What’s New In PDFpen 13?

We’ve been hard at work on PDFpen, continually adding improvements. We hope you enjoy the results!

PDFpen 13

13.1  released 2021-06-24

  • Faster document scrolling and drawing
  • Adds additional Sidebar modes to Preferences
  • Updates OCR engine to CSDK 21 with Apple Silicon / M1 support
  • Offline PPTX & PDF/A export (PDFpenPro advanced feature)
  • Other fixes and improvements
  • Improves Comment box with placeholder “comment” text 2756
  • Fixes issues with the text selection and copy flow 5427
  • Fixes scale to fit printing 4430
  • Fixes notes and comments shortcuts 5400
  • Fixes context menu custom color selection flow 5346
  • Fixes thumbnail visibility problems occurring in certain cases after OCR 5326
  • Fixes crash occurring on first use of JavaScript in certain cases 5397
  • Fixes language-related Support email addresses in troubleshooting dialog 5433
  • Improves German localization for signing with trackpad

13.0.1  released 2021-05-20

  • Adds “Create Link From Selection” to Edit menu item with Cmd-K shortcut
  • Provides “Bordered” option for Checkboxes and Radio Buttons
  • Adds direct sign up for v13 email Tips via Welcome window
  • Table of Contents improvements (Advanced feature of PDFpenPro)
  • Improves printing highlights and other markups
  • Other fixes and improvements
  • Fixes a crash when choosing a custom text color 5404
  • Fixes incorrect display of a document after printing or canceling printing 4729
  • Fixes initialization flow of embedded javascript to prevent crashes 5419
  • Fixes handling of Choice annotation behavior 5411
  • Fixes crash occurring in certain cases on Big Sur
  • Fixes a crash that can occur in certain cases when rearranging pages
  • Fixes a crash that can occur in certain cases when reverting documents
  • Improves thumbnail rendering

13.0  released 2021-05-04

  • 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
  • Other fixes and improvements
  • Display color of highlight markups and other annotations in the sidebar 5226
  • Adds Insert Blank Page Agan command to Edit menu 5184
  • Improve position and labeling of Find / Search windows 5239
  • Improves contrast of drawn highlight colors 5298 5164
  • Improves display of selected highlight colors in Dark Mode 5296
  • Add space between sidebar and zoom controls 5296
  • Improves selecting custom colors for fill and stroke 5299
  • Rename redact toolbar items for clarity 5296
  • Adds option to toggle sidebar via button 5249
  • Enhances thumbnail scaling of sidebar preview 2263
  • Improves text wrapping for resized imprints 2261
  • Prevents crashes when drawing certain imprints on Big Sur 5312
  • Prevents crashes with incorrect page label indexes 5348
  • Fixes issues with annotation parameter causing problems copying to a new doc 5164
  • Fixes a crash related to undo for specific documents 4889
  • Fixes resizing of annotations table 5358
  • Update About box design 5361
  • Update About/ Credits content
  • Move Disclaimer to License Agreement
  • Minor improvements to memory management

PDFpen 12

12.2.3  released 2021-04-13

  • Prevents crashes when drawing particular imprints on Big Sur
  • Resolves issue with URL-based activation
  • Other fixes and improvements

12.2.2  released 2020-11-19

  • Adds beta channel support in the Update preferences
  • Enables newly added pages to match current document page size
  • Resolves crash when copying pages with URL links
  • Improves copying link annotations across documents
  • Improves handling of certain text fields
  • Other fixes and improvements

12.2.1  released 2020-11-19

  • Adds Apple Silicon / M1 support (universal binary)
  • Resolves problems saving page actions on Big Sur
  • Resolves crashes with imprints on Big Sur
  • Resolves OCR layer editing issues on Big Sur
  • Fixes sidebar and highlight button appearance on Big Sur
  • Update localization for JavaScript editor
  • Other fixes and improvements

12.2  released 2020-10-06

  • Add items to the library from the context menu
  • Adds JavaScript editing (PDFpenPro only)
  • Updates for upcoming releases of macOS
  • Various fixes and improvements

12.1.2  released 2020-07-15

  • Resolves crash upon clean install

12.1.1  released 2020-07-14

  • Resolves issue with saving digital signatures
  • Improves image editing
  • Fixes text-to-speech support for selected text (Accessibility)
  • Corrects page orientation issues
  • Fixes occasional crashes
  • Other fixes and improvements

12.1  released 2020-06-16

  • Displays page labels
  • Edit page labels (PDFpenPro only)
  • Other fixes and improvements

12.0.2  released 2020-05-12

  • Fixes OCR positioning for pages having 90 or 270 degree rotation
  • Fixes issue with dragging and redrawing callouts with wide strokes
  • Fixes memory leaks in Bezier Smoothing code
  • Fixes issue where dragging a thumb in-place after dragging to finder causes duplication
  • Fixes DocuSign login to restart where previous attempts didn’t complete
  • Fixes retain loops likely causing crashes on exit
  • Removes memory leaks when moving images or other objects on pages
  • Speeds up the document deskew process
  • Major memory and timing improvements when resampling whole documents
  • Other fixes and improvements

12.0.1  released 2020-04-29

  • Add callouts to the annotation sidebar
  • Fixes post OCR compression and saving issues
  • Other fixes and improvements

12.0  released 2020-04-28

  • Optimize PDFs for smaller files sizes
    • Customize image quality/settings
    • Delete 3rd party metadata
  • Advanced PDF compression (integrated)
    • MRC
    • CCITT
    • Post OCR
  • Magnifier window
  • Callout tool
  • Customized paper styles
  • DocuSign® support (PDFpenPro only)
  • New welcome experience

