Posts tagged ‘PDF’

BatchOutput PDF Automation Tool Now Supports macOS Catalina 

Zevrix Solutions announces BatchOutput PDF 2.2.42, an update to the PDF printing automation solution for Mac. The only consumer-oriented product for automatic PDF printing on the Apple market, the software allows users to process PDF documents from watched hot folders. The software saves the time and effort of opening and printing each document manually.



This version introduces support for the recently released macOS 10.15 Catalina and is offered as a free update to licensed users. BatchOutput PDF has been notarized by Apple, which is a mandatory requirement on Catalina as part of Apple’s experimental security initiative.


“This is one of those apps that you never knew you needed until you spend a day using it,” says Glen Saville of eponymous design firm in Hornchurch, UK. “If you handle a large number of PDFs daily this will save you time, without a doubt.”


With BatchOutput PDF users only need to drop their PDF files into watched hot folders – and the software will print the documents automatically using the hot folder settings. For example, users can create hot folders for color and black-and-white printers, specific paper sizes, duplex modes, various color profiles and other controls.


BatchOutput PDF helps users eliminate countless repetitive tasks of opening PDF files and adjusting print settings manually by bypassing the print dialog.


The app offers the following key features:

  • Print PDFs automatically from watched hot folders
  • Create hot folders for different print settings
  • Detailed output history
  • Specify password for encrypted PDFs
  • Save time and hassle of printing each PDF manually


BatchOutput PDF can be purchased from Zevrix website for $24.95 USD (Server version $99.95), as well as from Mac App Store and authorized resellers. Trial is also available for download.

Recosoft releases PDF2ID 2020

Recosoft Corporation has shipped PDF2ID 2020, the latest version of the PDF-to-InDesign converter plug-in for Adobe InDesign(R) 2020. PDF2ID 2020 supports Adobe InDesign 2020 in addition to supporting InDesign CC through CC 2019 for the macOS and Windows platforms. Additionally, PDF2ID 2020 automatically recognizes Bullets and Numbering creating the associated property in InDesign. Finally, PDF2ID 2020 adds enhanced Page Layout property controls including support for Vertical folds and Facing pages.



“Over the past few years we directly spoke to our customers in ascertaining which features they wanted to see in PDF2ID; we were able to deliver the majority of these with PDF2ID 2020 while adding support for Adobe InDesign 2020” explained Paramjit Chadha, MD, Recosoft Corporation


New Features:

  • Support for InDesign 2020 – PDF2ID 2020 now supports and integrates with InDesign 2020. InDesign CC through CC 2019 are supported as well.
  • Page Layout Property – PDF2ID 2020 allows specifying the page layout orientation allowing greater control over the standard page orientations recognized. Vertical Fold and Facing Page types can now be specified for a specific range of pages.
  • Bullets and Numbering recognition – PDF2ID 2020 recognizes and processes Bullets and Numbering; applying the specific paragraph property, related text and creating the associated stylesheet.
  • Convert Complex vector graphics to externally linked vector files – PDF2ID 2020 includes a new option that collects a set of complex vector graphics objects into externally linked vector graphics files.
  • Support for latest macOS APIs and technologies – PDF2ID 2020 fully supports macOS 10.15, including the elevated security enhancements and requirements. Additionally, the entire file management mechanism has been replaced with modern macOS filing API’s.
  • Layout processing enhancements – Layout processing enhancements have been made across the product including enhanced table generation, paragraph recognition, graphics processing and text frame generation.


PDF2ID 2020 is available immediately in the following configurations from the Recosoft web store (per license):
* PDF2ID Standard 2020 US $199.00
* PDF2ID Professional 2020 US $299.00
* PDF2ID Standard 2020 Upgrade US $99.00
* PDF2ID Professional 2020Upgrade US $149.00

Cocoatech Updates Path Finder with Version 9.0

Cocoatech releases Path Finder 9.0, which is an update to their popular file browser for Path Finder 8 users. Path Finder allows you to view hidden files, compare, merge and synchronize folders, batch rename and batch select files, use Dual Pane and full keyboard navigation to browse your file system and much more. Path Finder is one of the oldest software on the macOS market (*first released in 2001) and boasts a large and loyal userbase. The application is extremely customizable and allows you to work how you want.



