PDFpen & PDFpenPro 13 Press Kit

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What’s New in PDFpen & PDFpenPro 13?

An updated UI, improved highlighting, MRC compression customization, and for Pro users, replacing Table of Contents entries.

A freshly refined UI based on best-in-class editing applications enables convenient access to essential tools directly from the Toolbar. Clean, modern icons streamline and enhance navigation. Font controls and font color selection are now easily accessible from the Editing Bar. Clearly defined Object Properties tools make selecting stroke and fill color for drawn lines & shapes simple and straightforward.

The redesigned Highlight tool lets you take control of the color palette. Select and edit custom highlight colors directly from the Toolbar.

New MRC compression settings Preferences enable more flexibility in controlling file sizes of bulky scanned documents during OCR. Choose between compression vs. quality settings so you obtain the preferred file size best matching your specific needs. 

PDFpenPro 13 users have an added benefit of quickly replacing Table of Contents entries. Save time and make documents more professional and navigable by re-assigning existing entries that have changed. 

PDFpen 13 includes numerous additional improvements, including using “Insert Blank Page Again” to bypass the stationery selector, hide the Sidebar with a click of a button, view highlight colors in the Sidebar, and other enhancements. Plus, search, browse, and find answers via our newly designed online User Guide.  

New Features:

  • New intuitive UI design 
    • Updated Toolbar adds essential markup tools
    • Editing Bar adds font section and accessible color controls
    • Sidebar improvements
    • Modernized icons
  • Enhanced Highlighting experience
    • Easily select and edit custom colors
  • MRC compression customization
  • Table of Contents improvements (Advanced feature of PDFpenPro)
    • Ability to reassign entries
  • Revamped online User Guide

Full Features:

  • Add text, images, and signatures to PDFs
  • Correct text in original PDF with editable text blocks
  • Fill out interactive PDF forms and sign them
  • Redact or erase text, including OCR text
  • Search and replace, search and redact, and search and highlight text
  • Export in Microsoft® Word format, TIFF, JPEG, PNG, and flat PDF
  • Scan directly from Image Capture and Mac compatible scanners
  • Perform OCR (Optical Character Recognition) on scanned documents
  • View OCR layer for proofing OCR text from scanned pages, or remove OCR layer
  • Edit original images, including adjusting resolution, color depth and contrast, skew, and size of an image or scanned document
  • Sign PDF forms via drawing, interactive signature fields, or AATL or self-signed certificates
  • Insert and remove pages; reorder pages in a PDF with drag & drop; combine PDFs maintaining Table of Contents entries
  • Move, resize, copy and delete images in original PDF
  • Save PDFs directly to Evernote
  • Preview and extract file attachments and annotations
  • Record and playback audio annotations
  • Copy and paste rich text; retain fonts and formatting when copying from PDFs, including columns
  • Context-sensitive popup-menus enable quick edits
  • Add notes and comments, print annotation summary with or without the original text
  • Mark up documents with highlighting, underscoring, and strikethrough
  • Save frequently-used images, signatures, objects, and text in the Library; sync Library items with PDFpen for iPad & iPhone via iCloud
  • Add page numbers, bookmarks, headers and footers, line numbers, and watermarks
  • Apply business-related and Sign Here stamps via the Library
  • Password protect a document with up to 256-bit AES encryption
  • Compress PDF documents for smaller file sizes
  • Automate PDF manipulations with AppleScript and JavaScript 
  • Available in English, Japanese, German, French, Italian, and Spanish

PDFpenPro Only Features

  • Export to Microsoft® Excel (.xlsx), Microsoft® PowerPoint (.pptx) and PDF Archive (PDF/A) formats (requires Internet connection for .pptx and PDF/A, must be a licensed user)
  • Create cross-platform fillable PDF forms including interactive signature fields and email or web submission buttons
  • Create and edit Table of Contents
  • Convert websites into PDFs
  • OCR multiple documents in batch
  • Add and edit document permissions
  • Automatic form creation makes existing PDF forms fillable
  • Gather submitted form data via backend integration
  • Add and delete file attachments and annotations
  • Create Portfolio documents, combining related files 
  • Correct typos in OCR text layer
  • OCR horizontal Chinese, Japanese & Korean
  • DocuSign® support


macOS 10.14 (Mojave) or later


Listed prices are in USD. Listed prices exclude any applicable sales tax or VAT and/or currency conversion based upon your location in effect at the time of sale.


US $79.95
Office Pack: starts at $249.95 for 5 users
Single user upgrade from earlier versions of PDFpen: $35
Upgrade pricing available for Office Packs
(Free upgrades for purchases made on or after January 1, 2021; no free upgrades available in the Mac App Store)


US $129.95
Office Pack: starts at $374.95 for 5 users
Single user upgrade from earlier versions of PDFpenPro: $35
Upgrade pricing available for Office Packs
(Free upgrades for purchases made on or after January 1, 2021; no free upgrades available in the Mac App Store)

Single user upgrade from any previous version of PDFpen to PDFpenPro 13: US $50

Site licenses: PDFpenPro $1699.95
Site license terms: Single contact for support; single physical address or company with fewer than 1,000 employees. Visit our site license store:

PDFpen for iPad & iPhone

US $19.99 $6.99 on the App Store.

What is PDFpen?

Edit PDFs easily with PDFpen! PDFpen is a heavy-duty document editing app for Mac.

Add text, images, signatures, highlights, and comments. Make changes, fix typos, fill out forms, and redact sensitive information. Use OCR (Optical Character Recognition) to turn a scan into editable text. Export from PDF to Microsoft® Word. Stash your documents in iCloud, Dropbox, Evernote or any other cloud service.

For more advanced features try PDFpenPro, which has everything in PDFpen and more. PDFpenPro has a number of powerful features for form creation and form filling. Use PDFpenPro to convert HTML to PDF, edit tables of contents, edit document permissions, and export PDF to Microsoft® Excel, PowerPoint, and PDF/ Archive formats. Send documents for signatures with DocuSign®.

PDFpen and PDFpenPro 12 work with PDFpen for iPad & iPhone version 6, allowing seamless editing across devices when used with Dropbox or iCloud.



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