New PDF Editing Software for Mac OS X Promote Paperless Workflow

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SmileOnMyMac has released PDFpen 4.0, the latest version of its popular and affordable PDF editing tool for Mac OS X. PDFpen promotes a paperless workflow by enabling users to add signatures and fill out forms without printing PDF documents. The new features include basic OCR (Optical Character Recognition), Microsoft Word import, printing of notes and comments, and significant UI enhancements focused on increasing productivity while editing PDFs.

SmileOnMyMac has released PDFpen 4.0, the latest version of its popular and affordable PDF editing tool for Mac OS X. PDFpen promotes a paperless workflow by enabling users to add signatures and fill out forms without printing PDF documents. With this new version, users can perform basic OCR (Optical Character Recognition) on scanned text documents so they can be edited with the ease of other PDFs.

PDFpen 4.0 features significant UI enhancements focused on increasing productivity, including a new document sidebar for viewing thumbnails, a simplified Properties window, and enhanced toolbar controls. Other new features in PDFpen 4.0 include Microsoft Word document import, printing of notes and comments, additional mark-up options, and file compatibility upgrades.

PDFpenPro, which has all of the features of PDFpen, has also been upgraded. PDFpenPro 4.0 users can now create and edit document Table of Contents, in addition to being able to create and edit cross-platform fillable PDF forms.

"We know that users want to select and edit text in scanned documents," said SmileOnMyMac co-founder Philip Goward. "Now, with the new on-demand OCR capability, PDFpen enables that, providing a seamless PDF editing workflow."

PDFpen costs $49.95. PDFpenPro costs $99.95. Family Pack licenses, which cover up to 5 computers in one household, are $74.95 for PDFpen and $129.95 for PDFpenPro. Upgrades from earlier versions of either application are $25.00, and free to users who purchased after June 1, 2008. Upgrades from any version of PDFpen to PDFpenPro 4.0 are $50.

PDFpen 4.0 and PDFpenPro 4.0 require Mac OS X 10.4 or later. An Intel 1.8 Ghz processor or above is recommended for OCR. Fully-functional demo versions are available at http://www.smileonmymac.com/PDFpen/download.html.

What's new in PDFpen 4.0:

  • Basic 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 features:

  • Add text, images and signatures to PDF
  • Correct text in original PDF with editable text blocks
  • Move, resize, copy and delete images in original PDF
  • Perform basic Optical Character Recognition (OCR) on scanned documents
  • Insert and remove pages; re-order pages in a PDF by drag & drop; combine PDFs
  • Fill out and save PDF forms
  • Copy and paste rich text; retain fonts and formatting when copying from PDFs
  • Select and copy text across multiple columns
  • Add (and print) notes and comments
  • Markup documents with highlighting, underscoring and strikethrough
  • Save frequently-used images, signatures, objects and text in the Library
  • Create cross-platform fillable PDF forms (requires PDFpenPro)
  • Create and edit Table of Contents (requires PDFpenPro)
  • Use with PageSender for a complete fax turn-around solution
  • Automate PDF manipulations with AppleScript
  • Available in English, Japanese, German, Italian, and French

Requirements:

  • Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger) and later

PDFpen Pricing:
$49.95
Family Pack: $74.95 (Up to 5 computers in one household)
Upgrade from earlier versions of PDFpen: $25
(Free upgrade for purchases made after June 1, 2008)

PDFpenPro Pricing:
$99.95
Family Pack: $129.95 (Up to 5 computers in one household)
Upgrade from earlier versions of PDFpenPro: $25
(Free upgrade for purchases made after June 1, 2008)

Upgrade from PDFpen to PDFpenPro 4.x: $50

Site licenses: PDFpen $999, PDFpenPro $1299
Site license terms: Single contact for support; single physical address or company with fewer than 1,000 employees. Contact support@pdfpen.com for more information.

For more information about PDFpen, please visit:
http://www.smileonmymac.com/PDFpen/

About SmileOnMyMac:
SmileOnMyMac makes creative productivity software for Mac OS X, such as PDFpen, the PDF editing tool that won an Editors' Choice Award from The Mac Observer; DiscLabel,the Macworld Eddy award-winning CD label design program; PageSender, feature-rich fax software that also received an Eddy; TextExpander, the typing shortcut tool, and BrowseBack, the visual web history tool that won Best of Show at Macworld 2006. All SmileOnMyMac products are available to download free at http://www.smileonmymac.com.

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