PDF Office by Readdle Brings PDF Form Creation to the iPad

Readdle PDF OfficeReaddle, publisher of the popular PDF Expert 5 app for the iPad, released a new PDF app called PDF Office today. PDF Office brings PDF creation, editing, PDF form creation, and Annotation into one easy to use app for the iPad. Readdle compares the functionality of the new app to what you would find in traditional desktop applications like Adobe Acrobat. You can import existing PDFs into PDF Office, or create new documents from scratch, scan existing paper documents using your iPad camera, convert files from existing documents in other formats, or even create fillable forms.

Unlike the prior apps from Readdle, PDF Office is offered on a subscription basis. You can pay $4.99 per month or $39.99 per year. For the first week of its release, Readdle is offering a free one year subscription to PDF Office for users that have PDF Expert 5 already installed on their iPad (considering PDF Expert 5 only cost $9.99, and is a very good app by itself, you are probably better off purchasing and installing PDF Expert 5 before downloading PDF Office, so you can take advantage of the 1 year free subscription).

I have used PDF Office for limited testing purposes. I imported existing PDF documents into PDF Office using DropBox and found functionality for viewing and annotating to be similar to PDF Expert 5. The real differences come in the ability to create editable forms using PDF Office and the Text Editing capability of PDF Office. It is important to note that you can only edit recognized text. This means that if the PDF was created in a text format and exported as a PDF, or it was imported into PDF Office from a text format (like an office document or web page). If you have a scanned document that has not been OCR’ed, or you have created a document in PDF Office by using your iPad camera, you will not be able to edit text.

I was disappointed in the PDF conversion capabilities of the app. When importing Microsoft Office Documents I experienced loss of formatting. I imported several Microsoft Word and Excel Files, and each of them had lost some important formatting. For example, in Word I had text that had been pushed down further in the page, and tables that had changed size. In Excel spreadsheets, I lost many of the background colors that were in the cells. I used iAnnotate to convert the same Word documents to PDFs without the loss of any formatting. I was also able to export documents from Microsoft Word and Excel for iPad as PDFs without losing formatting.

Overall, PDF Office definitely offers advanced PDF editing and creation features that cannot be found elsewhere. When you compare the yearly subscription price of $39.99 to the cost of desktop software with similar functionality, the price seems to be a bargain. However, when considering the limitations I found in the initial offering, I would hope that improvements come quickly to justify the yearly fee. If you are currently a PDF Expert user, download and open the app immediately to get your free one year subscription.

PDF Expert Free OfferIf you have missed the free 1 year subscription offer, try PDF Office under the monthly plan before spending $39.99 on this app. It is free to download, and the subscription is purchased upon opening the app. If you need the ability to create PDF forms on the go, the price may well be worth it. If you are simply looking for PDF annotation, PDF Expert 5 and iAnnotate are still a better option. Both of these apps are available for a one-time price of less than $10, and you don’t have to worry about a recurring subscription.

Download PDF Office for the iPad from the App Store now.

TurboScan for iPhone free for Limited Time

My favorite iPhone scanning app, TurboScan, is currently free. The promotion is set to expire today, so if you want one of the best scanning apps for your iPhone without having to pay anything, head to the Apple App Store now!

This app uses your iPhone camera to make high quality page scans. It supports multi-page scans and once you have scanned documents, you can email them to others or send as a PDF to your favorite PDF viewing app. It is definitely worth the try for free, but even if you miss the sale, still easily worth the $2.99 regular purchase price.

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Readdle Celebrates 7 Years by Having a Big Sale

Readdle 7 Year SaleiOS App maker Readdle is currently celebrating its 7th anniversary by offering deep discounts on some of its most popular apps. PDF Expert 5, a great universal PDF viewing and annotating app for iPhone and iPad is being offered at $4.99, 50% off of its standard price of $9.99. This is also your opportunity to get other great apps from Readdle, including Scanner Pro ($2.99), PDF Converter ($1.99), and Printer Pro ($2.99). These are all on my list of highly recommended apps for any attorney that wants to use their iOS device for productivity.

The sale will only last for 48 hours (according to Apple Insider the sale will end at 1:00 am eastern time Saturday August 2, 2014), so don’t wait to add these apps to your device.

PDF Expert Now a Universal App for iPhone and iPad

Readdle, the maker of PDF Expert, recently updated the iPad version of PDF Expert to version 5.1. In addition to promised speed increase, the most notable addition is that the app is now universal. This means that if you buy (or have previously purchased) the iPad app, you also now receive the iPhone version. Continuous Scroll was also added to the newest version (meaning that you don’t have to wait for pages to load as you scroll larger documents).

PDF Expert has long been one of my favorite PDF annotation and editing apps, and this update makes it even easier to recommend. In addition to no longer needing to purchase a separate iPhone version of this app, Readdle promises that the iPhone version is just as powerful as the iPad one.

The only bad news is for users that previously used only the iPhone version, unfortunately that app has been retired and you will need to purchase the universal app for the new features. iPad users will receive a free update if they previously purchased PDF Expert 5.

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Download PDF Expert 5.1 from the Apple App Store.

How Do I Get Documents onto the iPad, and What Do I Use to Edit Them?

iPad File Review ImageOne of the most common questions I receive from new users of iPad, is “how do I get documents onto my new iPad?”, and “what apps do I use to view and edit documents once they are on my iPad?”. I recently presented at a seminar on this topic, and I thought it would be helpful to share my presentation materials. iPad for File Review provides detailed instructions for transferring documents to your iPad using iTunes, Dropbox and email. This document also provide a basic overview of both iAnnotate and PDF Expert. These are by far my favorite PDF viewers/editors.

When I have more time, I also plan on providing some video that will make this process even easier to understand. Document review and editing is often a topic of our monthly iPlug meetings. Luckily these meetings are designed for all levels of users, and we welcome all questions as the meetings are generally run as an open discussion. If you are struggling with your iPad effectively, or you have suggestions of better methods for transferring and editing documents on your iPad, please feel free to share them with us on the website, or during our next monthly meeting. iPlug meetings are held the 3rd Tuesday or each month in Wilmington, and the 3rd Wednesday of each month in Dover. Please continue to visit our site for monthly meeting notices.

Download: iPad4FileReview

Where Can I Find Business iPad/iPhone Applications?

With over 800,000 applications available through iTunes, it is often overwhelming to browse through the App Store.  I have found that many of the applications that I use for work can be found under Apps at Work.

Some favorite applications of mine are:

iAnnotate PDF   – Powerful PDF annotation application

FlightTrack Pro – Flight updates and terminal maps for travelers.  Very useful in reducing cell phone waiting area time!

DocuSign Ink – Ability to sign documents and get signature easily.  I mainly use it to sign documents if I am out of the office and my signature is needed.

What are your favorite applications for business?  Please comment.