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Smile has released new versions of its PDF editing apps for Mac: PDFpen and PDFpenPro. With these apps reaching version 11, both Nigel Tufnel and the versatile tools fans can have something to celebrate. The latest iterations offer many useful conveniences for PDF editing users: A new Split View feature, a text formatting font bar, and support for Apple's Continuity Camera are the highlight features, but the PDFpen apps also include other enhancements.
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The new Split commands allow you to split a PDFpen window either horizontally or vertically. You can browse each view separately and enlarge each independently. When viewing a shared view, the PDFpen treats the left view (for vertical split) or top view (for horizontal parts) as the main view. The second view is read-only so you can compare the content with the main view.
When constrained, this implementation also reduces confusion, as it does not allow you to accidentally edit the content of the wrong view. Split View is especially useful for those who need to view two parts of a PDF at the same time. As someone who often reads PDFs of academic articles and constantly breaks between the endnotes and the main text, I find Split View especially welcome.
Edit text more easily with the font
The new font line expands the PDF edit bar down, adds tools to view and change font, type style, size, and alignment. When the line appears, you can select any text in a PDF to find out how it is formatted. If you've ever received a PDF and asked yourself, "What font is the ?" This feature can answer the question.
Additionally, when editing a text imprint added with the PDFpen, or when correcting a PDF text, you can use the Font Bar settings of the selected text without having to take a trip to the app's Format menu.
Insert Scanner or Images with Continuous Camera  PDFpen apps now also include support for Apple's Continuity Camera (see "How to take photos and scan documents with Continuity Camera in Mojave," September 27, 2018). If you have a new iOS device running iOS 12 or later nearby and your Mac is running MacOS 10.14 Mojave or later, you can use the camera's camera to take a picture and insert it into a PDF on your Mac. You can also use the camera as a scanner: point the camera to a document, specify the area to be scanned on the iOS device screen, and the device sends the scan to PDFpen on your Mac. When the PDFpen receives the scan, it offers the OCR images for you. You can also scan multiple pages at once.
Although I would not recommend using Continuity Camera to scan a novel like Gravity's Rainbow it may come in handy In a variety of situations – try to run an old vinyl record album through a sheet feed scanner to scan the line notes and you will appreciate the convenience of continuous camera support.
Talking about OCR, Smile has added both medical and legal terms to the English OCR dictionary in PDFpen 11, making the app even more attractive to professionals in these fields.
Other minor but welcome improvements include:
- The ability to turn off alignment guides – these are displayed when you move objects around on a PDF page so you can better align them with surrounding material, but they can sometimes be a distraction
- Accurate control over the location of page numbers, headers and footers that you add t for example PDF
- Ability to add more items to the PDFpen & # 39; s library at once
- For PDFpenPro users is the ability to add text form elements, with their settings, to the library
PDFpen 11 and PDFpenPro 11 available from both Smile and Mac App Store, although 25% TidBITS member discount is only available to those who purchase new licenses directly through Smile. The PDFpen costs $ 74.95 for new licenses and $ 30 for those who upgrade from previous versions; PDFpenPro costs $ 124.95 new and $ 30 for upgrades. Upgrades from PDFpen to PDFpenPro are $ 50. Website licenses, family packages and office suites are also available. In addition, Smile offers free download of my book, Take control of the PDFpen for anyone interested in the software or who wants a detailed guide to the apps and their various features.