How indie devs at Smile won 100,000 happy customers

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Greg Scown, CEO of Smile
Smile CEO Greg Scown leads the team that created popular Mac apps TextExpander and PDFpen.
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Some popular Mac apps fail as developer certificates expire

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1Password is one of the apps that stopped working this weekend.
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Several popular Mac apps began crashing over the weekend after their developer certificates expired.

The apps suddenly refused to open due to a change Apple made to its signing policy last year. Apple now requires that all apps from the Mac App Store have a valid provisioning profile that must be updated periodically.

Get a VR headset with stereo sound, and more [Week’s best deals]

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Get a top shelf VR experience without paying a top shelf price.
Get a top shelf VR experience without paying a top shelf price.
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We find great deals on the regular, but this week we’ve found some especially awesome gear and gadgets on sale. We’ve got a virtual reality headset that’ll blow your mind without breaking your bank, lessons in developing for the upcoming, game-changing iOS 10, a pair of extra-long, MFi-certified Lightning cables, and a tool that will transform the way you use PDFs. Take a look:

Take the padlock off your PDFs for conversion, editing, and more [Deals]

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PDFpen makes usually closed-off PDFs fully convertable and editable.
PDFpen makes usually closed-off PDFs fully convertable and editable.
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If you do work on a computer, you have to reckon with PDFs, the go-to format for documents of all kinds. As ubiquitous as PDFs are, they’re also universally tough to edit or convert unless you’ve got an app like PDFpen to unlock it. This is software that makes it easy to merge, markup, convert using OCR, and more, and right now, you can get PDFpen 8 for $37 at Cult of Mac Deals.

How to sign, scan and send PDFs with an iPhone or iPad

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Want to go completely paperless? Here's how to better manage PDF documents on iPhone and iPad!
Want to go completely paperless? Here's how to better manage PDF documents on iPhone and iPad!
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Make Black Friday an occasion to get your Mac organized with this Mac app bundle [Deals]

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This massive bundle of deals can organize anyone's digital life in time for the holidays.
This massive bundle of deals can organize anyone's digital life in time for the holidays.
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Instead of standing in line after Thanksgiving, get your productivity in line with these massively discounted apps for organizing any Mac. Everything from tuning your hard drive to editing PDFs and creating mixtapes and animations, if you work on a computer there’s something you can use, all for just $39.99.

Take the padlock off your PDFs with 50% off PDFPen 7 [Deals]

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PDFPen 7 lets you get into your PDF files to edit, add text, and lots more.
PDFPen 7 lets you get into your PDF files to edit, add text, and lots more.

It happens all the time: you spot a tiny error in a PDF document, and you’re powerless to fix it. Instead of accessing the original doc, opening it, making the change and saving another copy, what if you could just edit the dang PDF? That’s what PDFPen lets you do, along with a bunch of other functions that’ll make PDFs a lot more pliable, and right now it’s going for half off at $37.

Still Think You Can’t Do Real Work On The iPad? A Lot Has Changed Since 2010

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This story first appeared in Cult of Mac Magazine.

Back when I worked exclusively on my iPad, writing posts for Cult of Mac and everything related to that, I had a hell of a time getting some things done. It seemed like every tiny step needed to be researched before I could get anything done.

In the end, I quit and went back to a split iPad/iMac setup, but not for the reasons you might think.

Last Chance To Get 50% off PDFpen Pro [Deals]

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Want to easily interact with and edit PDFs like never before? Then this Cult of Mac Deals offer is for you.

PDFpen is the all-purpose Mac PDF editor. It has everything you need to edit all those PDFs you are constantly downloading. With PDFpen you can edit or change almost any part of an original PDF and save it as a Word document seamlessly, and with this Cult of Mac Deals offer you can get PDFpen for 50% off – just $29.98!