Path Finder 9 brings back collapsible module shelves as requested by the community. There are four shelves, on each side of the browser window, each shelf is now fully customizable and can accommodate for arbitrary number of freely arranged and customized modules. Path Finder 9 improves compatibility with macOS 10.15 Catalina, fixes many potential crashes, memory and CPU consumption issues, UI and other bugs and annoyances. Overall, the application is more robust and stable, providing a solid foundation for further development and improvements. With the Path Finder 9 release, Cocoatech announces a new yearly release cycle to get new features out to users as soon as possible.


Path Finder supports Chinese, Czech, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Swedish languages.


You can try Path Finder for free for 30 days with all the features available to you during that period. Path Finder costs $36.00 (USD) for a single user license applicable for up to 3 user-owned computers, and $18.00 (USD) when upgrading from version 7. The software is available for purchase from the Cocoatech online store or from within the application itself.

Package Central Update for Adobe InDesign Supports Creative Cloud 2020

Zevrix Solutions updates Package Central 1.11.9, its document packaging workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign. Originally developed for a major publisher in the United States, the software automates InDesign packaging by processing files from hot folders. Package Central offloads file packaging to a central system leaving operator workstations free from the document collection process.



Package Central is now compatible with the recently released InDesign 2020 featured as part of Adobe Creative Cloud. The update is offered free of charge to Package Central users. The same version of Package Central can be used with any release of InDesign from CS5 and later.


Package Central solves the problem of centralized packaging and archiving of InDesign projects in a workgroup environment while serving unlimited users on a network. The software lets production artists, prepress operators and designers simply submit files to watched hot folders that reside on a network. The app then automatically collects InDesign files along with their fonts and links into the destination folder specified in the hot folder settings.


Key features and benefits:

  • Automatically collect InDesign files from hot folders
  • Update modified links automatically
  • Create PDF and IDML files on the fly
  • Automatic email notifications of process stages and errors
  • Serves unlimited users on a network
  • Compose variable folder names
  • Detailed processing history


Package Central can be purchased for $149.95 from Zevrix website. Trial is also available for download. The update is free for registered users. Package Central requires macOS 10.8-10.15 and Adobe InDesign CS5-2020.

Output Factory Updated Modified Links in Book Chapters

Zevrix Solutions announced Output Factory 2.4.2 automates and simplifies workflows of printers, prepress houses, publishers, and design agencies worldwide. The software helps eliminate repetitive tasks as well as costly errors through batch processing with time-saving output options.


Version 2.4.2 addressed an issue in which the option to automatically update modified links ignored images in InDesign book parts. Output Factory now ensures that this powerful feature updates modified images in all chapters of InDesign book files in the processing queue, which saves users the time and hassle of updating the links manually.


“Output Factory has been the single biggest time-saver I’ve encountered in ten years of print production,” says Mike Agate, Head of Production of Which?, Europe’s largest consumer rights organization. “Easily saves hours a week, producing bullet-proof documents over and over… With the reduction in head count and efficiency savings, it must have paid for itself 500 times over.”


Key features:

  • Batch output InDesign files automatically
  • Export page groups as a single PDF files
  • Variable output file names
  • Insert text from InDesign document into the output file name
  • Output files to multiple formats with one click
  • Create PDF security presets
  • Layer versioning: output layer combinations as single files
  • Eliminate errors with automatic preflight


Output Factory can be purchased from Zevrix website for $170 USD (Lite version $120), as well as from authorized resellers and Adobe Exchange. Trial is also available for download. Output Factory requires macOS 10.8-10.14 and Adobe InDesign CS5-CC 2019.

PDFpen for iPad & iPhone Features Multiple Windows on iPad

Smile, the developer of productivity applications released PDFpen for iPad & iPhone v5.1, the mobile PDF editor for iPad & iPhone. It features support for multiple windows on iPadOS as well as dark mode. This version also adds a variety of stationery styles.



Multiple windows on iPad make reading and referencing two different documents, even two spots in the same document–“or accessing another app such as Mail while editing–“much easier. Support for dark mode offers users a popular viewing experience, which is easier on the eyes.


A multitude of stationery styles to choose from allows for more effective note-taking, organization, and customization to suit a variety of PDF annotating needs. PDFpen for iPad & iPhone syncs documents with PDFpen and PDFpenPro 11 for Mac via iCloud, Google Drive, Microsoft OneNote, and other Files-compatible apps for seamless PDF editing.


