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pdf expert: PDF Editor, Reader
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pdf expert is the ultimate PDF app you’re looking for. It’s fast, intuitive and powerful to let you effortlessly complete literally any PDF task. “pdf expert is one of my must-have iPad apps and a desktop-class PDF reader”. – MacStories.net “I was blown away at how easy the app is to use”. – MakeUseOf “The best app for managing, editing, and reading PDFs on your iPad”. – The Sweet Setup *** WITH pdf expert YOU CAN *** READ PDFs WITH EASE • Quickly open PDF documents from email, the web, or any app that supports “Open In…” • Enable full-text search, scroll, zoom in and out. • Choose Single Page or Continuous scroll mode. • Use Text to Speech feature to hear the selected text read out loud. HIGHLIGHT AND ANNOTATE PDFs • Mark important info in books or documents with the first class annotation tools: highlight, underline, strikethrough and others. • Insert pre-designed stamps such as Approved, Not Approved, Confidential and more. DRAW WITH YOUR FINGER OR APPLE PENCIL • Draw with your finger or Apple Pencil to make handwritten notes or highlight text in scanned books. WORK IN THE CLOUD • Connect to other document storage providers like Dropbox, iCloud Drive, Box, OneDrive, Google Drive etc. • Enable 2-way sync with storages to provide continuous work with documents among all devices. CREATE NOTES • Add comments to the texts you read using sticky notes and drawing tools. MAKE BOOKMARKS • Make Bookmarks when it comes to intuitive navigation through PDF files. FILL FORMS • Work with static PDF forms created in Adobe Acrobat. • Fill out any PDF forms with interactive fields such as text fields, checkboxes and radio buttons. ADD EMOTION WITH STICKERS • Express yourself with amazing stickers that can be used right inside your PDFs. *** WITH PRO FEATURES OF THE SUBSCRIPTION*** With the additional PRO subscription, you can get unique PDF superpowers. EDIT ORIGINAL PDF TEXT • Edit or modify existing text. The font, size, and opacity of the original text are automatically detected, so you can make edits easily. ADD AND EDIT IMAGES • Easily add, replace and resize images in your PDFs. Or change a logo or a graph. pdf expert will handle those edits easily. SIGN DOCUMENTS • Use e-signatures to sign contracts and agreements on the go. • Sign documents with signatures synchronized across all your devices: Mac, iPhone, iPad. PROTECT CONTENT WITH PASSWORD • Restrict access to pdf expert with a password. • Protect your files from unauthorized reading with a password. FAVORITES TOOLBAR • Quickly access your favorite tools with a fully customizable toolbar. ADD LINKS • Now linking any part of the text to a different page or even a website is fast. Moreover, links can be added to images. REDACT SENSITIVE DATA • Using the Redact feature you can permanently erase or hide any sensitive information in your PDFs. CONVERT TO PDF • Convert webpages, photos and documents to PDF right in pdf expert in a snap. Converting happens locally on your device, so your files are absolutely secure. If you choose to purchase pdf expert PRO, payment will be charged to your iTunes account, and your account will be charged for renewal within 24-hours prior to the end of the current period. Auto-renewal may be turned off at any time by going to your settings in the iTunes Store after purchase. Current pdf expert PRO subscription price starts at $49.99 USD/year. Prices are in US dollars, may vary in countries other than the US and are subject to change without notice. If you don’t choose to purchase pdf expert PRO, you can simply continue using pdf expert for free. Any unused portion of a free trial period, if offered, will be forfeited when you purchase a subscription, where applicable. Read more about our terms and conditions here: https://pdfexpert.com/privacy https://pdfexpert.com/terms
Provide more icon colors
by DIP4K on 2021/05/09 18:13
This is the best PDF app on iOS. Very fluent and smooth. Support your legacy users by providing customized toolbar. Also add custom icons (please don’t hide them behind subscription) in all colors, black and white for dark mode.
Rip off
by Alex888999 on 2021/05/08 17:18
App works great but they ask you to buy it and then later on will take away your features and make you buy it again. Don’t waste your money
New SCAM by PDF Expert
by GuitarPoser on 2021/05/08 15:20
Update: RESTORE PURCHASES STILL NOT WORKING!!! It’s been almost a month and still don’t have the functionality I once had in this app. So disappointing. Today, PDF Expert was automatically “upgraded”. Now it won’t let me convert a photo to a PDF. Something I’ve been doing for years!!! And it won’t display PDFs that I had converted from html files either. This app isn’t worth a single star now. I should add that if I pay $50 a year I can get the functionality back that was once included in the app I had already purchased. WORTHLESS NOW!!!
An expensive Preview
by Dyfgyfyggff on 2021/05/07 13:40
There seems to be nothing here that the Preview program on Mac doesn’t do already. And that comes free with your Mac...
Where is my review?
by The Real Angry D on 2021/05/07 12:43
Wrote a lengthy review of this app yesterday. I am not impressed with the developer’s attempt to overcharge for this app by using a subscription model. I am even LESS impressed that my review was deleted. Both practices are scummy.
Using the latest version of PDF Expert and love it
by Pixelwizard on 2021/05/07 04:42
I’m using the latest version of PDF Expert and I love it. But it’s missing one thing that I could really use and there is the ability to align and orient for instants text boxes so that they remain equal distance to each other or any element for that matter placed on the pdf. If you can the ability to align and orient between objects it would be greatly appreciated. I’m a pro subscriber. Thanks
sick of this app crashing on important docs
by Dulce CaraBella on 2021/05/06 19:42
I’m so sick of this app crashing right when I’m working on important documents that need to be sent within a certain time making me late. Sadly, even though I use to love this app, it has been giving me problems for over a year. I have given it over a years chance and it still crashes often, it still loses my files or deletes them. I’m tired. I hope things get better before I find a better app.
Excellent App
by smkybill on 2021/05/05 16:07
Extremely user friendly, highly recommend
Viewer has style
by kimbery313 on 2021/05/05 06:13
The first thing app detail and files caterogory have a lot more information about the app for a free versio
Makes the iPad a dream to work with for work
by Namidawg on 2021/05/04 00:45
I love working on my iPad because of this app. It works in ways that the Apple default doesn’t, and creams Acrobat in functionality and smoothness.
One little suggestion
by 枫263 on 2021/05/02 22:39
Very great app. I use it to read book and papers all the time. Very nice annotation tools. A little suggestion: It would be very nice if there could be a function to disable the drag bar on the right-hand side. I usually use the right hand to scroll the page when reading. Very often touched the scroll bar by accident, and the page suddenly jump to somewhere. It is very bad experience because it would break the thought process and take me time to get back to the current page. Also it would be nice to remove the “dead zone” on top of the page where if you touch it by accident, it jumps directly to the starting of document. I actually can think of any practical usage of this function, other than disrupt the reading.
Not Worth the Money
by deanrc on 2021/05/01 17:50
I originally downloaded this because an online review say $10 one time IAP. Of course I download it and its a $50 a year subscription. The layout is nice, and it is well organized, but I can get all offered features either for free or for 1 IAP purchase. I recommend LiquidText for annotation and PDF Element for Editing. I don’t mind paying for apps, but subscriptions like this are scams
Mostly useless
by flyboiooo on 2021/05/01 06:01
All i wanted was to save a jpeg as pdf. after 10 minutes of fumbling i realized it's a "pro" feature. $50. one star and uninstall.
Freaking amazing convenience
by hemraj2.0 on 2021/04/30 18:40
Makes my life so easy.
Can’t edit. Waste of money
by Scott Hamar on 2021/04/30 02:06
Can’t edit anything unless u subscribe for $60. Total waste of time.
It`s not good for this price.
by FerdsBr on 2021/04/25 20:50
Too much expansive for things you go do with other way cheaper apps. Shame on you for trying to explore people!
NEGATIVE
by EXTRA-ECCLESIAM-NULLA-SALUS on 2021/04/25 01:15
I rarely use an app to edit a PDF. Only about once or twice a year. Now, I bring up this app to do my usual annual PDF editing - and I find out I have to pay a subscription now. Lousy lousy customer dedication. I don’t trust them now. Clearly a bait-‘n-switch.
Nothing in the free version
by Raj-S-33 on 2021/04/23 04:15
If you’re nit looking to pay, the free version has nothing, not even a single feature. Don’t bother downloading.
Honestly, the best PDF reader ever!
by Cenon415 on 2021/04/18 00:05
For the past couple of months, I have been solely relying on PDF readers for school work since the Pandemic has really taken over. It is very difficult for me to visit my local library for physical books, forcing me to turn towards electronic books instead. I’ve used various PDF readers in the past but have always been very uncomfortable with the limited features they offered until I discovered PDF Expert. This app has every feature I can ever ask for. One BASIC feature that most PDF readers did not have (from my experience) was the ability to change the PDF file into dark mode. The background of each page change into the color black and the fonts to the color white, making it easier to view at night. This feature has greatly improved my health. I no longer suffer from migraines and eye strains. Thank you Readdle! You guys are truly a blessing.
Expensive for Occasional Users
by Domenoak on 2021/04/16 21:09
I was excited about pdf expert as I have many of Readdle’s apps. I like their ideas, their design and the functionality of their apps. However, pdf Expert is kind of disappointing. First of all, it is subscription-based. For people who occasionally (once a month or leas) need to sign a copy of a document, the aubacription is pretty expensive. Secondly, I was able to use it for the first two days during my trial period. When the trial period ended, I purchased the first year but, somehow, I can’t use the features. I restored purchases, uninstalled and reinstalled the app, but it’s still not working.
THIS IS THE BEST. BETTER THAN ADOBE
by Sean Kennedy Santos on 2021/04/16 15:43
For years I’ve had nothing but issues with Adobe, Apple Pages, Word Doc. Nothing would ever work under one umbrella. In two simple words absolutely dysfunctional. This App by PDF Expert allows you every kind of access to exit, create and multitask all PDF & word documents easily and add components you cloud not in other software. There is nothing it cannot do. FORGET ADOBE & stop paying monthly fees & get this all in one APP that will change the way you work. Thank you for creating an App that never fails & performs in a way that leading expectations are met by the standards you’ve given in an APP. Most recently there was a corrupted important document - sent it to support. FIXED within a day & returned. In today’s world it is extremely difficult to have a company give such satisfying customer support. Apple, Google, Microsoft, Adobe- ALL FAIL miserably where READDLE succeed. We are very grateful & wish READDLE as a company much continued success. This is why I left Adobe years ago & switched to READDLE. Product & customer support. It’s the backbone of any customer relationship & READLE recognise this at every turn.
Perfect except Developer still won’t add a REDO next to the UNDO!
by Disatisfied today 11-4-10 on 2021/04/16 14:53
APR 16, 2021 Update Still no REDO next to the UNDO button - Why? I have on countless times accidentally over clicked the UNDO button on certain written work in my PDF notesResulting in loss of valuable information which was entered into that particular page. However because the developer will not simply add a REDO button next to the UNDO button (As I have requested in the past.) I periodically lose work, time and effort if I simply click the UNDO button one too many times. All this because of a simple fix oversight by the developer. I now refrain from ever even using the undo button because of this. I am in fear of getting anywhere near that button because basically it turns into a delete button .In fact why don’t they just call that button a delete button. All other leading software applications have both undo and REDO buttons. Since this involves LOSS OF VALUABLE CONTENT, I’ve reduced my rating from 5 to 1 star. ======= APR 6, 2021 Update: I found out the feature to write in manually and then device creates text feature when entering text fields was a global feature implemented by Apple and not PDF Expert. The “automatically” enabled feature was error prone and caused multiple extra click steps just to update various field in PDF Expert documents. I initially complained of this and remove two stars. But with further investigation, I found out that it was Apple and not PDF expert which automatically enable this feature causing all forms to force the user to use the pencil and character recognition feature on all the fields. Once I found out how to disable this using the configuration menu in the Apple software, PDF expert fields were able to be edited like before. The only thing I added or would add to this update is that perhaps PDF expert could notify its users that The new feature was apples initiative and not their own. And how to disable it if it was cumbersome or created issues. So now I’m back to where I was, using PDF Expert as before. Thanks again for a great program. I hope this entry helps people look into the Apple configuration menus to disable this feature if they are experiencing high error rates when editing their text using the pencil. ======= Mar. 17, 2021: Rising stars eventually fall. I totally had to remove two stars from PDF expert because of their new features and permitted within a few weeks ago. The feature is the addition of an optional way to fill in the fields using your pencil tool. You are forced to use this feature. Instead of allowing you to configure PDF expert with this new feature way of entering text into a text field, you are now forced to use this feature at all times when entering into the text field. This is a complete waste of time, it doesn’t work properly, if you try and use brackets, everything goes wrong in your fumbling with a simple text field of entering five characters for about 15 seconds. Complete waste of time. They have to make it optional in the configuration menu and return text field entries back to default method. ============== Nov. 12, 2020 : I’ve been using the program for approximately a year now. I had to abandon a previous other program which had little functionality, but got the basic job done of accepting hand written notes on my device, and saving them as a PDF. But that program had a glitch, crashed and I lost over 30 days of entries because If. There was no easy way to extract the a PDF files either. PDF Expert does not suffer from these problems. It is solid and provides a lot of redundancy even when it does crash you’re able to return back to your document. The ability to incorporate graphics, text blocks, batch selecting of pages, copy paste pages between other documents, printing (finds your air printer), share, etc. All works, solidly. I’ve recommended a few tweaks to the developer to max out this App’s capabilities.
Excellent
by LAX20531 on 2021/04/16 01:31
The Readdle apps are excellent. I have Documents and PDF Expert, but I will admit that having both creates some confusion. If I have the updated PDF Expert does that apply to Documents as well? There is overlap between the apps and my impression is that Documents is more functional, but must PDF Expert be installed to obtain those features in Documents? I haven’t seen any explicit documentation on this. Adding iCloud support added confusion since both apps share a single folder for iCloud, but local files exist within the app itself. I haven’t tried to combine on iCloud because I know there will be overlap. Finally, didn’t there used to be a direct link to ScannerPro scans within Documents? It’s been gone for quite a while. At times I’ve suspected something was wrong with my iCloud folders or structure, but it appears this may be as designed. Finally, for those who are whining about one-time app purchases versus the (very affordable) subscriptions, consider this: in its infancy, all apps were one-time purchases, however as the device adoption matures revenues slows. Providing on-going support and updates for an app someone purchased perhaps 10 years ago is an unsustainable business model. This one-time purchase expectation would be similar to an employer paying you to create a project while providing no compensation for security updates or requested enhancements. It wouldn’t be a reasonable expectation and nobody would work for free indefinitely to support their project. It wouldn’t sustain your income. The same applies here.
Just not reliable
by Pc_hcpss on 2021/04/14 18:29
As a teacher, I used PDF Expert to take data on students as we were going through a lesson. I found it useful to be able to have my iPad next to me and record necessary information as I was going. However, lately, I have noticed that the app is increasingly unreliable. It would often freeze, in some instances the screen would flicker (for increasingly long periods of time) and there is issues with communicating between Files, Google Drive and OneNote. Today, was the last straw; was doing a running record with a student, the app froze, I had to stop the lesson, shut down the app, wait a few seconds and start it up again. When I did, all the data I recorded was gone. Prior to this, I had deleted the app and reinstalled it (no help); restarted the iPad (no help), etc. I need an app to just work, and this one no longer seems to.
Review
by EBaffa on 2021/04/10 12:02
Thank you for the interactive welcome to pdf expert file. I feel comfortable using the app with efficiency now!
This has to be part of the apple ecosystem and that’s its only fault.
by Beedo Hassan on 2021/04/07 11:24
This has become part of the apple ecosystem, please change that because I use an iPad and an android phone and I need to import apps to adobe acrobat so I can use it on my phone and acrobat (at least on android) feels like not that much thought has been put into it, please bring this app onto android, it will help me so much, you don’t even know how much this will help.
Need better selection tool
by FoxxRunner on 2021/04/06 20:19
This app is great. I am only putting one star because the selection tool and eraser is trash. Update the selection tool to be able to draw around exactly what you want to select with the pencil and make the eraser more accurate to the pencil. Both of these tools are awful compared to other apps.
Apple Pencil Incompatible
by Dheigskveuveuvdojdobsi on 2021/04/04 08:42
After latest update, my apple pencil stutter and skips writing in this app. It works in all other apps, so its not a problem with the pencil. Loved using this to take notes, so now its unusable for me.
“Was” the best
by TreoRenegade on 2021/04/03 20:04
Unable or unwilling to innovate, Readdle now expects its users to play the Pet Rock game, ie pay through the nose for an otherwise easily available feature. My response: WebToPDF.com is your friend. Quick, easy, free.
Not simple and nickel and diming me pisses me off
by 2TLSP on 2021/04/02 02:09
Adobe has become a scam. Functions that used to be standard now are add ons. I will find other ways to edit for no other reason than I hate being nickel and dimed over functions that should be part of any decent program.
PDF expert is very good.
by Catherine de la Vallee on 2021/04/01 16:50
Thanks for an excellent product.
not free
by Khmbuh on 2021/04/01 16:31
unable to access basic free service, now i’ll other billed for something
Basically spyware — tracks personal device identifier
by Isaac Gray on 2021/03/31 23:41
I didn’t pay for this app so that I could be tracked based on my phone’s identifier. The devs are unethical and greedy. Regarding the developer response: your privacy policy is in direct conflict with your privacy label on the App Store, which states that device identifiers are used to track users across multiple websites. Either remove that feature or update your privacy policy to reflect that tracking.
Should work better for the price
by TPB, Esq. on 2021/03/30 00:02
For a while, PDF Expert Pro was my go-to app for annotating and sharing PDFs. Lately, though it now comes with a $49/year subscription, it has struggled with creating PDFs of websites (when Apple’s internal PDF creator has done fine on its own) and won’t convert some docx files. Both are big issues for me, as I am usually trying to get documents for research from government websites and planning documents. I’ve found other PDF creators that work better (including the one Apple includes with iPad OS and iOS) and cheaper, so I’m going to see if I can do without this costly app.
Lack of file options
by Techn1cian on 2021/03/29 18:36
Not sure if it’s on the Apple side of things or this app, but I should be able to to transfer the documents whichever method I see fit. The only options are to “Share” them to myself via email or upload them to the cloud.
No free trial
by Lisha82 on 2021/03/27 12:27
I did the free trial and cancelled within seven days but was still charged the $49.99 fee. I would not recommend unless you are absolutely sure you want to purchase.
Expert? 🚫
by Tranceunta on 2021/03/27 02:49
Can't see / select layers on a geoPDF 👎
Works great!
by PearieEh on 2021/03/26 17:38
Very versatile on iOS. Have used for 8 years.
Nothing even comes close.
by Nans911 on 2021/03/26 17:19
This app, works absolutely flawlessly! There’s almost. nothing you can’t do with it. To the Readdle team, if you just add an infinite scroll as a template for note taking on the IPad Pro, as much as I love Notability, I can’t see me using notability with that feature added! Just food for thought. Keep up the fantastic work!
