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2 Day Deal: PDFpen for iPad & iPhone 40% Off

Posted 04/15/2015 by Maia

40% off

PDFpen for iPad & iPhone

2 Day Deal
40% off Thursday & Friday
Only on the App Store


Buy PDFpen 2, your PDF editor for iPad and iPhone, on the App Store for $11.99, Thursday April 16th and Friday April 17th.

With PDFpen 2, edit your PDFs anywhere you are! Sign contracts, scribble notes and highlights, make changes, fill out applications, and more on your iPhone or iPad. The only PDF editor available for both iPad and Mac, with iCloud and Dropbox storage & sync for seamless editing. Watch in it action!

PDFpen for iPad & iPhone 2.2 Updates Document Display, Adds Linked PDFs, 1Password Support

Posted 04/15/2015 by Maia

PDFpen for iPad & iPhone 2.2 is now available with new document display options, including list, small and large icons. You can also link to PDFs in supported cloud services to edit the original, whereas current PDF import edits a copy.

1Password support makes it easy to password protect a PDF. Let 1Password generate a crazy good password for your document, then remember it for you.

To update, go to the App Store on your iPad or iPhone and tap Updates to get the new version.

What's New:


  • New document display options: list, small icon, large icon (iPad only)
  • Link to PDFs in cloud services: iCloud Drive, Box, Transmit, etc.; changes sync upon document open and close
  • 1Password support for document passwords
  • Adds search by file name
  • Adds additional stamp types
  • Additional fixes and improvements


What's 1Password?


Keep your data safe and easily accessible with 1Password 5 for iOS, by the folks at AgileBits.

• Secure: 1Password uses AES-256 bit encryption of your entire database.
• Convenient: easily log in to websites, fill credit card data and addresses with the 1Password app extension.
• Everywhere: your data syncs to your computer, phone, and tablet, so it is always where you need it.

TextExpander touch 3.2.3—Recover Lost Snippets

Posted 04/09/2015 by Maia

TextExpander touch 3.2.3 was released April 7 with an unforeseen bug that appears to erase all your snippets. The snippets are not lost forever, but an app update will be needed to bring them back, unless you use Dropbox Sync and restore them that way. We are working to have v3.2.4 available as soon as possible. We are sorry for the distress this is causing, losing snippets is always a frustrating event.

If you haven’t noticed any problems, it’s likely you have not opened the TextExpander touch app since the v3.2.3 update. It’s best not to open it until after the v3.2.4 update.

First, Do Not delete and reinstall the app as this may lose your snippets irrevocably.

You can still use snippets in TextExpander-enhanced apps. However you should not refresh your snippets in any TextExpander-enhanced apps, as this will update the snippets in that app to the default set of snippets.

If your snippets have disappeared, and you use Dropbox

If you have setup Dropbox to sync your snippets, then your snippets are still stored in Dropbox, and can be retrieved immediately:

  1. In the TextExpander Settings switch Dropbox sync OFF.
  2. Now switch Dropbox sync back ON.
  3. Choose “Link to Dropbox”. This should recover the snippets in the majority of cases. If not, wait a few minutes to see if your snippets will download. If you don’t see them in a few minutes, restart the TextExpander app (details below). If that doesn’t help…
  4. Visit your account on and revert your snippets file, Settings.textexpander, located in the Dropbox > TextExpander folder, to an earlier version (details below). If your snippet file got overwritten with the default, this will restore the earlier file version which has your snippets.

Once TextExpander 3.2.4 comes out, it will offer to “Revert” your snippets back to what you had in v3.2.2, or let you “Continue” with your current snippets. Since you already have your snippets from Dropbox, click “Continue”.

To restart an app in iOS:

  1. To fully quit an app in iOS 8, press the Home button, and then double-click the Home button. This opens the Task Bar which shows your running apps.
  2. Swipe the app up and off the screen. This truly quits it. Press the Home button to return to your Home screen.
  3. Tap on the TextExpander app to re-launch it.

To revert a Dropbox file to an earlier version:

  1. Open a browser to and locate the file to revert: Dropbox > TextExpander > Settings.textexpander.
  2. Control-click on the file, then choose Previous Versions, or select the file then choose More > Previous versions.
  3. Select an older version.

If your snippets have disappeared, and you do not use Dropbox

If you do not have Dropbox to restore your snippets, do not delete the TextExpander app. Your snippets can be retrieved by v3.2.4 when it becomes available.

If you deleted the TextExpander app to reinstall it after your snippets disappeared, then, unfortunately, your snippets are lost.

Recover snippets when TextExpander 3.2.4 is available:

  1. Open the TextExpander app to Groups view.
  2. An alert window will offer the choice to “Revert” to the 3.2.2 snippets, or “Continue” with the current set of snippets. Click Revert.

