- PDFpen 10.2 Adds Dark Mode, Smooth Scrolling and 1600% Max Zoom
October 16, 2018
- TextExpander Adds Enterprise-Ready Single Sign-On (SSO) Support and Teams for Simplified User Onboarding
May 22, 2018
- PDFpen and PDFpenPro 10.1 Improves Filling Forms, Link Visibility, Image Editing & AppleScript
May 17, 2018
- PDFpen 10 Adds Watermarks, Headers & Footers, and Enhanced Selections
April 9, 2018
- PDFpen 9.1 Adds Bookmark Support, Improves Window Positioning
July 28, 2017
Awards & Reviews
April 24, 2018, iMore PDFpenPro 10 review: Mark up and edit PDFs just like documents!“[Smile’s] PDFpenPro 10 ($125) is… designed to make PDF documents, which, by design, are difficult and even impractical to edit, as fluid and easy to make changes to as any word processing and page layout document.”“[The new Precision Edit] tool was like magic and made fixing the document a delight. It turned an expected hours-long process into about 30 minutes of work.”– Jeffery Battersby, iMore Contributor
January 16, 2018, The Sweet Bits Acrobat Alternative: The 2018 Best Mac PDF Editor Replacement. “PDFpen for Mac is the Superior Acrobat Alternative Solution” – Della Harris
April 27, 2017, Macworld PDFpen 9 and PDFpenPro 9 review: PDF-editing apps get solid enhancements over previous versions “Acrobat is obscure and hard to master, and Preview typically insufficient.“It’s into this gap that Smile developed PDFpen ($75) and PDFpenPro ($125)… both exhaustively featured and generally intuitive.”“New users will see very little light in the gap between Acrobat and PDFpenPro, or even the regular PDFpen edition.” – Glenn Fleishman, Senior Contributor, Macworld
February 16, 2017, Windows Central Write smarter and faster with TextExpander on Windows “TextExpander, one of the most productive tools anyone who does a lot of typing can get. The idea behind it is incredibly simple, but it makes you so much more productive that once you’ve lived with it, it’s hard to live without it… it’ll transform how you work.” – Richard Devine
May 6, 2016, Macworld PDFpen 8 and PDFpen Pro 8 review: Corporate-grade PDF handling at a small-business price “[PDFpenPro is] full-featured and generally intuitive… also a superb way to design forms, retrofit existing documents to contain form fields, and to fill out forms.“The new version is a solid notch up from the previous release, adding a miscellaneous set of new useful features that bring it in closer parity to Adobe Acrobat.” – Glenn Fleishman, Senior Contributor, Macworld
January 25, 2016, The Sweet Setup The Best PDF App For Mac: PDFpen “Smile’s PDFpen application is a functional, powerful PDF editor… with powerful features to meet even the most rigorous demands of PDF power users.” – Mike Schmitz
January 1, 2016, Macworld How to edit PDFs when switching from Windows “I find Smile’s software [PDFpen] much more intuitive to use, much more richly featured for the precise kinds of changes and actions I want to take, and more full-powered than Preview.” – Glenn Fleishman, Senior Contributor, Macworld
November 13, 2015, RayEdwards.com 7 Apps Every Writer Should Own “If you happen to be a terrible typist (like me), [TextExpander] is very nearly a miracle from God. Saves me hours every week.” – Ray Edwards
November 6, 2015, Subtraction.com Desert Island Utilities “[TextExpander] truly gives you super-powers at your keyboard… This is a truly robust piece of software that I feel confident will reward any user, regardless of what you use your Mac for.” – Khoi Vinh
September 3, 2015, DrJasonDowns.com Papers 3 and PDFpen – a match made in Heaven (a workflow) “PDFpen is a powerful piece of software that allows me to alter PDFs in many different ways, but the one I rely upon the most is the ability to OCR a scanned PDF.” – Jason Downs
June 12, 2015, Macworld TextExpander 5 review: Typing shortcut utility makes you more productive by learning your habits “TextExpander 5 is a no-brainer for anyone who regularly types the same or similar chunks of text, and who wants to speed up work while retaining flexibility. On an hourly basis, you’ll recoup the cost in a matter of weeks; the savings from tedium are priceless.” – Glenn Fleishman, Senior Contributor, Macworld
February 15, 2015, Syracuse.com Technofile: TextExpander has powerful macros for iPad, iPhone “TextExpander touch, from Smile software, has been around for years, and has excelled in just about every way.” – Al Fasoldt
January 30, 2015, The Sweet Setup The best document scanning app for iOS “One of the first apps to perform OCR on an iPhone without the use of the cloud for processing, and [PDFpen Scan+] does a great job.” – Robert McGinley Myers
December 28, 2014, iMore iMore 2014 Hall of Fame “[Smile software] also helped set the standard for Apple community support and sponsorship… they remain dedicated to the Mac and to the Apple community.” – iMore
October 20, 2014, EricGFriedman.com Tools I use: TextExpander “The benefits from [TextExpander] have been endless. I have probably used this tool every day since I started using it…” – Eric Friedman
October 3, 2014, RobbyBurns.com Expand Your Keystrokes And Save Hours: Using TextExpander In The Middle School Band Classroom “I have long advocated for… TextExpander. This app is available for OSX and iOS, but the Mac version is the one I cannot live without.” – Robby Burns
October 1, 2014, Engadget A look at the TextExpander keyboard for iOS 8 “I’ve used TextExpander on my Mac for years…it can save you hundreds of keystrokes a day, especially if you answer a lot of the same emails or do anything that involves repetitive typing.” – Victor Agreda Jr, TUAW
January 15, 2014, PCMag.com TextExpander (for Mac) Review & Rating: Editors’ Choice award “In the course of testing, I saved myself about nineteen thousand characters and more than an hour of typing. I can only imagine the tally this time next year. Given how many ways there are to spend time, any utility that reclaims it, in a manner that supports rather than encumbers your existing workflow, deserves commendation. Smile’s TextExpander 4 earns our Editors’ Choice award…” – William Fenton
October 1, 2013, Creative Bloq
Turn your iPad into a flatbed scanner
"Who bothers with a scanner any more? This app does almost everything your rotten old flatbed used to."