Liking it because most features I need are available after one time purchase
by King KTB on 2021/03/26 11:04
They switched to yearly payment subscription model. But the free version of app is quite useful. They didn’t put the features of the free version of the app behind the paywall.
New
by Lemondrop17 on 2021/03/25 12:27
Need help understand it. Where can I find more help to help me understand?
Tax Docs
by DrUphir on 2021/03/24 18:19
I tried using this software to upload to H&R Block for taxes and after conversion it renames the file PDF but it is a .HEIC file which is not supported. Waste of time! Better believe I am canceling before trial is over.
Horrible set up.
by avitar1 on 2021/03/24 16:48
Why do I have to pay $49.99 before testing how it works and if I like it? Not worth the trouble!
Free is the most expensive!!!
by JSyang_ on 2021/03/24 14:23
We dont need free one. We don't need huge or often updtes. Just give customer more choices. Please bring Reddle 6 back!
Expert PDF has Great Features
by LoudnLean on 2021/03/24 11:14
I started with the 7 day trial which worked GREAT! When I couldn’t find a command to complete a conversion from text to PDF or how to Export new PDFs to my iCloud, their support group always provided quick answers. They answered all three of my email questions within 24 hours including two video How-To examples. And their support came during my FREE 7 day trial! So I purchased a Pro subscription to open up even more features. This App makes my iPad more like a computer, converting many pages of text and email to PDFs which I then upload to iCloud for all my devices to have access. Highly recommended!
Good enough
by حسام روستایی on 2021/03/24 06:31
Very handy and user-friendly
Horrible
by dylanie_24 on 2021/03/22 20:29
You have pay to do everything.
Used a long time now
by Starfaced5 on 2021/03/21 13:57
I’ve used this pdf app a long time now. It’s really good, but an absolute toothache for naming and saving files. It’s too complicated and can’t be easily found later. I’ve tried dropping document into an email draft, and naming it later with the idea that with more time, I can give a logical naming convention. Blamed myself, in other words. But...it’s too stinkin' hard. You have to do a rain dance to delete a document. You lose your train of thought when you have to re-arrange the furniture everytime you come back into the room.
For 50 dollars I expect it to work
by kingfri on 2021/03/20 15:47
This app is garbage...you can’t even change text color without your whole document corrupting. Editing is a mess and the options are minimal...save your money
Misleading
by DDDDDRafghdg on 2021/03/19 16:48
You should inform us you want $50 per year BEFORE we download the app.
Rip-off
by scarduner on 2021/03/18 23:45
This app is described as a PDF editor download for free. No it’s $50 a year – – every year – – to edit a PDF. Just list the app for what it is -a paid app – – and a very very very expensive one too.Charge a reasonable price to buy the app.You subscribe to things that change all the time like a magazine or Netflix.This is an app! Why pay for it year after year after year? And $50 to edit PDFs? It’s really annoying to go through the whole process of downloading an app just to open it and find out it’s $50 to use it
Expensive
by supergirl-b on 2021/03/18 19:17
Needs work on the app can’t do certain functions without phone or ipd edits. Very expensive and these types of files usually come with many devices “ computers”. Seems to be a 1 year SUBSCRIPTION doesn’t make me happy for the cost and so many issues and difficult to find anything. It’s necessary to convert PDF, edit basic digital communication update-In response to comment I received- read what I put before responding . it was an expensive purchase for something that doesn’t seem completely functional for the device and usually computers come with these converters/ application. a new thing is to charge for everything you didn’t know would be deleted when things like updates happen.
Nothings is Free in this Life
by Oso Sabroso on 2021/03/17 20:33
If you are in need to say... reduce the size of a file ASAP, do not waste your time thinking you will be able to do it with the “free” version. You will need to sign up and enter a payment method.
Features Keep Disappearing
by SSullivan79 on 2021/03/17 15:48
I used to love this app but it seems like with every update a feature that used to be there are now gone. I have several fonts added to my iPad and PDF Expert used to have them too. Then after an update all those fonts are gone and only the default are left. Other PDF annotation apps such as GoodNotes have them but not PDF Expert. Even when importing and keeping the document editable, the text is completely missing. This is just one of the many features that are gone or are changed and are now more complicated.
No instructions
by WEE TALK on 2021/03/17 12:03
I want to send a picture as a pdf, not happening yet!!!!
Text to speech for iPhone please
by P.KD on 2021/03/15 22:45
Please update with text to speech so the PDF can be read out loud on iPhone. Thank you
Boys at Readdle getting greedy. Annoying ad banner in app
by Greater Works on 2021/03/15 20:51
I used to love this app, but now they’ve stuck a permanent Upgrade to Pro banner in my face. What’s next? Video advertisements? I didn’t pay for a billboard app.
Doesn’t work
by objects in mirror are losing on 2021/03/15 01:30
It won’t download to my phone. It shouldn’t be this difficult. I’m trying to turn a picture into a PDF so I can send it to my insurance company. And it will not go into my browser when I click on upload it gives me a choice of browser and other choices.
blank or images are broken and freeze so much time
by Ibramusbah on 2021/03/14 19:48
blank or images are broken
WTH
by Dantasticali on 2021/03/14 19:24
I used this app frequently in the past to edit PDFs and now, out of nowhere, I need to purchase a subscription to use it? No thanks.
Nearly Perfect but...
by ckhm1st on 2021/03/14 19:06
Been using this app for sometime now, on the iPhone, iPad and Mac Pro desktop. “Nearly...” because the desktop app allows me to edit PDF but the mobile version requires a subscription.
Uploading problem
by amirm1911 on 2021/03/14 16:42
I studied two hours and used the tools provided in the app and closed the app, later when i opened it they were all gone. Thats a huge problem and a waste of time. I don’t know why it happened !!!
Text-to-speech
by bluiflip on 2021/03/14 04:55
Please, for the love of god, add Text-to-speech on the iOS app. I use this app on ipadOS primarily for this very feature since i’m more of an auditory learner. This would be greatly appreciated if brought to iOS.
The best on iPad but not good enough
by Chris Tcha on 2021/03/13 23:16
This is the best PDF reader on iPad, but still not good enough and there are many parts I feel pretty uncomfortable with, especially while using Apple Pencil. 1. Please give users an option to separately set the default annotation tool for fingers and the pencil! It’s super inconceivable for me to manually select the highlight tool for the Pencil every time. Just let me make it default! 2. Allow me to select words by fingers while the pencil is used for annotation (such as highlight)! Annoying that I have to unselect the annotation tool of the Pencil before I can select words for looking up. 3. Let me hide the toolbar while using the tool!
Another Subscription
by sensimiola on 2021/03/12 07:10
Almost every app from the worthwhile app to even the piss-poor one's require subscriptions in order to use them. It's enough to make you go bankrupt! This has gotten way out of hand, and is simply not fair to the consumer. Many apps even conceal costs and info regarding purchases required to get anything of value from an app. Then, there is of course, the text which lays out "the terms". Most average people cannot understand or even read the content which is written in profuse legalese. I've shown some of these "terms" documents to attorneys,and even some of them were scratching their heads. In reality, the way these things are constructed, it would probably be wise to retain an attorney just to review these terms before you agree to use any application. Some of the lawyers I spoke with said they'd never agree to having their clients sign on to any number of apps with these terms. That is especially true with regard to issues of privacy which always seem to appear in the very smallest of print. While this app does look very capable and would be a welcome addition, you add up the costs of 10, 20 or 30 subscriptions, you suddenly realize why you're running a deficit at bill time. Offer a purchase option for people!
Superb Application
by Belle Bento on 2021/03/12 02:54
Easy to using and helpful adeptly
Another program you bought that you get to buy again
by JoeGuru on 2021/03/12 00:07
It is truly dismaying to see apps that you already bought "upgraded" to a subscription model so you get to buy what you thought you already bought all over again! Another app for the trash bin.
Need to open .dat email attach in .PDF !!!
by MiscMaggie on 2021/03/10 23:32
Only reason I got this app is because my tax accountant sent me a PDF file that came through on my iPad as a .dat file. Cannot find info on doing this!!!
No object editing
by Juliantsk on 2021/03/09 15:48
Can't edit or move objects/vectors. Only images and text. Dealbreaker.
Best PDF App Ever
by cabilbar on 2021/03/09 14:57
I've been using PDF Expert for over 4 years on 2 different IPads and it is by far my most used and favorite app of the 110+ apps that I have on my Ipad. Easy to use, very few problems and save me a lot of time in working with PDF files either on the road or in my office. Well worth the price.
Don’t
by 821BlitZ on 2021/03/08 11:18
This app is a scam. It claims to be free but it wants an insane amount of money after a 7 day free trial. Countless other apps do the same service for FREE.
Please
by Mansoorm77 on 2021/03/08 10:23
Please add the feature to turn pages from left to right to read Arabic books Please
Was a great app
by tayyeb07 on 2021/03/08 09:25
This was a great app, that I used daily. However they’ve made some tweaks and now I’m unable to restore my pro purchase I made years ago as they’ve moved to a subscription model (like every other app). really disappointing.
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by justmuhree on 2021/03/07 04:40
All of my documents are blank. I can’t open any of my files or move them or anything so I can’t even access my school work. This app is completely useless.
Every update makes it worse
by HateNewApp on 2021/03/06 15:46
Cannot imagine why anyone would pay for this. Won’t email files. Won’t save to Dropbox. Worse all the time.
PDF expert is not working
by okwon22 on 2021/03/05 04:02
After the update, the app is showing all PDFs in just blank pages. I see nothing.
love it, BUT
by 93cheshire on 2021/03/03 17:09
I use the pro version of this application on my iPad with an apple pencil. Perfect software and device combination for my court case brief annotations, and digital textbooks for school. Currently providing a rating of 4 stars because I want more custom interface personalizations. for an example a custom color palette that consisted of more colors, like 10-12, palette to be locked and saved on my toolbar instead of changing back to default. Instead of having it layer under more that two clicks (or touches of my pen). Yes I have a half a dozen options now two clicks away. Personally I would prefer a dozen. I do see the favorite tab and that is okay. The annotation feature is my favorite, I enjoy how easy it is to make a paired down outlines for studying. Love the option to have a couple documents up at once. Love the bookmark feature! This is a great tool. Looking forward to more collections of stickers, specifically stickers that I can insert text into. Please take me back to 90s Word graphics. Another factor, wish this application had the ability to create or edit fillable forms. I was disappointed when I found fillable form creation was not a feature. Very essential during these pandemic times. This application is the primary reason I purchased an iPad. Thank You!
Last Update messed it up
by globen82 on 2021/03/02 01:51
Every time I import a PDF, a blank screen pulls up.
What happened?
by ForGlory on 2021/03/02 00:38
Have had this app for years. Unusable now. All PDFs I’ve ever downloaded are grayed out and cannot be viewed. You open them and all pages are blank. If you want $50 just to view PDFs you can piss off. Enjoy losing all your clients.
Worst update ever
by ihoop27 on 2021/03/01 20:17
All my PDF files are now blank. So many hours of work now gone. Great update.
Latest update has caused problems
by msilva001 on 2021/03/01 15:06
Since the last update every PDF I import is now blank.
Works perfectly
by qqoripyo on 2021/03/01 06:17
essential app
Subscription For Basic Annotation, notes and highlighting should not require $50 subscription!
by ED_VERITAS_VOCARE on 2021/02/28 19:12
There is a basic functionality that 90% of users need to read, edit, annotate notes, highlight etc. To ask a recurring $50 annual fee to do this basic function... is a rip-off. Apple, the author of Preview on MAC should be ashamed for recommending this application. These functions should be part of the initial $10 purchase. The fact that they are not, is terrible. The “editor” part, where you can change the internals or writing in the document should be part of the “pro” part that is fine. These basic note taking and annotation functions should be easily available to all... the program is not hard to write, the updating is not difficult. Recommend functionality we used to find in Goodreader, hopefully Apple has not forced them to adopt a subscription model as well.
Outstanding PDF
by RedOakEnv on 2021/02/28 02:14
I have had this App for over 8-years and only gotten better over time.
Stopped showing PDFs after recent update.
by Conrad_Benjamin on 2021/02/27 22:48
Worked great up until this last update. Now, every PDF I have shows up blank and I am unable to view anything. Please fix!
One minor problem
by ankitbista7 on 2021/02/27 11:03
One problem that I keep on facing is sometimes when I press back button or any other options button, it automatically goes to the 1st page of that book/pdf from the page I’m in. It gets really annoying sometimes.
OneDrive sync issues
by JGShane on 2021/02/26 22:26
Love PDF expert. Have used it for many years. However, continue to have OneDrive Personal sync problems. Every few weeks, OneDrive gets an error during syncing. Requires signing on to OneDrive again and deleting all synced folders. Very frustrating.
This app is not free! Download it and then pay sight unseen.
by Roserdh on 2021/02/26 20:08
This app creator is a liar for saying it’s a free app. I download it and you can’t even open the app without giving over your credit card info to try it. Bait and switch! They don’t tell you how much it costs either, just hand over your credit card for the “free” app and they will charge what they want. I will keep an eye on this app company and make sure to stay away from all products.
Still won't let me edit.
by dammit no nickname on 2021/02/26 02:16
Paid for the subscription and it still won't let me edit.
Constantly Crashing
by L1J1C1 on 2021/02/25 19:41
Keeps crashing on IPad Pro
The best
by Jimoh Ibraheem on 2021/02/24 22:54
This PDF reader is better than all the other PDF apps combined! Not joking.
Amazing App!
by CiriacoGarcia on 2021/02/23 05:45
Just what I needed! Thank you!!
Crap Product
by HonestIsBest2024 on 2021/02/23 02:44
I’ve purchased a subscription in order to get the full use out of the product. However after a single use the app started malfunctioning. The worse offense is how I can’t even edit PDFs. All the tools are just gray and won’t let me select anything. What a joke for a PDF editor. Adobe Fill & Sign is always consistent and has never given me any troubles.
Extension selected sync please
by seyitliyev on 2021/02/22 10:09
Hello, Can you give me an option to sync only pdf files ? I think this will make sense because the app name is pdf expert, Thanks.
Easy to use
by Grapefruit1985 on 2021/02/21 04:30
This app is easy to use and I can have all my drives backed up to one place
Rip off
by SketchK on 2021/02/19 18:40
I paid for this app years ago and have used it extensively. Now I find that I can no longer edit documents on my iPad without paying a monthly fee. This is not only unethical, it’s against the apple app rules.
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by روشة🤪 on 2021/02/19 13:24
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Copy & paste not working between PDF Readdle & Documents Readdle
by Wufamilyclan on 2021/02/19 11:24
(New) Readdle Still has not fixed Copy & paste between PDF Readdle & Documents Readdle. Documents Readdle App crashes when copied from PDF Readdle => to Paste Documents Readdle.. This is So sad that I am paying $100 for both subscriptions for Readdle’s mass S*crew up. (Old) For the New PDF Readdle update , Copy & paste sharing is not not working between PDF Readdle & Documents Readdle .. I am tired of dealing with these new update scre*w ups. You guys need to better check your mistakes before launching new updates .. new update errors has happened several times in the past and becomes really frustrating doing my job..
Great app
by ChanceT18 on 2021/02/18 19:34
This is by far the best PDF reader/editor for an iPad. If it was available on a PC I would delete Adobe reader immediately and download this.
Great support service team
by Logan Pendragon on 2019/08/17 23:38
I was made aware of PDF Expert recently before the update to version 7, and took a while to decide to make use of it, especially the pro tools, since my needs are those of a college student. I'm very glad I made the choice to acquire the app and its pro features however. Its the only app that actually lets to modify and work with or create pdf documents with all their features (like hyperlinks - which was my key interest for note taking). The app has a simple and hands on interface and works very well for me. My key uses for it are for organizing information ive collected from other sources and class notes, hyperlinking between my notes to improve my studies and learning, as well as, when possible with the pdfs I use, edit the pdf file itself to select elements to keep. While screenshots are wonderful and useful, and incorporating them into note apps are easy and useful, when working with pdfs, being able to use the image quality and format of the pdf books i own allows me to work with the content as is, rather than an image of it, which really appeals to me. I had a few issues with my acquisition with regards to its update to version 7, and through this learned how attentive and thoughtful Readdle is to their user base, including new users. They made me feel like they really wanted me to make the best use of their software and feel like it should have a place in my workflow. I'm grateful to the quick responses and attention to my needs and uses.
Indispensable App & Superior Customer Service!
by BookGirl4Ever on 2018/07/29 17:42
For over 6 years I’ve been using this app & it has been a fantastic experience. There was a learning curve in the beginning but after that I’ve had nothing but positive experiences. Originally I bought PDF Expert to study & archive periodicals but it has become an integral part of my iPad life: keeping all of my scanned bits of paper & recipes organized, filling out online forms, even doing creative projects. And talk about customer service! If only all companies had their finesse! I’ve had to contact them 3 or 4 times with questions & not only do they write back promptly but the tone of the response is thoughtful & friendly. And I don’t know if it was just a coincidence but early on there was only a deep purple highlighter so dark to be almost unusable so I submitted a request for lilac. On the next update lilac was there! Now, of course, there are plenty of color options. Another time I wrote them because I couldn’t figure out how to do something & they wrote me back as if they had nothing better to do than help me. So impressed. With every update PDF Expert only gets better. Bravo to the Readdle team! Congratulations on many excellent products backed by a superior customer experience! Keep up the good work!
THIS IS THE BEST. BETTER THAN ADOBE
by Sean Kennedy Santos on 2021/04/16 15:43
For years I’ve had nothing but issues with Adobe, Apple Pages, Word Doc. Nothing would ever work under one umbrella. In two simple words absolutely dysfunctional. This App by PDF Expert allows you every kind of access to exit, create and multitask all PDF & word documents easily and add components you cloud not in other software. There is nothing it cannot do. FORGET ADOBE & stop paying monthly fees & get this all in one APP that will change the way you work. Thank you for creating an App that never fails & performs in a way that leading expectations are met by the standards you’ve given in an APP. Most recently there was a corrupted important document - sent it to support. FIXED within a day & returned. In today’s world it is extremely difficult to have a company give such satisfying customer support. Apple, Google, Microsoft, Adobe- ALL FAIL miserably where READDLE succeed. We are very grateful & wish READDLE as a company much continued success. This is why I left Adobe years ago & switched to READDLE. Product & customer support. It’s the backbone of any customer relationship & READLE recognise this at every turn.
love it, BUT
by 93cheshire on 2021/03/03 17:09
I use the pro version of this application on my iPad with an apple pencil. Perfect software and device combination for my court case brief annotations, and digital textbooks for school. Currently providing a rating of 4 stars because I want more custom interface personalizations. for an example a custom color palette that consisted of more colors, like 10-12, palette to be locked and saved on my toolbar instead of changing back to default. Instead of having it layer under more that two clicks (or touches of my pen). Yes I have a half a dozen options now two clicks away. Personally I would prefer a dozen. I do see the favorite tab and that is okay. The annotation feature is my favorite, I enjoy how easy it is to make a paired down outlines for studying. Love the option to have a couple documents up at once. Love the bookmark feature! This is a great tool. Looking forward to more collections of stickers, specifically stickers that I can insert text into. Please take me back to 90s Word graphics. Another factor, wish this application had the ability to create or edit fillable forms. I was disappointed when I found fillable form creation was not a feature. Very essential during these pandemic times. This application is the primary reason I purchased an iPad. Thank You!