PDFpen 11

11.2.3  released 2020-11-19

  • Resolves OCR layer editing issues on Big Sur
  • Resolves crash when redrawing imprints
  • Resolves highlight toolbar button to show full icons
  • Other fixes and improvements

11.2.2  released 2020-03-31

  • Removes items which provoke contacts access request
  • Improves appearance of major upgrade overlay

11.2.1  released 2020-01-09

  • Fixes issue where signatures turn black when made transparent
  • Removes text-only option in toolbar
  • Other fixes and improvements

11.2  released 2019-11-05

  • Adds ability to edit content in table cells
  • Other fixes and improvements

11.1.2  released 2019-10-17

  • Resolves Catalina crash related to cursor rectangles
  • Resolves Catalina crash related to notes

11.1.1  released 2019-10-03

  • Resolves registration issue when upgrading to Catalina

11.1  released 2019-07-09

  • Improves ability to select and copy column and table data
  • Adds automatic page rotation option for scans:
    • Rotate and deskew scanned pages independently of OCR
    • Rotate and deskew scanned pages when performing OCR
  • Other fixes and improvements

11.0.3  released 2019-06-18

  • Resolves crash when saving documents involving large numbers of objects
  • Other fixes and improvements

11.0.2  released 2019-05-29

  • Fixes hiding sidebar in full-screen mode
  • Fixes page up/down keyboard navigation in split view
  • Resolves crash exporting to PDF/A and PowerPoint
  • Resolves crash when highlighting in full-screen mode
  • Other fixes and improvements

11.0.1  released 2019-05-16

  • Fixes PayPal purchase

11.0  released 2019-05-15

  • Split-view mode for editing
  • New Font Bar for expressive font control
  • Import scans from Continuity Camera
  • Customize page-number locations
  • Add multiple items to the Library at once
  • Adds option to turn off Guides
  • Adds Medical/Legal dictionaries for OCR (English language)
  • Various improvements and fixes

PDFpen 10

10.2.4  released 2019-04-02

  • Resolves issue with page change upon save
  • Other fixes and improvements

10.2.3  released 2019-03-19

  • Fixes Polygon tool
  • Fixes allowed space for extra buttons on Editing Bar before they are collapsed
  • Correctly saves field values of Radio Button groups

10.2.2  released 2019-02-28

  • Updates OCR engine
  • Other fixes and improvements

10.2.1  released 2018-11-13

  • Adds notarization for increased security
  • Fixes crash at purchase completion
  • Fixes crash on File -> New -> From HTML…

10.2  released 2018-10-16

  • Smooths scrolling
  • Draws thumbnails faster
  • Supports Mojave dark mode
  • Increases maximum zoom to 1600%
  • Other fixes and improvements

10.1.2  released 2018-08-23

  • Resolves potential hang on launch with specific documents
  • Other fixes and improvements

10.1.1  released 2018-06-13

  • Major performance improvements relating to thumbnails and display
  • Reduced memory requirements for opening large documents
  • Display progress dialog when adding headers and footers

10.1  released 2018-05-16

  • Updates files based on last save from any app
  • Remembers Form Field & Link Highlighting per document
  • Includes check boxes in Form Field Highlighting
  • Displays link destination on hover
  • Adds image opacity controls
  • Supports AppleScript for:
    • Batch OCR
    • Headers & Footers
    • Page numbers

10.0.1  released 2018-04-17

  • Restores custom color button functionality
  • Closes PayPal popup if purchase is cancelled
  • Ensures PayPal popup appears in front of welcome window
  • Adds localized help for French, Italian, and Japanese
  • Resolves some document-specific issues
  • Other minor fixes and improvements

10.0  released 2018-04-10

  • Adds watermarks
  • Insert Headers & Footers
  • OCR multiple documents in batch (PDFpenPro only)
  • New Precision Edit tool selects, moves, resizes and deletes line art and text
  • Improves move & resize of images
  • Enhances page number styling
  • Adds larger Library item view
  • Prettier drawing colors
  • Adds context menu options
  • Various improvements and fixes

PDFpen 9

9.2.2  released 2017-10-17

  • Resolves issue with export when using Asian languages (PDFpenPro only)
  • Other fixes and improvements

9.2  released 2017-09-05

  • Improves OCR performance and accuracy

9.1.1  released 2017-08-25

  • Fixes cases where Find window can be hidden

9.1  released 2017-07-25

  • Opens previously-opened documents at same size and position
  • Add and remove Bookmarks, which appear at the top of the Table of Contents
  • Other minor fixes and improvements

9.0.2  released 2017-05-16

  • Ensures black & white scans are stored as 1-bit images
  • Minor fixes and improvements

9.0.1  released 2017-04-14

  • Minor fixes and improvements

9.0  released 2017-04-12

  • Enhances Annotations navigation
    • Select multiple annotations
    • Copy text of selected annotations
    • Delete selected annotations
    • Includes highlights in list
  • Enhances Table of Contents editing (PDFpenPro only):
    • Adds contextual menu
    • Adds multiple selection support
    • Combines Table of Contents entries when combining files
    • Copy Table of Contents entries
  • Adds export options:
    • Export to JPEG, PNG, and 1-bit TIFF
    • Export to flattened PDF
    • Export in grayscale
    • Export one TIFF file per page
    • Export at 72, 200, 300, 600 dpi
  • Adds horizontal OCR for Chinese, Japanese, and Korean (PDFpenPro only)
  • Supports removing OCR layer
  • Create and open links to other files
  • Adds initial support for forms which perform calculations
  • Find & Highlight all instances of a search keyword
  • Adds hand tool for navigation
    • Magnify using hand tool with Option / Command+Option
  • Adds line numbering
  • Adds two additional custom highlight colors
  • Adds keyboard shortcut for ‘Zoom to Width’ ⌥⌘9
  • Supports Print button in interactive forms
  • Adds visual indicator when navigating Table of Contents
  • Smoother navigation to Table of Contents entries
  • Shows full text / tooltips when hovering over related items
  • Shows resizing handles for items off page edge
  • Shows current page and count in document title
  • Print annotation list alone—great for highlights
  • Improves font smoothing for better readability
  • Over 100 other usability improvements

