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The best PDF editor on iPhone and iPad

Posted by Campbell Bird on November 15th, 2015

Portable Document Format (PDF) documents seem like they should be ideal for use on phones or tablets - they have portable right in the name!

But, while PDFs are definitely readable on iPhones and iPads without an app, it isn't that easy to manipulate or create them without having to sift through a bunch of third-party software.

Fear not though! We at 148Apps have taken it upon ourselves to find the best PDF editor so you don't have to.

PDF Expert 5 Joins the Tools for Teachers Sale

Posted by Jessica Fisher on May 6th, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: NEW AND IMPROVED :: Read Review »

PDF Expert 5, byReaddle, is celebrating teachers with a 50% off sale as part of theApp Store's Tools for Teachers promotion.

148Apps 2014 Holiday Shopping Guide for Power Users

Posted by Rob Rich on December 12th, 2014

Welcome, one and all, to another 148Apps holiday shopping guide! Are you having trouble figuring out what to get for a distant relative, new neighbor, or estranged second cousin? Thankfully there are people like us putting together handy-dandy holiday shopping guides for you! Whether you’re looking for new hardware and accessories, or just something a bit less impersonal than an iTunes gift card, we’ve got you covered.

Other 148Apps Holiday Gift Guides: for [Health Nuts] [Socializers] [Creative Types] [Gamers]

Today’s guide is for the intense “power users” you may know. Business folks, diehard Apple fans – anyone who tends to push their device’s battery to the limits every day, mostly. If you’re looking for something to make their trips easier, help out at the office, or even just keep their iPad running for a few more hours, check out our list below for some ideas.

148Apps 2014 Holiday Shopping Guide for Creative Types

Posted by Rob Rich on December 10th, 2014

Welcome, one and all, to another 148Apps holiday shopping guide! Are you having trouble figuring out what to get for a distant relative, new neighbor, or estranged second cousin? Thankfully there are people like us putting together handy-dandy holiday shopping guides for you! Whether you’re looking for new hardware and accessories, or just something a bit less impersonal than an iTunes gift card, we’ve got you covered.

Other 148Apps Holiday Gift Guides: for [Health Nuts] [Socializers] [Gamers] [Power Users]

Today’s guide is for those creative types in your life. These are the people who like to draw, compose music, sculpt, or otherwise make things with their iOS devices. So long as they enjoy creating, and you’re in need of some gift ideas, you should check out our list below.

PDF Expert 5 Has Been Updated for iOS 8

Posted by Jessica Fisher on October 2nd, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: NEW AND IMPROVED :: Read Review »

Readdle has released a new update for PDF Expert 5, with a ton of new features. They have integrated the ability to use Zoom Writing on the iPad, which lets you zoom in on the page you are writing on and follows you as you move along the page.

PDF Expert 5 also has AirTurn support. AirTurn Bluetooth pedals allow you to turn pages of documents hands-free, which is great for musicians whose hands may otherwise be occupied rocking out.

Readdle has also improved the bookmark function, added iCloud Drive Support, and included the ability to lock the app with Touch ID instead of using a passcode.

You can download PDF Expert 5 for $9.99 on the App Store.

Apple Names Ultimate Productivity Bundle by Readdle as the Essential Bundle on the App Store

Posted by Jessica Fisher on September 19th, 2014

When iOS 8 went live, Readdle introduced the Ultimate Productivity Bundle by Readdle. This bundle includes some of their best apps - PDF Expert 5, Scanner Pro, Printer Pro, and Calendars 5 - for only $19.99. That's a 25% discount, plus if you already have a few, users can use the “Complete My Bundle” option to get additional apps at discounted rates.

Apple has featured the bundle as their "Essential Bundle" on the App Store. So check out the Ultimate Productivity Bundle by Readdle today.

Readdle Adds Tons of iOS 8 Updates for All Readdle Apps

Posted by Jessica Fisher on September 17th, 2014

With the iOS 8 dropping today, Readdle has dramatically overhauled all of their apps to have more functionality and integrate with your iCloud Drive

Scanner Pro, the app that turns your iPhone or iPad into a portable scanner, now has Scanner Pro editing extension. This allows you to scan your photos from Photo Library and save them to your iCloud Drive.

PDF Expert 5, a PDF reader and editor, now has Zoom Writing, AirTurn support, bookmarks management, and other iOS 8 exclusives.

Documents 5 can now be your main app for managing files iCloud Drive and other apps.

Calendars 5 has received the new iOS 8 Today View widget and Notification Center widget. These widgets make it easier to view and schedule tasks and notifications.

Printer Pro now has iCloud Drive support, making it a fast and simple way to print your documents from anywhere.

Lastly, PDF Converter now has PDF Converter extension, so that you can convert things like photos from your camera roll with one click.

