Productivity Apps by Smile

Looking for tools to help your productivity? Smile is a company that develops productivity software for Windows, Mac, iPhone, and iPad. The company offers two apps to make your life easier: TextExpander and PDFpen.


I have been writing for the INDATA Project for over six years now. (Wow how time flies!) One of my favorite tools that I use daily is TextExpander. According to the program’s website, TextExpander is “your productivity multiplier, a knowledge base from which you communicate quickly and accurately across your devices.”

As an individual with muscular dystrophy, I get fatigued rather easily. This program allows me to insert just a snippet or abbreviation, and it automatically fills out the rest!

For example, when I am in the studio producing Accessibility Minute, my intro and outro are the same each week. Instead of copying and pasting, I simply type “;hey”. Whenever I type “;hey” TextExpander automatically inserts:

Hey there! Welcome to Accessibility Minute, your weekly look at Assistive Technology, those clever tools and devices designed to help people who have difficulties with vision, mobility, hearing or other special needs!

Features of TextExpander:

  • Use the program’s “powerful abbreviations and snippets to streamline and speed all you type”
  • Create powerful snippets to save you time
  • Snippets or abbreviations work in any application
  • Style your snippet text and add images and links
  • Quickly insert the date anywhere in any format you prefer
  • View more TextExpander features here


Looking for a program to help you edit PDFs? PDFpen allows you to do just that and more. PDFpen is available for Mac, iPad, and iPhone. “Whether you’re on the road or at your desk, whether you need advanced editing features or just need to sign and email back a contract, the PDFpen family of tools has you covered.”

PDFpenPro for Mac Features:

  • “From signing and filling forms to correcting typos, OCRing scans and redacting sensitive info, and redacting sensitive info, PDFpen is your go-to app”
  • Draw, highlight, scribble, correct text
  • Add text, images, and signatures to PDFs
  • Move, resize, copy, and delete images in original PDF
  • Perform Optical Character Recognition (OCR) on scanned documents “singly or in batch OCR”
  • Fill out interactive PDF forms and sign them
  • Click here to view more features of PDFpenPro

PDFpen for iOS Features:

  • “Use your iPad or iPhone to highlight and draw freehand on a PDF, sign a contract, make corrections, fill out an application, make comments on a presentation and more”
  • Read and edit pDF documents on your iPad and iPhone
  • Add highlights and freehand scribbles safely with wrist/palm protection
  • Add text, images, and signatures to PDFs
  • Click here to view more features of the PDFpen iOS app