Meet the all-new PDF Expert 6 app for iPhone and iPad that offers the best-in-class PDF editing features.
If you’ve worked with PDFs, you know they were not built for editing. And they are certainly not the most convenient files to edit on a small screen device like the iPhone. But with so much work done on the go, the need for a robust PDF editor is becoming more and more significant.
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Readdle Inc. has been in the business long enough to know that only a full featured, multi functional tool can add true value to users. Their highly rated iPhone and iPad app PDF Expert has been doing a great job long since 2013.
But, the latest update to the app packs a serious punch! With a new design and improved functionality that includes cloud-based editing and password protection, it has certainly done its work to make sure you’ll never have need for another PDF editor again. Here’s a closer look at the features and functionality of PDF Expert 6.
A Look At The PDF Expert UI
PDF Expert 6 has a neat UI, not snazzy as I expected it to be, but uncluttered and simple. There are 4 main tabs for navigation with a Big Blue + button at the end holding extra options. All of its tools are nicely hidden away from the main screen until you need them.
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The Home screen elements include:
Documents : Holds all your local files in the iCloud and iTunes folders.
Services: Lets you sign in to cloud services you have an account in. (Dropbox, Google Drive, Box, OneDrive, WebDAV, FTP, Office 365 and more)
Recents: Displays all the latest documents you accessed.
Settings: Lets you customize various aspects and features of the app including security and Wi-Fi settings.
Big Blue + Button: This button contains options to create a new file or folder and import files from your computer, cloud and other locations.
Tapping on a PDF document reveals hidden toolbars. The top of the toolbar has the Page Thumbnails, Text editor, Search, Outlines and More buttons. The bottom of the toolbar has tools to annotate the PDF. You can tap the document again to hide the toolbar.
Exploring PDF Expert 6 Features
PDF Expert has two major features: Editing and Annotation.
To enter Edit mode, you tap the Text editor on the Top toolbar. All the editing tools will immediately display at the bottom of the screen.
T| – When you tap this icon, the text in your PDF gets edit ready. Just click inside the text and replace the existing content as you see fit. All text changes are made in the same font as in the PDF, but you can change the fonts, font colors and text sizes from the contextual toolbar above the keyboard.
Image – Tap the image icon and then tap inside the PDF to add images. You can then select a picture from your library or use your camera to capture one. Once the image is placed inside the PDF, you can scale and move it to a location of your choice. Tap on the photo again and you see a floating toolbar with options to rotate, replace, resize, save, crop, copy and delete them.
Link: Links in PDFs are a very common feature and PDF Expert lets you add them with ease. Links can be added to text, images, annotations, and notes. Tap the link icon, drag over the text you want to link and choose Destination in the floating toolbar. You can then link to another page in the PDF or you can link to an external source on the web.
Redact : If you have sensitive information like credit card details on your PDF, the Redact feature comes in handy. Just tap on the Redact icon, swipe over words and obscure them with a dark black patch or erase them if you prefer. This will hide sensitive information and keep them safe when sharing with others.
You can tap the Text editor icon at the top of the toolbar to come out of the Editing mode.
Annotating PDFs with PDF Expert 6
The second biggest feature of PDF Expert is Annotation. You’ll find the annotation tools at the bottom of the screen.
Text markup tools : The first set of annotation tools you see at the bottom are the text markup tools. You can highlight, underline, or strikeout text, change the color of the markups, adjust the opacity and thickness as well. Marking text is as easy as drawing or writing on the screen with your fingers. Tools to erase and undo mistakes are also available here.
When you tap the more button, you see more annotation tools.
Pen: The Pen tool lets you create and save your digital signature. If you happen to do a lot of digital signing, this can come in very handy. Once a signature is saved, you can just tap on it to add it to a document. If you want to edit the signature, you can also go to the Settings to make the changes.
Pop up Notes: PDF Expert lets tap anywhere in the PDF file and insert a pop up note. After adding the note, you can move it to any other part of the document using simple drag and drop actions.
Stamps: Need to add a stamp to your PDF file? No problem. Just hit this button and you can make use of some standard ones like APPROVED, DRAFT, CONFIDENTIAL and so on to your file. Need to add a custom design? Well, you can also create and upload custom stamps to your library and access them from the app. Both text and image stamps can be created and used in PDF Expert.
