updated 06:00 pm EST, Wed January 25, 2012
Available as $1 companion for direct upgraders
Mac app developer Smile has introduced a version of its business-oriented PDF editor PDFpen to the iPad, allowing users to add text, images and signatures to PDFs, fill out forms and perform many other editing, annotation and management functions with PDF documents, will full iCloud support to allow seamless transfer between iOS and Mac OS X machines. The company also release a new version of PDFpen for Mac for both Mac App Store and direct-update customers.
PDFpen for iPad lets users extensively mark up, combine, edit and annotate PDF unrestricted PDF files, making text blocks editable, images resizeable or deletable, creating a catalog of frequently-used items for re-use in other documents (such as a text-and-signature block), use annotation tools from freehand drawing and shapes to proofreading symbols and more. In addition to full iCloud sync support, files can be transferred via Wi-Fi, iTunes, WebDAV, FTP, iDisk, Dropbox, Evernote and Google Docs.
The new iPad version includes many of the main features of the desktop version (which has other features such as OCR capability), but requires iOS 5 or later. For a limited time, the iPad version is on sale for $10 through the App Store.
Smile has also released a new version of PDFpen and PDFpenPro, now both at version 5.7. The Mac App Store versions of both will automatically include iCloud support, making it fully compatible with the PDFpen for iPad product, and those who have bought their copy of PDFPen or PDFpenPro directly from Smile can purchase the Mac App Store's $1 companion app PDFpen Cloud Access to add iCloud compatibility to their directly-updated version. The difference is due to restrictions from Apple that limit iCloud compatibility to apps that are sold through the App Store or Mac App Store.
Documents stored on iCloud from either PDFpen for iPad or the latest PDFpen Mac versions can be opened and edited in either the iPad or Mac versions. Users can view, open, rename, delete, move and copy iCloud-stored PDFs to and from PDFpen and PDFpenPro via the Cloud Access app. The update to v5.7 is free for registered v5.x users but does require Mac OS X 10.7.2 or later. The Cloud Access app requires a free iCloud account.
The new version also includes minor fixes and improvements, including being scriptable via Applescript. The program is now available in Japanese, German, French, Italian and Spanish as well as English. PDFpen for Mac is $60, with the more advanced PDFpenPro available for $100. Users of earlier versions can upgrade to 5.7 directly from Smile for $25. Family, Office and Site licenses are also available.
The PDFpen Cloud Access app for Mac