No way to purchase app, can only be ‘rented’ for $50/year
by َٰ on 2020/12/14 14:42
I would gladly pay whatever you feel your software to be worth to own it. However, this “subscription” model where you are essentially only renting out the app, is exceedingly unfair with the customer. I’ve been using Goodreader, for example, for years and years. By 5 years, your app has cost 250USD, and by 10 years, 500 dollars. Please add an option to purchase the full version of the app outright, rather than a subscription-only model, to which I, and many like me, would never agree, no matter how good the app itself. Don’t give in to this unfair concept of software as a service, instead of a product, which it is. It’s being pushed currently as it’s more profitable, but exploitative to customers, don’t encourage it. UPDATE-REPLY TO DEVELOPER COMMENT: Thank you for your reply; what I’m requesting is the ability to purchase the app outright and permanently, for whatever it’s price is, and NOT to purchase a subscription in order to be able to use it, no matter how flexible. My request is for a purchase option, whereas you currently only allow subscription-based option, which I, and I imagine many like me, would never do, although I would be willing to pay a considerable amount to purchase the app, it’s currently not an option for any amount. A “more flexible” subscription plan doesn’t help, as I will not purchase a subscription.
Do everything PDF application for iOS
by BGH40 on 2018/09/13 15:17
Essential application for me. I get several faxes a week (via eFax) these are PDF files and I can send directly to PDF expert, mark them, physically sign them (on screen) and re fax. I get PDF reports that I need to fill out, and this application makes it easy. Type or draw on the PDF document, then email the edited copy. It allows me to move pages in a PDF document (sometimes page 1 needs to be page 3 - easy to move). I can rotate pages, delete or add pages. I have merged up to 4 PDF documents into one new document. Removed, edited and sorted pages. Delete pages you don’t need. I can fill out PDF forms. (Have not made a form that has to be filled out - never had the need, so I can’t comment on this capability). I can fill out any form by entering text on the appropriate line even if it was not originally meant to be filled out online. [NOTE: I am a real user and have never been contacted by Readdle. I don’t rate many applications, but this one has been so useful to me, I wan’t others to use it so Readdle will continue to support this excellent program.]
Upselling
by Remaxastar on 2019/09/07 14:49
I have used this program for years and own it for both my computer and my iPad. They came out with a professional version and now all the functions that I had in the ones that I bought are gone. I know that I had them because I used one of them every day to redact information on PDFs. I sent information into the company saying that after the professional version came out I lost the ability to do redactions. The function still works on the computer version that I bought but not on the iOS version to get that I must upgrade to the new professional version. If you buy this program be aware you may be required to upgrade to get features that you use every day. I sent him proof of purchase and they still don’t have an answer for me they keep telling me that there is a version for iOS and there’s a version for windows operating systems. I Purchased for both and I know that already my only question is why didn’t the way up teacher that I already owned.
Re-paying for features we already purchased once
by HollyOllyOlly on 2019/10/17 05:30
When I originally purchased this app before the newest updates (downgrades, for those of us who originally paid money for the app, which suddenly lost all capability, unless we were willing to fork over an additional $50!) I would have said it was a great app. I work as a paralegal, and this app used to be awesome for on-the-go creating/editing of all the court documents we work with which must be submitted as pdfs. I especially used to love the signature feature, as it meant I sometimes no longer even had to travel in order to get client signatures for continuance forms. I was so disappointed to discover, as of a couple days ago, that my paid for, super awesome app no longer provided me access to any of the useful features I had come to love. Apparently if I wanted to continue using the app as I had for the past year, I was now expected to pay an additional $50. I’ve never had a company pull such a bait and switch, and I’m incredibly disappointed at how transparent a money grab this ploy is. Shame on you guys, this app used to be a great product and a fair price, but I’m not going to keep repaying for things that I, the consumer, was lead to believe would be a one time purchase to unlock price. Bummed!
Correcting myself — I was wrong and tech support was excellent
by Hokietrax on 2020/12/26 22:27
Frustrating experience outlined below; my tone was not nice. When I reached out direct to Readdle, it turned out even though i only actively installed the app on the iPad, the app was on both iphone and ipad, thus I couldn’t delete the PDF Expert folder until app was deleted on both devices. Readdle support was professional, and responded in a reasonable time. They were so good and pleasant the review goes from 1* to an easy 5*. Maybe the app wasn’t for me for now, but customer support that listens is worth a great rating. I. Was. Wrong. Thank you Readdle. ==== Old review ==== When I tried out the app, everything worked okay, but it just wasn’t what I was looking for. It created a folder for PDF Expert files in my iCloud folder, which created one in my iCloud for Windows. I uninstalled the app from the iPad, and removed the file and folder from the iPad just fine...BUT THE PDF EXPERT FOLDER CANNOT BE REMOVED FROM WINDOWS. I have tried a number of ways to change the folder’s Read-Only permissions on Windows in order to remove it (it’s empty). I CANNOT change permissions (access denied) via command prompt, Windows powershell, the GUI, or anything. Don’t point at Windows as the problem—nothing else installs a read-only directory other than PDF Expert. Not LiquidText, not the Downloads folder, just this one. Wretched programming on the iCloud synchronization.
Another Subscription
by sensimiola on 2021/03/12 07:10
Almost every app from the worthwhile app to even the piss-poor one's require subscriptions in order to use them. It's enough to make you go bankrupt! This has gotten way out of hand, and is simply not fair to the consumer. Many apps even conceal costs and info regarding purchases required to get anything of value from an app. Then, there is of course, the text which lays out "the terms". Most average people cannot understand or even read the content which is written in profuse legalese. I've shown some of these "terms" documents to attorneys,and even some of them were scratching their heads. In reality, the way these things are constructed, it would probably be wise to retain an attorney just to review these terms before you agree to use any application. Some of the lawyers I spoke with said they'd never agree to having their clients sign on to any number of apps with these terms. That is especially true with regard to issues of privacy which always seem to appear in the very smallest of print. While this app does look very capable and would be a welcome addition, you add up the costs of 10, 20 or 30 subscriptions, you suddenly realize why you're running a deficit at bill time. Offer a purchase option for people!
Misleading update
by njpljkett on 2019/08/10 12:54
While this has always been the best pdf app for school textbooks, the new update has ruined what set it apart from competitors in terms of workflow. It used to have all the tools in one toolbar with four customizable pens/highlighters so you could quickly switch between different colors and pens. Now the most useful tools are scattered between different toolbars and there is only one pen and one highlighter in the toolbar. And instead of using a long-press to customize your tools like in the previous versions, you must now tap extra times to open an expandable toolbar, thereby adding a step to the process. This is a serious step back as it negates the strengths of a tablet and diminishes efficiency. It seems like a confused philosophy that prioritizes aesthetics over functionality. And now if you want the same toolbar that was in the previous version, you will have to pay for the “pro features” in order to access the customizable “favorites” toolbar. So while the update description states that it only adds to functionality of the previous version and doesn’t take away anything, this is simply untrue (in my case, at any rate).
They expect you to pay 50 dollars A YEAR.
by Aregey2 on 2020/07/21 01:42
Are you kidding me? I’m going to sink hundreds of dollars into this? No way. One time would be bad enough but that adds up quick to hundreds of dollars, and when you inevitably cancel what are you left with... nothing. This subscription model trash has gotten completely out of hand and is completely unacceptable in my opinion. Either charge a big one time fee up front or just admit you’re a bunch of con artists on the tin. Because that’s all this subscription crap is, an extortionist con job if you ask me. I don’t like it. It just gets under my skin and reeks and stinks of the worst kind of greedy nonsense, it’s my pet peeve and it’s why I left Photoshop. If it was a good deal that would be one thing but dude it’s a PDF editor. I paid 40 bucks for 3 top notch Affinity apps in one go. I would be using much more colorful language about this “subscription pricing model” newspeak (imagine an expletive or several of your choosing) but I guess I can’t do that. Just fill in the blanks. Don’t listen to their customer service crap, absolutely nobody likes this behavior. It’s not an issue, it’s greedy corporate money grubbing, keep your money out of their hands.
Get it
by Gus2259 on 2018/12/30 15:01
I’m frugal when it comes to buying apps. Ok, I’m a cheapskate. Why should I pay for a pdf editor with so many free ones out there? Well, if all you do is open and email pdfs’s then you don’t need this app. If you do more than that, anything more, then this is well worth it. This apps features are already listed so I won’t repeat them. I didn’t see the page combining and removal feature listed which is exactly what I needed. This app has that. So for that alone I bought it. I do historical research and use a lot of PDFs. This apps organizational abilities for not just combining pages but copying, pasting, removing or adding photos and text is outstanding. Of course it has the features like the other editors have but none of the others have all the features this app has. It’s intuitiveness is excellent. It makes what I do so much better and easier that I’m honestly happy I paid for it. And that’s coming from a Scrooge😳
Unparalleled Excellence!
by e-BookReader on 2018/11/02 18:27
If you are looking for a PDF editor / file manager and more, you will not find one that equals or surpasses the excellence of this app. I have been using iOS pdf apps for years and I tried PDF Expert when it first hit the App Store. At that time, it was good, but not the best. But I continued to follow the progress of the development team over the years, and about 18 months ago they reached the top of the performance and functionality charts in my estimation. I have a PDF library of around 4,000 volumes, and I use this app exclusively to manage and view those files. (I also recently used it to proofread and mark up a PhD dissertation for a colleague, and the annotation tools couldn’t have been better designed.) And there is more to come as the development team continues to listen to users (and respond to their emails!) and add more functionality. Buy it now before the price goes up to what it is worth!
Honestly, the best PDF reader ever!
by Cenon415 on 2021/04/18 00:05
For the past couple of months, I have been solely relying on PDF readers for school work since the Pandemic has really taken over. It is very difficult for me to visit my local library for physical books, forcing me to turn towards electronic books instead. I’ve used various PDF readers in the past but have always been very uncomfortable with the limited features they offered until I discovered PDF Expert. This app has every feature I can ever ask for. One BASIC feature that most PDF readers did not have (from my experience) was the ability to change the PDF file into dark mode. The background of each page change into the color black and the fonts to the color white, making it easier to view at night. This feature has greatly improved my health. I no longer suffer from migraines and eye strains. Thank you Readdle! You guys are truly a blessing.
Good, but sometimes freezes
by MinikinPawWalker on 2020/09/19 14:18
This app is great with the Ipad Pro 2020. I downloaded it for school so that I could take notes in my online readings for class and research. I have the Apple Pencil 2 and smart keyboard, which work very well with this app. I love that this app also automatically syncs with my Google Drive account. I store all my class files and online articles I’ve researched in my Drive. I can easily access the PDFs stored in my Drive through this app to read and take notes. Then, the PDF I took notes on automatically updates in my Drive. It cuts out a few extra steps and keeps things organized. There’s no extra downloads or transferring files between apps needed! The only thing I would complain about is that every once in awhile, the app freezes. I always have a few files open at once, so I don’t typically just click on a different file and it unfreezes. I am willing to take an occasional freeze from time to time in exchange for this app’s efficiency.
Update is SO BUGGY please fix it or revert it ASAP
by Sarandipityg on 2019/09/10 00:20
I use this app all day every day. And now I’m in a hang up because of its issues. I mark-up pdf documents, and i also am now using a stylus with the iPad Pro. This buggy update is going to cost me my job. It’s caused the pdf to crash the app, and when I emailed it to my old iPad with the non-updated version of the app this new pdf crashed that app too. It’s not a corrupt pdf, it’s corrupt because of this new updates bugs. The marks I put in the pdf using this app literally corrupted the pdf file. Other issues include the page moving, instead of staying still, so it’s not allowing the pen to write or copy. That is frustrating. And often I find that I can’t swipe thru the pages anymore, which makes this app very difficult to be patient with or useful. Considering you now want to charge more money to use this app you better fix it!
Dishonest reviewers
by Sir Chispas on 2019/08/18 01:46
These negative reviews are extremely dishonest. Readdle is an amazing company—always super responsive to its customers. If you upgraded to PRO in a previous version, then you still have the same functionality. Tap restore purchases and stop badmouthing one of the best developers in the App Store. The new subscription is geared toward professionals (read: businesses) and is a bargain compared to an Adobe subscription. Honestly, I prefer Readdle’s UI to Adobe’s hands down. If you’re not a business, then just be grateful for the free updates and keep on freeloading for as long as you can. Software is a service, not a tool. It takes a lot of time and energy to build and maintain. To those users who deleted the app because they can’t have 15 colors of highlighters or whatever— good luck finding an app that can even nips at the heels of PDF Expert in terms of functionality.
Lost features
by Baraa Modallal on 2019/10/23 13:20
This is undoubtedly the best pdf app out there, too bad that recent update made it go backwards instead of forwards. First of all, The option of three pencils was very efficient and quick, as well as the “zoom in pencil” function, which is now buried deep inside the color selector of the only available pencil, which is nothing but a slowdown. As i used to have multiple colored and sized pencils ready to go, now i have to change it every single time. Secondly, ive had this app for about 2 years, ive had about 1000 books inside of it, but it’s all gone after the update, I can’t seem to be able to find it anywhere after the lastest update, even though they’re still taking space in my ipad “3.3gb is the storage taken by this app” which means they’re still there somewhere, i just can’t seem to find them anywhere. Luckily I could re-download those books, but i just can’t get over the fact that all my highlights are gone now.
Grad Student
by Karneson0321 on 2018/10/17 00:32
Almost all my classmates use Notability, which I had and used for the first part of my program. I switched to this app, and have fallen in love. It allows me to organize my files multiple folders deep and they stay in my iCloud Drive which allows me to access my notes on any computer since it’s just saved as a PDF. It allows you to select to highlight the text vs. just using the highlighter so my notes look much neater. You Can also strike through and underline the text. You still have the ability to hand write notes and such on top of just doing the changes to the text. It gives ability to view the outline format, and if you purchase the upgrade you can build the outline (which has been a lifesaver for 120 slide class PowerPoints), also with the upgrade you can also make links within the text.
This is a great app
by kmc121084 on 2020/01/09 14:08
I use this app for my lectures in vet school (which move extremely quickly, as you could imagine). The only drawbacks I have had involve the overall flexibility in functionality. I would, for example, like to be able to make certain parts of the text box bold, italicized, different font sizes, for emphasis of certain topics. This is only available in the sticky notes part. I would also find it useful to be able to have a blank sheet on one side, as one would use for Cornell notes. My lecture slides do not always have a lot of free room - I understand this is not the fault of the app, just a suggestion for people with PDFs that are a bit crowded, but would still like annotations side-by-side, or overhanging on the side, to be able keep everything in view as much as possible. Otherwise, this is the ONLY app I use for my slides as I am the most satisfied with its functions and general ease of use.
This app is amazing!!!
by TopWarmachine on 2018/12/13 15:40
For many years I used the Good Reader app, but since the app has been abandoned with no update in sight, I made the switch to PDF Expert. I do not regret this switch in the least. While PDF Expert does crash sometimes, the development team has put out numerous updates in an effort to increase overall stability. The ability to truly edit PDFs is an awesome feature as well, something that GoodReader never implemented. The customer service and communication with this company has been great as well. This is a great change from the lies and empty promises from the GoodReader development team in the rare event they actually will respond to any emails. From now on, I will be recommending PDF Expert to everyone I know instead of GoodReader. For those of you still on the fence about which app to purchase you will not regret getting PDF Expert.
Good, mostly.
by Foolio on 2019/06/06 00:54
Pretty good pdf editor overall, but some issues. Big one for me - for date fields it only allows their custom date-picker keyboard UI, but the output doesn’t seem to be compatible with that space in the pdf I’m trying to fill, and it doesn’t let you over-ride the date-picker keyboard for a standard keyboard....incredibly frustrating, please fix! Furthermore, it seems there’s an issue in both this app and documents app while editing a pdf field that if it says ‘only enter spaces, letters, etc’, and the modal dialog for this pops up, you can’t then dismiss it without force quitting the app. Incredibly annoying and frustrating. Also, the file structure of the various readdle apps with relation to your device and iCloud is frustrating, not very convenient to use them together even bough I’ve paid for every single in app purchase and every one of their apps.
Fantastic 😎👍🏻
by DudemanLA on 2020/12/12 03:53
This app is really great. I use this app a lot to fill out forms and more With this app, I don’t have to print it out, then write with a pen (like an animal) and then scan it. It’s actually fun to fill out forms on the iPhone. I’ll have to try it out on my new iPAd air 4. It is really full featured. I also edit text, annotate, etc. I love how it perfectly can highlight text. I filled out a form today and added a signature, put check marks, added text and more. There is a PDF inside the app that gives examples and shows how to use it but on their website there’s also some tutorial videos and instructional videos that are very helpful. I highly recommend this. I upgraded to the pro version for the yearly subscription and I’m very happy I did. it’s actually kind of fun to use this program on the iPhone 11 Pro Max although I’m sure it’s even better on the iPad Update: after using this app for several months now I can honestly say it’s with the subscription price. I have used this to edit PDFs and fill out important forms and sign them right on my iPhone. I had to email a page on a PDF documents that had 30 pages but only needed to send one page. With this app I was able to save just one of the pages and save it as a new document.
Don’t Update to Version 7!
by Zubbit on 2019/08/16 02:39
If you have version 6 beware, the version 7 upgrades are minimal but what you lose in simplicity for your daily annotations and edits is significant: Annotations: In version 7, you lose most of your color presets for highlights/underlines/drawing (you only get to keep 5 color presets in version 7, while in version 6 you had about 15 color presets). In version 7 you’ll have to open a color wheel button to manually select a color every time you want to use something other than those 5 colors (this takes 3-4 clicks every time you want a new color, which quickly becomes frustrating if you use the app for what it was designed for: significant PDF annotating). Or, you can pay $45 per year if you want to “favorite” certain tools for quicker access in version 7. Edits: In version 6, you could buy PDF editing for a one-time $10 fee, but in version 7 you will have to shell out $45 recurring per year to get PDF editing (unless you were smart enough to buy it in version 6, in which case it comes with you to version 7). It’s not all bad, version 7 makes it a bit easier to use the search and bookmark/outline features. However, I have found the “outline” feature to be a bit buggy in version 7 when adding new chapters to the overall outline. It seems to insert them in strange spots, rather than keeping the outline automatically organized by page number as version 6 did.
