Readdle releases PDF Expert for iPad

Discussion in 'iPad Apps' started by Readdlemate, Oct 2, 2010.

  1. Readdlemate, Oct 2, 2010
    Last edited: Nov 19, 2010

    macrumors 6502


    Jan 26, 2009

    Hello guys,

    We're glad to inform you that Readdle has just released PDF Expert for iPad, which combines professional PDF reader and powerful file management in one iPad application.

    The main focus of PDF Expert is the extensive annotation capabilities: highlight text, create notes, draw with a finger, strike-through, underline and copy text. All the changes are saved being compatible with Preview and Adobe Acrobat Reader.

    PDF Expert for iPad focuses on solving various tasks that many people face daily. Managers and executives can proofread and correct PDF documents on the iPad screen; students are able to make notes and drawings right on the textbook page while on lecture; scientist can quickly review tech article and highlight important paragraphs.

    To handle these tasks PDF Expert for iPad supports different types of PDF annotations. In addition to highlights and notes, user can strike-through, underline and copy text as well as draw right on the PDF page. The latter function is widely used to highlight text in scanned bitmap documents as well as for handwritten notes.Online storages are perfect complement to the iPad, therefore PDF Expert for iPad can connect to Dropbox, GoogleDocs and MobileMe iDisk directly. User can download document, review, annotate it and put back online - all within several finger taps.

    Another benefit of PDF Expert for iPad is the ability to edit PDF annotations created in Apple Preview or Adobe Acrobat Reader. The function works vice versa too, thus annotations made on iPad could be changed on the Mac or Windows computer.

    Online storages are perfect complement to the iPad, therefore PDF Expert for iPad can connect to Dropbox, GoogleDocs and MobileMe iDisk directly. User can download document, review, annotate it and put back online - all within several finger taps.

    PDF Expert for iPad is available on the Apple App Store at the introductory price $4.99.




    We'll be glad to hear your feedback and suggestions.
  2. macrumors 68020


    Jan 19, 2008
    In my world
    The App looks great, so far I've found it works great. It's just what I've needed on my iPad.
  3. macrumors member

    Nov 19, 2008

    how does it compare with iAnnotatePdf which, to my knowledge, was the 1st such app, or Goodreader for that matter, which has recently added highlighting capabilities (albeit a bit crude for my liling...)?

  4. macrumors 6502a

    Chris Rogers

    Jul 8, 2008
    my house
    How does this work with DropBox? Is it similar to GoodReader where I have to download it, annotate, and then upload it again to Drop Box with changes? (kind of a pain).

    Edit: After some searching, it is Just like Good Reader :(
    Page 8 Expert for iPad-1.0.pdf
  5. macrumors 6502a

    Apr 2, 2010
    Good Reader is the ultimate app. It might not be perfect in everything it does but it does many many things well. Instead of multiple apps, I like to use Good Reader only. So much I can do with it. Saves app space.
  6. macrumors member

    Apr 2, 2007
    I think PDF Expert will become my favourite designed app for pdf annotation. It has a nice sparse design, but is still powerful.

    Goodreader is not for people who really need PDF annotation. iAnnotate is powerful but the interface sometimes gets in your way. I find PDFExpert to be the "closest" to having a nice UI that doesn't get in your way, but is still powerful. It still has some quirks and bugs in the first version, but I'm much more hopeful that those will get fixed than I am that iAnnotate will be able to come up with UI that doesn't get in your way.
  7. macrumors newbie

    Aug 17, 2010
    iAnnotate - one man's meat....

    But for me the killer feature is that the tab bar is there as it allow me to jump from paper to paper in meetings. Just perfect.
  8. macrumors 6502a

    Jan 11, 2010
    I'm really impressed with this app and it has replaced all the other PDF apps I had on my iPad....iAnnotate, fast PDF, goodreader et al...

    Simpe UI, not glitchy or jumpy, really easy to use annotation and highlighting which transfer very faithfully to Preview in my Macbook pro.

    Have swapped form airsharing to readdle docs now too as they work together so well.
  9. macrumors regular

    Jan 16, 2008
    Does it use the built-in PDF engine, or a custom one? If it's a custom one, how well does it handle large PDFs?

    I have some large PDFs (> 10 MB, which is not big by computer standards), and every reader I've tried besides GoodReader takes quite a while to zoom and move around. GoodReader's custom engine isn't perfect, but it's considerably snappier than the others. How does this one's engine compare?
  10. thread starter macrumors 6502


    Jan 26, 2009
    PDF Expert got a custom engine. It was designed to find a balance between rendering speed and large files handling. In terms of comparing to GoodReader, on some PDF files goodreader may be a bit faster, while on others PDF Expert is showing great speed advantage.
    We make an accent on a clean UI and good work flow while using PDF Expert.
  11. thread starter macrumors 6502


    Jan 26, 2009
    PDF Expert for iPad 1.1 is out

    To keep you updated,

    The new version of PDF Expert for iPad was released.
    It creates PDF annotations summary that lets people quickly overview all highlights, notes and other annotations across the opened document. Also, a new version displays even more PDF annotations types like text, lines, arrows etc. This update is available for all existing customers.

    In addition, we wanted to make a sweet bonus for all iPad users by releasing new web-browser named Terra. It's absolutely free and features:
    -unlimited tabs
    -saving pages for offline mode
    -text search
    -private mode
    -password protection and much more.