PDFpen 8

8.3.4  released 2017-04-04

  • Fixes behavior when rotating certain PDFs twice in succession
  • Allows New From HTML… via HTTP on macOS 10.12 and later (PDFpenPro only)
  • Resolves potential hang

8.3.3  released 2017-03-14

  • Fixes potential crash when fonts are not processed properly
  • Resolves potential crash related to the font panel
  • Scribbling over a scribble creates a new scribble
  • Updates launch permission to remain valid for 18 years

8.3.2  released 2017-02-16

  • Resolves crash on launch due to expired launch permission

8.3.1  released 2017-01-04

  • Minor fixes and improvements

8.3  released 2016-12-06

  • Adds Touch Bar support for:
    • Editing bar tools
    • Table of Contents (PDFpenPro only)
  • Other fixes and improvements

8.2.1  released 2016-10-20

  • Displays first page correctly in print preview
  • Fixes “selected folder not writable” when scanning on Sierra
  • Resolves numerous issues on 5K Retina iMacs running Sierra

8.2  released 2016-10-05

  • Syncs your Library via iCloud for Smile store purchasers
  • Syncs Library with PDFpen for iPad & iPhone for Smile store purchasers
  • Supports tabs on macOS Sierra (10.12)
  • Other fixes and improvements

8.1  released 2016-09-13

  • Adds new “Snap to Guides” option:
    • Shows center and edge alignment guides when dragging objects
    • Snaps objects to guides
    • Snaps text box to baseline when creating, moving, and resizing
  • Click and move existing objects while new object tool active
  • Improves display of self-signed certificates
  • Preserves tab order after save (PDFpenPro only)
  • Other fixes and improvements

8.0.2  released 2016-06-30

  • Resolves occasional incorrect presentation of document colors
  • Other minor fixes & improvements

8.0.1  released 2016-05-17

  • Press shift-space to scroll a page up
  • Improves signature field compatibility with Adobe® products
  • Other minor fixes and improvements

8.0  released 2016-04-26

  • Validate digital signatures for authenticity and trust of digitally signed documents
  • Digitally sign documents using AATL or self-signed certificates
  • Create a digital certificate for self-signing
  • Preview and extract file attachments and annotations
  • Record and playback audio annotations
  • Measure distances with the measurement tool, including those within architectural documents
  • Export PDF to Microsoft® Word (.docx) offline
  • Create Portfolio documents, combining related files together (PDFpenPro only)
  • Add and delete file attachments and annotations (PDFpenPro only)
  • Choose widget styles for radio buttons and checkboxes (PDFpenPro only)
  • Rearrange tab order of form fields via sidebar drag and drop (PDFpenPro only)
  • Export PDF to Microsoft® Excel (.xlsx) offline (PDFpenPro only)

PDFpen 7

7.3.4  released 2015-12-29

  • Resolves issue with File -> Open command

7.3.3  released 2015-12-15

  • Adds Services menu support for selected text and single images
  • Supports OCR of business card size documents
  • Uses Measurement Units preference when showing page size in Document Info
  • Resolves case where Correct Text could increase file size
  • Other fixes and improvements

7.3.2  released 2015-10-08

  • Fixes crash when opening specific documents

7.3.1  released 2015-09-29

  • Compatible with El Capitan (OS X 10.11)
  • Minor fixes and improvements

7.3  released 2015-08-11

  • Improves scanning performance and reliability
  • Resolves numerous scanning issues
  • Fixes to prepare for upcoming releases of OS X
  • Other minor fixes and improvements

7.2.1  released 2015-07-14

  • Restores double-click to keep a tool selected
  • Fixes appearance of Overview button in Scan window
  • Removes save prompt for unedited graphics files

7.2  released 2015-07-07

  • Adds new Cloud annotation tool
  • Adds case-sensitive search option
  • Adds Editing preference for automatic selection tool switching
  • Improves popup notes for highlights and stamps:
    • Adds Edit Note and Delete Note menu commands
    • Adds Delete Note button
  • Enhances annotation list:
    • Shows annotation icons
    • Wraps text for improved readability
    • Shows date, author, and location when available
  • Adds read-only Document Permissions window to PDFpen
  • Exports new unsaved documents
  • Other fixes and improvements

7.1.1  released 2015-04-28

  • Minor fixes and improvements

7.1  released 2015-03-24

  • Adds formatting options for page numbering:
    • Font Family
    • Font Size
    • Color
    • Format
    • Page Range
  • Create custom stamps
  • Adds additional stamps: Copied, Faxed, Paid, Scanned
  • Auto-deskew when performing OCR
  • Improves German localization
  • Improves VoiceOver support in PDF forms
  • Other fixes and improvements

7.0.2  released 2015-02-10

  • Adds Share button to default toolbar
  • Fixes a form-related incompatibility with Adobe® Acrobat® / Reader®
  • Fixes case where signature compresses when resized
  • Other fixes and improvements

7.0.1  released 2015-01-27

  • Adds pure color options to color picker
  • Uses default email reader for File > Mail Document command
  • Resolves issues with color selection for text and comment boxes
  • Dismisses file dialog when a document is opened
  • Resolves issue with Combine PDFs script
  • Other minor fixes and improvements