– Jim McCauley, Creative Bloq
September 25, 2013, Cult of Mac
PDFPen Scan+, OCR Scanning For Your iPhone And iPad
" Yes, there are a ton of apps out there for scanning, and a few which offer good OCR. But PDFPen Scan+ does both, and also integrates with your existing PDFPen iCloud library."
– Charlie Sorrel, Cult of Mac
April 11, 2013, Macworld
Review: With PDFpenPro 6, Smile makes a great PDF utility even better
"PDFpenPro is the crème de la crème of PDF editing and annotating applications."
– Jeffery Battersby, Macworld
February 5, 2013, The Mac Observer
PDFpen for iPhone: 2013 Editors' Choice Award
"Reading PDF documents on your iPhone is easy, but editing? Smile Software makes it simple to do just that with PDFpen for the iPhone."
May 10, 2012, Macworld
App Guide: PDFpen for iPad Review
"User-friendly interface, integration with Mac version make for a compelling app"
January 27, 2012, Macworld
PDFpen for iPad: Macworld 2012 Best of Show
"Like the Mac version, PDFpen for iPad ($10) is a feature-filled app that lets you annotate and edit PDF documents. You can also import images from your Photo Library and place them in PDFs. It can store files in iCloud, Dropbox, Google Docs, and Evernote."
January 27, 2012, The Mac Observer
PDFpen for iPad: 2012 Editors' Choice Award
"Smile’s PDFpen for the iPad follows in the footsteps of its big brother on the Mac by letting you edit and view PDF documents on your iPad."
December 7, 2010, Macworld
TextExpander: 2010 Macworld Editors Choice Award
"What makes TextExpander a great app isn’t just that it’s so handy and so capable, but also the fact that it’s constantly evolving—refining its core tools, adding new ones, and adapting to an ever-changing technology landscape."
-Macworld.com, Dan Miller
September 9, 2010, MacVoices
The Smile Software Crew Introduce the Cool New Features of PDFpen 5
"Smile is at it again, upgrading one of their wildly useful tools with even more new and cool features. Jean MacDonald, Philip Goward and Greg Scown join us to talk about PDFpen 5."
May 18, 2010, Macworld
Essential Mac Utilities: text expanders
"The overall win, however (this time at least), goes to TextExpander, because of its support for syncing, creating expansions from selected text, and executing shell scripts in expansions. These features push it slightly ahead of TypeIt4Me, and help justify its higher price tag."
-Macworld.com, Rob Griffiths
December 10, 2009, Macworld
PDFpen: 2009 Macworld Editors Choice Award
"When it comes to modifying PDFs, Smile’s PDFPen 4.5 fits neatly between OS X’s free Preview and Adobe’s $449 Acrobat Pro. At only $50, it goes well beyond Preview’s PDF processing power, yet it offers some of the same features you’ll find in the much more costly Acrobat Pro. … PDFPen may not be the most exciting product among this year’s Eddys, but it’s certainly one of the most useful."
-Macworld.com, Rob Griffiths
Macworld 2009: The Mac Observer Editors Choice Award
"Editing PDFs can be an intimidating and daunting task without the right tools. Smile's PDFpen 4 fits that bill perfectly thanks to its easy to use features. …PDFpen 4 can handle almost everyone's PDF editing needs, and it won't hurt your pocketbook, either."
January 16, 2008, The Mac Observer
Editors' Choice Winners for Macworld 2008
February 2004, Macworld
Macworld: The 19th Annual Editors' Choice Awards
July 2003, Macworld
Macworld Announces Best of Show Awards