Text notes: If you want to add a text note as opposed to a pop up note, hit the T button in the Annotation toolbar. Type the text using your keyboard and then hit the font toolbar to change the font, font color and font size.
Audio Notes: If pop up notes and text notes are not good enough, you can add audio notes to your PDF. Just tap and hold the PDF and select Sound from the floating toolbar. You can record your note and hit the Done button to finish the recording. Sound notes can be played in Adobe Reader or PDF Expert on the Mac, PC, iPhone and iPad. The files work well with up to 15 minutes of recording.
When you are satisfied with all your edits and annotations, you can flatten the PDF. Flattening prevents any further modification of the file.
Creating Outlines in PDF Expert
PDF files can be as tiny as a single page file or as big as a 3000 page document. Navigating through big files is next to impossible without Outlines. PDF Expert plays a very powerful role with Outlines. If you tap the Outlines icon on the top toolbar, you can edit the Outlines to create your own multi-level outlines for your document. Its super easy thanks to the drag and drop functionality it makes use of. Plus, on the Outlines page, you can go to the Annotations tab to navigate the PDF based on on your markups.
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And the good stuff doesn’t end here. PDF Expert is also great at file management.
Managing Files with PDF Expert
PDF Expert has a really easy-to-use File manager. Files can be viewed as thumbnails or in a list view. In both views, you can transfer files from one folder to another using drag and drop actions.
You can also do batch file management by selecting multiple files and using the options in the More (…) menu to copy, move, rename, and delete files. PDF Expert also supports document merge, favoriting important files, assigning a color tag to files, emailing files, uploading and exporting files to other apps. It can also compress huge files into a zip file for easier handling.
Managing PDF Pages
PDF Expert also makes page management easy. You can preview the PDF in thumbnails and you can add new pages, extract, copy and paste pages to the newly created blank pages and even change its orientation! You can also change the order of the pages if required.
Filling Forms in PDF Expert
Another great and highly useful functionality involves form filling. The app supports Acro and Static XFA forms though no support yet for LiveCycle Dynamic XFA forms. You can type text, select items from a drop down, use checkboxes, make calculations, add images to fields and even add a free hand signature to forms.
Editing in the Cloud
If you have PDF files on cloud services like Dropbox, Google Drive, or OneDrive you can open and edit the files in the cloud itself. There’s no need to import the file on to the app to make the changes. This is especially helpful in avoiding duplicate copies of the files getting stored across devices.
Yet another important feature that every PDF editor must have is security. In PDF Expert, you can tap the 3 dots on the top toolbar and select Set Password to create a password protected document. All pretty straightforward stuff.
If you own PDF Expert on multiple Apple devices, you can make use of the unique Readdle Transfer technology to access, modify and save files across devices. This means you can start editing a file on your Mac, and then make further edits to that file on your iPad. There are some requirements for this to work such as using your same Apple ID, network connection and so on, but it is possible to sync and work with PDFs across all your iOS devices.
PDF Expert has many many more useful features. You can do a keyword search, you can add bookmarks, you can share or email files, you can save a copy of the original, and you can even generate a text version of the file if you need to.
Well, after spending almost a day with the app, checking out all its features, I can only that PDF Expert is one of the most comprehensive app’s I’ve used in a long time.
Initially, I found the UI to be rather plain and simple looking. But don’t let that fool you. Inside this inconspicuous looking app lies a really powerful editor.
Working with PDF Expert is a pure joy. It offers quick and easy access to all the editing and annotation tools you’ll ever require for working with your files. Folder management is equally impressive and so is working with files on the cloud and third party apps. Navigating large PDFs is also a breeze as is managing multiple pages.
I found the learning curve with PDF Expert 6 to be very minimal. A friendly user guide available inside the app should help you, if you need a bit of guidance with something.
In terms of performance, I experienced no lags or slow downs when using any of the features.
The price, at $9.99 with a further $9.99 (IAP) for using its editing tools may sound like a costly proposition, but considering how feature-rich this tool is and how easy it is to work with, I’d say its the best two $9.99s you’ll ever spend!
PDF Expert works brilliantly fast, it is robust, it works across Apple devices and its a tool I know I can trust to get the job done like a pro. Click the link below to get the app.
If you have any experience using PDF Expert. I’d love to hear how its been working for you.