7.0  released 2015-01-13

  • Modern user interface updated for Yosemite
  • Viewable OCR layer for proofing OCR text from scanned pages
  • Context-sensitive popup-menus enable quick edits
  • Performance enhancements for load and save
  • Compatible with iCloud Drive
  • Tools remember last chosen colors and properties
  • Freeform highlighting
  • Sign PDF forms via interactive signature fields (not digital signatures)
  • Text fields support combed/segmented display
  • Correct typos in OCR text layer (PDFpenPro only)
  • Export to Microsoft® Excel (.xlsx, .xls), Microsoft® PowerPoint (.pptx), and PDF Archive (PDF/A) formats (requires Internet connection and must be a licensed user, PDFpenPro only)
  • Add interactive signature fields to forms (PDFpenPro only)

PDFpen 6

6.3.2  released 2014-08-19

  • Fixes to prepare for upcoming releases of OS X
  • Other fixes and improvements

6.3.1  released 2014-07-16

  • Improves performance on Mavericks
  • Fixes crash when scanner is unplugged while PDFpen is running
  • Fixes potential crashes with the scanning window
  • Improves editing bar appearance on Yosemite developer preview
  • Resolves issue with access to tools when search results are displayed

6.3  released 2014-06-10

  • Adds Text-to-Speech support
  • Improves save performance, especially with large or complex PDFs
  • Improves search performance
  • Restores ⌘5 as keyboard equivalent for Tools -> Text
  • Improves VoiceOver support for fillable text fields
  • Improves Accessibility of several user interface elements
  • Improves performance of Split PDF script
  • Adds option to skip Create Form Fields alert (PDFpenPro only)
  • Adds preference to restore all disabled alerts
  • Adds AppleScript support for owner password, permissions, and selected page
  • Other fixes and improvements

6.2.1  released 2014-05-06

  • Adds support for AES-256 encryption from Adobe Acrobat X and later
  • Adds Open Scripts Folder menu item
  • Adds support for Zoom In using ⌘+ and Zoom Out using ⌘-
  • Fixes Combine PDFs script
  • Fixes Quartz filters
  • Other fixes and improvements

6.2  released 2014-04-15

  • Exports plain text and rich text
  • Select language(s) for Word export to improve accuracy
  • Drag from the Thumbnail view to the Finder and other apps
  • Drop multiple pages from Preview’s Thumbnails into PDFpen’s Thumbnails
  • Drop Word documents directly into the Thumbnail view
  • Adds page count field to the document inspector
  • Adds support for removing the owner password
  • Supports Automator workflows in the scripts menu (OS X 10.8 and later)
  • Numerous fixes and improvements

6.1.5  released 2014-02-19

  • Minor fixes and improvements

6.1.4  released 2014-02-11

  • Increases PDF page limit to 999 when creating from HTML (PDFpenPro only)
  • Improves responsiveness when using a tablet with the scribble tool
  • Resolves possible crash when printing
  • Other fixes and improvements

6.1.3  released 2014-01-22

  • Adds new Redaction toolbar buttons (Block Selection, Erase Selection), which can be installed using View -> Customize Toolbar
  • Adds support for clickable links from telephone numbers
  • Adds support for creating tel: links via Create Links from URLs (PDFpenPro only)
  • Changes the file save command so that it does not allow saving changes to a locked document
  • Fixes an issue which causes the Page Up / Page Down key to behave incorrectly when Continuous scrolling is enabled
  • Fixes an issue which causes some document pages to appear blank
  • Fixes an issue which prevents changing the stroke style or stroke width values when multiple objects are selected
  • Other fixes and improvements

6.1.2  released 2013-12-17

  • Improves performance with several classes of PDF document
  • Reduces memory usage
  • Minor fixes and improvements

6.1.1  released 2013-11-07

  • Minor fixes and improvements

6.1  released 2013-10-30

  • Adds support for PDF stamps
  • Adds a library of standard business stamps (e.g. Approved, Confidential, Sign Here)
  • Add and view popup notes associated with annotations, such as highlighting and drawing objects
  • Adds support for saving PDFs to Evernote Business notebooks
  • Adds support for creating form fields for an entire document, in addition to per page (PDFpenPro only)
  • Adds Create Links from URLs command to detect and create links (PDFpenPro only)
  • Adds option to display source URL on pages when creating PDFs from websites (PDFpenPro only)
  • Checkboxes automatically created in forms are now borderless (PDFpenPro only)
  • Opens PDF files with missing or incorrect extensions
  • Adds QuickLook preview of Library items
  • Adds menu item and keyboard shortcut to insert selected Library item
  • Resolves a number of issues related to rotated pages and objects
  • Other fixes and improvements

6.0.5  released 2013-08-20

  • Adds option to print “Selected Pages in Sidebar” in print dialog
  • Adds dictionary lookup on three finger tap (OS X 10.8+)
  • Supports printing multiple, non-contiguous selections of pages
  • Supports ‘make new page at …’ in AppleScript
  • Supports enhanced AppleScript printing
  • Improves performance with encrypted PDFs
  • Improves performance with PDFs containing inline images
  • Improves ability to open malformed PDFs
  • Fixes OCR functionality on Mavericks
  • Fixes scribble tool on Mavericks
  • Fixes Populate Script Menu on Mavericks
  • Other fixes and improvements

6.0.4  released 2013-07-09

  • Treats PDFs from Print to PDFpen as new, untitled documents
  • Improves highlighting in documents with irregular word spacing
  • Resolves cases where pages appeared blank due to unusual coordinates
  • Resolves a number of issues which prevented opening of specific classes of PDF
  • Fixes selection on last line of multi-line text fields from Correct Text
  • Fixes issue with redacting PDFs printed from Chrome
  • Other minor fixes and improvements

