own text boxes to add text of your own. 5) It's a Universal binary. 6) Incredible tech support. So incredible, it's practically emotional. 7) Library Pallet - Collection of commonly used shapes and signatures. 8) Primitive layer control. That's a good thing. 9) It has the ability to make an integrated image transparent. Totally genius. 10) Very nicely prepared and thorough help system. While wrought with exciting capabilities, Apple's bomb.app (Remember? From 10.0? Google it.) is occasionally more productive. You'll need to exercise patience save often. Cons and Annoyances: 1) It's buggy. It's Buggy McBugbug. It's bugtastic. It's Bugfest 2008. The bugs are manageable and you'll come up with workarounds, but they're there and numerous. 2) No ability to scroll from one page to the next. You can scroll through a single page, or scroll through the thumbnails, but no scrolling through an entire multi-page document using the scrollwheel or slider. 3) Can't scale the document size. 4) No ability to crop an image. (Yes, there's a menu option called "Crop Image", but it just scales an image without letting you crop it...and yes, you can crop an entire page, but not a separate integrated image.) 5) Can't zoom by creating a zoom window. KnowwhatImean? Sure, You can hit the "+" or "-" buttons to zoom in or out, scroll around the document, then hit those buttons again, but wouldn't it be nice to be able to select a portion of your PDF and have it zoom right in/out for you? 6) Very, very, very limited ability to handle PDF permissions. 7) Very limited control over printing options. Want to scale an image to fit the entire page when printing? You can't. Want to print non-contiguous pages from your PDF (in one step)? You can't. Sadness reigns. 8) The OCR engine WILL crash on you. The longer the document, the higher the chances. 9) It's slow. Sluggish, like a wet sponge. It's Sloe McSlow. It appears to only be able to use one processor, and suffers for that. 10) No way to turn off those pesky page numbers that appear at the bottom right of every document. On the whole, I love this program. It's chock full of such sweet milk and honey that it makes me happy to be alive. However, you'll only keep your sanity when using PDFpenPro if your PDF workflow includes a stable companion such as Preview or Skim. I think it offers a good value for it's cost and features, but that's just my vote. By the way, if you want PDFpenPro, go to their website and start to purchase PDFpen (non-Pro) and it'll offer to sell you (also known as "upselling") PDFpenPro for $90...which is $10 off. Happy PDFing.
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Version 4.0.1
03 September 2019
PDFpenPro is the best alternative I found to Acrobat Pro (which I want to get away from as only the subscription version will work on macOS 10.15 Catalina). I looked at a bunch of different PDF editors, and only PDFpenPro has every feature of Acrobat Pro that I depend on. Pro tip: Download the free ebook Take Control of PDFpen, which does a great job of explaining how to use every feature. At $125 it's not inexpensive, but I managed to get it at 20% off (I found the page on Smile's website offering a 20% discount through a Google search, and was pleased to discover that the coupon for PDFpen also worked for PDFpenPro). Annual upgrades are $30, which if I upgrade every year works out to a reasonable $2.50 per month.
Version 11.1
19 August 2019
11.1 does not open on Sierra anymore. Support is terrible. No response in 3 days. They need to update to Apple's new protocols.
Version 11.1
29 June 2019
Yet another up date... that change version number but now "major" features , only need more money from costumer, I used this app form v6, v7, v8, v9, skip v10 and this time I'll try another app. small change for new price, this price not fit my bill. I'm leaving..
Version 11.0.3
31 May 2019
So bloody expensive and yet when I tried converting a web page to a P.D.F. document it barely did a better job than one or more free online converters do!
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Version 11.0.2
16 May 2019
Another spring, another major version. Holy cow!!! Look at that shit!!! It's so radically improved since last major version, I can't quite recognize it.
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Version 11.0
16 May 2019
I've been using PDFpen since version 1 and upgraded diligently up to version 9. I skipped version 10 when I realized that Smile forks out a new upgrade each April/May for $30 and that the new features were meeehh at least. Sadly, version 11 hasn't changed that. Split view and font bar isn't something I really need. Also, the competition has become more and more interesting with PDFExpert. I'm back and forth between the two apps, but given that I've registered version 9 pf PDFpen and PDFExpert around the same time.... my bang for the buck has definitely been better with PDFExpert. Especially as they keep on improving the app without asking for $$$ (for exmaple, introducing editing with version 2).
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Version 11.0
2 answer(s)
16 May 2019
Right there with you.
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20 May 2019
Probably the last time I upgrade this app.
Too bad that PDFExpert as no OCR, and no export to word/excel/powerpoint
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05 March 2019
Have been using it for years. Works well, but i dont like how the company pushes their updates. I have updated many times only to find out it was a paid update and having to spend time to reinstall the old version.
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Version 10.2.2
20 February 2019
Having seen a number of PDF products either released or upgraded recently and many of these costing between $10 & $100 triggered this review: I am an early adopter of PDFpen and upgraded when PDFpenPro was released, I still remember when Smile Software was nothing but a small kiosk at MacWorld., which is where I first purchased it, Since then may other less capable 'competitors ' have come and gone often with great ideas and promises but with little to show for them. Smile has continually strived to improve this product, which I regard as the 'Swiss Army Knife' of PDF tools, and continually releases free updates and occasional major fee based upgrades, often spaced years apart. I have always received satisfactory support from them That said as oly having an ocassional need to edit or modify PDF'' the GUI can sometimes be challenging to deploy the exact tool you are looking for. However that is almost always with any product that is as versatile as this is. If I was a frequent user I suspect any interface challenges would disappear within a few weeks of use, So after years of perusing the 'competition', I feel that if users are interested in serious PDF editing, the have two choices. They can either pickup a bunch of products, which may do a few tasks very well, but be left with a bunch of piecemeal Apps that do not work together,; or they can purchase this product and have a completely integrated PDF toolbox that has a long track record with decent support and maintenance that will handle most any PDF task as well or better than the competition. The choice is yours. But from what I have seen, in the end the piecemeal approach will likely cost about the same if not more then just taking a deep breath and deciding to purchase this product. That said, I am strictly a satisfied user with no connection to the company or anyone else associated with the company. I have not been compensated in any manner for this review.
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Version 10.2.1
06 January 2019
I no longer need this application
Version 10.2.1
28 November 2018
Version 10.2.1


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