Be A PDFpen Hotkey Master

Posted 04/02/2015 by Maia

Hotkeys, or keyboard shortcuts, whichever you call them, are not just for power users and anti-mouse proponents. If you've spent hours in an app doing the same thing again and again, it may be time to move beyond ⌘C and ⌘V.

In PDFpen, and PDFpenPro, the main tools in the editing bar are all assigned hotkeys. This means it's easy to do something basic such as switch between the select text tool (⌘1 to select text for copying or correcting) and the edit tool (⌘2 to select images, text boxes or other objects and move them around). Here are a few sequences you might find handy.


⌘3 - Turn on the Highlight Text Tool or
     ⌘⌥⇧5 - Go to the Highlight Text Tool in your custom highlighter color.

Adding text:

⌘5 - Add a text box with the Text Tool.
⌘2 - Switch to the Edit tool to drag the text box into place or
     ⌘⌥1 - Open the Alignment tab of Inspector to perfectly align several selected text boxes.
⌘< and ⌘> - Make selected text in a text box bigger or smaller.

     The same process works for
⌘8 - Comments (like a text box, but with more color options)
⌘7 - Notes (the yellow sticky note/speech bubble with the collapsable text field). ⌘< and ⌘> do not work with Notes.

Adding a signature:

⌘6 - Turn on the Scribble Tool to draw your signature or
     ⌘Y - Open the Library to drag a saved signature onto your document.

Organizing your PDFs

⌘9 - Create a link to a URL or another page. Turn on this tool, then drag the cursor where you want your link button to appear. The button is invisible, so place it over something that looks clickable.

PDFpenPro users can create a Table of Contents (ToC).
⌘1 - Select some text to be the ToC entry title for that page then
⌘⇧<=  - Make it a new entry.

Finally, when you select a tool you can have it active for multiple uses, or as a one shot only. You choose by turning on or off "Keep tools selected after use" in the Editing tab of the Preferences (⌘comma).

We love collecting handy tips. If you have any to share, we wanna know.

PDFpen 7.1 Adds Advanced Page Numbering, Stamps and More

Posted 03/24/2015 by Greg

PDFpen and PDFpenPro 7.1 are now available.

This update includes new options for page numbering, including control over font, color, formatting, and page range.

Create custom stamps, including dynamic stamps with the user’s name and the date the document is stamped. There are also a series of new additional stamps to choose from, such as Paid, Faxed, Copied, and more.

To upgrade, choose "Check for Upgrade…" from the PDFpen or PDFpenPro menu. If you're not an existing user, download here.

What's new in PDFpen 7.1?

  • Adds formatting options for page numbering:
    • Font Family
    • Font Size
    • Color
    • Format
    • Page Range
  • Create custom stamps
  • Adds additional stamps: Copied, Faxed, Paid, Scanned
  • Auto-deskew when performing OCR
  • Improves German localization
  • Improves VoiceOver support in PDF forms
  • Other fixes and improvements

We also publish detailed release notes, if you're interested.

PDFpen Scan+ 2.0 With Touch-Free Scanning

Posted 03/19/2015 by Maia

Today we are happy to announce PDFpen Scan+ 2.0 with touch-free scanning!

This major update to our scanning and OCR app for iPad and iPhone has an all new camera screen which takes the scan for you, crops it, applies a color and paper size, all without a tap.

This is a free update for current PDFpen Scan+ users. For new users, PDFpen Scan+ 2.0 is $6.99 on the App Store.

Here's a preview of the new camera screen in action!



What's new in v.2?

- Touch-free scanning on your iPhone or iPad camera
- Detects page edges automatically when camera is focused and steady
- Camera automatically crops scan
- In-camera setting for color / grayscale / black and white
- In-camera setting for page size, including legal, business card, receipt sizes, and more

What's PDFpen Scan+ all about?

With PDFpen Scan+ you can scan and OCR on your iPhone or iPad with the power you'd expect from a desktop computer. Scan documents, articles, receipts, business cards, recipes, and more. Use OCR (Optical Character Recognition) to make your scans into searchable, highlightable, editable PDFs in your preferred PDF editor. (We like PDFpen for iPad & iPhone for that). Share PDFs of scans with full OCR text via email and popular cloud services, including Dropbox, iCloud Drive and Evernote.

TextExpander touch Week—20-80% off

Posted 03/17/2015 by Maia

Touch 3TextExpander 3 + custom keyboard is discounted this week.

$0.99 on Tuesday, March 17th

$1.99 on Wednesday, March 18th

$2.99 on Thursday, March 19th

$3.99 on Friday, March 20th

Hurry and Buy it Today for the best price.

