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Introduction

Edit PDFs easily with PDFpen!

Welcome to the all-purpose PDF editor for Mac. Add text, images, and signatures. Combine, proof, and edit documents. Fix typos, resize images, fill out forms, and redact sensitive information. Use OCR (Optical Character Recognition) to digitize scanned documents, export to Microsoft® Word, and password-protect.

With advanced features of PDFpenPro, create fillable, submittable forms and PDF Tables of Contents. Send for signatures with DocuSign®. Convert HTML to PDF and PDF to XLSX, PPTX and PDF/A.

Features of PDFpen:

  • Add text, images and signatures to PDF
  • 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 for more extensive editing, as well as TIFF, JPEG, PNG, and flat PDF
  • Scan directly from Image Capture
  • 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 adjust 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; re-order pages in a PDF by drag & drop; combine PDFs maintaining Table of Contents entries
  • Move, resize, copy and delete images in original PDF
  • 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 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 and sync Library items via iCloud
  • Add page numbers, bookmarks, headers and footers, line numbers and watermarks
  • Apply stamps, such as Sign Here and Draft, via the Library
  • Print a list of all annotations along with the document
  • Password protect a document with up to 256-bit AES encryption
  • Automate PDF manipulations with AppleScript and JavaScript Automation
  • Available in English, Japanese, German, French, Italian, and Spanish

Advanced editing with PDFpenPro:

  • Export to Microsoft® Excel (.xlsx, .xls), Microsoft® PowerPoint (.pptx) and PDF Archive (PDF/A) formats
  • 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
  • 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 together
  • Correct typos in OCR text layer
  • OCR horizontal Chinese, Japanese, and Korean
  • DocuSign® support

Support Services

The application ships with extensive online help. Within the application, select Help > PDFpen Help to view the user guide in your default web browser.

For technical support, please contact us. Within the application, select Help > Contact Support.