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Microsoft Word export highlights PDFpen overhaul

Smile on Tuesday released the latest versions of PDFpen and PDFpenPro, the company's popular and long-running PDF-editing apps for the Mac.

Version 6.0 of the PDFpen software features a new option to export documents to Microsoft Word format. The app has also been optimized for high-definition Retina displays, and features a new toolbar for easier access to editing tools.

While all users can take advantage of the app's existing sync via Dropbox, users who now purchase PDFpen through the Mac App Store will also be able to sync the app with its iOS counterpart via iCloud. Other upgrades include annotation filtering and the ability to drag-and-drop to reorder items in the app's library.

PDFpenPro includes all those upgrades as well as two additional ones: Users can now edit document permissions to restrict saving, printing, and copying; the app can also automatically create form fields in a non-interactive form.

Both apps continue to offer PDFpen's ability to add text, images, and signatures to documents, as well as the option to make corrections and changes in the original PDF document. Recent versions of the desktop app have earned high ratings from Macworld.

The pricing situation is somewhat convoluted, thanks to the fact that Smile offers the apps both through their own storefront as well as on the Mac App Store. PDFpen and PDFpenPro are $30 and $40, respectively, for the first 48 hours after launch--a deal that lasts through Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. Those are also the prices for users looking to upgrade from previous versions of the software by purchasing direct from Smile. (The Mac App Store doesn't have the capability to offer upgrade pricing.) 

After the deal ends, the apps will return to their regular prices of $60 and $100, respectively, with family packs ranging up to $180 for five members and office packs costing up to $280 for five workers. License packages for larger organizations are also available.

Both PDFpen and PDFpenPro are compatible with computers running OS X 10.7 or later.


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