There are a lot of new features to explore in the Readdle update suite. Check them all out on the App Store.

Happy 7th Birthday Readdle! Thank You for the Big Sale!

Posted by Jessica Fisher on August 1st, 2014

In celebration of their 7th year, Readdle has dropped the prices of their apps by 70%! They have also announced that a big project is in the works for October and more details will be available soon. The sale started on July 31 at 1AM EST and goes on for 48 hours. We have provided a list of the sale apps below.

Pick them up now on the App Store before the sale disappears.

Scanner Pro ($6.99 -> $2.99)
PDF Expert 5 ($9.99 -> $4.99)
Calendars 5 ($6.99 -> $2.99)
Printer Pro for iPad ($6.99 -> $2.99
Printer Pro for iPhone ($4.99 -> $2.99)
PDF Converter ($6.99 -> $1.99)

PDF Expert 5 is Now a Universal App - has Also Been Updated with a Few More Features

Posted by Blake Grundman on May 29th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: NEW AND IMPROVED :: Read Review »

After six long months of work behind the scenes, PDF Expert 5 developer Readdle is excited to announce that their previously iPad-exclusive application is now making the jump to iPhone. Better yet, the new iPhone version is just as powerful as it's larger screened brethren, only at a fraction of the size. Best of all? The universal upgrade is a completely free for all existing PDF Expert 5 owners.

Aside from everything that already makes the application so great, the new update also includes a bevy of performance enhancements and new features such as the introduction of a continuous scroll mode and on-the-fly calculations for LiveCycle design forms.

PDF Expert 5 is available now as a Universal app for $9.99.

148Apps 2013 Holiday Shopping Guide for Power Users

Posted by Rob Rich on December 13th, 2013

This is it - the end of our strange and wonderful shopping journey for the year. We know it can be tough to know what to get for someone for the holidays - anyone, really, regardless of how well you know them. We'd like to think that these shopping guides have been of some help. Even if you didn't go after anything on these lists there's the chance that something sparked an idea, which resulted in a successful gift. At least that's what we'd like to think.

Other 148Apps Holiday Gift Guides: for the [Heath Nuts] [Socializers] [Creative Types] [Gamers]

Today’s guide is for the intense “power users” you may know. Business folks, diehard Apple fans - anyone who tends to push their device’s battery to the limits every day, mostly. If you’re looking for something to make their trips easier, help out at the office, or even just keep their iPad running for a few more hours, check out our list below for some ideas.

iKit NuCharge Battery Case for iPhone 5


The iKit NuCharge Battery Case ($89 - iPhone) is a compact, lightweight case that allows users to charge their phone on-the-go. It's pretty much perfect for commuters, travelers, and anyone who spends large chunks of time away from their charger, really. It's a great way to keep a phone working so no important calls are missed, or even allowing for enough time to watch Home Alone while waiting at the airport. [Our Review]

The NuCharge case is a great all-around piece of hardware to have, but it pairs particularly well with essential work-related apps like Triage ($0.99 - iPhone), Appoint ($3.99 - iPhone), and Reeder 2 ($4.99 - Universal). You won't have to worry about running out of juice while answering important emails, last-minute changes to an itinerary, and keeping up on feeds.

ZaggKeys Cover for iPad Mini


If you've got an iPad Mini and plan to use it for anything other than basic web browsing, email reading, and gaming, then you'll probably want to check out the ZaggKeys Cover for iPad Mini ($99 - iPad Mini). It's well-built, has a sturdy hinge, is slim enough to be conveniently portable, allows users to place their iPad in backwards (i.e. they can use the iPad without awkwardly leaving the keyboard open or separating it entirely), and the keys are backlit. Kind of a no-brainer for any iPad Mini owner, really. [Our Review]

With a fancy iPad Mini keyboard like this, why not consider a writing app or two? Write for iPad ($1.99 - iPad) is a good coice for someone looking to write just about anything on the go, while Infinite PDF ($9.99 - iPad) offers up an extensive suite of PDF managing tools. It's a combination that's handy for presentations, setting up book layouts, and so on.

Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover


The Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover ($99 - iPad) is one iPad keyboard that I'm particularly fond of. It offers some decent screen protection, pops on and off easily but is also strong enough not to accidentally fall off on its own, and makes for an incredibly sturdy stand. This is another one that's idea for anyone who does a lot of writing for any reason, as well as for those who like to give presentations with their iPad [Our Review]

With those two factors in mind (presentations and writing), why not think about OmniPlan 2 for iPad ($59.99 - iPad) or Air Display 2 ($9.99 - iPad) as a digital pack-in with your gift? OmniPlan is ideal for organizing large projects and managing teams down to their smallest details. Air Display, on the other hand, would go incredibly well with the Ultrathin's functionality as a stand and allow the user to turn their iPad into a second computer monitor.

