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Awards & Reviews

August 19, 2019, Mause Reviews

PDFpen and PDFpenPro

“As a teacher, I find [PDFpen] a great addition to my applications. Nowadays, a number of assignments are submitted digitally. This tool saves me a lot of time. I can quickly annotate an assignment or touch up my existing lessons which are in a PDF format. Give the demo a test run and see how it compares with your use of Preview. If you are like me, PDFpen is worth the price.”

July 23, 2019, Mac|Life

PDFpen: Adobe Acrobat now has a serious rival that’s also cheaper

“If you’re working in an environment that already subscribes to Adobe’s Creative Cloud you’ll have the Acrobat app already, but if not you should try the trial of PDFpen first. […] The bottom line. A powerful, affordable alternative to Acrobat Pro for PDF editing and document scanning.”

May 19, 2019, AppleInsider

Hands On: PDFpen 11 brings Split View and precision page number positioning to the Mac

“The more often you use PDFs and the more work you have to do with them, the more you need a dedicated app such as PDFpen 11 or PDFpenPro 11.”

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.”

November 13, 2015,

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.”

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.”

October 20, 2014,

Tools I use: TextExpander

“The benefits from [TextExpander] have been endless. I have probably used this tool every day since I started using it…”

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…”

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.”

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.”

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.”

January 16, 2008, The Mac Observer

Editors’ Choice Winners for Macworld 2008

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.”

January 16, 2018, The Sweet Bits

Acrobat Alternative: The 2018 Best Mac PDF Editor Replacement.

“PDFpen for Mac is the Superior Acrobat Alternative Solution”

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.”

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.”

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.”

February 15, 2015,

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.”

October 3, 2014,

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.”

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.”

May 10, 2012, Macworld

App Guide: PDFpen for iPad Review

“User-friendly interface, integration with Mac version make for a compelling app”

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.”

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.”

February 2004, Macworld

Macworld: The 19th Annual Editors’ Choice Awards

June 8, 2020, The Kleper Report on Digital Publishing

PDFpenPro for Mac

“PDFpenPro 12 for Mac is the best-in-class solution for viewing, editing, modifying, and distributing documents composed in the PDF file format.”

May 5, 2020, Visuals Producer

PDFpenPro 12 review

“PDFpenPro 12 puts powerful functionality that Acrobat delivers for some time now in the hands of Mac users without charging a subscription fee and that’s a good thing.”

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.”

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.”

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.”

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.”

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.”

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.”  

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.”

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.”

January 2009

Macworld 2009: The Mac Observer Editors Choice Award

PDFpen 4

“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.”

July 2003, Macworld

Macworld Announces Best of Show Awards