6.0.3  released 2013-05-16

  • Adds Polish language OCR
  • Draws annotations when exporting in TIFF format
  • Pasted plain text now obeys the default font preference
  • Opens and repairs an additional class of damaged PDF
  • Fixes Zoom to Width on smaller screens
  • Fixes internal linking when creating PDF from HTML (PDFpenPro only)
  • Other minor fixes and improvements

6.0.2  released 2013-04-25

  • Adds General preference to toggle autosave and versions
  • Dramatically reduces memory usage
  • Fixes issues when saving PDF forms
  • Resolves issues with applying foreground, background, and stroke colors
  • Respects document permissions for Insert Page Numbers…
  • Uses default font when automatically creating form fields
  • Sets multi-line property when automatically creating tall form fields
  • Improves tab ordering upon automatic form creation
  • Other minor fixes and improvements

6.0.1  released 2013-03-28

  • Allows Word export on OS X 10.7 Lion
  • Preview and QuickLook now respect password-protected PDFs saved by PDFpen
  • Fixes issues with importing and using Library items
  • Resolves potential hang when right-clicking in Sidebar
  • Fixes opening of LaTeX-generated PDFs
  • Fixes opening of PDF portfolios
  • Fixes links to PDFpenPro-specific help topics
  • Allows populating scripts menu on Lion
  • Other minor fixes and improvements

6.0  released 2013-03-19

  • Adds editing bar for faster, easier access to tools and properties
  • Export in Microsoft® Word (.doc, .docx) format (requires Internet connection, must be licensed user)
  • Optimized for full resolution viewing on Retina displays
  • Updates and improves document window appearance
  • Supports autosaving and document versions
  • Supports printing lists of annotations
  • Adds filtering by type of displayed annotations
  • Adds option to highlight form fields with transparent background
  • Adds support for re-ordering items in the Library
  • Syncs Library via iCloud for use with PDFpen for iPhone/iPad (Mac App Store version only)
  • Adds Russian language OCR
  • Edit document permissions to control saving, printing, copying, etc. (PDFpenPro only)
  • Create form fields automatically (PDFpenPro only)

PDFpen 5

5.9.5  released 2013-02-15

  • Minor fixes and improvements

5.9.4  released 2013-01-15

  • Reduces memory usage
  • Improves ability to open documents not following the PDF specification correctly
  • Improves OCR error handling
  • Resolves sandboxing issue with File -> New -> From HTML… on local files (PDFpenPro only)
  • Other minor fixes

5.9.3  released 2012-12-05

  • Resolves issue with occasional incorrect page display
  • Other minor fixes

5.9.2  released 2012-11-14

  • Fixes issue with saving some PDF documents
  • Other minor fixes

5.9.1  released 2012-10-31

  • Fixes potential hang

5.9  released 2012-10-31

  • Improves performance by significantly reducing memory usage
  • Adopts new method to log in to Evernote
  • Adopts Apple’s sandboxing for improved security
  • Other minor fixes

5.8.6  released 2012-09-26

  • Fixes scanning on OS X 10.8.2

5.8.5  released 2012-07-28

  • Fixes scanning on Lion (OS X 10.7)
  • Fixes case where resampling at lower resolution can result in larger saved file
  • Other minor fixes

5.8.4  released 2012-07-03

  • Mountain Lion (OS X 10.8) compatible
  • Other minor fixes and improvements

5.8.3  released 2012-06-07

  • Fixes potential crash when highlighting a document with 5.8.2
  • Fixes silent failure of Check for Update in 5.8.2

5.8.2  released 2012-06-06

  • Fixes an issue which caused PDFpenPro to crash when opening documents under some circumstances
  • Fixes an issue which affected saving under some circumstances
  • Fixes an issue which caused PDFpenPro to hang when the sidebar was expanded to cover the entire page area
  • Fixes an issue which caused PDFpenPro to crash when attempting to cancel PDF from HTML document creation (PDFpenPro only)
  • Other minor fixes and improvements

5.8.1  released 2012-05-08

  • Adds screen width as an initial window size preference
  • Adds menu and toolbar “Zoom to Width” commands which sets the zoom to fill all available display width
  • Improves OCR accuracy by suppressing the use of ligatures
  • Improves text selection accuracy in a number of cases
  • Adds a confirmation prompt before allowing the Edit > Reset Form command to proceed
  • Adds an error recovery prompt when attempting to save a document to iCloud with a duplicate name
  • Adds ability to insert text imprints from the library via a double-click
  • Fixes an issue which caused a gradual shift in color when using text fields
  • Other minor fixes and improvements

5.8  released 2012-03-27

  • iCloud folders support:
    • Move documents to iCloud via drag and drop
    • Remove documents from iCloud to local management via drag and drop
    • View contents of folders on iCloud
    • Create new folders on iCloud via drag and drop
    • Move documents to different folders on iCloud via drag and drop
    • Rename folders on iCloud
  • Fixes some OCR issues
  • Drops support for 32 bit Intel processors due to adoption of Apple’s new ARC memory management
  • Other minor fixes and improvements

5.7.2  released 2012-02-22

  • Fix potential issue with saving primarily on Snow Leopard
  • Fix localization of page numbering

5.7.1  released 2012-02-22

  • Signed with Gatekeeper-friendly Developer ID from Apple
  • Fixes gradual shift in color when using comments
  • Fixes issue with text tool when object stroke is set to none
  • Fixes for various documents that did not open successfully
  • Other minor fixes and improvements

5.7  released 2012-01-25

  • iCloud support:
    • View PDFpen documents on iCloud
    • Open PDFpen documents on iCloud
    • Move documents to iCloud
    • Remove PDFpen documents from iCloud to local management
    • Delete PDFpen documents on iCloud
    • Rename PDFpen documents on iCloud
    • Preview PDFpen document content on iCloud
    • Integrates with PDFpen for iPad
  • Other fixes and improvements