Dodocase Folio for iPad


Let's take a step back from all the super-intense stuff for a moment and appreciate the Dodocase Folio for iPad ($124 - iPad). It's a very sturdy, functional, and elegant case that would look great on any professional's iPad. It includes large pockets on the inside flap for notes and such, a little spot along the fold for a pen or stylus, and has this marvelous "old book" appearance when closed. It makes the iPad a bit more bulky, but it's still ideal for anyone who prefers to stay organized (and look good while doing it!). [Our Review]

SanDisk Wireless Media Drives


The SanDisk Wireless Media Drives ($50 to $100 - iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch) serve as an ideal alternative to cloud storage. They vary in price and available storage space, but any of them can be useful in a variety of situations. Loading up a bunch of movies to stream to an iOS device later (thus sparing the device's own storage space) is only one example. The drives also allow users to upload their own media files from their device - so tons of photos from a family trip, video from an on-location film shoot, and more can all be transferred with little effort or fuss. [Our Review]

You might want to consider including It's Playing Pro ($4.99 - Universal) with one of those drives, as according to our own Jeff Scott it's actually a much better app to use for streaming video playback than the suggested official SanDisk app. Say&Go ($0.99 - iPhone) is another good fit, since users would be able to record all the voice memos and notes they could stand without worrying about using up their device's storage. Photo apps such as FancyCam ($1.99 - iPhone) are also a great fit due to the photo/storage combo.

NeatConnect Cloud Scanner


Whether working from home in a personal office or on a trip with a portable one, the NeatConnect Cloud Scanner ($499 - iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch) is definitely something to consider. This wireless document scanner doesn't require the use of a computer of any kind. Instead, it can scan and upload documents (saved as PDF, JPG, and more) directly to cloud services like Dropbox and Google Drive. This means it would be a snap for someone to scan a few receipts to load onto their iPhone for expense tracking, or important paperwork that they'd be able to transfer to their iPad and fiddle with. Greyscale, color, black and white, or two-sided - it makes no difference to this scanner. [Our Review]

So why not include something like Polaris Office ($0.99 - Universal) with it? This mini office-on-the-go app even supports Dropbox file transfers, so it'd be a snap to upload documents with the NeatConnect and then download them straight to Polaris Office. PDF Expert 5 ($9.99 - iPad) is another great fit, what with it being newly redesigned for iOS 7 and receiving a sizable amount of new features - namely the Review mode that allows users to edit and make notes on PDF files.


Dropcam Pro


Dropcam Pro ($199 - iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch) isn't about productivity, but about peace of mind. The camera connects to a home network and can be accessed through an iOD device in order to watch the house while on a trip, keep an eye on the kids or pets from work, and plenty of other scenarios. Setup is easy, video streams can be kept private or shared with specific individuals (or made entirely public if one so chooses), and the app even knows to turn the camera off once the user comes home. Of course you'll also want to grab the free official Dropcam app to go with it. [Our Review]

Feel free to peruse our Editor’s Choice selections for more top-rated office/travel/business-friendly app ideas.

This Week at 148Apps: December 2-6 2013

Posted by Chris Kirby on December 8th, 2013

Expert App Reviewers


So little time and so very many apps. What's a poor iOS devotee to do? Fortunately, 148Apps is here to give you the rundown on the latest and greatest releases. And we even have a tremendous back catalog of reviews; just check out the Reviews Archive for every single review we've ever written.

Skulls of the Shogun

Death is a very common thread in gaming, though admittedly in most cases it is being used as a motivating factor that the player wants to avoid. In the freshly ported iOS version of Skulls of the Shogun, the focus is actually on what happens after the main character has left the land of the living. General Akamoto and his ragtag group of hoodlums are trying to fight their way to the proverbial pearly gates, one decapitation at a time. Naturally they face quite the uphill struggle, with plenty of amusing shenanigans along the way. --Blake Grundman


Assassin's Creed Pirates

Assassin’s Creed Pirates is a game that’s appropriately multi-faceted: it encompasses multiple types of gameplay in its quest for pirate action in the Caribbean seas around the time of Assassin’s Creed IV. It’s a game with plenty to do and offers fun looting and boat-sinking times, it’s just structurally sub-optimal. There are two main parts to the game: sailing and combat. Sailing takes place in two different environments: a top-down map view that allows for just drawing lines to get around, and an “immersive” view where players can actually steer the ship, raise or lower the sails to control their speed, find random items to pick up, and challenging neutral ships that they cross. This is more fun, just more time-consuming. Certain missions require a certain view: race missions require immersive view while assassination missions which require stealth to sail past ship patrols use the top-down view. --Carter Dotson