    Check it out at:

    Stay with Readdle to get best apps and services.
  12. macrumors 68020


    Jan 19, 2008
    In my world
    Nice, I will give Terra a try and see how it works. Free is good :)

  13. macrumors member

    Jun 11, 2007
    Just want to make sure - does this leave the text as is when annotating/highlighting/etc.?

    I forget which, but I know one of the popular apps converts it all to an image and then overlays the highlights on that. I need something that leaves the text as text (assuming it started as text of course, rather than a scan). :)

    If so, and since you include tabs for multiple documents, then this sounds great to me!
  14. macrumors member

    Apr 2, 2007
    It does leave the text in. Converting it to images is bad for my purposes also. It integrate perfectly with Adobe Reader and Preview.
  15. macrumors member

    Jan 25, 2005
    I really only enjoy iPad apps that are aesthetically pleasing. For PDFs I've tried iBooks, GoodReader and PDF Expert so far. The last two I have tried because I wanted to be able to add annotations. GoodReader is horribly overloaded and sluggy. PDF Expert is much better and it looks really nice.

    The only complaint I have with PDF Expert is that when zooming and scroling when zoomed in the renderer seems to have trouble catching on. Also changing the page is jerky. It's not nearly as smooth as in iBooks. This kind of ruins the experience. That's why I'm sticking to iBooks for viewing PDFs for now. It would be nice if those shortcommings could somehow be fixed.

    I also would love to see an option to turn off the overlayed page numbers when changing pages. They get in the way sometimes and I have to wait several seconds before they disappear.
  16. macrumors newbie

    Oct 31, 2010
    Hobart, Australia
    wasted my money

    I got this app today and was most disappointed to discover that all my course notes are encrypted PDFs meaning that this app won't let me annotate them at all rendering it totally useless for studying. :(

    It didn't even occur to me to check that before I bought it so its my bad luck but still I'm bummed :(
  17. macrumors newbie

    Dec 31, 2009
    Removing Password Encryption from PDF Files

    On a Mac (running MacOS 10.6), you can simply open the PDF in Preview and save a copy that does not have password encryption. Then annotations should work.
  18. macrumors newbie

    Oct 31, 2010
    Hobart, Australia
    I wish....

    I don't have a mac, I have an ancient Windows PC running XP and Adobe Reader 8 - I'm not even sure what Preview is or if there is an equivalent method for windows??

    Surely if it were that easy to get around encryption there would be little point in it?
  19. macrumors member

    Sep 19, 2010
    I LOVE PDF Expert...thanks for such a great iPad product!!!

    (former GoodReader user)
  20. macrumors 6502

    May 24, 2009
    I've been using Papers for more academic pdfs
  21. thread starter macrumors 6502


    Jan 26, 2009
    PDF Expert Gets Even Better with Signature and Text Notes Support


    The latest version of PDF Expert for iPad extends the app’s annotation capabilities by allowing you to sign documents with only a couple of taps. Simply tap the “Signature” button at the top of the screen to begin the signature creation process, sign your name in the open space using your finger or a stylus, and then tap “Save.” Now you will be able to add your signature to any portion of a PDF by tapping and holding on an open space, and then tapping the “Signature” button in the pop-up menu.
    Signatures can be manipulated in a variety of ways, such as color, line size, and text size, and can be moved around even after placing them.

    PDF Expert also now features the ability to add text directly onto a PDF, making filling out scanned PDF forms ridiculously easy. Just like adding signatures, all you have to do is tap and hold on an open space, and then select “Text” from the pop-up menu. Doing so will bring you into a note-like creation area where you can type up as much or as little text as you want, and have it placed right on the PDF. After creating your text, you can still change the size, color, and placement of it.

    Full support for PDF Forms will be available in the next update.

    The update is FREE for existing customers, setting new customers back just $4.99.

    iTunes link

    Here are some screenshots:

    Filling in scanned forms

    Adding Signature
  22. thread starter macrumors 6502


    Jan 26, 2009
    PDF Expert for iPad 2.0 adds support for PDF Forms and DropBox sync


    We've got breaking news!

    Readdle has finally released PDF Expert for iPad 2.0, which lets fill PDF Forms on the iPad. This is the only one and the first application on the App Store, which does that. People will be able to fill in their tax, insurance, medical and other forms within seconds on their iPads. PDF Expert for iPad also supports calculated fields.

    In addition, PDF Expert for iPad got two-way sync with DropBox. So the users can enjoy even better experience working with cloud storages on their iPads.

    Both of these features are unique for the AppStore.
  23. macrumors 6502


    Jan 30, 2008
    Please add smooth vertical scrolling (I.e., the ability to have continuous scrolling rather than automatic jumping from one page to the next). Add this and you guys have nailed it IMO.
  24. Readdlemate, Feb 18, 2011
    Last edited: Feb 18, 2011

    thread starter macrumors 6502


    Jan 26, 2009
    PDF Expert for iPad 2.2 released


    Hi guys,

    I am glad to announce that PDF Expert for iPad 2.1 has been approved by Apply and just hit the AppStore.

    The new update features:
    - Static Adobe LiveCycle forms
    - "Submit" and "E-mail" actions
    - More than 100 small improvements related to sync, annotations and forms.
    - SugarSync Support
    - Annotation of encrypted PDFs

    Web-site to learn more:

    AppStore link:

    As always, we will be glad to hear your feedback and suggestions in order to make a perfect app.
  25. macrumors 6502


    Jan 30, 2008
    Your title says 2.2 and your message says 2.1 has been released. Which is it? I have 2.1 but have not updated in the past day and I'm not seeing a 2.2 update in the app store.

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