Welcome to PDFpen & PDFpenPro 12!

Welcome to PDFpen & PDFpenPro 12

We’re grateful to everyone who’s helped us with feedback over the years. Your contributions help make PDFpen one of the best PDF editors available for Mac. Keep your comments coming!

How to Upgrade


Here’s What’s New

Optimize PDFs for smaller file sizes

Compress your PDF’s file size without compromising the quality of images using PDFpen’s new PDF optimization feature.  Open File > Create Optimized PDF… to control how much to resample color, greyscale, and monochrome images. Resource compaction, including fonts and colorspace, are integrated.

The option to “Remove third-party metadata” will delete background metadata from objects and images for privacy purposes. It will also provide the additional benefit of reducing file size.

Advanced PDF compression (integrated)

We’ve integrated several additional compression methods such as MRC, CCITT, and post OCR compression to reduce file sizes as you scan, edit, and save. We’re pretty excited about the results. Just run one of your bigger documents through one of these processes, save it, then compare the file sizes!

Callout tool

PDF files enable cross-platform collaboration through comments, notes, and other annotations. Now, you can use the Callout tool to edit and create new callouts—a type of text box connected by a line and arrow—calling attention to a specific item or section of a page. Need to annotate documents for use as exhibits, or create charts? This tool is for you. 

Magnifier window

While you can always adjust the page zoom in PDFpen, this may not be enough. Some PDFs include drawings, charts, or tables with impossibly small font or intricate details. By popular request, you can now use the magnifier window. Choose Window > Magnifier and position your cursor to examine small details on sections of your page, up to 2000% magnification.

Customized paper styles

Choose from a variety of paper styles for more effective note-taking, organization, and customization. Available under the File > New… menu, unlock the versatility of colored and lined paper.

Orientation options in the File > New menu

You’ve always been able to rotate pages, but have you ever wanted to select an orientation when creating a brand new document? Under the File > New… menu, choose a preferred orientation for your new document or page. Specify portrait or landscape from the start. 

Previously, automatic deskew was available with OCR. Now, choose Edit > Deskew Pages/ Document to automatically deskew a page or document at your discretion.

New welcome experience

Many of you asked for more “welcome” in the way PDFpen first launches the app. We’ve incorporated your feedback. Start up PDFpen 12 for the first time, and we’ll walk you through some of the most common tasks as well as offer places to get even more info.


PDFpenPro only

DocuSign® support

Do you work with contracts or agreements? PDFpenPro users can directly send out documents for signatures via DocuSign®, a leading trusted e-signature service for businesses. Accessing DocuSign is as simple as choosing File > DocuSign > Log in to DocuSign. Quickly, easily, and securely upload your documents for signature and send it to clients in just a few simple steps.

New Features List

Optimize PDFs for smaller file sizes: Customize image quality/settings and Delete 3rd party metadata
Advanced PDF compression (integrated): MRC, CCITT, and Post OCR
Magnifier window
Callout tool
Customized paper styles
DocuSign® support (PDFpenPro only)
New welcome experience
Various improvements and fixes

Upgrade Costs

PDFpen to PDFpen 12 US $35
PDFpenPro to PDFpenPro 12 US $35
PDFpen to PDFpenPro 12 US $50

Posted pricing is for single user license* upgrades. Upgrade pricing is not available in the Mac App Store. If you have the Mac App store version of PDFpen or PDFpenPro you can upgrade for the upgrade price to the Smile store version using the upgrade steps below.

*A single-user license allows installations on up to 5 computers where you are the primary user. See our FAQs.


How to Upgrade

  1. Download PDFpen 12 or PDFpenPro 12
  2. Launch v.12. It will notice your previous version and offer to check for a free upgrade.
  3. If your upgrade is…
    • Free you’ll be prompted to enter your name and email address to get a version 12 license. Finished!
    • Not free you can click on “Buy an upgrade license” for upgrade pricing.
  4. Go through the screens to purchase the US $35 single user upgrade to PDFpen 12, or the US $50 single user upgrade to PDFpenPro 12 from PDFpen.
  5. Complete your purchase and PDFpen/PDFpenPro will register with your new license.

Family and Office Pack upgrade pricing also available.

Free: If you purchased PDFpen / PDFpenPro, version 11 or earlier, after January 1, 2020, you can upgrade to the latest version at no charge. Start by downloading PDFpen or PDFpenPro 12, which will handle your free upgrade.

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