5.6.2  released 2011-12-14

  • Adds preference for alert sound on OCR completion
  • Adds preference for default sidebar view
  • Adds file size and document size to document info panel
  • Shows OCR languages in localized form
  • Improves full screen handling on Lion
  • Adds menu titles for highlight colors
  • Fixes handling for some types of interactive forms
  • Other fixes and improvements

5.6.1  released 2011-10-25

  • Fixes issue with saving of Table of Contents data introduced in 5.6

5.6  released 2011-10-25

  • Allows setting the name used with notes and comments
  • Supports anonymous notes and comments
  • Adds preference to view document on screen at its physical size
  • AppleScript access to text of page and document
  • Separates general and editing preferences
  • Fixes a number of rotation-related issues
  • Improves selection accuracy in a number of cases
  • Eliminates several crashing bugs
  • Other minor fixes and improvements

5.5.1  released 2011-09-13

  • Added Bates numbering without leading zeros when digits is 0
  • Fixed a number of text selection issues
  • Fixed font setting for text fields (PDFpenPro only)
  • Added Japanese localization of page numbering
  • Fixed drawing and positioning issues on first generation (32-bit) Intel machines
  • Fixed crash when saving forms with text fields on Snow Leopard
  • Other minor fixes and improvements

5.5  released 2011-08-30

  • Added robust page numbering via Edit > Insert Page Numbers…
    • Position page numbers in header or footer and set alignment
    • Alignment options include ”inside, outside“ for facing page printing
    • Improved Bates Numbering with user-specified prefix, digit count, and starting number
    • Options for number formatting, including letters and Roman numerals
  • Added initial support for Lion full screen mode
  • Other minor fixes and improvements

5.4.1  released 2011-07-06

  • Fix Insert toolbar button

5.4  released 2011-06-22

  • Extract then edit files from PDF collections / ”portfolios“
  • Improves Table of Contents editing (PDFpenPro only)
  • Fixes post-OCR selection in some instances
  • Other fixes and improvements

5.3  released 2011-05-17

  • Supports saving with 128-bit AES-128 encryption
  • Supports saving with 256-bit AES-256 encryption
  • Supports Unicode passwords (AES-256 only)
  • Allows setting encryption method when saving via AppleScript
  • Improves performance when opening large documents
  • Improves handling of off-spec PDFs
  • Other fixes and improvements

5.2.4  released 2011-04-13

  • Fix scripting functionality inadvertently broken in 5.2.3

5.2.3  released 2011-04-13

  • AppleScript support for creating PDFs from HTML (PDFpenPro only)
  • Fixes problem with performing Correct Text after saving a document
  • Other fixes and improvements

5.2.2  released 2011-03-24

  • Select destination for scans
  • Includes full Japanese help
  • Fixes OCR-related hang
  • Other fixes and improvements

5.2.1  released 2011-01-19

  • Adds Spanish localization
  • Improves Italian localization
  • Fixes performance issue with continuous viewing
  • Other bug fixes and improvements

5.2  released 2011-01-06

  • First Mac App Store release

5.0.3  released 2010-11-18

  • Adds new welcome window
  • Fixes problem where saving a scanned image can result in a blank page
  • Fixes problems which can prevent saving under some circumstances
  • Fixes problem with the naming of buttons in forms (PDFpenPro)
  • Fixes ability to turn off password protection during save
  • Other bug fixes and improvements

5.0.2  released 2010-10-12

  • Reduced memory footprint for large documents
  • Added AppleScript document property: ”needs OCR“
  • Fixed potential hang when using Combine PDFs… script
  • Fixed problem with printing artifacts and clipping
  • Numerous minor fixes and improvements

5.0.1  released 2010-09-09

  • Add support for 32-bit Intel processors

5.0  released 2010-09-09

  • Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) only, 64-bit
  • Faster operation, better capacity to handle larger documents
  • Multi-core OCR processes multiple pages in parallel
  • Redact or erase text, including OCR text
  • Search and replace text
  • Search and redact text
  • Forms support list widgets and http submit button
  • OCR enhanced to handle colored text on a colored or shaded background
  • Deskew scanned document pages for improved OCR
  • Change resolution and color depth of a single image or scanned document to reduce PDF file size
  • Adjust contrast and apply other effects to a single image or scanned document
  • Enhanced selection of objects or text by auto-select of needed tool
  • URL auto-detection when clicking text
  • Select text within any rectangular region for copying (via option select)
  • Pinch to zoom via trackpad; zoom by chosen percentage
  • Measurements shown for rectangular selection and crop
  • Facing pages viewable with page one shown on the left or right
  • Print to pre-printed forms via option only to print information added to a document
  • Scale setting observed when printing
  • Convert a website into multipage PDF document (PDFpenPro only)
  • Create list widgets and pop-ups (PDFpenPro only)
  • Create submit button to submit form data via web or email (PDFpenPro only)
  • Backend integration enables gathering data from http-submitted forms (PDFpenPro only)

PDFpen 4

4.7  released 2010-07-06

4.6.2  released 2010-04-28

  • Fixed occasional problem where Correct Text blanks more than it should
  • Switched to FastSpring for in-product purchases
  • Other minor improvements and fixes

4.6.1  released 2010-03-31

  • Improved position accuracy for OCR’d text selection and highlight
  • Fixed occasional problem with sheet-fed scanners repeatedly returning first page
  • Fixed occasional failure to draw text annotations
  • Fixed failure to select text when font has zero ascent and descent
  • Other minor improvements and fixes

4.6  released 2010-02-23

  • European language OCR; in addition to English, PDFpenPro supports:
    • German
    • French
    • Spanish
    • Italian
    • Dutch
    • Norwegian
    • Swedish
    • Finnish
    • Danish
    • Portuguese
    • Catalan
  • Miscellaneous improvements and bug fixes

