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Help: Transitioning to PDFpenPro 9

Welcome to PDFpenPro 9 . We’ve been hard at work listening to your feedback and continually improving PDFpenPro. This page explains some changes you veteran users will notice.

There are over one hundred improvements and enhancements in this version which will make your PDF editing experience smoother. Below are some of the major changes you’ll notice, as well as some subtle but pleasant changes which make PDFpenPro better than ever.

What’s different from PDFpenPro 8?

Enhanced Annotations

Switch to Annotation view in the Sidebar sidebar button to view a list of all the annotations in the document, newly including highlights, as well as text boxes, comments, notes, attachments, and more. Click on one of the listed annotations to navigate to its location. Double-click on it to both navigate to it and select the annotation. You can also shift-click to select multiple annotations.

Copy the text of a comment, note, or highlight directly in the Sidebar using Edit > Copy As Text (Cmd+C). Related, if you want a list of all annotations, print out the list via File > Print > Append Annotations Summary.

In your document, simply hovering over the Note icon will allow you to view the contents, no need to open the attached text field.

Table Of Contents Enhancements and Navigation

Switch to Table of Contents view in the Sidebar sidebar button. You’ll notice a new context menu, accessed with a Right-click/Control-click, to help you navigate more quickly. Destinations are more precise, and a convenient blue indicator points out where you are in the document.

Related, you can also view your location in the document by looking at the document title, which now shows the current page #, and total pages.

For PDFpenPro, editing a Table of Contents is faster with creation and editing options in the context menu. Shift-click to select multiple Table of Contents entries to batch edit.

Combining documents with Tables of Contents also combines the Table of Contents entries.

New Editing bar Hand tool

You’ll notice a new tool in the editing bar, the Hand tool hand. This tool allows you to pan around a document when scroll bars won’t do. While the tool is active, zoom in by pressing the Option key, zoom out with Command+Option.

More Export Options

Export your PDF as a TIFF, JPEG or PNG, in color or grayscale. Export as a 1-bit TIFF or with each page its own TIFF. Export as a flattened PDF, preventing any editing of annotations, such as a signature. Select from web, fax and print dpi options of 72, 200, 300, and 600.

Linked Files

Using the Link tool url link tool, create a link directly to a page in another PDF stored locally on your Mac.


Forms which perform calculations using JavaScript, such as an order form which calculates order totals, are now supported, as are forms with Print buttons.

Search and Highlight

Find and Redact and Find and Replace are now joined by Find and Highlight, in the Find menu.

There are also 2 more custom highlight colors for you to create.

View Options

The popular Zoom to Width view option now has a hotkey, Opt+Cmd+9.

For a complete list of all the little tweaks and big additions take a look at What’s New in PDFpenPro 9.

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