Readdle Launches PDF Expert 6 With New Editing Features, Revamped Design

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Readdle today announced the launch of PDF Expert 6, a major update to its popular PDF Expert app. PDF Expert 6 introduces a range of new features, from a revamped look to new editing tools.

    The app has been overhauled with a fresh, streamlined look that makes it easier to add and manage files, but the most important new feature is the addition of editing tools. With PDF Expert 6, you can do more than just annotate -- the app now supports editing and modifying PDF text, adding images, adding links, redacting information, and more.

    Other new features include support for editing and annotating documents directly in Dropbox or another cloud service, password protected files, improved search, and edit outlines.

    PDF Expert 6 can be downloaded from the App Store for $9.99, and the update is free for existing users. The new PDF editing tools are available through an additional $9.99 in-app purchase. [Direct Link]

    Article Link: Readdle Launches PDF Expert 6 With New Editing Features, Revamped Design
  2. StudyFlo macrumors member


    Sep 13, 2014
    Hamburg, Germany
    So the update is free, but the new functions will still cost me $9.99 for PDF-editing, right? Just for clarification.
  3. yanksfan114 macrumors 6502

    Jul 30, 2011
    Perfect. Love using this app for my textbook notes and lectures. The app was in dire need of a refreshed look. Hopefully it fixed the Applem Pencil refresh bug.
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    No if you have the app already it's a free update. Just did it to mine and everything works perfectly.
  4. 13261 macrumors newbie

    Mar 3, 2011
    Yes, the update is free, but editing a pdf (text, images, or redacting content) will cost extra.
  5. ZCT macrumors 6502

    Sep 15, 2014
    Minneapolis, MN
    I've used this app for a while and the updates do make it look more attractive. But when you select the option to upgrade to Pro it gives an error message, which is pretty lame.
  6. StudyFlo macrumors member


    Sep 13, 2014
    Hamburg, Germany
    I'm probably just dumb but how do I edit my Files directly in Dropbox? I've connected my DB account with the App but when I want to edit a document, it always downloads it first. (I'm on iPhone right now), also, where's the In-App-Purchase?
  7. tjleonard macrumors 6502a

    Jun 25, 2013
  8. orbital~debris macrumors 6502a


    Mar 3, 2004
    England, UK, Europe
    If you're just wanting to mark up PDF, is this app significantly better than the built-in iOS PDF tools?
  9. zorinlynx macrumors 601


    May 31, 2007
    Florida, USA
    I'm really starting to dislike this trend of apps that you have to pay for, then pay more in IAPs for additional features. It's nickel and dimeing and it's ridiculous.

    Why not make the app free, then charge IAPs for anything beyond a barebones feature set?

    I know I'd be upset if I didn't know certain features were more and had to pay another $10 after already paying $10 for the app itself.
  10. Sheza macrumors 68000


    Aug 14, 2010
    Croydon & London At The Same Time
    There are another group of people who similarly hate the idea of a free app with many IAPs to unlock.
  11. lightmyway macrumors member


    Jan 11, 2007
    I don't like the idea of a new IAP on an app I've already paid for, but the truth is, if we want pro-level apps like this to be continually updated and improved, we need to pony up some money from time to time, and this is way better than the monthly subscription model.
  12. TMRJIJ macrumors 68030


    Dec 12, 2011
    South Carolina, United States
    What's the point of the free upgrade if I still have to pay $9.99 for the new features? I mean, I already paid for the app (both Mac and iOS). It just makes me want to find an alternative for my PDF editing. It's not like these features are really new. I could've been charged more from the beginning just to ensure that I continue to get these refinements in the future.
    I need to think this over because I really don't want to shed ten dollars to 'un-gimp' this app.
  13. Ludatyk macrumors 65816


    May 27, 2012
    I think the point of is... let the customers know before hand. I had paid for this app awhile back and yeah... I do understand as one commenter pointed out that if we want "pro" level apps that we as customers need to support these developers.

    But I would prefer giving customers a heads up. Let customers know beforehand that there's an update in the future and I think it will come off better...IMO. Heck, send a press release... Readdle is a well-known company in the Apple community. So, let us know what the plan is going forward with PDF Expert and customers will be better prepared to deal with it..
  14. bluespark macrumors 65816

    Jul 11, 2009
    New York
    I agree to a point. You're absolutely right that this is better than the monthly subscription model and that software development costs money. But in-app purchase requirements seem less than fully transparent (i.e., it can be difficult to suss out what one truly needs to pay for at the time of purchase) and they can seem like nickel-and-diming if the experience intrudes in any way on the way the app would have been used before the new IAP feature was introduced. IAPs serve a purpose, but they can be a huge turn-off if not used sparingly and appropriately.

    As a general rule, I think all "normal" functionality should be priced into the initial download, and that price also should include at least a few years of the developer's planned upgrades. IAPs can work for specialty (i.e., non-mainstream) functionality, or where their need is exceedingly obvious at the time of the initial purchase.