4.5.3  released 2010-12-16

  • Includes table content in OCR
  • “Merge Every Other” script
  • Various drawing fixes

4.5.2  released 2010-11-11

  • Reduces memory requirements for OCR
  • Improved loading of newer encrypted PDFs
  • CMYK images and images in cropped PDF scans no longer hide when saved
  • Make Transparent Image no longer adds unwanted borders
  • Locked drawing tools no longer display selection when in use
  • Miscellaneous improvements and bug fixes

4.5.1  released 2010-10-14

  • Miscellaneous improvements and bug fixes

4.5  released 2010-09-29

  • New OCR engine with improved accuracy
  • New highlight text tool — select and highlight text in a single action
  • Scan directly into PDFpenPro from Image Capture or TWAIN scanners (Snow Leopard only)
  • Numerous improvements and bug fixes

4.2.1  released 2010-09-11

  • Fixed problems with opening some PDF documents on Snow Leopard
  • Fixed Quartz filters on Snow Leopard
  • Improved click selection behavior on Snow Leopard
  • Fixed problems with filling some IRS forms
  • Combine PDFs and Split PDF scripts no longer require Rosetta
  • Other fixes and improvements

4.2  released 2010-08-12

  • Added support for documents encrypted with 128-bit AES encryption
  • Added support for the enhanced print event in AppleScript
  • Other fixes and improvements

4.1.5  released 2010-07-07

  • Fixes some geometry problems (primarily with rotation)
  • Fixes potential crashing bug inadvertently introduced in 4.1.4

4.1.4  released 2010-07-01

  • Improved display performance for large documents
  • Added AppleScript document property: ”performing OCR“
  • Other minor fixes and improvements

4.1.3  released 2010-05-12

  • Fixes problem with highlight being offset on certain documents
  • Fixes problem where page disappears when using Correct Text
  • Selecting entries in the annotations list no longer triggers crop
  • Other minor fixes and improvements

4.1.2  released 2010-04-07

  • Mail Document menu item (in the File menu)
  • Performance improvements
  • Bug fixes

4.1.1  released 2010-03-18

  • Sparkle support for in-application updating
  • Fixes to polygon and round-edged rectangle creation
  • Fixes for grid snap with continuous view

4.1  released 2010-03-03

  • Continuous scrolling in both single and facing page views
  • Edit in facing page view
  • Edit while continuous scrolling
  • AppleScript support for OCR
  • View form field tab order in PDFpenPro
  • Miscellaneous improvements and bug fixes

4.0.4  released 2010-01-02

  • Improvements for Axiotron Modbook pen input
  • Minor fixes and updates

4.0.3  released 2008-12-18

  • Bug fixes and stability improvement

4.0.2  released 2008-11-12

  • Command-option to force OCR of whole document
  • Added Bates numbering to script menu
  • Changed object transparency to work with Preview
  • Restored French and Italian localizations
  • Fixed page size interpretation for high density images
  • Other minor fixes and improvements

4.0.1  released 2008-10-01

  • Added preferences for OCR prompting
  • Fixed accuracy of search selection in columnar documents
  • Fixed highlight over-drawing problem
  • Fixed underline positioning
  • Fixed table of contents editing on Mac OS X 10.4
  • Other minor fixes and improvements

4.0  released 2008-09-17

  • Optical Character Recognition (OCR) recognizes text in many scanned documents, allowing scanned text to be selected, copied, and modified.
  • Improved User Interface; including a document sidebar with thumbnails, and table of contents; streamlined properties window; clearer toolbar controls.
  • Significant file compatibility upgrades.
  • Import Microsoft Word documents.
  • Print notes and comments.
  • Additional mark-up capabilities including underline, strikethrough, and custom highlight color.
  • Text imprints can be saved in the Library for reuse.
  • Create and edit document Table of Contents (PDFpenPro only).
  • Save as TIFF.
  • Re-written and improved online help.
  • Image compression in saved files via ColorSync.
  • Multiple column text selection significantly improved.
  • Text color choices separated from graphics.
  • Custom highlight color Preference.
  • Scribble tool recognizes and assembles multiple stroke tablet input.
  • Arrow choices for line endings.
  • Pattern selection for outlines.
  • Multiple file selection in import dialog.
  • New application icon.

PDFpen 3

3.5.2  released 2008-08-27

  • Various fixes and improvements

3.5.1  released 2008-08-19

  • Various fixes and improvements

3.5  released 2008-07-22

  • Improved ability to open PDFs following newer specifications
  • Improved ability to open non-standard PDF documents
  • Resolved several cases of disappearing text when using Correct Text
  • Resolved several cases of garbled text when using Correct Text
  • Numerous stability improvements and minor bug fixes

3.4.2  released 2008-06-25

  • Improved handling of font widths for fonts used frequently for OCR
  • Fixed occasional crashing bug affecting some bank statements
  • Other minor fixes and improvements

3.4.1  released 2008-03-20

  • Minor improvements and fixes

3.4  released 2008-03-18

  • Fixed problem where fonts or spacing could appear jumbled
  • Fixed setting font, alignment and color for form fields in PDFpenPro
  • Improved performance when adding imprints to large documents
  • Various stability improvements
  • Improved performance opening documents on 10.4.11 and 10.5.x

3.3.2  released 2008-01-09

  • Improved support for protected documents
  • Minor improvements and fixes

3.3.1  released 2007-11-06

  • Fixed ”Combine PDF“ script under Leopard
  • Fixed ”Open with PDFpenPro“ workflow item under Leopard
  • Fixed positioning of markup when page is cropped
  • Fixed positioning of comments when page is rotated
  • Improved compatibility with off-spec documents

