PDFpenPro
PDFpenPro
13.1
3.8
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Advanced PDF toolkit for HTML conversion and more.

PDFpenPro overview

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 version 13.1

Updated on Jun 25 2021

Version 13.1:

Please note that PDFpenPro 13 is a paid upgrade for users of PDFpenPro 12 and earlier who purchased prior to January 1, 2021

New:
  • Faster document scrolling and drawing
  • Adds additional Sidebar modes to Preferences
  • Updates OCR engine to CSDK 21 with Apple Silicon / M1 support
  • Offline PPTX & PDF/A export (PDFpenPro advanced feature)
  • Other fixes and improvements
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    Afmac
    Afmac
    May 16 2021
    13.0
    0.0
    May 16 2021
    0.0
    Version: 13.0
    I will not be updating to 13.0, I find PDFPEN Pro to be buggy and slow with jerky scrolling compared to PDF EXPERT which has very smooth scrolling and overall works much better.
    noury-1
    noury-1
    Dec 9 2020
    12.2.1
    5.0
    Dec 9 2020
    5.0
    Version: 12.2.1
    I have been using Adobe for my PDF files for almost 2 decades and it was a nightmare. the slowest app ever. I tried couple other small apps but they didn't have all the features I need until I discovered PDFPen, which is by far the BEST pdf app in the market. It has tones of features and it works like a charm. At first I found it little pricy, but at the end, Adobe is more expensive since it's an annual subscription whereas PDFPen is a one time purchase. It worth every single penny. I don't see my self working without it. I highly recommend it.
    anonymous-jellyfish-5511
    anonymous-jellyfish-5511
    Oct 4 2020
    12.1.2
    5.0
    Oct 4 2020
    5.0
    Version: 12.1.2
    May be the very best PDF app available for the Mac! Hugely versatile. Many hidden features not listed in the ads. Support very responsive, accurate, and generous with assist! Frequent updates. I suggest ignoring the complaints and try this app I cannot imagine you being disappointed. Handles 1200 pus page PDFs with graphics and multiple fonts as easily as a 3 page PDF.
    mcm30114
    mcm30114
    Sep 17 2020
    12.1.2
    5.0
    Sep 17 2020
    5.0
    Version: 12.1.2
    Been using this app for generations. Yes, you can do a lot with Apple's Preview app for simple markups, but when it comes to doing heavy lifting with merging docs, rearranging pages, and beyond, this is the power tool to use.
    Dr-Sparks
    Dr-Sparks
    Apr 28 2020
    11.2.2
    0.0
    Apr 28 2020
    0.0
    Version: 11.2.2
    As of today Smile pushes yet another "upgrade", PDFpenPro 12. Upgrade charge "only" $35. I have lost count of how many years and times this has happened.
    roof911
    roof911
    Jan 29 2020
    11.2.1
    1.0
    Jan 29 2020
    1.0
    Version: 11.2.1
    Spent 3 hours trying to add form fields to a document. When added, they could not be filled. You would think the form could then be saved as a template with the fields for filling repeatedly, like a doc for pulling a permit, but not apparently. Ultra counter intuitive. Ultimately bad enough that I am counting the cost a loss and going back to pen and paper, and oh, I have had versions of this software for at least 4 years, and never found the logic behind its design remotely rational. I do not recommend this software.
    gracevon1
    gracevon1
    Oct 23 2019
    11.1.2
    5.0
    Oct 23 2019
    5.0
    Version: 11.1.2
    This is definitely the best alternative to Acrobat Pro. It is indeed a workhorse. I am a long-time user of PDFpenPro but have also used Adobe Acrobat and other competing apps. Other apps have better marketing, but PDFpenPro really gets the job done. For instance, with PDFpenPro, I can create interactive forms, apply digital signatures, batch OCR, and with the latest version, view the same document in two screens! Someone mentioned it is the swiss-army knife of PDF editors for Mac and I agree 100%. I contact support regularly if I come across any issues and they are very responsive. Bugs? All apps have bugs and PDFpenPro seems to have less of it over time since they've been around for awhile, but a responsive developer who really works to address it is much appreciated. I am looking forward to additional developments of PDFpenPro that can bring the app even closer to the offerings of Acrobat, but better than Acrobat. As more and more developers are going subscription, I don't mind the optional $30 upgrade to the next major version. You are not "locked-in" to a subscription, and the app is yours forever. For those who "accidentally" upgrade, there is a notice informing users when it is a paid upgrade. They also send you an email when they release a major version to let you know. Nothing of quality is free and needs maintenance. It takes resources to create and develop software. I've seen great apps or apps with potential come and go because the developers can no longer support the app-- very sad