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Should You Upgrade to PDFpen 8?

I’m happy to see Smile continuing to improve PDFpen. Here’s a look at what’s new:

  • PDFpen catches up with Acrobat to give you the ability to preview and extract file attachments, which are files that are attached to a PDF through an annotation. In PDFpen Pro, you can also now add these attachments. (Apple’s Preview does not support this feature.)

  • Instead of being a note or comment, or a graphic, annotations can now be recorded audio.

  • You can export a PDF to Microsoft Word format locally (in PDFpen 7, it is converted online), and in PDFpen Pro 8 the same is true when you export a PDF to Microsoft Excel format.

  • There are a few new features for working with forms. You can now create and use a certificate for a trusted digital signature, a topic that looks like it will need to be teased out considerably in the next edition of this book to describe usefully. Plus PDFpen Pro has more widget styles for certain form elements and a new sidebar for setting the tab order in a form.

  • Finally, there’s a tool for measuring precise distances on a PDF and there’s the ability to combine multiple PDF documents into a single portfolio.

If any of the above features makes you smile, because it’s exactly what you need, then upgrade away! Or, if you want to support Smile in their efforts to keep PDFpen a modern and useful app that goes the extra mile to support people with specific professional needs, then go ahead and upgrade. PDFpen 8 works with 10.10 Yosemite and later.

For more about what’s new in version 8, and upgrade directions, see the PDFpen & PDFpen Pro version 8 blog post on Smile’s site.

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