What’s in a name? In this case, almost everything.
Who has the moxie, pluck, gall, cojones, pride – whatever – to call anything they are marketing as expert?
The folks from Readdle do, and they make a strong effort to live up to the hype.
This post is not a tutorial on everything this app does, but it is an attempt to share how we use it.
Do we compose original PDF documents on our iPads? No. Practically none.
Do we manage everything we do in all our PDF’s on our iPads? Nope.
What we do, however, is use these devices to converse (there’s that word again) throughout the design process with our clients and within our office. This app – PDF Expert – goes a LONG way to make that happen.
Do you have oversized documents you need to include in your process?
Do you have multi page documents you need to use?
Do you need to markup, sign, share, extract from, and otherwise include in your design process? Do you need to show, share, and issue documents to others?
Do you need to sign a document? Insert a photo? Share a website? Memorialize a document?
Build, assemble, alter, rotate, break apart, or otherwise manipulate a PDF document?
How about reformat something into a PDF document? Yep, this app (now with a companion app) does this.
On the go?
On the fly?
Without a net?
This app does that. You’ve heard there’s an app for that – this is it. Before I go too far into this post, let me say I think the name is silly. But I’m beyond that and no longer hung up on the name…because the app works. Hard, well, and consistently. It delivers.
I know there are others – BlueBeam, to name one – but as I posted earlier, when you find one that works, well, stick with it until something undeniably better comes along.
In this regard, I’m still waiting on a better PDF app.
Be aware that Readdle makes a family of apps for productivity; while we aren’t involved in the typical business process, we don’t utilize everything they offer. A companion app, PDF Converter, is used much like a plug-in. This app converts almost anything to PDF and allows use and full function in PDF Expert. This app is crazy simple and connects through menu functions with PDF Expert seamlessly. You can convert almost everything you see on your iPad screen into a PDF – websites, photos, text documents, whatever – and open directly to PDF Expert for your use. If you use PDF Expert, you will want to use PDF Converter.
As an aside:
1. I have heard great things about Documents and how it allows filing and saving to folders with iPads that has been, until now, a frustration. I’m looking into this app and may adopt it in the near future, depending upon how and IF it works with our NAS here in the office.
2. In my experience, Readdle has been a company that communicates. We have, on occasion, needed to talk to them and they listened.
I’m including another short video for this post; I’m finding it shows so much more than I can type. In full transparency, I just wanted to show how we use the app, and in what ways,but my first take was over 30 minutes. I know you don’t want to sit through (and miss) an entire sitcom while taking all of this in, so I’ve attempted to edit, clip, and otherwise shorten the summary video.
Consider how you present and share ideas as you review the video (PDFexpert has a couple of “modes” – my word in this case.) We leave it live and find it more engaging and immersive.
Try it. I believe not only will you like it, you will find your clients also like it and want to participate in meetings with you.
Regarding PDF’s, and their use in communication in the design process, it does not get better than this.