Does what you want it to do
by Fortunate 500 on 2018/05/07 12:49
I use this app every day on an iPad Pro with an Apple Pencil to mark up, grade, and return online homework submissions that students submit either as PDF or phone camera photos of handwritten work. Exceedingly helpful for adding comments to first drafts of papers (including in type of students can’t read my handwriting) and theses. I also use it in committee meetings almost daily to refer to and add comments to documents as they are being discussed. It is also a great app for adding doodles during the boring parts :) In my opinion, the only things missing are (1) the ability to add an extra blank page when you need to create a summary page of notes and (2) the ability to take a snapshot of a section that includes drawings / images/ equations for pasting into another app (such as an email).
Performance dip
by GreenDoomGuy on 2018/11/28 16:50
I am giving the three-star rating based on past experience as well as present. If I were only rating this on the last few months, it would be a 1-star review. This has been one of the most indispensable apps for me, as a teacher who uses an iPad pro to teach from. The efficiency with which I was able to store, organize, and edit documents was beyond comparison. Lately, however, there have been major slow-down issues and often I find myself staring at all of my documents stored on the cloud, unable to download them. I have wasted 30-plus minutes trying in futility to pull up a file I needed on the cloud without success. Incredibly frustrating. More recently, even trying to transfer a file from an app like notability to this one has caused PDF expert to just close without actually receiving the file. I hope they fix these issues because it would be a pain to find a new app to use.
If only I can split the view within the app
by mrsockie on 2018/06/30 19:52
The product is wonderful. It is very easy to manage files, all nice selections of turning pages(vertical/horizontal), writing notes; it is a great app to read papers and books for students. If there is any bit of part that is lacking, then i would like to say the split view. Of course with this app, you can multi-task. However if i want to read two books at the same time, especially when one is for reference, I have to export one of the books to another pdf reading app and multi-task these two apps to have two books in my sight simultaneously. This is a bit of a hassle. As a owner of a 12.9” ipad - with a large screen, in-app split view would be a great option. Anyways, other than this small issue, everything is perfect.
This App is a SCAM !!!
by RickDS_iPad on 2020/01/14 06:25
2 years ago, this developer made my Version 5 pro unusable by forcing everyone to pay $10 to get version 6, then 1 year later, they force you to pay another $10 to get so-called "new" edit tool. Now, This developer got even more greedy. In 2019 August, this unethical company is ripping and scamming thousands of their customers off by removing all the basic and Pro features that we already paid for and forcing you to this expensive $50 annual subscription! Are you kidding me? Is this even legal? Why can't you add another $8 in-app purchase for the new features? Apple should launch an investigation on their unethical practice. How can you void or nullify the features we have had and force us to pay $50 yearly to get back the features we had? If you want subscription model, create a separate app to do that! You cannot make the upgrade to void all the features we paid for. This is a scam! I just paid the Pro version 3 months ago! After upgrade, everything doesn't work! This is fraud!
App is now useless
by MEP200 on 2019/09/12 03:27
Years ago they with me to add a few features that I needed to use the app for annotating papers and to take full advantage of Apple’s pencil. The result was an app that really stood out for me. Unfortunately, the latest update is a huge step back. It is clearly designed to make folks upgrade to the pro version and your subscription plan (which I will never do). However, the biggest problem is that the new version is very slow now and I can barely use it on my first generation iPad Pro. I restarted the device but no help. I then realized that my wife on her iPad (same model) still had the last version of the app. I deleted it from my iPad, extracted the old app from my wife’s iPad and transferred it to my tablet using iAmazing. However, when I did that the version that opens on my iPad is again the new one. Thank you very much for this enormous improvement. Either you give me back the old version of this now unusable app or I will need to find another PDF annotation program that I can use again.
Loved it, now my files are held hostage
by overitforreal on 2020/07/30 08:39
I’ve used this app for almost three years to save and organize scholarly research articles for graduate school. I loved everything about it. Now I’m completing my capstone project and I can no longer upload anything new unless I pay 50 dollars a year for services I already had access to before. I cannot even highlight passages. No warning was given to me prior to this change. On top of that, several of my most important files are now unretrievable due to being corrupted when I decided to save them to the cloud so I could pick them up on other devices. I intended to keep this essential library of research into my professional career, and now the only way for me to do that (and complete my capstone project) is to painstakingly re download each article onto a new app. This would not be so infuriating if I had been given notice of the upcoming changes.
“Upgrade” disabled functionality, Readdle won’t fix it
by David F-Arkansas on 2019/09/19 11:57
I purchased PDF Expert: PDF Editor in January, 2018 for $9.99 and have the iTunes purchase receipt. I used the package occasionally to edit or redact PDFs, and it worked very well. About a month ago, I opened the package and it wouldn’t work. When I tried to edit or redact, it offered me a “free trial” teaser leading to a $50/year subscription. I tried “restore purchases” which didn’t work, then contacted Readdle. We’ve been back and forth on this for 3 weeks, but their final message on the topic appears to be “Screw you.” It is unimaginable to me that a company would “upgrade” a software package (named PDF EDITOR), removing its core capability, and try to get me to pay an outrageous upcharge to restore the functionality that I ALREADY PAID FOR. This is the most customer-hostile money grab that I’ve seen in a long time. While I really liked the software, I now hate this company, I’ll never buy anything from them again and I’ll do everything I can to discourage anyone else from doing so.
Needs a little tweeking
by Kmnjsn on 2018/11/11 20:17
I normally would give it 5 star but since IOS updated to 11, i have noticed it frequently freezes and crashes when importing files from another app. Forces you to kill the app more than once because of how it freezes before a crash. Sometimes when you reopen it, the file you were importing is still there and sometimes you have to go find it. It is integrated with multiple cloud accounts and works with safari as well as other file manager apps. I was lucky to have first downloaded it on a promo day when it was free and i have used it ever since. I strongly recommend for Ipad users. It actually offers more than adobe does and (for me it is free) but for those who purchase the app i assume the features would also be free. Also works very well on the iphone. Must have for PDFs hands down. This is my go to.
Last update
by Hang10jesus on 2019/11/26 19:51
I use this application on a daily basis for college. I can take notes and read text books perfectly. I frequently switch from one pdf file to another while taking notes and studying. After the last update, when using the app, the top tool bar disappears and I am unable to switch to a different file. I have to close the app completely and reopen it for the tool bar to reappear. Also while taking notes, the app seems to forget that I have the pen tool selected in annotate mode. I have to tap the pen tool again to continue writing. Even though the last update was made to optimize the app, it has become less efficient then the previous update. Edit: new update installed, issue with not being able to open different files has gotten more persistent... the tool bar disappears and I cannot go back and forth from different pdf files. I must close the app completely and reopen it to restore the tool bar. Very frustrating when taking notes for class.
Long time user upgrading from version 6
by Tariqaa2001 on 2019/10/03 12:32
I’m a long time user who purchased the full app capabilities along time ago and i use this app on a daily basis & i wouldn't know what to do without it, i held on upgrading to the new version for a while until things settled down because i use this app for my studying and i cannot afford any mistakes. Version 7 is great Upgrading is alone worth it just for the dark mode Editing tools have changed in position which was annoying the first few days but you get used to it and its fine now, i can’t tell what else is new and if you’re thinking that you’ll miss new things if you stay on ver.6, you’re not missing anything major other than a facelift for the app itself. There is a bit of delay when switching to another app and going back -the pdf is blurry for a couple of seconds- which i hope is a bug As for pdf editing if you purchased the capability before i can confirm that its still in the app without a subscription I don’t know if the subscription strategy will work but honestly i liked buying a new version every couple of years and i was fine with that, but i wouldn't pay 50$/yr, but if there was a cheaper tip jar or lower priced level, i will in-fact purchase the full version if it becomes available on the store
Had this app for years, now all of a sudden I have to pay a subscription to even use it
by Mlwrnp on 2020/08/31 04:26
I purchased this app years ago ($8 maybe?) and was using it every day until yesterday. Now I suddenly can’t edit PDFs I was editing just yesterday because I’m being prompted to pay for a subscription. I’m not doing any heavy duty work, I’m just essentially filling out paperwork, but apparently I need to pay $50 a year to do this. I thought when you purchased an app, that’s for life. It was until yesterday, I guess. I should be able to do the same things I’ve been doing for years and be given the OPTION to upgrade if I want, but it won’t even let me make a single mark with my Apple Pencil. I’m extremely frustrated because now, instead of getting work done, I have to find a new PDF editing app. I never write negative reviews, but I’m extremely upset by this. I’d be happy to find out that this is just a misunderstanding and my functions will be restored in an update or something like that. Until then... bye readdle.
New “service” model unworkable for us
by Josh-IT on 2019/10/08 18:29
Prior to this update, we would purchase the app for $10 for new hires. We have this installed on dozens of devices and we’ve been very happy with it. With the latest update, the stamp and signature functionality has been locked behind a $10 PER MONTH subscription. So for 1 month, we can now get all the functionality we had permanently for the same price before. This is especially difficult as our employees use their own Apple IDs to manage their devices, so previously we could just use a gift card to purchase the app. That doesn’t work for a subscription. As a medium-sized business, we simply cannot afford to spend hundreds of dollars per month for functionality that we were able to pay a flat fee for before. We will be looking for alternatives as I assume they will not be changing their model. Incredibly frustrating as we had multiple workflows built around their functionality. Would love to be educated if I am missing something.
Original adopters don’t matter.
by Cesarg2199 on 2019/08/14 03:33
How can an app and a company completely disregard the original adopters and users of an app that they PAID FOR $10 be treated as the same as new incoming members who can download the app for free? I have long used your suite of apps in my daily college life but there are alternatives out there. I just can’t support a company that doesn’t care about their longtime user base, the ones that got them to where they are now in the first place just now out of nowhere start demanding a $50 year subscription fee to use some features they already had and to gain further access to their new ones. No free upgrade or even a discount. I recognize the fact that the subscription model is more profitable, but to demand the same subscription fee as any incoming user of the original user base is just unacceptable to me. I’ll be deleting this app along with the other suite of apps the company has. I’m seriously disappointed in how they went about doing things and have certainly lost my business.
From best to worst
by Paniusk on 2018/07/09 18:25
This has been my favorite app since I discovered it, and recommended it to many people. But, now it became a nightmare. It keeps creating a second file (which are corrupted) for most of my files. Every time I open the app, files on iCloud have to be redownloaded again, this never happened before. And when trying to download them the app crashes. And it does so constantly. There is a constant shuffling of files, appearing, disappearing and then appearing, but only to be downloaded again. This has made it very difficult to use the app. Also, open documents don’t stay open as they used to. When you look for them on the open tabs on top they are not there anymore. I was counting on an update that would fix these bugs, but it seems that it’s only getting worse. I rearely write reviews, but it seems that reviews are helpful to know what userers are experiencing with the app. I hope these issues are fixed soon so that I can enjoy the great app PDF Expert used to be.
Greedy app devs. Spent 20$ and still have to pay 50/ a year for bonus features
by PolishPaczki on 2019/11/23 13:10
I like the app, I get that pdf apps are huge in business but as a student who spent 20$ (10$ then another 10$ for more features), I can’t even have an option to personalize the tool bar of pen and highlighting colors and anything else I need. That feature is an extra 50$ a year and if they added that feature into the 20$ I already spent I’d be very happy. I get that pdf conversion should be hidden behind a pay wall but the fact that I can’t even customize my own tool bar to save me plenty of extra time switching between the MAX 6 highlighting colors is very annoying. I have a system that needs 8/9 colors and it’s such a hassle and a pain to switch between them all the time. If y’all add this feature and stop being greedy I’ll rate 5 star but now I’m just debating a refund. If you’re a student look elsewhere, we’re already broke and their nickel and dimming you for basic features is annoying.
One little suggestion
by 枫263 on 2021/05/02 22:39
Very great app. I use it to read book and papers all the time. Very nice annotation tools. A little suggestion: It would be very nice if there could be a function to disable the drag bar on the right-hand side. I usually use the right hand to scroll the page when reading. Very often touched the scroll bar by accident, and the page suddenly jump to somewhere. It is very bad experience because it would break the thought process and take me time to get back to the current page. Also it would be nice to remove the “dead zone” on top of the page where if you touch it by accident, it jumps directly to the starting of document. I actually can think of any practical usage of this function, other than disrupt the reading.
Best PDF App
by extwentyseven on 2018/09/01 13:32
I love this app. Other apps have had some good features, but this one has the most for me. Two things it’s lacking that o left behind in other apps are the ability to pull up two separate PDFs side by side (I can fake this by using the Readdle Documents App in a second window) and I wish I had more color options in the color picker like GoodReader had. Aside from those, this app’s UI feels better than the others did when I was using them and they aware so quick to update. Plus I already used the Scanner app from Readdle and now this allows me to really easily add pages to a pdf by scanning. I also have it on my iMac and the ability to work on iPhone, iPad, and iMac seamlessly is a HUGE plus. Worth the money for sure!
READ False Advertisement All Day READ
by False ad Please read on 2020/05/09 14:30
The product is mediocre compared to things you can get for free anyways but here was the kicker for me. I started using this software for the editor to pdf invoicing. I use a MacBook, IPad, and iPhone Pro as many cross reference these devices as Apple has been notorious in setting up there devices to be used this way. So I started off on my computer downloaded the software, then connected them and used the app. It was a free trial for a week and then was 50/year. I make a couple invoices and my trial ends and I’m charged for the year and get on my Mac which is now telling me my trial has ended? I contact support who informs me that each platform has its own license fee? Ha, gimmick all day. So you pay 90 for the Mac a year 50 for the iPhone and I don’t even wanna see what the iPad says. So you need 3 different licenses to make this actually work! Let’s talk about a company that has a clue shall we? Microsoft 365, you purchase a license and it can be used on each device! It’s 100 / year and it’s clear as day for a license that can be used on iPad iPhone and a Mac. Nothing about it is a secret. This company is false advertisement all day deceiving you to think it is a one time subscription fee without informing you there is a subscription fee for each device used so at the end of the day you pay what 300/year for a pdf editor? Got my laugh for the day when these are free all over the place.
Highlighter tool is very Bad!
by Leonard 93 on 2020/03/08 22:26
I felt forced to write here as after contacting and emailing screenshots of the problems with its highlighter pens to them, still not seeing any fix or, improvements to the flexible highlighter pen! It is high time they fixed it. # Highlighter pen Problem: Highlighted marks fall on top of the words and for that reason, the words in the page become opaque, hard to see. In every other apps like microsoft onenote, goodnote etc. the highlighter marks fall under the words making the words stand out, look really highlighted, no matter how many times you highlight them. But in pdfexpert, paradoxically, highlighter marks make the words look less visible. You can only better see the colors on top of the words, not very good the words themselves, the very reason we highlight! Also, highlighter marks are also distorted when you try to erase something close to the highlighted marks. In addition, when zoomed in into a page, then highlighted something, then zoom out, the highlighter mark/field become distorted, especially, some edges of the mark/field disappear! There are these three main issues that has been disturbing me for this one and half year with this app. Quick focus is imperative. I hope they look over the other apps I mentioned, fix it soon as I am feeling irate at this stage after following up with them through several emails with screenshots quite a while ago.
I guess I’m not “pro” enough...
by ryannosaurus... on 2019/10/21 22:21
... to spend $50/year on a .pdf app. I used version 6 somewhat regularly, and was surprised when I opened it and found it had updated to a new version 7. A new version 7 that requires a monthly subscription to access the features I’d already paid to unlock in version 6. See, I’m not against subscriptions - WHEN THEY MAKE SENSE. I have plenty of subscriptions now: Netflix, Apple Music, business apps that offer online connectivity (read: hosting costs), online access to my security systems (read: more hosting costs), and several others. Does PDF Expert have any server-side or hosting costs to justify a subscription, or new creative content being added, or anything besides regular software updates? No? Then no thanks. For me, regular software updates do not justify a $50/year subscription to this mobile app. Even assuming there’s a major release every year, $50 is an awfully steep price for a mobile .pdf editor. Especially since that same subscription replaces what I’d already purchased a *license to use* (I know I didn’t own it), then I lost by updating. So I opened the app, and tried to do they few piddly things I needed to do. After the second time the “Upgrade to PRO!” popup appeared, I uninstalled. Lesson here: turn off automatic App updates and read reviews before updating manually.
Loss of features
by Mark Stoneman on 2020/07/10 05:17
Updates of this app removed features unless one ponies up a lot more money. Suddenly the Pro version I paid for (PDF editing) is downgraded to Basic. I particularly hate how they removed the useful feature of being able to mark up PDFs by simply inserting and deleting text. There was no attempt to explain the decision-making process here, unlike with many other apps that went the subscription route. Maybe the fee they are charging is still fair in the subscription model context, but they've lost my trust. (By way of comparison, Ulysses let legacy users subscribe at about half their general subscription price.) The Basic version of the app is still rock solid, and I recommend it as one of the available options. But I'm no longer enthusiastic about it. I also don't how well the Pro features work these days.
Pro user of PE6 still retain their features
by palm12345 on 2019/08/08 09:21
I was at first very frustrated with Readdle with the release of PE7 because I assumed I would be forced to pay 50/yr to retain features I already paid for. I am less mad though after doing some research. It seems that the pro users of PE6 still retain all of the features they purchased (excluding the ability to have two pens or markers). We get grandfathered in it seems — where new users have to pay 50 yr to have our features we only had to pay 20 dollars. It also seems that the only benefit pro users get in updating to the new pro tier in PE7 is: conversion of office files in-app, reduce file size option, and customize toolbar. These aren’t worth 50/yr IMO. If pro users of PE6 do upgrade to the new pro tier of PE7 we’d become the losers because then we would have to pay 70 dollars in total (if you Include the 20 we paid in PE6) where new users only had to pay 50. In short, pro PE6 users can update without consequence (excluding the lack of ability to have two pens and markers). I am still extremely disappointed in Readdle’s decision to move to such an absurd pricing strategy (as I think most are), but I think I will be content using the app as-is for my time in college. I will never pay 50/yr.
Excellent work! (With a feature request)
by mahyo.com on 2018/05/30 02:20
Dear Readdle, I’m a fan of your apps like PDF expert and Spark. Thanks for your excellent work. PDF expert is intuitive, fast, sufficient for all PDF annotating and reviewing tool for me relative to other PDF viewing/editing tools in the market currently. I highly recommend for someone if you are looking for a decent PDF application on your iPad. Give it a try. You won’t regret, hardly. Feature Request: 1. While viewing paper sized PDF on my iPad 9.7, I felt uncomfortable about the fact that every time I have to adjust the size of the page shown on the screen. I want the page of my PDF fully shown, without the hinder of the Toolbar. Can I adjust this in Settings? I really like to have an option how PDF Expert opens a PDF files with certain levels of zooms, like I can do choose “Fit to Width” “Fit to Height” “100%” ... options in PC pdf viewers. 2. When I draw on the pages of my pdf files with my Apple Pencil, I feel like the lines and characters written isn’t as smooth as I feel in other apps. Hmm, hard to explain but I would say sentences hand-written in PDF expert doesn’t look so pretty? Wish this feature request help to enhance the usability of already fascinating application, PDF Expert!