thing. If you find the app useful, I think it is worthwhile to make sure you are running the latest version. Smile's upgrade cost is pretty reasonable for their work. The alternative is to lock yourself into yet another subscription. Adobe is too expensive and non-intuitive. PDFpen Expert as subscription without OCR, without form creation capabilities, without export features is a bit too high for a pretty UI. PDFelement seems to use other brands to marketing their own product and their quality is poor. You want pretty or you want a workhorse? Frankly, I don't think a PDF editing program should be a subscription program unless it is web-based or there is some server or Cloud service involved where you are sharing data across a team of users and security is a concern.  Another alternative is to buy various apps piecemeal but the cost, time, and maintenance is even higher than just paying for PDFpenPro and upgrading every year. I am happy investing in a good product that would provide me value long term and don't want to have to constantly switch, buy, and learn how to use new apps to have it accomplish what I need.
    Drdul
    Drdul
    Sep 3 2019
    11.1
    5.0
    Sep 3 2019
    5.0
    Version: 11.1
    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.
    Andy49
    Andy49
    Aug 19 2019
    11.1
    0.0
    Aug 19 2019
    0.0
    Version: 11.1
    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.
    Alvin-H
    Alvin-H
    Jun 29 2019
    11.0.3
    0.5
    Jun 29 2019
    0.5
    Version: 11.0.3
    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..
    MoirSomeone
    MoirSomeone
    May 31 2019
    11.0.2
    0.5
    May 31 2019
    0.5
    Version: 11.0.2
    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!
    Mindplay
    Mindplay
    May 16 2019
    11.0
    0.5
    May 16 2019
    0.5
    Version: 11.0
    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.
    StrictlyBagel
    StrictlyBagel
    May 16 2019
    11.0
    0.0
    May 16 2019
    0.0
    Version: 11.0
    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).
    Esekel
    Esekel
    Mar 5 2019
    10.2.2
    3.0
    Mar 5 2019
    3.0
    Version: 10.2.2
    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.
    GymW
    GymW
    Feb 20 2019
    10.2.1
    5.0
    Feb 20 2019
    5.0
    Version: 10.2.1
    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.
    thojac65
    thojac65
    Jan 6 2019
    10.2.1
    0.0
    Jan 6 2019
    0.0
    Version: 10.2.1
    I no longer need this application
    Nicke.Martin
    Nicke.Martin
    Nov 28 2018
    10.2.1
    5.0
    Nov 28 2018
    5.0
    Version: 10.2.1
    g0000111dd
    Giant-Microbe
    Giant-Microbe
    Oct 31 2018
    10.2
    5.0
    Oct 31 2018
    5.0
    Version: 10.2
    I was tired of the horrific interface and price gouging tendencies with Acrobat and have settled on PDFpenPro after trying several others. I think the price is fair for all it offers and I have not missed Acrobat one bit since making the jump. It is a clean installing application and does not feel like a "second class" citizen on my MacBook Pro. I have found myself delighted when I need to do something different to the many PDFs I work with and it just works. Of course your use case may differ for some specific work types. I read and process many PDFs with some production of PDFs from scans or word processing environments and have been very pleased. I will continue to upgrade at what seems to me to be a very reasonable pace and price.
    gsteer
    gsteer
    Jun 8 2018
    10.1
    3.0
    Jun 8 2018
    3.0
    Version: 10.1
    Product is OK, business practices stink
    Within 3 months of purchasing PDFPenPro, a new version was offered, for US$30. I've never had a vendor that doesn't offer free upgrades for purchasers within 12 months. Now the older version just doesn't work at all anymore. On principle I will buy a competitor product.
    dwp-1
    dwp-1
    Apr 11 2018
    10.0
    4.5
    Apr 11 2018
    4.5
    Version: 10.0
    This is a great pdf editing, annotating, OCR, etc. Smile Software does appear to work hard a making this a better app by squashing bugs and adding features. None of the new features are important to me yet I feel obligated to upgrade or I'll get behind when the next update comes along in about a year. So I spent the $30 on nothing of any interest to me. That aside I have not found a better PDF app with the numerous features provided by PDFpenPro that would make me even slightly consider switching. SmileSoftware has been around a long time and for me that is important. I want to work with an app that is going to be here still developing and adding features, six months from now. It seems there are many new PDF editing app's on the market. I am willing to bet 10 to 1 that 9 out of 10 won't be here a year from now. Umm, those are some weird odd's. Keep up the great works SmileSoftware
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