What you need to know
- Smile has sold PDF editor PDFpen to Nitro for a cool $6 million.
- TextExpander is not part of the deal.
Smile has announced that it has sold the popular PDF editing app PDFpen to Nitro. The brief press release might have been more at home in a Tweet, however.
That press release simply said that the sale had taken place and then provided a link to Nitro's announcement of the deal.
Thankfully, Nitro co-founder and CEO Sam Chandler was more forthcoming. They spoke about changes in the way people live in a post-COVID-19 world with the addition of PDFpen making plenty of sense for a company based in productivity apps.
Notably, it appears that the Nitro press release has changed throughout the day. 9to5Mac originally reported on a very different release, one that goes on to say a $6 million purchase has taken place. There's now no mention of that in the current announcement.
So yeah, there's that.
Popular text shortcut app TextExpander was not part of the buyout however, with the app remaining a Smile property.
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