LAG! And lost features. And now expensive.
by dtemple11 on 2019/10/20 18:02
UPDATE: I’m changing from 2 stars to 1. PDF Expert 6 was one of my favorite productivity apps, and absolutely central to my workflow. Readdle has always put out well thought out, well engineered software until now. They took a great app, scrapped it, released something all new, completely different, and unbelievably buggy, and added a $50/yr subscription price! I find new bugs every day, and it literally makes me angry every time I work with it. Trying to find an alternative app to change to, but it takes time to completely redo one’s workflow. Maybe they will decide to eat crow and roll back to the old app and pricing before I (and many others I suspect) find something else. —————————————————————————————— This app is the single most important tool in my daily workflow. I didn’t expect this update to castrate the app. Constant lag and stuttering makes it almost unusable. In addition, tasks have been made more difficult: There used to be a sidebar shortcut for Synced Folders; now I have to navigate there from the My Files screen = more taps (and more waiting for lag.) I suppose I’m fortunate in having paid for the app previously, so that I don’t have to swallow a $50/yr subscription, and I only lose a few features by not doing so. I sincerely hope the developer fixes the bugs, and backtracks on a few misguided changes.
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pdf expert is the ultimate PDF app you’re looking for. It’s fast, intuitive and powerful to let you effortlessly complete literally any PDF task. “pdf expert is one of my must-have iPad apps and a desktop-class PDF reader”. – MacStories.net “I was blown away at how easy the app is to use”. – MakeUseOf “The best app for managing, editing, and reading PDFs on your iPad”. – The Sweet Setup *** WITH pdf expert YOU CAN *** READ PDFs WITH EASE • Quickly open PDF documents from email, the web, or any app that supports “Open In…” • Enable full-text search, scroll, zoom in and out. • Choose Single Page or Continuous scroll mode. • Use Text to Speech feature to hear the selected text read out loud. HIGHLIGHT AND ANNOTATE PDFs • Mark important info in books or documents with the first class annotation tools: highlight, underline, strikethrough and others. • Insert pre-designed stamps such as Approved, Not Approved, Confidential and more. DRAW WITH YOUR FINGER OR APPLE PENCIL • Draw with your finger or Apple Pencil to make handwritten notes or highlight text in scanned books. WORK IN THE CLOUD • Connect to other document storage providers like Dropbox, iCloud Drive, Box, OneDrive, Google Drive etc. • Enable 2-way sync with storages to provide continuous work with documents among all devices. CREATE NOTES • Add comments to the texts you read using sticky notes and drawing tools. MAKE BOOKMARKS • Make Bookmarks when it comes to intuitive navigation through PDF files. FILL FORMS • Work with static PDF forms created in Adobe Acrobat. • Fill out any PDF forms with interactive fields such as text fields, checkboxes and radio buttons. ADD EMOTION WITH STICKERS • Express yourself with amazing stickers that can be used right inside your PDFs. *** WITH PRO FEATURES OF THE SUBSCRIPTION*** With the additional PRO subscription, you can get unique PDF superpowers. EDIT ORIGINAL PDF TEXT • Edit or modify existing text. The font, size, and opacity of the original text are automatically detected, so you can make edits easily. ADD AND EDIT IMAGES • Easily add, replace and resize images in your PDFs. Or change a logo or a graph. pdf expert will handle those edits easily. SIGN DOCUMENTS • Use e-signatures to sign contracts and agreements on the go. • Sign documents with signatures synchronized across all your devices: Mac, iPhone, iPad. PROTECT CONTENT WITH PASSWORD • Restrict access to pdf expert with a password. • Protect your files from unauthorized reading with a password. FAVORITES TOOLBAR • Quickly access your favorite tools with a fully customizable toolbar. ADD LINKS • Now linking any part of the text to a different page or even a website is fast. Moreover, links can be added to images. REDACT SENSITIVE DATA • Using the Redact feature you can permanently erase or hide any sensitive information in your PDFs. CONVERT TO PDF • Convert webpages, photos and documents to PDF right in pdf expert in a snap. Converting happens locally on your device, so your files are absolutely secure. If you choose to purchase pdf expert PRO, payment will be charged to your iTunes account, and your account will be charged for renewal within 24-hours prior to the end of the current period. Auto-renewal may be turned off at any time by going to your settings in the iTunes Store after purchase. Current pdf expert PRO subscription price starts at $49.99 USD/year. Prices are in US dollars, may vary in countries other than the US and are subject to change without notice. If you don’t choose to purchase pdf expert PRO, you can simply continue using pdf expert for free. Any unused portion of a free trial period, if offered, will be forfeited when you purchase a subscription, where applicable. Read more about our terms and conditions here: https://pdfexpert.com/privacy https://pdfexpert.com/terms
Provide more icon colors
by DIP4K on 2021/05/09 18:13
This is the best PDF app on iOS. Very fluent and smooth. Support your legacy users by providing customized toolbar. Also add custom icons (please don’t hide them behind subscription) in all colors, black and white for dark mode.
Rip off
by Alex888999 on 2021/05/08 17:18
App works great but they ask you to buy it and then later on will take away your features and make you buy it again. Don’t waste your money
New SCAM by PDF Expert
by GuitarPoser on 2021/05/08 15:20
Update: RESTORE PURCHASES STILL NOT WORKING!!! It’s been almost a month and still don’t have the functionality I once had in this app. So disappointing. Today, PDF Expert was automatically “upgraded”. Now it won’t let me convert a photo to a PDF. Something I’ve been doing for years!!! And it won’t display PDFs that I had converted from html files either. This app isn’t worth a single star now. I should add that if I pay $50 a year I can get the functionality back that was once included in the app I had already purchased. WORTHLESS NOW!!!
An expensive Preview
by Dyfgyfyggff on 2021/05/07 13:40
There seems to be nothing here that the Preview program on Mac doesn’t do already. And that comes free with your Mac...
Where is my review?
by The Real Angry D on 2021/05/07 12:43
Wrote a lengthy review of this app yesterday. I am not impressed with the developer’s attempt to overcharge for this app by using a subscription model. I am even LESS impressed that my review was deleted. Both practices are scummy.
Using the latest version of PDF Expert and love it
by Pixelwizard on 2021/05/07 04:42
I’m using the latest version of PDF Expert and I love it. But it’s missing one thing that I could really use and there is the ability to align and orient for instants text boxes so that they remain equal distance to each other or any element for that matter placed on the pdf. If you can the ability to align and orient between objects it would be greatly appreciated. I’m a pro subscriber. Thanks
sick of this app crashing on important docs
by Dulce CaraBella on 2021/05/06 19:42
I’m so sick of this app crashing right when I’m working on important documents that need to be sent within a certain time making me late. Sadly, even though I use to love this app, it has been giving me problems for over a year. I have given it over a years chance and it still crashes often, it still loses my files or deletes them. I’m tired. I hope things get better before I find a better app.
Excellent App
by smkybill on 2021/05/05 16:07
Extremely user friendly, highly recommend
Viewer has style
by kimbery313 on 2021/05/05 06:13
The first thing app detail and files caterogory have a lot more information about the app for a free versio
Makes the iPad a dream to work with for work
by Namidawg on 2021/05/04 00:45
I love working on my iPad because of this app. It works in ways that the Apple default doesn’t, and creams Acrobat in functionality and smoothness.
One little suggestion
by 枫263 on 2021/05/02 22:39
Very great app. I use it to read book and papers all the time. Very nice annotation tools. A little suggestion: It would be very nice if there could be a function to disable the drag bar on the right-hand side. I usually use the right hand to scroll the page when reading. Very often touched the scroll bar by accident, and the page suddenly jump to somewhere. It is very bad experience because it would break the thought process and take me time to get back to the current page. Also it would be nice to remove the “dead zone” on top of the page where if you touch it by accident, it jumps directly to the starting of document. I actually can think of any practical usage of this function, other than disrupt the reading.
Not Worth the Money
by deanrc on 2021/05/01 17:50
I originally downloaded this because an online review say $10 one time IAP. Of course I download it and its a $50 a year subscription. The layout is nice, and it is well organized, but I can get all offered features either for free or for 1 IAP purchase. I recommend LiquidText for annotation and PDF Element for Editing. I don’t mind paying for apps, but subscriptions like this are scams
Mostly useless
by flyboiooo on 2021/05/01 06:01
All i wanted was to save a jpeg as pdf. after 10 minutes of fumbling i realized it's a "pro" feature. $50. one star and uninstall.
Freaking amazing convenience
by hemraj2.0 on 2021/04/30 18:40
Makes my life so easy.
Can’t edit. Waste of money
by Scott Hamar on 2021/04/30 02:06
Can’t edit anything unless u subscribe for $60. Total waste of time.
It`s not good for this price.
by FerdsBr on 2021/04/25 20:50
Too much expansive for things you go do with other way cheaper apps. Shame on you for trying to explore people!
NEGATIVE
by EXTRA-ECCLESIAM-NULLA-SALUS on 2021/04/25 01:15
I rarely use an app to edit a PDF. Only about once or twice a year. Now, I bring up this app to do my usual annual PDF editing - and I find out I have to pay a subscription now. Lousy lousy customer dedication. I don’t trust them now. Clearly a bait-‘n-switch.
Nothing in the free version
by Raj-S-33 on 2021/04/23 04:15
If you’re nit looking to pay, the free version has nothing, not even a single feature. Don’t bother downloading.
Honestly, the best PDF reader ever!
by Cenon415 on 2021/04/18 00:05
For the past couple of months, I have been solely relying on PDF readers for school work since the Pandemic has really taken over. It is very difficult for me to visit my local library for physical books, forcing me to turn towards electronic books instead. I’ve used various PDF readers in the past but have always been very uncomfortable with the limited features they offered until I discovered PDF Expert. This app has every feature I can ever ask for. One BASIC feature that most PDF readers did not have (from my experience) was the ability to change the PDF file into dark mode. The background of each page change into the color black and the fonts to the color white, making it easier to view at night. This feature has greatly improved my health. I no longer suffer from migraines and eye strains. Thank you Readdle! You guys are truly a blessing.
Expensive for Occasional Users
by Domenoak on 2021/04/16 21:09
I was excited about pdf expert as I have many of Readdle’s apps. I like their ideas, their design and the functionality of their apps. However, pdf Expert is kind of disappointing. First of all, it is subscription-based. For people who occasionally (once a month or leas) need to sign a copy of a document, the aubacription is pretty expensive. Secondly, I was able to use it for the first two days during my trial period. When the trial period ended, I purchased the first year but, somehow, I can’t use the features. I restored purchases, uninstalled and reinstalled the app, but it’s still not working.
THIS IS THE BEST. BETTER THAN ADOBE
by Sean Kennedy Santos on 2021/04/16 15:43
For years I’ve had nothing but issues with Adobe, Apple Pages, Word Doc. Nothing would ever work under one umbrella. In two simple words absolutely dysfunctional. This App by PDF Expert allows you every kind of access to exit, create and multitask all PDF & word documents easily and add components you cloud not in other software. There is nothing it cannot do. FORGET ADOBE & stop paying monthly fees & get this all in one APP that will change the way you work. Thank you for creating an App that never fails & performs in a way that leading expectations are met by the standards you’ve given in an APP. Most recently there was a corrupted important document - sent it to support. FIXED within a day & returned. In today’s world it is extremely difficult to have a company give such satisfying customer support. Apple, Google, Microsoft, Adobe- ALL FAIL miserably where READDLE succeed. We are very grateful & wish READDLE as a company much continued success. This is why I left Adobe years ago & switched to READDLE. Product & customer support. It’s the backbone of any customer relationship & READLE recognise this at every turn.
Perfect except Developer still won’t add a REDO next to the UNDO!
by Disatisfied today 11-4-10 on 2021/04/16 14:53
APR 16, 2021 Update Still no REDO next to the UNDO button - Why? I have on countless times accidentally over clicked the UNDO button on certain written work in my PDF notesResulting in loss of valuable information which was entered into that particular page. However because the developer will not simply add a REDO button next to the UNDO button (As I have requested in the past.) I periodically lose work, time and effort if I simply click the UNDO button one too many times. All this because of a simple fix oversight by the developer. I now refrain from ever even using the undo button because of this. I am in fear of getting anywhere near that button because basically it turns into a delete button .In fact why don’t they just call that button a delete button. All other leading software applications have both undo and REDO buttons. Since this involves LOSS OF VALUABLE CONTENT, I’ve reduced my rating from 5 to 1 star. ======= APR 6, 2021 Update: I found out the feature to write in manually and then device creates text feature when entering text fields was a global feature implemented by Apple and not PDF Expert. The “automatically” enabled feature was error prone and caused multiple extra click steps just to update various field in PDF Expert documents. I initially complained of this and remove two stars. But with further investigation, I found out that it was Apple and not PDF expert which automatically enable this feature causing all forms to force the user to use the pencil and character recognition feature on all the fields. Once I found out how to disable this using the configuration menu in the Apple software, PDF expert fields were able to be edited like before. The only thing I added or would add to this update is that perhaps PDF expert could notify its users that The new feature was apples initiative and not their own. And how to disable it if it was cumbersome or created issues. So now I’m back to where I was, using PDF Expert as before. Thanks again for a great program. I hope this entry helps people look into the Apple configuration menus to disable this feature if they are experiencing high error rates when editing their text using the pencil. ======= Mar. 17, 2021: Rising stars eventually fall. I totally had to remove two stars from PDF expert because of their new features and permitted within a few weeks ago. The feature is the addition of an optional way to fill in the fields using your pencil tool. You are forced to use this feature. Instead of allowing you to configure PDF expert with this new feature way of entering text into a text field, you are now forced to use this feature at all times when entering into the text field. This is a complete waste of time, it doesn’t work properly, if you try and use brackets, everything goes wrong in your fumbling with a simple text field of entering five characters for about 15 seconds. Complete waste of time. They have to make it optional in the configuration menu and return text field entries back to default method. ============== Nov. 12, 2020 : I’ve been using the program for approximately a year now. I had to abandon a previous other program which had little functionality, but got the basic job done of accepting hand written notes on my device, and saving them as a PDF. But that program had a glitch, crashed and I lost over 30 days of entries because If. There was no easy way to extract the a PDF files either. PDF Expert does not suffer from these problems. It is solid and provides a lot of redundancy even when it does crash you’re able to return back to your document. The ability to incorporate graphics, text blocks, batch selecting of pages, copy paste pages between other documents, printing (finds your air printer), share, etc. All works, solidly. I’ve recommended a few tweaks to the developer to max out this App’s capabilities.
Excellent
by LAX20531 on 2021/04/16 01:31
The Readdle apps are excellent. I have Documents and PDF Expert, but I will admit that having both creates some confusion. If I have the updated PDF Expert does that apply to Documents as well? There is overlap between the apps and my impression is that Documents is more functional, but must PDF Expert be installed to obtain those features in Documents? I haven’t seen any explicit documentation on this. Adding iCloud support added confusion since both apps share a single folder for iCloud, but local files exist within the app itself. I haven’t tried to combine on iCloud because I know there will be overlap. Finally, didn’t there used to be a direct link to ScannerPro scans within Documents? It’s been gone for quite a while. At times I’ve suspected something was wrong with my iCloud folders or structure, but it appears this may be as designed. Finally, for those who are whining about one-time app purchases versus the (very affordable) subscriptions, consider this: in its infancy, all apps were one-time purchases, however as the device adoption matures revenues slows. Providing on-going support and updates for an app someone purchased perhaps 10 years ago is an unsustainable business model. This one-time purchase expectation would be similar to an employer paying you to create a project while providing no compensation for security updates or requested enhancements. It wouldn’t be a reasonable expectation and nobody would work for free indefinitely to support their project. It wouldn’t sustain your income. The same applies here.
Just not reliable
by Pc_hcpss on 2021/04/14 18:29
As a teacher, I used PDF Expert to take data on students as we were going through a lesson. I found it useful to be able to have my iPad next to me and record necessary information as I was going. However, lately, I have noticed that the app is increasingly unreliable. It would often freeze, in some instances the screen would flicker (for increasingly long periods of time) and there is issues with communicating between Files, Google Drive and OneNote. Today, was the last straw; was doing a running record with a student, the app froze, I had to stop the lesson, shut down the app, wait a few seconds and start it up again. When I did, all the data I recorded was gone. Prior to this, I had deleted the app and reinstalled it (no help); restarted the iPad (no help), etc. I need an app to just work, and this one no longer seems to.
Review
by EBaffa on 2021/04/10 12:02
Thank you for the interactive welcome to pdf expert file. I feel comfortable using the app with efficiency now!
This has to be part of the apple ecosystem and that’s its only fault.
by Beedo Hassan on 2021/04/07 11:24
This has become part of the apple ecosystem, please change that because I use an iPad and an android phone and I need to import apps to adobe acrobat so I can use it on my phone and acrobat (at least on android) feels like not that much thought has been put into it, please bring this app onto android, it will help me so much, you don’t even know how much this will help.
Need better selection tool
by FoxxRunner on 2021/04/06 20:19
This app is great. I am only putting one star because the selection tool and eraser is trash. Update the selection tool to be able to draw around exactly what you want to select with the pencil and make the eraser more accurate to the pencil. Both of these tools are awful compared to other apps.
Apple Pencil Incompatible
by Dheigskveuveuvdojdobsi on 2021/04/04 08:42
After latest update, my apple pencil stutter and skips writing in this app. It works in all other apps, so its not a problem with the pencil. Loved using this to take notes, so now its unusable for me.
“Was” the best
by TreoRenegade on 2021/04/03 20:04
Unable or unwilling to innovate, Readdle now expects its users to play the Pet Rock game, ie pay through the nose for an otherwise easily available feature. My response: WebToPDF.com is your friend. Quick, easy, free.
Not simple and nickel and diming me pisses me off
by 2TLSP on 2021/04/02 02:09
Adobe has become a scam. Functions that used to be standard now are add ons. I will find other ways to edit for no other reason than I hate being nickel and dimed over functions that should be part of any decent program.
PDF expert is very good.
by Catherine de la Vallee on 2021/04/01 16:50
Thanks for an excellent product.
not free
by Khmbuh on 2021/04/01 16:31
unable to access basic free service, now i’ll other billed for something
Basically spyware — tracks personal device identifier
by Isaac Gray on 2021/03/31 23:41
I didn’t pay for this app so that I could be tracked based on my phone’s identifier. The devs are unethical and greedy. Regarding the developer response: your privacy policy is in direct conflict with your privacy label on the App Store, which states that device identifiers are used to track users across multiple websites. Either remove that feature or update your privacy policy to reflect that tracking.
Should work better for the price
by TPB, Esq. on 2021/03/30 00:02
For a while, PDF Expert Pro was my go-to app for annotating and sharing PDFs. Lately, though it now comes with a $49/year subscription, it has struggled with creating PDFs of websites (when Apple’s internal PDF creator has done fine on its own) and won’t convert some docx files. Both are big issues for me, as I am usually trying to get documents for research from government websites and planning documents. I’ve found other PDF creators that work better (including the one Apple includes with iPad OS and iOS) and cheaper, so I’m going to see if I can do without this costly app.
