Preparing for the release of OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, Smile has released PDFpen 5.7.1 and PDFpenPro 5.7.1, both of which are updated with the Smile developer ID that is used by Mountain Lion’s Gatekeeper security feature (see “Gatekeeper Slams the Door on Mac Malware Epidemics,” 16 February 2012). The updates to the PDF manipulation tools also fix a gradual shift in color when using comments and an issue with the text tool when object stroke is set to none. A quick 5.7.2 release fixes a potential issue with saving, primarily on 10.6 Snow Leopard, and another issue with localization of page numbering. ($59.95/$99.95 new with a 20-percent discount for TidBITS members, free update, 47 MB)
Avoid Simple Typos
If, like me, you find yourself typing 2911 in place of 2011 entirely too often, you can have Mac OS X (either Lion or Snow Leopard) fix such typos for you automatically. Just open the Language & Text pane of System Preferences, click the Text button at the top, and then add a text substitution by clicking the + button underneath the list. It won't work everywhere (for that you'll want a utility like Smile's TextExpander), but it should work in applications like Pages and TextEdit, and in Save dialog boxes.
PDFpen and PDFpenPro 5.7.2
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Set up short abbreviations which expand to larger bits of text,
such as "Tx" for "TextExpander". With the new custom keyboard,
you can expand abbreviations in any app, including Safari and