    That said, I don't want my comments to fall too heavily on PDF Expert, which is an outstanding app and so far has been worth every penny I've paid for it. I'm a lawyer, and I love using this app to mark up cases on my iPad. It's both an efficient and pleasurable way to work.
  15. IGI2 macrumors 6502


    May 6, 2015
    The whole problem with IAP is that they cannot be shared across the family.

    I can buy an expensive app, for 10 EURO, but I know my whole family will benefit. That's not the case with IAPs.
  16. Rigby macrumors 601

    Aug 5, 2008
    San Jose, CA
    The problem is that Apple still hasn't come up with any good way for developers to offer paid upgrades. There has to be some way for developers to fund the development of new features, and right now the only options are to release a separate app (which existing owners would have to purchase at full price) or use an in-app purchase.
    Outside of Apple's app stores, no major software product provides major upgrades of the functionality like this one for free. The in-place editing of PDFs is really impressive, beating even much more expensive products such as Acrobat. They recently added it to the Mac version of PDF Expert as well.
  17. Michaelgtrusa macrumors 604

    Oct 13, 2008
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    Ridge Racer macrumors newbie

    Ridge Racer

    Feb 28, 2011
    You don't 'have to pay' - only if you want the new PDF editing features. These features were not part of the app when you purchased it, and there was no promise that such features would be made available for free when you purchased.

    You're still getting quite a few other things: new design, work in the cloud, password protection, enhanced search, edit outlines and the usual bug fixes for your free upgrade.

    And nothing has changed. You still have the app you paid for with the features you agreed to get at the price you paid when you bought it.

    They're new to the iOS version of this app. Other apps may have had such features already, and if you needed those features when you bought the app, you should've purchased one of those alternatives instead.

    You willingly purchased the app without these additional features, so you must've been happy to pay the price at the time. What's changed?
  19. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002
    Great update. But I still find editing on the iPad kind of like painting a house with an artist's brush.
  20. BWhaler macrumors 68020


    Jan 8, 2003
    Amazing update to a great app.

    I paid the 10 bucks. Well worth it, plus if we don't pay for great software, there won't be any. It really is that simple.
  21. QuarterSwede macrumors G3


    Oct 1, 2005
    Colorado Springs, CO
    I see it as something great you can do if you need it. I used to edit on my iPhone when in the field, something cropped up, and I had a deadline and couldn't wait to get to a computer. It's invaluable when you need it. Totally worth the price.
  22. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002
    Absolutely, in a pinch it's great -- it's very much akin to the saying the best camera is the one with you. The iPad is a terrible device to edit on but if it's all you got and you need to submit something 10 min. ago it's a life saver. But I would never seek it out as a go-to editing device. It's tedious no matter what the circumstances.
  23. Traverse, May 10, 2017
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    Traverse macrumors 604


    Mar 11, 2013
    Love PDF Expert. I've use it for years on iOS for school and now business. I replaced Preview with it in thr Mac when El Cap destroyed Preview and I've been very happy.
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    I dislike Free + IAP because it's often abused and you end up paying 10x more. I'd rather pay (and $10 for a desktop class PDF app is not much) and have all the features.

    I look at this IAP as Readdles way around Apple's rule against update pricing. If they did this every three months I'd say no, but I'm happy to pay an IAP for an app I've used for years. They deserve money for continued support. My $10 in 2013 is not going to get them through thr hard times.
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    The only think I'd like to know is if thr IAP is required for both thr Mac and iOS.

    I wonder if these new features are available with thr update since the Mac version is much more expensive than the iOS version.

    EDIT: they confirmed the Mac App has no IAP.
  24. CrystalQuest76, May 10, 2017
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    CrystalQuest76 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 14, 2015
    West Cost A Lot
    I have been creating PDF documents for more than fifteen years. Back then, they could only be created with Adobe Acrobat Pro and Acrobat Distiller. When I created those documents I knew that the readers would view those documents consistently to the way I designed them (i made sure I stuck to safe fonts that everyone had in their systems.) I knew the only thing the readers could do, if they had the technical skills and the advanced apps was copy the text and add annotations that were visually obvious annotations.
    While I like the additional tools to highlight or underline; and redaction and of course filling out forms and signatures.
    I do not like the reader ability to alter the text content of the documents. There are ways to lock out editing a PDF, but that setting is not honored by many PDF reader applications. The integrity of the PDF document is destroyed by the ability of readers to edit them. In the legal, academic, and research profession this is an important issue.
  25. Works4Me, May 10, 2017
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    Works4Me macrumors regular

    Aug 29, 2007
    I'd tend to agree, if for no other reason than selecting text, cutting and pasting is a pain. BUT the way I can use my Apple Pencil to grade assignments is quite good on my iPad.

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