Lack of file options
by Techn1cian on 2021/03/29 18:36
Not sure if it’s on the Apple side of things or this app, but I should be able to to transfer the documents whichever method I see fit. The only options are to “Share” them to myself via email or upload them to the cloud.
No free trial
by Lisha82 on 2021/03/27 12:27
I did the free trial and cancelled within seven days but was still charged the $49.99 fee. I would not recommend unless you are absolutely sure you want to purchase.
Expert? 🚫
by Tranceunta on 2021/03/27 02:49
Can't see / select layers on a geoPDF 👎
Works great!
by PearieEh on 2021/03/26 17:38
Very versatile on iOS. Have used for 8 years.
Nothing even comes close.
by Nans911 on 2021/03/26 17:19
This app, works absolutely flawlessly! There’s almost. nothing you can’t do with it. To the Readdle team, if you just add an infinite scroll as a template for note taking on the IPad Pro, as much as I love Notability, I can’t see me using notability with that feature added! Just food for thought. Keep up the fantastic work!
Liking it because most features I need are available after one time purchase
by King KTB on 2021/03/26 11:04
They switched to yearly payment subscription model. But the free version of app is quite useful. They didn’t put the features of the free version of the app behind the paywall.
New
by Lemondrop17 on 2021/03/25 12:27
Need help understand it. Where can I find more help to help me understand?
Tax Docs
by DrUphir on 2021/03/24 18:19
I tried using this software to upload to H&R Block for taxes and after conversion it renames the file PDF but it is a .HEIC file which is not supported. Waste of time! Better believe I am canceling before trial is over.
Horrible set up.
by avitar1 on 2021/03/24 16:48
Why do I have to pay $49.99 before testing how it works and if I like it? Not worth the trouble!
Free is the most expensive!!!
by JSyang_ on 2021/03/24 14:23
We dont need free one. We don't need huge or often updtes. Just give customer more choices. Please bring Reddle 6 back!
Expert PDF has Great Features
by LoudnLean on 2021/03/24 11:14
I started with the 7 day trial which worked GREAT! When I couldn’t find a command to complete a conversion from text to PDF or how to Export new PDFs to my iCloud, their support group always provided quick answers. They answered all three of my email questions within 24 hours including two video How-To examples. And their support came during my FREE 7 day trial! So I purchased a Pro subscription to open up even more features. This App makes my iPad more like a computer, converting many pages of text and email to PDFs which I then upload to iCloud for all my devices to have access. Highly recommended!
Good enough
by حسام روستایی on 2021/03/24 06:31
Very handy and user-friendly
Horrible
by dylanie_24 on 2021/03/22 20:29
You have pay to do everything.
Used a long time now
by Starfaced5 on 2021/03/21 13:57
I’ve used this pdf app a long time now. It’s really good, but an absolute toothache for naming and saving files. It’s too complicated and can’t be easily found later. I’ve tried dropping document into an email draft, and naming it later with the idea that with more time, I can give a logical naming convention. Blamed myself, in other words. But...it’s too stinkin' hard. You have to do a rain dance to delete a document. You lose your train of thought when you have to re-arrange the furniture everytime you come back into the room.
For 50 dollars I expect it to work
by kingfri on 2021/03/20 15:47
This app is garbage...you can’t even change text color without your whole document corrupting. Editing is a mess and the options are minimal...save your money
Misleading
by DDDDDRafghdg on 2021/03/19 16:48
You should inform us you want $50 per year BEFORE we download the app.
Rip-off
by scarduner on 2021/03/18 23:45
This app is described as a PDF editor download for free. No it’s $50 a year – – every year – – to edit a PDF. Just list the app for what it is -a paid app – – and a very very very expensive one too.Charge a reasonable price to buy the app.You subscribe to things that change all the time like a magazine or Netflix.This is an app! Why pay for it year after year after year? And $50 to edit PDFs? It’s really annoying to go through the whole process of downloading an app just to open it and find out it’s $50 to use it
Expensive
by supergirl-b on 2021/03/18 19:17
Needs work on the app can’t do certain functions without phone or ipd edits. Very expensive and these types of files usually come with many devices “ computers”. Seems to be a 1 year SUBSCRIPTION doesn’t make me happy for the cost and so many issues and difficult to find anything. It’s necessary to convert PDF, edit basic digital communication update-In response to comment I received- read what I put before responding . it was an expensive purchase for something that doesn’t seem completely functional for the device and usually computers come with these converters/ application. a new thing is to charge for everything you didn’t know would be deleted when things like updates happen.
Nothings is Free in this Life
by Oso Sabroso on 2021/03/17 20:33
If you are in need to say... reduce the size of a file ASAP, do not waste your time thinking you will be able to do it with the “free” version. You will need to sign up and enter a payment method.
Features Keep Disappearing
by SSullivan79 on 2021/03/17 15:48
I used to love this app but it seems like with every update a feature that used to be there are now gone. I have several fonts added to my iPad and PDF Expert used to have them too. Then after an update all those fonts are gone and only the default are left. Other PDF annotation apps such as GoodNotes have them but not PDF Expert. Even when importing and keeping the document editable, the text is completely missing. This is just one of the many features that are gone or are changed and are now more complicated.
No instructions
by WEE TALK on 2021/03/17 12:03
I want to send a picture as a pdf, not happening yet!!!!
Text to speech for iPhone please
by P.KD on 2021/03/15 22:45
Please update with text to speech so the PDF can be read out loud on iPhone. Thank you
Boys at Readdle getting greedy. Annoying ad banner in app
by Greater Works on 2021/03/15 20:51
I used to love this app, but now they’ve stuck a permanent Upgrade to Pro banner in my face. What’s next? Video advertisements? I didn’t pay for a billboard app.
Doesn’t work
by objects in mirror are losing on 2021/03/15 01:30
It won’t download to my phone. It shouldn’t be this difficult. I’m trying to turn a picture into a PDF so I can send it to my insurance company. And it will not go into my browser when I click on upload it gives me a choice of browser and other choices.
blank or images are broken and freeze so much time
by Ibramusbah on 2021/03/14 19:48
blank or images are broken
WTH
by Dantasticali on 2021/03/14 19:24
I used this app frequently in the past to edit PDFs and now, out of nowhere, I need to purchase a subscription to use it? No thanks.
Nearly Perfect but...
by ckhm1st on 2021/03/14 19:06
Been using this app for sometime now, on the iPhone, iPad and Mac Pro desktop. “Nearly...” because the desktop app allows me to edit PDF but the mobile version requires a subscription.
Uploading problem
by amirm1911 on 2021/03/14 16:42
I studied two hours and used the tools provided in the app and closed the app, later when i opened it they were all gone. Thats a huge problem and a waste of time. I don’t know why it happened !!!
Text-to-speech
by bluiflip on 2021/03/14 04:55
Please, for the love of god, add Text-to-speech on the iOS app. I use this app on ipadOS primarily for this very feature since i’m more of an auditory learner. This would be greatly appreciated if brought to iOS.
The best on iPad but not good enough
by Chris Tcha on 2021/03/13 23:16
This is the best PDF reader on iPad, but still not good enough and there are many parts I feel pretty uncomfortable with, especially while using Apple Pencil. 1. Please give users an option to separately set the default annotation tool for fingers and the pencil! It’s super inconceivable for me to manually select the highlight tool for the Pencil every time. Just let me make it default! 2. Allow me to select words by fingers while the pencil is used for annotation (such as highlight)! Annoying that I have to unselect the annotation tool of the Pencil before I can select words for looking up. 3. Let me hide the toolbar while using the tool!
Another Subscription
by sensimiola on 2021/03/12 07:10
Almost every app from the worthwhile app to even the piss-poor one's require subscriptions in order to use them. It's enough to make you go bankrupt! This has gotten way out of hand, and is simply not fair to the consumer. Many apps even conceal costs and info regarding purchases required to get anything of value from an app. Then, there is of course, the text which lays out "the terms". Most average people cannot understand or even read the content which is written in profuse legalese. I've shown some of these "terms" documents to attorneys,and even some of them were scratching their heads. In reality, the way these things are constructed, it would probably be wise to retain an attorney just to review these terms before you agree to use any application. Some of the lawyers I spoke with said they'd never agree to having their clients sign on to any number of apps with these terms. That is especially true with regard to issues of privacy which always seem to appear in the very smallest of print. While this app does look very capable and would be a welcome addition, you add up the costs of 10, 20 or 30 subscriptions, you suddenly realize why you're running a deficit at bill time. Offer a purchase option for people!
Superb Application
by Belle Bento on 2021/03/12 02:54
Easy to using and helpful adeptly
Another program you bought that you get to buy again
by JoeGuru on 2021/03/12 00:07
It is truly dismaying to see apps that you already bought "upgraded" to a subscription model so you get to buy what you thought you already bought all over again! Another app for the trash bin.
Need to open .dat email attach in .PDF !!!
by MiscMaggie on 2021/03/10 23:32
Only reason I got this app is because my tax accountant sent me a PDF file that came through on my iPad as a .dat file. Cannot find info on doing this!!!
No object editing
by Juliantsk on 2021/03/09 15:48
Can't edit or move objects/vectors. Only images and text. Dealbreaker.
Best PDF App Ever
by cabilbar on 2021/03/09 14:57
I've been using PDF Expert for over 4 years on 2 different IPads and it is by far my most used and favorite app of the 110+ apps that I have on my Ipad. Easy to use, very few problems and save me a lot of time in working with PDF files either on the road or in my office. Well worth the price.
Don’t
by 821BlitZ on 2021/03/08 11:18
This app is a scam. It claims to be free but it wants an insane amount of money after a 7 day free trial. Countless other apps do the same service for FREE.
Please
by Mansoorm77 on 2021/03/08 10:23
Please add the feature to turn pages from left to right to read Arabic books Please
Was a great app
by tayyeb07 on 2021/03/08 09:25
This was a great app, that I used daily. However they’ve made some tweaks and now I’m unable to restore my pro purchase I made years ago as they’ve moved to a subscription model (like every other app). really disappointing.
???
by justmuhree on 2021/03/07 04:40
All of my documents are blank. I can’t open any of my files or move them or anything so I can’t even access my school work. This app is completely useless.
Every update makes it worse
by HateNewApp on 2021/03/06 15:46
Cannot imagine why anyone would pay for this. Won’t email files. Won’t save to Dropbox. Worse all the time.
PDF expert is not working
by okwon22 on 2021/03/05 04:02
After the update, the app is showing all PDFs in just blank pages. I see nothing.
love it, BUT
by 93cheshire on 2021/03/03 17:09
I use the pro version of this application on my iPad with an apple pencil. Perfect software and device combination for my court case brief annotations, and digital textbooks for school. Currently providing a rating of 4 stars because I want more custom interface personalizations. for an example a custom color palette that consisted of more colors, like 10-12, palette to be locked and saved on my toolbar instead of changing back to default. Instead of having it layer under more that two clicks (or touches of my pen). Yes I have a half a dozen options now two clicks away. Personally I would prefer a dozen. I do see the favorite tab and that is okay. The annotation feature is my favorite, I enjoy how easy it is to make a paired down outlines for studying. Love the option to have a couple documents up at once. Love the bookmark feature! This is a great tool. Looking forward to more collections of stickers, specifically stickers that I can insert text into. Please take me back to 90s Word graphics. Another factor, wish this application had the ability to create or edit fillable forms. I was disappointed when I found fillable form creation was not a feature. Very essential during these pandemic times. This application is the primary reason I purchased an iPad. Thank You!
Last Update messed it up
by globen82 on 2021/03/02 01:51
Every time I import a PDF, a blank screen pulls up.
What happened?
by ForGlory on 2021/03/02 00:38
Have had this app for years. Unusable now. All PDFs I’ve ever downloaded are grayed out and cannot be viewed. You open them and all pages are blank. If you want $50 just to view PDFs you can piss off. Enjoy losing all your clients.
Worst update ever
by ihoop27 on 2021/03/01 20:17
All my PDF files are now blank. So many hours of work now gone. Great update.
Latest update has caused problems
by msilva001 on 2021/03/01 15:06
Since the last update every PDF I import is now blank.
Works perfectly
by qqoripyo on 2021/03/01 06:17
essential app
Subscription For Basic Annotation, notes and highlighting should not require $50 subscription!
by ED_VERITAS_VOCARE on 2021/02/28 19:12
There is a basic functionality that 90% of users need to read, edit, annotate notes, highlight etc. To ask a recurring $50 annual fee to do this basic function... is a rip-off. Apple, the author of Preview on MAC should be ashamed for recommending this application. These functions should be part of the initial $10 purchase. The fact that they are not, is terrible. The “editor” part, where you can change the internals or writing in the document should be part of the “pro” part that is fine. These basic note taking and annotation functions should be easily available to all... the program is not hard to write, the updating is not difficult. Recommend functionality we used to find in Goodreader, hopefully Apple has not forced them to adopt a subscription model as well.
Outstanding PDF
by RedOakEnv on 2021/02/28 02:14
I have had this App for over 8-years and only gotten better over time.
Stopped showing PDFs after recent update.
by Conrad_Benjamin on 2021/02/27 22:48
Worked great up until this last update. Now, every PDF I have shows up blank and I am unable to view anything. Please fix!
One minor problem
by ankitbista7 on 2021/02/27 11:03
One problem that I keep on facing is sometimes when I press back button or any other options button, it automatically goes to the 1st page of that book/pdf from the page I’m in. It gets really annoying sometimes.
OneDrive sync issues
by JGShane on 2021/02/26 22:26
Love PDF expert. Have used it for many years. However, continue to have OneDrive Personal sync problems. Every few weeks, OneDrive gets an error during syncing. Requires signing on to OneDrive again and deleting all synced folders. Very frustrating.
This app is not free! Download it and then pay sight unseen.
by Roserdh on 2021/02/26 20:08
This app creator is a liar for saying it’s a free app. I download it and you can’t even open the app without giving over your credit card info to try it. Bait and switch! They don’t tell you how much it costs either, just hand over your credit card for the “free” app and they will charge what they want. I will keep an eye on this app company and make sure to stay away from all products.
Still won't let me edit.
by dammit no nickname on 2021/02/26 02:16
Paid for the subscription and it still won't let me edit.
Constantly Crashing
by L1J1C1 on 2021/02/25 19:41
Keeps crashing on IPad Pro
The best
by Jimoh Ibraheem on 2021/02/24 22:54
This PDF reader is better than all the other PDF apps combined! Not joking.
Amazing App!
by CiriacoGarcia on 2021/02/23 05:45
Just what I needed! Thank you!!
Crap Product
by HonestIsBest2024 on 2021/02/23 02:44
I’ve purchased a subscription in order to get the full use out of the product. However after a single use the app started malfunctioning. The worse offense is how I can’t even edit PDFs. All the tools are just gray and won’t let me select anything. What a joke for a PDF editor. Adobe Fill & Sign is always consistent and has never given me any troubles.
Extension selected sync please
by seyitliyev on 2021/02/22 10:09
Hello, Can you give me an option to sync only pdf files ? I think this will make sense because the app name is pdf expert, Thanks.
Easy to use
by Grapefruit1985 on 2021/02/21 04:30
This app is easy to use and I can have all my drives backed up to one place
Rip off
by SketchK on 2021/02/19 18:40
I paid for this app years ago and have used it extensively. Now I find that I can no longer edit documents on my iPad without paying a monthly fee. This is not only unethical, it’s against the apple app rules.
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Copy & paste not working between PDF Readdle & Documents Readdle
by Wufamilyclan on 2021/02/19 11:24
(New) Readdle Still has not fixed Copy & paste between PDF Readdle & Documents Readdle. Documents Readdle App crashes when copied from PDF Readdle => to Paste Documents Readdle.. This is So sad that I am paying $100 for both subscriptions for Readdle’s mass S*crew up. (Old) For the New PDF Readdle update , Copy & paste sharing is not not working between PDF Readdle & Documents Readdle .. I am tired of dealing with these new update scre*w ups. You guys need to better check your mistakes before launching new updates .. new update errors has happened several times in the past and becomes really frustrating doing my job..
Great app
by ChanceT18 on 2021/02/18 19:34
This is by far the best PDF reader/editor for an iPad. If it was available on a PC I would delete Adobe reader immediately and download this.
Great support service team
by Logan Pendragon on 2019/08/17 23:38
I was made aware of PDF Expert recently before the update to version 7, and took a while to decide to make use of it, especially the pro tools, since my needs are those of a college student. I'm very glad I made the choice to acquire the app and its pro features however. Its the only app that actually lets to modify and work with or create pdf documents with all their features (like hyperlinks - which was my key interest for note taking). The app has a simple and hands on interface and works very well for me. My key uses for it are for organizing information ive collected from other sources and class notes, hyperlinking between my notes to improve my studies and learning, as well as, when possible with the pdfs I use, edit the pdf file itself to select elements to keep. While screenshots are wonderful and useful, and incorporating them into note apps are easy and useful, when working with pdfs, being able to use the image quality and format of the pdf books i own allows me to work with the content as is, rather than an image of it, which really appeals to me. I had a few issues with my acquisition with regards to its update to version 7, and through this learned how attentive and thoughtful Readdle is to their user base, including new users. They made me feel like they really wanted me to make the best use of their software and feel like it should have a place in my workflow. I'm grateful to the quick responses and attention to my needs and uses.
Indispensable App & Superior Customer Service!
by BookGirl4Ever on 2018/07/29 17:42
For over 6 years I’ve been using this app & it has been a fantastic experience. There was a learning curve in the beginning but after that I’ve had nothing but positive experiences. Originally I bought PDF Expert to study & archive periodicals but it has become an integral part of my iPad life: keeping all of my scanned bits of paper & recipes organized, filling out online forms, even doing creative projects. And talk about customer service! If only all companies had their finesse! I’ve had to contact them 3 or 4 times with questions & not only do they write back promptly but the tone of the response is thoughtful & friendly. And I don’t know if it was just a coincidence but early on there was only a deep purple highlighter so dark to be almost unusable so I submitted a request for lilac. On the next update lilac was there! Now, of course, there are plenty of color options. Another time I wrote them because I couldn’t figure out how to do something & they wrote me back as if they had nothing better to do than help me. So impressed. With every update PDF Expert only gets better. Bravo to the Readdle team! Congratulations on many excellent products backed by a superior customer experience! Keep up the good work!