Maps Pro With Google Maps

Offering fairly powerful mapping features tied into Google Maps, Maps Pro with Google Maps is the kind of app that regular travellers are going to want to keep on their iPads for future reference. So much simpler and more intuitive to use than the website, it’s a very handy tool. Even better, it hardly needs learning. That’s how easy it is to figure out. Immediately placing a pin on the user’s current location, everything about Maps Pro with Google Maps is easily laid out. The opening page offers up directions, sharing, street view, settings, and a search bar. --Jennifer Allen


PDF Expert 5

PDF Expert 5 isn’t an update to the already popular app, but is instead a newly redesigned package that provides iPad users with more features. It handles everything about a PDF - like reading, annotating, and editing. The app was just released this week and its fresh and sleek design make it a perfect fit for iOS 7. Whether users are familiar with previous versions or are just trying it out for the first time, it’s clear that the new features help to make navigation easier. For starters, there is a new PDF viewer that allows users to open large files, search through text, extract text from PDFs, and even open password-protected documents. There’s plenty of room to view PDFs thanks to full screen annotations and the smart zoom option that help users make notes and draw with ease. --Angela LaFollette


Roxie's Puzzle Adventure

Roxie’s Puzzle Adventure is a terrific universal puzzle adventure app for all ages, adapting the richly detailed illustrations of Roxie Munro’s previous puzzle app, Roxie’s a-MAZE-ing Vacation Adventure, into a jigsaw puzzle that players of all abilities will enjoy. This app consists of a colorful, stylized, and magnificently drawn landscape that is then broken up into 16 different smaller puzzles. I appreciate how up to five players use this app and their game will be saved independently, and how players can choose to break these individual puzzles into a number of puzzle pieces ranging from six chunky pieces to 260 small pieces on the iPad and 130 pieces on the iPhone, giving young children as well as seasoned adults a chance to enjoy this app equally. --Amy Solomon


Other 148Apps Network Sites

If you are looking for the best reviews of Android apps, just head right over to AndroidRundown. Here are just some of the reviews served up this week:

AndroidRundown

Banana Kong

In Banana Kong, the players can learn an important lesson: eventually, your possessions and greed turn on you. And the more things you get, the harder they will fall on your head, and no matter how long you run, they will eventually bury you. Unless you have a hog you can ride on. This is where the analogy kind of falls apart for me. --Tony Kuzmin


Dream of Pixels

There’s no point beating about the bush when talking about Dream of Pixels. It’s Tetris but with a twist. There’s no other way to explain it. Dream of Pixels is a puzzle game where you have to place familiar look shapes onto the screen. Unlike the game it clearly derives from, these shapes don’t drop down from the top of the screen, so there’s no need to shift your shapes from left to right before they hit the bottom. Instead, Dream of Pixels slowly (at first) scrolls the entire screen upwards. Your job is to ensure that no empty spaces make their way to the bottom of the screen. This means you need to use your shapes to ensure that each line is full of blocks. --Matt Parker


Thor: The Dark World

Thor: The Dark World is an arcade pseudo beat-em up arcade game that also serves as an official Android companion game to the movie of the same name. The game is nice to look at. Thor’s hair has the golden yellow halo effect, and the virtual environment is a fine interpretation of of cinematic imagination. Bright colors, interesting beasts and nicely animated characters rolling to the booming voice of Thorish proclamations. There is a judicious use of color, and while some of the animations are a bit formulaic they are altogether hard not to enjoy. --Tre Lawrence

And finally, this week Pocket Gamer reviewed Blek, Assassin's Creed Pirates, Space Hulk, and The Wolf Among Us, picked the best iOS and Android games of November, tore it up with Touchgrind Skate 2's video upload feature, went hands-on with The Room 2, and put together holiday gift guides for 3DS and Vita. For all that and loads more, Head to Pocket Gamer for their weekly wrap-up.

PDF Expert 5 Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Angela LaFollette on December 6th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: NEW AND IMPROVED
Completely redesigned for iOS 7, PDF Expert 5 brings many new features to the table like a unique Review mode and a text-to-speech feature.
Read The Full Review »

PDF Expert 5 Allows Users to Annotate and Edit PDF Documents on Their iPads

Posted by Andrew Stevens on December 3rd, 2013
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: NEW AND IMPROVED :: Read Review »

PDF Expert 5 - Fill forms, annotate PDFs, sign documents is the latest release from Readdle that offers a new PDF editor, file manager, and a review mode. This allows users to to annotate and edit PDF documents right on their iPad along with highlighting important sections, inserting text and stamps, and signing and merging PDFs. The app even lets users open file formats like iWork, MS Office, Power Point, text files, images, music, and video files.

PDF Expert 5 is now available to download for $9.99.