In this version:

  • Adds multiple windows (iPadOS)
  • Adds dark mode
  • Adds stationery options
  • Updates for OS compatibility
  • Improves stability
  • Various fixes and improvements


PDFpen for iPad & iPhone Features:

  • Read and edit PDF documents on your iPad & iPhone
  • Add highlights and freehand scribbles safely with wrist/palm protection
  • Add text, images, and signatures to PDFs
  • Correct text in original PDF with editable text blocks
  • Fill out PDF forms, including specialized signature fields
  • Email and Airdrop your documents, with an option to flatten documents for maximum compatibility
  • Set a document password, which is required when opening your document, and even set the level of encryption
  • Save documents in iCloud & Files-compatible apps such as Dropbox, Google Drive, Microsoft OneNote, for sharing between devices
  • Insert note and comment annotations
  • Draw shapes, including lines, arrows, rectangles, ellipses, and polygons
  • Move, resize, copy and delete images in original PDF
  • Import images from Photo Library
  • Annotate with proofreading marks and stamps
  • Save frequently-used images, signatures, objects, and text for reuse
  • Automatic page numbering including Bates numbering
  • Add watermarks
  • Sidebar for thumbnail, annotation, & table of contents skimming
  • Duplicate and rotate pages
  • Combine documents
  • Use the iOS Files interface to import/export and organize PDFs in folders
  • Support for pressure-sensitive/Bluetooth styluses: Apple Pencil, FiftyThree Pencil, Adonit Bluetooth Stylus


PDFpen for iPad & iPhone v5 is $4.99 for a limited time on the App Store. PDFpen for Mac is available for $74.95. PDFpenPro is $124.95. Both require macOS 10.12 (Sierra) or later. Demos of all Smile desktop products are available for free download from our website.



CogSci Apps releases Hook 1.3 for macOS

CogSci Apps Corp announces the release of Hook 1.3, a major upgrade to the handy CogSci Apps(R) invention for macOS. The apps simple interface but powerful features have made it a must-have app for people who take productivity seriously. Hook is designed to help people work smarter, more efficiently, and more intuitively. It applies a key insight about cognitive productivity: deep work requires rapidly re-accessing pertinent information without searching. Hook’s fast and efficient recall of task-related information allows users to stay in flow as they instantly access critical but scattered information.



Hook is an app that enables Mac users to link manifold information resources together – including web pages, files, documents, images, emails, contacts, tasks, notes, and much more. To see a document’s related links and resources, the user simply needs to activate a keyboard shortcut or click a button. This saves users hours of possibly futile searching for information scattered on the web, in folders and in disparate apps. Hook is a crucial app for busy professionals who need to quickly access information with macOS.


Hook 1.3 sports a user interface that is even clearer and more intuitive:

  • Hook’s minimalist interface is now maximally compact
  • Commands are now intuitively organized in the new Title bar menu and Link menus
  • Links can now be navigated without leaving the Hook window


Hook intuitively supports your cognitive productivity, whether you use its keyboard shortcuts, popup window, or menu bar icon.


“Users tacitly appreciate the revolutionary benefits of web links” shares CogSci Apps co-founder Luc P. Beaudoin. “However, before Hook, people were not able to link and navigate the information that matters most to their productivity: documents they are writing; documents they’ve received or downloaded into the Finder; files in the cloud, version control systems, and personal information managers; their emails, projects, actions and more. Without such links users could not, in a timely manner, consult the information they needed to get their work done right and fast. With Hook, users can link and access just about any key information, across apps. That changes everything.”


Beaudoin specifies, “Hook does not replace your favorite apps, it makes them much more useful: Hook links their data so that you can use them together.” For example, while writing in their favorite editor or word processor, users can invoke Hook, and click on a link to a related email, PDF or task list. Hook links are bidirectional, so users can quickly navigate back to the document. This means they can write better and faster. That’s cognitive productivity. We all know how useful links are on the web” says Beaudoin. “Imagine how useful it is to access, at the click of a link, the information you need right now, even if it is in an app or a file on your Mac.”