THIS IS THE BEST. BETTER THAN ADOBE
by Sean Kennedy Santos on 2021/04/16 15:43
For years I’ve had nothing but issues with Adobe, Apple Pages, Word Doc. Nothing would ever work under one umbrella. In two simple words absolutely dysfunctional. This App by PDF Expert allows you every kind of access to exit, create and multitask all PDF & word documents easily and add components you cloud not in other software. There is nothing it cannot do. FORGET ADOBE & stop paying monthly fees & get this all in one APP that will change the way you work. Thank you for creating an App that never fails & performs in a way that leading expectations are met by the standards you’ve given in an APP. Most recently there was a corrupted important document - sent it to support. FIXED within a day & returned. In today’s world it is extremely difficult to have a company give such satisfying customer support. Apple, Google, Microsoft, Adobe- ALL FAIL miserably where READDLE succeed. We are very grateful & wish READDLE as a company much continued success. This is why I left Adobe years ago & switched to READDLE. Product & customer support. It’s the backbone of any customer relationship & READLE recognise this at every turn.
love it, BUT
by 93cheshire on 2021/03/03 17:09
I use the pro version of this application on my iPad with an apple pencil. Perfect software and device combination for my court case brief annotations, and digital textbooks for school. Currently providing a rating of 4 stars because I want more custom interface personalizations. for an example a custom color palette that consisted of more colors, like 10-12, palette to be locked and saved on my toolbar instead of changing back to default. Instead of having it layer under more that two clicks (or touches of my pen). Yes I have a half a dozen options now two clicks away. Personally I would prefer a dozen. I do see the favorite tab and that is okay. The annotation feature is my favorite, I enjoy how easy it is to make a paired down outlines for studying. Love the option to have a couple documents up at once. Love the bookmark feature! This is a great tool. Looking forward to more collections of stickers, specifically stickers that I can insert text into. Please take me back to 90s Word graphics. Another factor, wish this application had the ability to create or edit fillable forms. I was disappointed when I found fillable form creation was not a feature. Very essential during these pandemic times. This application is the primary reason I purchased an iPad. Thank You!
No way to purchase app, can only be ‘rented’ for $50/year
by َٰ on 2020/12/14 14:42
I would gladly pay whatever you feel your software to be worth to own it. However, this “subscription” model where you are essentially only renting out the app, is exceedingly unfair with the customer. I’ve been using Goodreader, for example, for years and years. By 5 years, your app has cost 250USD, and by 10 years, 500 dollars. Please add an option to purchase the full version of the app outright, rather than a subscription-only model, to which I, and many like me, would never agree, no matter how good the app itself. Don’t give in to this unfair concept of software as a service, instead of a product, which it is. It’s being pushed currently as it’s more profitable, but exploitative to customers, don’t encourage it. UPDATE-REPLY TO DEVELOPER COMMENT: Thank you for your reply; what I’m requesting is the ability to purchase the app outright and permanently, for whatever it’s price is, and NOT to purchase a subscription in order to be able to use it, no matter how flexible. My request is for a purchase option, whereas you currently only allow subscription-based option, which I, and I imagine many like me, would never do, although I would be willing to pay a considerable amount to purchase the app, it’s currently not an option for any amount. A “more flexible” subscription plan doesn’t help, as I will not purchase a subscription.
Do everything PDF application for iOS
by BGH40 on 2018/09/13 15:17
Essential application for me. I get several faxes a week (via eFax) these are PDF files and I can send directly to PDF expert, mark them, physically sign them (on screen) and re fax. I get PDF reports that I need to fill out, and this application makes it easy. Type or draw on the PDF document, then email the edited copy. It allows me to move pages in a PDF document (sometimes page 1 needs to be page 3 - easy to move). I can rotate pages, delete or add pages. I have merged up to 4 PDF documents into one new document. Removed, edited and sorted pages. Delete pages you don’t need. I can fill out PDF forms. (Have not made a form that has to be filled out - never had the need, so I can’t comment on this capability). I can fill out any form by entering text on the appropriate line even if it was not originally meant to be filled out online. [NOTE: I am a real user and have never been contacted by Readdle. I don’t rate many applications, but this one has been so useful to me, I wan’t others to use it so Readdle will continue to support this excellent program.]
Upselling
by Remaxastar on 2019/09/07 14:49
I have used this program for years and own it for both my computer and my iPad. They came out with a professional version and now all the functions that I had in the ones that I bought are gone. I know that I had them because I used one of them every day to redact information on PDFs. I sent information into the company saying that after the professional version came out I lost the ability to do redactions. The function still works on the computer version that I bought but not on the iOS version to get that I must upgrade to the new professional version. If you buy this program be aware you may be required to upgrade to get features that you use every day. I sent him proof of purchase and they still don’t have an answer for me they keep telling me that there is a version for iOS and there’s a version for windows operating systems. I Purchased for both and I know that already my only question is why didn’t the way up teacher that I already owned.
Re-paying for features we already purchased once
by HollyOllyOlly on 2019/10/17 05:30
When I originally purchased this app before the newest updates (downgrades, for those of us who originally paid money for the app, which suddenly lost all capability, unless we were willing to fork over an additional $50!) I would have said it was a great app. I work as a paralegal, and this app used to be awesome for on-the-go creating/editing of all the court documents we work with which must be submitted as pdfs. I especially used to love the signature feature, as it meant I sometimes no longer even had to travel in order to get client signatures for continuance forms. I was so disappointed to discover, as of a couple days ago, that my paid for, super awesome app no longer provided me access to any of the useful features I had come to love. Apparently if I wanted to continue using the app as I had for the past year, I was now expected to pay an additional $50. I’ve never had a company pull such a bait and switch, and I’m incredibly disappointed at how transparent a money grab this ploy is. Shame on you guys, this app used to be a great product and a fair price, but I’m not going to keep repaying for things that I, the consumer, was lead to believe would be a one time purchase to unlock price. Bummed!
Correcting myself — I was wrong and tech support was excellent
by Hokietrax on 2020/12/26 22:27
Frustrating experience outlined below; my tone was not nice. When I reached out direct to Readdle, it turned out even though i only actively installed the app on the iPad, the app was on both iphone and ipad, thus I couldn’t delete the PDF Expert folder until app was deleted on both devices. Readdle support was professional, and responded in a reasonable time. They were so good and pleasant the review goes from 1* to an easy 5*. Maybe the app wasn’t for me for now, but customer support that listens is worth a great rating. I. Was. Wrong. Thank you Readdle. ==== Old review ==== When I tried out the app, everything worked okay, but it just wasn’t what I was looking for. It created a folder for PDF Expert files in my iCloud folder, which created one in my iCloud for Windows. I uninstalled the app from the iPad, and removed the file and folder from the iPad just fine...BUT THE PDF EXPERT FOLDER CANNOT BE REMOVED FROM WINDOWS. I have tried a number of ways to change the folder’s Read-Only permissions on Windows in order to remove it (it’s empty). I CANNOT change permissions (access denied) via command prompt, Windows powershell, the GUI, or anything. Don’t point at Windows as the problem—nothing else installs a read-only directory other than PDF Expert. Not LiquidText, not the Downloads folder, just this one. Wretched programming on the iCloud synchronization.
Another Subscription
by sensimiola on 2021/03/12 07:10
Almost every app from the worthwhile app to even the piss-poor one's require subscriptions in order to use them. It's enough to make you go bankrupt! This has gotten way out of hand, and is simply not fair to the consumer. Many apps even conceal costs and info regarding purchases required to get anything of value from an app. Then, there is of course, the text which lays out "the terms". Most average people cannot understand or even read the content which is written in profuse legalese. I've shown some of these "terms" documents to attorneys,and even some of them were scratching their heads. In reality, the way these things are constructed, it would probably be wise to retain an attorney just to review these terms before you agree to use any application. Some of the lawyers I spoke with said they'd never agree to having their clients sign on to any number of apps with these terms. That is especially true with regard to issues of privacy which always seem to appear in the very smallest of print. While this app does look very capable and would be a welcome addition, you add up the costs of 10, 20 or 30 subscriptions, you suddenly realize why you're running a deficit at bill time. Offer a purchase option for people!
Misleading update
by njpljkett on 2019/08/10 12:54
While this has always been the best pdf app for school textbooks, the new update has ruined what set it apart from competitors in terms of workflow. It used to have all the tools in one toolbar with four customizable pens/highlighters so you could quickly switch between different colors and pens. Now the most useful tools are scattered between different toolbars and there is only one pen and one highlighter in the toolbar. And instead of using a long-press to customize your tools like in the previous versions, you must now tap extra times to open an expandable toolbar, thereby adding a step to the process. This is a serious step back as it negates the strengths of a tablet and diminishes efficiency. It seems like a confused philosophy that prioritizes aesthetics over functionality. And now if you want the same toolbar that was in the previous version, you will have to pay for the “pro features” in order to access the customizable “favorites” toolbar. So while the update description states that it only adds to functionality of the previous version and doesn’t take away anything, this is simply untrue (in my case, at any rate).
They expect you to pay 50 dollars A YEAR.
by Aregey2 on 2020/07/21 01:42
Are you kidding me? I’m going to sink hundreds of dollars into this? No way. One time would be bad enough but that adds up quick to hundreds of dollars, and when you inevitably cancel what are you left with... nothing. This subscription model trash has gotten completely out of hand and is completely unacceptable in my opinion. Either charge a big one time fee up front or just admit you’re a bunch of con artists on the tin. Because that’s all this subscription crap is, an extortionist con job if you ask me. I don’t like it. It just gets under my skin and reeks and stinks of the worst kind of greedy nonsense, it’s my pet peeve and it’s why I left Photoshop. If it was a good deal that would be one thing but dude it’s a PDF editor. I paid 40 bucks for 3 top notch Affinity apps in one go. I would be using much more colorful language about this “subscription pricing model” newspeak (imagine an expletive or several of your choosing) but I guess I can’t do that. Just fill in the blanks. Don’t listen to their customer service crap, absolutely nobody likes this behavior. It’s not an issue, it’s greedy corporate money grubbing, keep your money out of their hands.
Get it
by Gus2259 on 2018/12/30 15:01
I’m frugal when it comes to buying apps. Ok, I’m a cheapskate. Why should I pay for a pdf editor with so many free ones out there? Well, if all you do is open and email pdfs’s then you don’t need this app. If you do more than that, anything more, then this is well worth it. This apps features are already listed so I won’t repeat them. I didn’t see the page combining and removal feature listed which is exactly what I needed. This app has that. So for that alone I bought it. I do historical research and use a lot of PDFs. This apps organizational abilities for not just combining pages but copying, pasting, removing or adding photos and text is outstanding. Of course it has the features like the other editors have but none of the others have all the features this app has. It’s intuitiveness is excellent. It makes what I do so much better and easier that I’m honestly happy I paid for it. And that’s coming from a Scrooge😳
Unparalleled Excellence!
by e-BookReader on 2018/11/02 18:27
If you are looking for a PDF editor / file manager and more, you will not find one that equals or surpasses the excellence of this app. I have been using iOS pdf apps for years and I tried PDF Expert when it first hit the App Store. At that time, it was good, but not the best. But I continued to follow the progress of the development team over the years, and about 18 months ago they reached the top of the performance and functionality charts in my estimation. I have a PDF library of around 4,000 volumes, and I use this app exclusively to manage and view those files. (I also recently used it to proofread and mark up a PhD dissertation for a colleague, and the annotation tools couldn’t have been better designed.) And there is more to come as the development team continues to listen to users (and respond to their emails!) and add more functionality. Buy it now before the price goes up to what it is worth!
Honestly, the best PDF reader ever!
by Cenon415 on 2021/04/18 00:05
For the past couple of months, I have been solely relying on PDF readers for school work since the Pandemic has really taken over. It is very difficult for me to visit my local library for physical books, forcing me to turn towards electronic books instead. I’ve used various PDF readers in the past but have always been very uncomfortable with the limited features they offered until I discovered PDF Expert. This app has every feature I can ever ask for. One BASIC feature that most PDF readers did not have (from my experience) was the ability to change the PDF file into dark mode. The background of each page change into the color black and the fonts to the color white, making it easier to view at night. This feature has greatly improved my health. I no longer suffer from migraines and eye strains. Thank you Readdle! You guys are truly a blessing.
Good, but sometimes freezes
by MinikinPawWalker on 2020/09/19 14:18
This app is great with the Ipad Pro 2020. I downloaded it for school so that I could take notes in my online readings for class and research. I have the Apple Pencil 2 and smart keyboard, which work very well with this app. I love that this app also automatically syncs with my Google Drive account. I store all my class files and online articles I’ve researched in my Drive. I can easily access the PDFs stored in my Drive through this app to read and take notes. Then, the PDF I took notes on automatically updates in my Drive. It cuts out a few extra steps and keeps things organized. There’s no extra downloads or transferring files between apps needed! The only thing I would complain about is that every once in awhile, the app freezes. I always have a few files open at once, so I don’t typically just click on a different file and it unfreezes. I am willing to take an occasional freeze from time to time in exchange for this app’s efficiency.
Update is SO BUGGY please fix it or revert it ASAP
by Sarandipityg on 2019/09/10 00:20
I use this app all day every day. And now I’m in a hang up because of its issues. I mark-up pdf documents, and i also am now using a stylus with the iPad Pro. This buggy update is going to cost me my job. It’s caused the pdf to crash the app, and when I emailed it to my old iPad with the non-updated version of the app this new pdf crashed that app too. It’s not a corrupt pdf, it’s corrupt because of this new updates bugs. The marks I put in the pdf using this app literally corrupted the pdf file. Other issues include the page moving, instead of staying still, so it’s not allowing the pen to write or copy. That is frustrating. And often I find that I can’t swipe thru the pages anymore, which makes this app very difficult to be patient with or useful. Considering you now want to charge more money to use this app you better fix it!
Dishonest reviewers
by Sir Chispas on 2019/08/18 01:46
These negative reviews are extremely dishonest. Readdle is an amazing company—always super responsive to its customers. If you upgraded to PRO in a previous version, then you still have the same functionality. Tap restore purchases and stop badmouthing one of the best developers in the App Store. The new subscription is geared toward professionals (read: businesses) and is a bargain compared to an Adobe subscription. Honestly, I prefer Readdle’s UI to Adobe’s hands down. If you’re not a business, then just be grateful for the free updates and keep on freeloading for as long as you can. Software is a service, not a tool. It takes a lot of time and energy to build and maintain. To those users who deleted the app because they can’t have 15 colors of highlighters or whatever— good luck finding an app that can even nips at the heels of PDF Expert in terms of functionality.
Lost features
by Baraa Modallal on 2019/10/23 13:20
This is undoubtedly the best pdf app out there, too bad that recent update made it go backwards instead of forwards. First of all, The option of three pencils was very efficient and quick, as well as the “zoom in pencil” function, which is now buried deep inside the color selector of the only available pencil, which is nothing but a slowdown. As i used to have multiple colored and sized pencils ready to go, now i have to change it every single time. Secondly, ive had this app for about 2 years, ive had about 1000 books inside of it, but it’s all gone after the update, I can’t seem to be able to find it anywhere after the lastest update, even though they’re still taking space in my ipad “3.3gb is the storage taken by this app” which means they’re still there somewhere, i just can’t seem to find them anywhere. Luckily I could re-download those books, but i just can’t get over the fact that all my highlights are gone now.
Grad Student
by Karneson0321 on 2018/10/17 00:32
Almost all my classmates use Notability, which I had and used for the first part of my program. I switched to this app, and have fallen in love. It allows me to organize my files multiple folders deep and they stay in my iCloud Drive which allows me to access my notes on any computer since it’s just saved as a PDF. It allows you to select to highlight the text vs. just using the highlighter so my notes look much neater. You Can also strike through and underline the text. You still have the ability to hand write notes and such on top of just doing the changes to the text. It gives ability to view the outline format, and if you purchase the upgrade you can build the outline (which has been a lifesaver for 120 slide class PowerPoints), also with the upgrade you can also make links within the text.
This is a great app
by kmc121084 on 2020/01/09 14:08
I use this app for my lectures in vet school (which move extremely quickly, as you could imagine). The only drawbacks I have had involve the overall flexibility in functionality. I would, for example, like to be able to make certain parts of the text box bold, italicized, different font sizes, for emphasis of certain topics. This is only available in the sticky notes part. I would also find it useful to be able to have a blank sheet on one side, as one would use for Cornell notes. My lecture slides do not always have a lot of free room - I understand this is not the fault of the app, just a suggestion for people with PDFs that are a bit crowded, but would still like annotations side-by-side, or overhanging on the side, to be able keep everything in view as much as possible. Otherwise, this is the ONLY app I use for my slides as I am the most satisfied with its functions and general ease of use.
This app is amazing!!!
by TopWarmachine on 2018/12/13 15:40
For many years I used the Good Reader app, but since the app has been abandoned with no update in sight, I made the switch to PDF Expert. I do not regret this switch in the least. While PDF Expert does crash sometimes, the development team has put out numerous updates in an effort to increase overall stability. The ability to truly edit PDFs is an awesome feature as well, something that GoodReader never implemented. The customer service and communication with this company has been great as well. This is a great change from the lies and empty promises from the GoodReader development team in the rare event they actually will respond to any emails. From now on, I will be recommending PDF Expert to everyone I know instead of GoodReader. For those of you still on the fence about which app to purchase you will not regret getting PDF Expert.
Good, mostly.
by Foolio on 2019/06/06 00:54
Pretty good pdf editor overall, but some issues. Big one for me - for date fields it only allows their custom date-picker keyboard UI, but the output doesn’t seem to be compatible with that space in the pdf I’m trying to fill, and it doesn’t let you over-ride the date-picker keyboard for a standard keyboard....incredibly frustrating, please fix! Furthermore, it seems there’s an issue in both this app and documents app while editing a pdf field that if it says ‘only enter spaces, letters, etc’, and the modal dialog for this pops up, you can’t then dismiss it without force quitting the app. Incredibly annoying and frustrating. Also, the file structure of the various readdle apps with relation to your device and iCloud is frustrating, not very convenient to use them together even bough I’ve paid for every single in app purchase and every one of their apps.
Fantastic 😎👍🏻
by DudemanLA on 2020/12/12 03:53
This app is really great. I use this app a lot to fill out forms and more With this app, I don’t have to print it out, then write with a pen (like an animal) and then scan it. It’s actually fun to fill out forms on the iPhone. I’ll have to try it out on my new iPAd air 4. It is really full featured. I also edit text, annotate, etc. I love how it perfectly can highlight text. I filled out a form today and added a signature, put check marks, added text and more. There is a PDF inside the app that gives examples and shows how to use it but on their website there’s also some tutorial videos and instructional videos that are very helpful. I highly recommend this. I upgraded to the pro version for the yearly subscription and I’m very happy I did. it’s actually kind of fun to use this program on the iPhone 11 Pro Max although I’m sure it’s even better on the iPad Update: after using this app for several months now I can honestly say it’s with the subscription price. I have used this to edit PDFs and fill out important forms and sign them right on my iPhone. I had to email a page on a PDF documents that had 30 pages but only needed to send one page. With this app I was able to save just one of the pages and save it as a new document.
Don’t Update to Version 7!
by Zubbit on 2019/08/16 02:39
If you have version 6 beware, the version 7 upgrades are minimal but what you lose in simplicity for your daily annotations and edits is significant: Annotations: In version 7, you lose most of your color presets for highlights/underlines/drawing (you only get to keep 5 color presets in version 7, while in version 6 you had about 15 color presets). In version 7 you’ll have to open a color wheel button to manually select a color every time you want to use something other than those 5 colors (this takes 3-4 clicks every time you want a new color, which quickly becomes frustrating if you use the app for what it was designed for: significant PDF annotating). Or, you can pay $45 per year if you want to “favorite” certain tools for quicker access in version 7. Edits: In version 6, you could buy PDF editing for a one-time $10 fee, but in version 7 you will have to shell out $45 recurring per year to get PDF editing (unless you were smart enough to buy it in version 6, in which case it comes with you to version 7). It’s not all bad, version 7 makes it a bit easier to use the search and bookmark/outline features. However, I have found the “outline” feature to be a bit buggy in version 7 when adding new chapters to the overall outline. It seems to insert them in strange spots, rather than keeping the outline automatically organized by page number as version 6 did.