To get all you productivity fiends (and others who wanna save a little time) typing faster we are discounting our typing shortcut tool for iPad and iPhone.

With TextExpander you can create a library of text "snippets" so that instead of typing out "Talk to you later!" or "" you can save your keystrokes and type a short abbreviation and have the same result. Type "ttyl" and what appears on screen is "Talk to you later!" Easy.

Check out our videos for how to get started.

Import OS X Shortcuts into TextExpander

Posted 03/10/2015 by Greg

If you're new to TextExpander, you may already have text shortcuts set up on your iPad, iPhone, or Mac.

On the Mac, these shortcuts are found in the Keyboard system preferences pane under the Text tab (System Preferences > Keyboard > Text).

Here's how you can import your OS X shortcuts into TextExpander as a snippet group:

  1. Be sure you're using OS X 10.9 (Maverics) or OS X 10.10 (Yosemite), as this script doesn't work on earlier versions of OS X
  2. Download Import OS X
  3. If you don't have Safari set to automatically open "safe" files, please double-click the Import OS X file to decompress it. You will then see the script named "Import OS X Shortcuts"
  4. Double-click the "Import OS X Shortcuts" script and it will open in Script Editor, an app that comes with your Mac
  5. Click the Run button in the toolbar, or choose Script -> Run from the menu

After you've run the script, you should find that TextExpander has a new group at the end of your snippet list named "OS X Shortcuts" with the contents of your OS X shortcuts.

Please note that we consider this script experimental and unsupported, but if you encounter an error, please send us the exact text of the error message and/or a screen shot, and we'll see what we can do.

(To take a screen shot, hold down the Command + Shift + 4 keys, and drag the resulting cross-hair cursor over the intended picture area. To take a full screen shot, hold down the Command + Shift + 3 keys. You will find a "Screen Shot…date…" file on your Desktop.)

For those who are interested in scripting, this script uses an AppleScript Library, which was introduced in OS X 10.9 (Mavericks). These turn out to be very handy for creating a script such as this.

Smileworthy: Default Folder X

Posted 02/27/2015 by Maia

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Default Folder X, developed by St. Clair Software, is a great way to maneuver through your files and folders. Here is what our QA guy has to say about it. (Hint: He uses lots of documents.) 


I was introduced to Default Folder X in 2006. Since then it's been an integral piece of my day. Each time I open or save a file, Default Folder X is there to greet me, letting me choose an application and set the location of my preferred 'default' folder for it. 


For example, when I choose File > Open or File > Save from the PDFpen menu, the file dialog is relative to my "PDFDOCS" folder. A few of my most used features are a list of 'Favorites' which can quickly be added to the Default Folder X sidebar, in case the default folder isn't the one I need, and 'Folder Sets' which I create for tasks like making how-to tutorials and testing PDFs in PDFpen.


After 8 years I'm still not using all of the available features, but Default Folder X makes me more productive each time I open or save a file - and that is priceless, and absolutely Smileworthy.


- Jonathan, Smile Support / Quality Assurance



How much time does TextExpander save me?

Posted 02/12/2015 by Greg

TextExpander helps you save time while typing and tracks how much of that precious time you save. Click on the Statistics button in the TextExpander toolbar to see how much time you're saving:

TextExpander Statistics

You can set your typing speed to make the hours saved more accurate. If you're a slow typist, like me, you'll definitely want to do that, as it increases your time saved.

Be a bit competitive. Click the Tweet My Stats button, and compare how you're doing with your followers on Twitter.

If you're curious which snippets you use most often, choose View -> Sort by Most Used, and that will sort your groups so that the most recently used snippets are at the top. If the order seems backward, choose that menu item again, and it will reverse the sort order. Try Sort by Most Recently Used to see which snippets you've used lately.

The sort orders work within groups, but maybe you'd like to know your most used snippet from all of your snippet groups. For that, we'll turn to AppleScript. Copy and paste this into Script Editor (an app found in Applications > Utilities), and click Run:

tell application "TextExpander"

set topSnippet to null

set topSnippetCount to 0

repeat with aGroup in groups

tell aGroup

repeat with aSnippet in snippets

if (use count of aSnippet) > topSnippetCount then

set topSnippetCount to (use count of aSnippet)

set topSnippet to aSnippet

end if

end repeat

end tell

end repeat

display dialog "Your top abbreviation is: " & (abbreviation of topSnippet) & ", which you've expanded " & (use count of topSnippet) & " times to: " & (plain text expansion of topSnippet) buttons {"OK"} default button "OK"

end tell



I hope you're amused with my result:

Your top abbreviation is Tx, which you've expanded 15218 times to: TextExpander

Show us your top snippet on Twitter by ending your tweet with: @TextExpander #SnippetStats