Collaborate productively: “Hook is not just for solo work” adds Beaudoin. “Hook is also a collaborative tool. With Hook, users can copy links to emails, shared files and of course web pages. They can then send the links.” The recipient clicks on the link and the shared file is revealed on their desktop. “Obviously, recipients are much more likely to act on a prior email or document if they can instantly access it. Both colleagues win.”


Hook provides a very simple, uniform gesture (“Copy Link”) for obtaining the address of resources, whether they’re in the Finder, the cloud, the web or an app. Users can paste links just about anywhere, including in the Hook window itself.


Hook enables users to instantly re-access the information they need to get the job done right, now. “Hook links your digital life.”


Hook Essentials is $14.99 USD. Hook Pro is priced at $19.99 USD until Nov 19, after which the price increases to $24.99. Hook Pro has all the features of Hook Essentials, but also enables users to generate Markdown links, make Hook files, edit integration scripts, generate search links, and install and use Hook on more Macs. Both versions include software updates for one year and are available worldwide exclusively at the Hook website. A 30-day Pro trial is available. Subsequent one-year software updates will be available at a discount of the original purchase price. See the Hook Productivity website for details.

PDFpen and PDFpenPro Adds Content Editing in Table Cells

The developer of productivity applications for Mac and iOS, Smile has released PDFpen and PDFpenPro 11.2, an update to its PDF editing tool for Mac.  It adds the ability to modify, add and delete text or numbers within table cells, enabling more detailed and precise editing.



“We’re excited to bring even more power to PDF editing with the ability to directly edit content within table cells,” said Philip Goward, Smile Founder. “Easily modify text or numbers in professional reports, or any PDF document, in a matter of seconds.”


PDFpen and PDFpenPro 11 work with PDFpen for iPad & iPhone, allowing seamless editing across devices when used with Dropbox or iCloud.


Features Specific to PDFpenPro:

  • Export to Microsoft(R) Excel (.xlsx, .xls), Microsoft(R) PowerPoint (.pptx) and PDF Archive (PDF/A) formats (requires Internet connection for .pptx and PDF/A, must be a licensed user)
  • Create cross-platform fillable PDF forms including interactive signature fields and email or web submission buttons
  • Create and edit Table of Contents
  • Convert websites into PDFs
  • OCR multiple documents in batch
  • Add and edit document permissions
  • Automatic form creation makes existing PDF forms fillable
  • Gather submitted form data via backend integration
  • Add and delete file attachments and annotations
  • Create Portfolio documents, combining related files
  • Correct typos in OCR text layer
  • OCR horizontal Chinese, Japanese & Korean



  • Add text, images and signatures to PDFs
  • Correct text in original PDF with editable text blocks
  • Fill out interactive PDF forms and sign them
  •  Redact or erase text, including OCR text
  • Search and replace, search and redact, and search and highlight text
  • Export in Microsoft(R) Word format, TIFF, JPEG, PNG, and flat PDF
  • Scan directly from Image Capture or TWAIN scanners
  • Perform OCR (Optical Character Recognition) on scanned documents
  • View OCR layer for proofing OCR text from scanned pages, or remove OCR layer
  • Edit original images, including adjusting resolution, color depth and contrast, skew, and size of an image or scanned document
  • Sign PDF forms via drawing, interactive signature fields, or AATL or self-signed certificates
  • Insert and remove pages; reorder pages in a PDF with drag & drop; combine PDFs maintaining Table of Contents entries
  • Move, resize, copy and delete images in original PDF
  • Save PDFs directly to Evernote
  • Preview and extract file attachments and annotations
  • Record and playback audio annotations
  • Copy and paste rich text; retain fonts and formatting when copying from PDFs, including columns
  • Context-sensitive popup-menus enable quick edits
  • Add notes and comments, print annotation summary with or without the original text
  •  Mark up documents with highlighting, underscoring and strikethrough
  • Save frequently-used images, signatures, objects and text in the Library; sync Library items with PDFpen for iPad & iPhone via iCloud
  • Add page numbers, bookmarks, headers and footers, line numbers and watermarks
  • Apply business-related and Sign Here stamps via the Library
  • Password protect a document with up to 256-bit AES encryption
  • Automate PDF manipulations with AppleScript and JavaScript Automation
  • Available in English, Japanese, German, French, Italian, and Spanish


PDFpen retails for US $74.95, PDFpenPro for $124.95. Additional Family Pack licenses are available