3.3  released 2007-08-14

  • Display of highlight, strikethrough, underline, and squiggly text annotations
  • Display of line, square, circle, ink, and stamp annotations
  • Preference to lock large images automatically
  • Printed pages are centered
  • Various other fixes

3.2  released 2007-06-05

  • Library of English Proofreading Marks for PDF mark-up
  • Improved handling of scanned PDF documents
  • Several other improvements and fixes

3.1.1  released 2007-04-03

  • Remembers zoom level and page position of previously-opened documents
  • Respects default font size preference when creating form fields
  • Minor bug fixes and improvements

3.1  released 2006-11-28

  • Add, edit, and remove URL and page links in PDFpenPro
  • Access text formatting attributes via AppleScript
  • Fixed “Merge Imprints into Page” function
  • Fixed redraw performance problem introduced in 3.0.2
  • Other minor fixes and improvements

3.0.2  released 2006-10-24

  • Facing pages view displays properly
  • Links now support Border attributes (editable in PDFpenPro)
  • Correct Text works in encrypted documents which permit editing
  • Open and Save AppleScript commands accept an optional password
  • Various minor bug fixes


PDFpenPro 3.0.1 was not released for download.

3.0  released 2006-10-10

  • Edit images – move / resize / copy / delete existing images in PDFs
  • Correct / modify text – replace text in PDFs with editable text blocks
  • View table of contents
  • Select text in multiple columns
  • Copy rich text – retain fonts and formatting when copying from PDFs
  • User interface enhancements

PDFpen 2

2.4.2  released 2006-08-29

  • Improved selection behavior for PDF images
  • Improved text location and selection
  • Fixed problem interpreting Unicode character maps
  • Single disk image for all languages

2.4.1  released 2006-08-01

  • Improved UNICODE support
  • Goto links on PDFpenPro are now followed
  • Various reliability enhancements

2.4  released 2006-06-28

  • Support for PDF comments
  • Display and navigate from a list of comments, notes and imprints
  • Various other fixes and improvements

2.3.4  released 2006-04-11

  • Enhanced document compatibility
  • Updates for password-protected documents on Intel Universal binary

2.3.3  released 2006-03-21

  • Updates essential for Intel Universal binary
  • Additional keyboard shortcuts for highlighting, inserting a blank page, and go to page
  • Various improvements and performance enhancements

2.3.2  released 2006-01-31

  • Universal Binary (runs native on Intel and PowerPC)

2.3.1  released 2005-10-04

  • Improves quality of printed imprints

2.3  released 2005-09-20

  • Improved performance for handling complex forms
  • Improved interactivity for document display
  • Improved display performance
  • Fixes problem with disappearing imprints in affected documents
  • Various other fixes and improvements

2.2.2  released 2005-07-06

  • Fixes problem writing annotations to secure PDFs

2.2.1  released 2005-06-28

  • Open with PDFpenPro directly from the Print dialog
  • Improved compatibility with off-spec PDF files
  • Minor bug fixes

2.2  released 2005-05-31

  • Open secure and password-protected PDF documents *
  • Save documents with password security
  • Create multi-stroke freehand imprints
  • Create multi-line polygon imprints
  • Add links to URLs and pages in document (requires PDFpenPro)
  • Follow remote file links
  • Optimized drawing performance
  • Improved memory management
  • Better handling of off-spec PDFs
  • Minor bug fixes and improvements
  • PDFpenPro respects PDF document security permissions

2.1.1  released 2005-04-25

  • Tiger (Mac OS X 10.4) compatible
  • PDFpenPro now creates Preview-fillable text fields (re-save existing PDFpenPro forms to enable)
  • Resolved Tiger-specific crash when adding imprints
  • Resolved hang with Combine PDF / Split PDF scripts when called from script menu

2.1  released 2005-03-30

  • View, add, and edit PDF notes
  • Crop pages
  • Select and copy rectangular areas
  • Compress uncompressed images when saving (requires PDFpenPro)
  • Imprinted images retain compression settings when saved
  • Further non-spec PDF issues resolved
  • Performance and stability enhancements

2.0.1  released 2005-02-15

  • Multi-line text in forms is displayed properly
  • Size to fit improved for small point sizes
  • Precisely horizontal and vertical lines display properly
  • Old-style link annotations function properly
  • Performance improvements
  • Stability improvements

2.0  released 2005-01-04

  • Fill out and save filled-out PDF forms
  • Create cross-platform fillable PDF forms (requires PDFpenPro)
  • Search, select, and copy full text of PDF documents
  • View and follow links in PDF documents
  • Add highlighting markup to document text
  • Align objects
  • Show and snap to grid
  • Set default font and size for text imprints
  • Check for updates via Internet
  • Numerous improvements and fixes

PDFpen 1

1.2.1  released 2004-06-08

  • Enhanced speed and responsiveness of text operations
  • Improved precision and responsiveness of freehand drawing tool
  • Prints at 100% scale unless specified in Page Setup
  • Split PDF script fixed
  • Unexpected scroll-to-top fixed
  • Numerous issues with non-spec PDFs resolved

1.2  released 2004-03-17

  • Freehand drawing tool for making your own scribbles
  • Library palette of built-in vector drawings, your images, and your scribbles
  • View and edit PDF document info
  • Rotate page(s)
  • Open multi-page TIFF files (and other graphics files)
  • Ruler support for text imprints
  • Right-to-left multi-page view option
  • Double-click to set default tool

1.1  released 2004-02-10

  • Hand tool for scrolling
  • Combine PDFs and Split PDF scripts (droplets)
  • Improved drawing speed
  • Outline border for text imprints
  • Improved font and bounds size for default text imprint
  • Slimmer text cursor
  • Better handling of non-spec PDF files