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What's New in PDFpen & PDFpenPro 7

This video covers: reviewing the OCR text layer, context sensitive menus, iCloud Drive, object-specific colors settings, free form highlighting, signing with interactive signature fields. PDFpenPro only topics: signature field creation, export to Microsoft Excel, Powerpoint, and PDF/A formats.

PDF Markup

This video covers: highlighting, adding comments and notes, using the Library's proofreading marks, adding URL links, and print options.

Sign a PDF

This video covers: adding a signature and saving objects to the Library.

Fill In Forms

This video covers: using the text tool to fill forms and filling interactive forms.

Syncing iCloud/Dropbox

This video covers: turning on iCloud storage and sync on iPad and iPhone, editing a PDF on Mac, iPad, and iPhone, and setting up a Dropbox sync folder.

Image Touchup

This video covers: manipulating images by adding an image to a PDF page, moving, resizing, adjusting color, appling effects, and resampling.

OCR - Optical Character Recognition

This video covers:what OCR is, how to OCR, viewing OCR text layer, and copy and pasting OCR text.

Correct Text and Redact

This video covers: fixing typos with the Correct Text tool, keyword search with the Find tool, search and replace, redaction, redact and replace.

Export and Encrypt

This video covers: exporting PDF to Microsoft Word, page numbering, Bates numbering, saving with encryption and a password, saving to Evernote, and using AppleScript.

PDFpenPro Features

This video covers PDFpenPro only topics: creating forms with automatic form creation, text fields, checkboxes, radio buttons, signature fields; creating a PDF from a web site; editing the text results of OCR; creating and editing a table of contents; setting a password and permissions; advanced exporting options.


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PDFpen or PDFpenPro 8 can only be upgraded for free by downloading the direct-purchase version of PDFpen or PDFpenPro 8, not with the Mac App Store version. When you launch the downloaded app, you'll be prompted to locate your PDFpen 7 Mac App Store receipt file, as that can only be read with your permission. Once your receipt is verified, PDFpen or PDFpenPro 8 will offer to contact our server and issue you a license to the direct purchase version.

The latest versions of PDFpen and PDFpenPro are compatible with the latest version of OS X 10.11.

(Download the latest version of PDFpen and PDFpenPro here.

Yes, if you are the only user of those computers. If you have multiple computers used by more than one person in the same household, you can purchase a Family Pack license, which covers 5 computers in the same household. (Click here for more information.)

PDFpenPro has all the PDF editing features of PDFpen. PDFpenPro also has the ability to:

  • Convert websites to multi-page PDFs, complete with hyperlinks
  • Create cross-platform fillable PDF forms
  • Export to Microsoft® Excel, PowerPoint and PDF/A formats
  • Create and edit PDF document Table of Contents.
  • Create form fields automatically in a non-interactive form
  • Edit document permissions to restrict saving, printing, copying, etc
  • Add and delete file attachments and annotations
  • Create Portfolio documents, combining related files together
  • Edit OCR text from your scanned pages

More information about PDFpenPro.

See the System Requirements to download the version of PDFpen which supports your OS version.
We stopped selling v.7 licenses when v.8 was released. A current version license of PDFpen v.8 gives you access to any previous version. Contact support for assistance on registering the version you want to use.

This license will also work in the future to register PDFpen v.8 should you update to it.

Yes, there is a 30% education discount. Please visit our education store for more details.

Smile submits applications for review by the Mac App Store on the day that they are released. Apple must approve the update, and has sole control over when they appear in the Mac App Store.

Learn more about and iCloud Drive on our blog

Have any other questions? Search our Knowledge Base for answers.

System Requirements




Mac OS X 10.11, 10.10 (El Capitan, Yosemite)

PDFpen and PDFpenPro 8

PDFpen and PDFpenPro 7

Mac OS X 10.9, 10.8, and 10.7
(Mavericks, Mountain Lion, and Lion)

PDFpen and PDFpenPro 6

Mac OS X 10.9, 10.8, 10.7, and 10.6
(Mavericks, Mountain Lion, Lion, and Snow Leopard)
Requires an 64-bit Intel Core 2 Duo Mac.

PDFpen and PDFpenPro 5

Intel Core Duo and Solo Macs on OS X 10.6

PDFpen and PDFpenPro 5.7.2

Mac OS X 10.5 and 10.4
(Leopard, Tiger)

PDFpen and PDFpenPro 4