Does what you want it to do
by Fortunate 500 on 2018/05/07 12:49
I use this app every day on an iPad Pro with an Apple Pencil to mark up, grade, and return online homework submissions that students submit either as PDF or phone camera photos of handwritten work. Exceedingly helpful for adding comments to first drafts of papers (including in type of students can’t read my handwriting) and theses. I also use it in committee meetings almost daily to refer to and add comments to documents as they are being discussed. It is also a great app for adding doodles during the boring parts :) In my opinion, the only things missing are (1) the ability to add an extra blank page when you need to create a summary page of notes and (2) the ability to take a snapshot of a section that includes drawings / images/ equations for pasting into another app (such as an email).
Performance dip
by GreenDoomGuy on 2018/11/28 16:50
I am giving the three-star rating based on past experience as well as present. If I were only rating this on the last few months, it would be a 1-star review. This has been one of the most indispensable apps for me, as a teacher who uses an iPad pro to teach from. The efficiency with which I was able to store, organize, and edit documents was beyond comparison. Lately, however, there have been major slow-down issues and often I find myself staring at all of my documents stored on the cloud, unable to download them. I have wasted 30-plus minutes trying in futility to pull up a file I needed on the cloud without success. Incredibly frustrating. More recently, even trying to transfer a file from an app like notability to this one has caused PDF expert to just close without actually receiving the file. I hope they fix these issues because it would be a pain to find a new app to use.
If only I can split the view within the app
by mrsockie on 2018/06/30 19:52
The product is wonderful. It is very easy to manage files, all nice selections of turning pages(vertical/horizontal), writing notes; it is a great app to read papers and books for students. If there is any bit of part that is lacking, then i would like to say the split view. Of course with this app, you can multi-task. However if i want to read two books at the same time, especially when one is for reference, I have to export one of the books to another pdf reading app and multi-task these two apps to have two books in my sight simultaneously. This is a bit of a hassle. As a owner of a 12.9” ipad - with a large screen, in-app split view would be a great option. Anyways, other than this small issue, everything is perfect.
This App is a SCAM !!!
by RickDS_iPad on 2020/01/14 06:25
2 years ago, this developer made my Version 5 pro unusable by forcing everyone to pay $10 to get version 6, then 1 year later, they force you to pay another $10 to get so-called "new" edit tool. Now, This developer got even more greedy. In 2019 August, this unethical company is ripping and scamming thousands of their customers off by removing all the basic and Pro features that we already paid for and forcing you to this expensive $50 annual subscription! Are you kidding me? Is this even legal? Why can't you add another $8 in-app purchase for the new features? Apple should launch an investigation on their unethical practice. How can you void or nullify the features we have had and force us to pay $50 yearly to get back the features we had? If you want subscription model, create a separate app to do that! You cannot make the upgrade to void all the features we paid for. This is a scam! I just paid the Pro version 3 months ago! After upgrade, everything doesn't work! This is fraud!
App is now useless
by MEP200 on 2019/09/12 03:27
Years ago they with me to add a few features that I needed to use the app for annotating papers and to take full advantage of Apple’s pencil. The result was an app that really stood out for me. Unfortunately, the latest update is a huge step back. It is clearly designed to make folks upgrade to the pro version and your subscription plan (which I will never do). However, the biggest problem is that the new version is very slow now and I can barely use it on my first generation iPad Pro. I restarted the device but no help. I then realized that my wife on her iPad (same model) still had the last version of the app. I deleted it from my iPad, extracted the old app from my wife’s iPad and transferred it to my tablet using iAmazing. However, when I did that the version that opens on my iPad is again the new one. Thank you very much for this enormous improvement. Either you give me back the old version of this now unusable app or I will need to find another PDF annotation program that I can use again.
Loved it, now my files are held hostage
by overitforreal on 2020/07/30 08:39
I’ve used this app for almost three years to save and organize scholarly research articles for graduate school. I loved everything about it. Now I’m completing my capstone project and I can no longer upload anything new unless I pay 50 dollars a year for services I already had access to before. I cannot even highlight passages. No warning was given to me prior to this change. On top of that, several of my most important files are now unretrievable due to being corrupted when I decided to save them to the cloud so I could pick them up on other devices. I intended to keep this essential library of research into my professional career, and now the only way for me to do that (and complete my capstone project) is to painstakingly re download each article onto a new app. This would not be so infuriating if I had been given notice of the upcoming changes.
“Upgrade” disabled functionality, Readdle won’t fix it
by David F-Arkansas on 2019/09/19 11:57
I purchased PDF Expert: PDF Editor in January, 2018 for $9.99 and have the iTunes purchase receipt. I used the package occasionally to edit or redact PDFs, and it worked very well. About a month ago, I opened the package and it wouldn’t work. When I tried to edit or redact, it offered me a “free trial” teaser leading to a $50/year subscription. I tried “restore purchases” which didn’t work, then contacted Readdle. We’ve been back and forth on this for 3 weeks, but their final message on the topic appears to be “Screw you.” It is unimaginable to me that a company would “upgrade” a software package (named PDF EDITOR), removing its core capability, and try to get me to pay an outrageous upcharge to restore the functionality that I ALREADY PAID FOR. This is the most customer-hostile money grab that I’ve seen in a long time. While I really liked the software, I now hate this company, I’ll never buy anything from them again and I’ll do everything I can to discourage anyone else from doing so.
Needs a little tweeking
by Kmnjsn on 2018/11/11 20:17
I normally would give it 5 star but since IOS updated to 11, i have noticed it frequently freezes and crashes when importing files from another app. Forces you to kill the app more than once because of how it freezes before a crash. Sometimes when you reopen it, the file you were importing is still there and sometimes you have to go find it. It is integrated with multiple cloud accounts and works with safari as well as other file manager apps. I was lucky to have first downloaded it on a promo day when it was free and i have used it ever since. I strongly recommend for Ipad users. It actually offers more than adobe does and (for me it is free) but for those who purchase the app i assume the features would also be free. Also works very well on the iphone. Must have for PDFs hands down. This is my go to.
Last update
by Hang10jesus on 2019/11/26 19:51
I use this application on a daily basis for college. I can take notes and read text books perfectly. I frequently switch from one pdf file to another while taking notes and studying. After the last update, when using the app, the top tool bar disappears and I am unable to switch to a different file. I have to close the app completely and reopen it for the tool bar to reappear. Also while taking notes, the app seems to forget that I have the pen tool selected in annotate mode. I have to tap the pen tool again to continue writing. Even though the last update was made to optimize the app, it has become less efficient then the previous update. Edit: new update installed, issue with not being able to open different files has gotten more persistent... the tool bar disappears and I cannot go back and forth from different pdf files. I must close the app completely and reopen it to restore the tool bar. Very frustrating when taking notes for class.
Long time user upgrading from version 6
by Tariqaa2001 on 2019/10/03 12:32
I’m a long time user who purchased the full app capabilities along time ago and i use this app on a daily basis & i wouldn't know what to do without it, i held on upgrading to the new version for a while until things settled down because i use this app for my studying and i cannot afford any mistakes. Version 7 is great Upgrading is alone worth it just for the dark mode Editing tools have changed in position which was annoying the first few days but you get used to it and its fine now, i can’t tell what else is new and if you’re thinking that you’ll miss new things if you stay on ver.6, you’re not missing anything major other than a facelift for the app itself. There is a bit of delay when switching to another app and going back -the pdf is blurry for a couple of seconds- which i hope is a bug As for pdf editing if you purchased the capability before i can confirm that its still in the app without a subscription I don’t know if the subscription strategy will work but honestly i liked buying a new version every couple of years and i was fine with that, but i wouldn't pay 50$/yr, but if there was a cheaper tip jar or lower priced level, i will in-fact purchase the full version if it becomes available on the store
Had this app for years, now all of a sudden I have to pay a subscription to even use it
by Mlwrnp on 2020/08/31 04:26
I purchased this app years ago ($8 maybe?) and was using it every day until yesterday. Now I suddenly can’t edit PDFs I was editing just yesterday because I’m being prompted to pay for a subscription. I’m not doing any heavy duty work, I’m just essentially filling out paperwork, but apparently I need to pay $50 a year to do this. I thought when you purchased an app, that’s for life. It was until yesterday, I guess. I should be able to do the same things I’ve been doing for years and be given the OPTION to upgrade if I want, but it won’t even let me make a single mark with my Apple Pencil. I’m extremely frustrated because now, instead of getting work done, I have to find a new PDF editing app. I never write negative reviews, but I’m extremely upset by this. I’d be happy to find out that this is just a misunderstanding and my functions will be restored in an update or something like that. Until then... bye readdle.
New “service” model unworkable for us
by Josh-IT on 2019/10/08 18:29
Prior to this update, we would purchase the app for $10 for new hires. We have this installed on dozens of devices and we’ve been very happy with it. With the latest update, the stamp and signature functionality has been locked behind a $10 PER MONTH subscription. So for 1 month, we can now get all the functionality we had permanently for the same price before. This is especially difficult as our employees use their own Apple IDs to manage their devices, so previously we could just use a gift card to purchase the app. That doesn’t work for a subscription. As a medium-sized business, we simply cannot afford to spend hundreds of dollars per month for functionality that we were able to pay a flat fee for before. We will be looking for alternatives as I assume they will not be changing their model. Incredibly frustrating as we had multiple workflows built around their functionality. Would love to be educated if I am missing something.
Original adopters don’t matter.
by Cesarg2199 on 2019/08/14 03:33
How can an app and a company completely disregard the original adopters and users of an app that they PAID FOR $10 be treated as the same as new incoming members who can download the app for free? I have long used your suite of apps in my daily college life but there are alternatives out there. I just can’t support a company that doesn’t care about their longtime user base, the ones that got them to where they are now in the first place just now out of nowhere start demanding a $50 year subscription fee to use some features they already had and to gain further access to their new ones. No free upgrade or even a discount. I recognize the fact that the subscription model is more profitable, but to demand the same subscription fee as any incoming user of the original user base is just unacceptable to me. I’ll be deleting this app along with the other suite of apps the company has. I’m seriously disappointed in how they went about doing things and have certainly lost my business.
From best to worst
by Paniusk on 2018/07/09 18:25
This has been my favorite app since I discovered it, and recommended it to many people. But, now it became a nightmare. It keeps creating a second file (which are corrupted) for most of my files. Every time I open the app, files on iCloud have to be redownloaded again, this never happened before. And when trying to download them the app crashes. And it does so constantly. There is a constant shuffling of files, appearing, disappearing and then appearing, but only to be downloaded again. This has made it very difficult to use the app. Also, open documents don’t stay open as they used to. When you look for them on the open tabs on top they are not there anymore. I was counting on an update that would fix these bugs, but it seems that it’s only getting worse. I rearely write reviews, but it seems that reviews are helpful to know what userers are experiencing with the app. I hope these issues are fixed soon so that I can enjoy the great app PDF Expert used to be.
Greedy app devs. Spent 20$ and still have to pay 50/ a year for bonus features
by PolishPaczki on 2019/11/23 13:10
I like the app, I get that pdf apps are huge in business but as a student who spent 20$ (10$ then another 10$ for more features), I can’t even have an option to personalize the tool bar of pen and highlighting colors and anything else I need. That feature is an extra 50$ a year and if they added that feature into the 20$ I already spent I’d be very happy. I get that pdf conversion should be hidden behind a pay wall but the fact that I can’t even customize my own tool bar to save me plenty of extra time switching between the MAX 6 highlighting colors is very annoying. I have a system that needs 8/9 colors and it’s such a hassle and a pain to switch between them all the time. If y’all add this feature and stop being greedy I’ll rate 5 star but now I’m just debating a refund. If you’re a student look elsewhere, we’re already broke and their nickel and dimming you for basic features is annoying.
One little suggestion
by 枫263 on 2021/05/02 22:39
Very great app. I use it to read book and papers all the time. Very nice annotation tools. A little suggestion: It would be very nice if there could be a function to disable the drag bar on the right-hand side. I usually use the right hand to scroll the page when reading. Very often touched the scroll bar by accident, and the page suddenly jump to somewhere. It is very bad experience because it would break the thought process and take me time to get back to the current page. Also it would be nice to remove the “dead zone” on top of the page where if you touch it by accident, it jumps directly to the starting of document. I actually can think of any practical usage of this function, other than disrupt the reading.
Best PDF App
by extwentyseven on 2018/09/01 13:32
I love this app. Other apps have had some good features, but this one has the most for me. Two things it’s lacking that o left behind in other apps are the ability to pull up two separate PDFs side by side (I can fake this by using the Readdle Documents App in a second window) and I wish I had more color options in the color picker like GoodReader had. Aside from those, this app’s UI feels better than the others did when I was using them and they aware so quick to update. Plus I already used the Scanner app from Readdle and now this allows me to really easily add pages to a pdf by scanning. I also have it on my iMac and the ability to work on iPhone, iPad, and iMac seamlessly is a HUGE plus. Worth the money for sure!
READ False Advertisement All Day READ
by False ad Please read on 2020/05/09 14:30
The product is mediocre compared to things you can get for free anyways but here was the kicker for me. I started using this software for the editor to pdf invoicing. I use a MacBook, IPad, and iPhone Pro as many cross reference these devices as Apple has been notorious in setting up there devices to be used this way. So I started off on my computer downloaded the software, then connected them and used the app. It was a free trial for a week and then was 50/year. I make a couple invoices and my trial ends and I’m charged for the year and get on my Mac which is now telling me my trial has ended? I contact support who informs me that each platform has its own license fee? Ha, gimmick all day. So you pay 90 for the Mac a year 50 for the iPhone and I don’t even wanna see what the iPad says. So you need 3 different licenses to make this actually work! Let’s talk about a company that has a clue shall we? Microsoft 365, you purchase a license and it can be used on each device! It’s 100 / year and it’s clear as day for a license that can be used on iPad iPhone and a Mac. Nothing about it is a secret. This company is false advertisement all day deceiving you to think it is a one time subscription fee without informing you there is a subscription fee for each device used so at the end of the day you pay what 300/year for a pdf editor? Got my laugh for the day when these are free all over the place.
Highlighter tool is very Bad!
by Leonard 93 on 2020/03/08 22:26
I felt forced to write here as after contacting and emailing screenshots of the problems with its highlighter pens to them, still not seeing any fix or, improvements to the flexible highlighter pen! It is high time they fixed it. # Highlighter pen Problem: Highlighted marks fall on top of the words and for that reason, the words in the page become opaque, hard to see. In every other apps like microsoft onenote, goodnote etc. the highlighter marks fall under the words making the words stand out, look really highlighted, no matter how many times you highlight them. But in pdfexpert, paradoxically, highlighter marks make the words look less visible. You can only better see the colors on top of the words, not very good the words themselves, the very reason we highlight! Also, highlighter marks are also distorted when you try to erase something close to the highlighted marks. In addition, when zoomed in into a page, then highlighted something, then zoom out, the highlighter mark/field become distorted, especially, some edges of the mark/field disappear! There are these three main issues that has been disturbing me for this one and half year with this app. Quick focus is imperative. I hope they look over the other apps I mentioned, fix it soon as I am feeling irate at this stage after following up with them through several emails with screenshots quite a while ago.
I guess I’m not “pro” enough...
by ryannosaurus... on 2019/10/21 22:21
... to spend $50/year on a .pdf app. I used version 6 somewhat regularly, and was surprised when I opened it and found it had updated to a new version 7. A new version 7 that requires a monthly subscription to access the features I’d already paid to unlock in version 6. See, I’m not against subscriptions - WHEN THEY MAKE SENSE. I have plenty of subscriptions now: Netflix, Apple Music, business apps that offer online connectivity (read: hosting costs), online access to my security systems (read: more hosting costs), and several others. Does PDF Expert have any server-side or hosting costs to justify a subscription, or new creative content being added, or anything besides regular software updates? No? Then no thanks. For me, regular software updates do not justify a $50/year subscription to this mobile app. Even assuming there’s a major release every year, $50 is an awfully steep price for a mobile .pdf editor. Especially since that same subscription replaces what I’d already purchased a *license to use* (I know I didn’t own it), then I lost by updating. So I opened the app, and tried to do they few piddly things I needed to do. After the second time the “Upgrade to PRO!” popup appeared, I uninstalled. Lesson here: turn off automatic App updates and read reviews before updating manually.
Loss of features
by Mark Stoneman on 2020/07/10 05:17
Updates of this app removed features unless one ponies up a lot more money. Suddenly the Pro version I paid for (PDF editing) is downgraded to Basic. I particularly hate how they removed the useful feature of being able to mark up PDFs by simply inserting and deleting text. There was no attempt to explain the decision-making process here, unlike with many other apps that went the subscription route. Maybe the fee they are charging is still fair in the subscription model context, but they've lost my trust. (By way of comparison, Ulysses let legacy users subscribe at about half their general subscription price.) The Basic version of the app is still rock solid, and I recommend it as one of the available options. But I'm no longer enthusiastic about it. I also don't how well the Pro features work these days.
Pro user of PE6 still retain their features
by palm12345 on 2019/08/08 09:21
I was at first very frustrated with Readdle with the release of PE7 because I assumed I would be forced to pay 50/yr to retain features I already paid for. I am less mad though after doing some research. It seems that the pro users of PE6 still retain all of the features they purchased (excluding the ability to have two pens or markers). We get grandfathered in it seems — where new users have to pay 50 yr to have our features we only had to pay 20 dollars. It also seems that the only benefit pro users get in updating to the new pro tier in PE7 is: conversion of office files in-app, reduce file size option, and customize toolbar. These aren’t worth 50/yr IMO. If pro users of PE6 do upgrade to the new pro tier of PE7 we’d become the losers because then we would have to pay 70 dollars in total (if you Include the 20 we paid in PE6) where new users only had to pay 50. In short, pro PE6 users can update without consequence (excluding the lack of ability to have two pens and markers). I am still extremely disappointed in Readdle’s decision to move to such an absurd pricing strategy (as I think most are), but I think I will be content using the app as-is for my time in college. I will never pay 50/yr.
Excellent work! (With a feature request)
by mahyo.com on 2018/05/30 02:20
Dear Readdle, I’m a fan of your apps like PDF expert and Spark. Thanks for your excellent work. PDF expert is intuitive, fast, sufficient for all PDF annotating and reviewing tool for me relative to other PDF viewing/editing tools in the market currently. I highly recommend for someone if you are looking for a decent PDF application on your iPad. Give it a try. You won’t regret, hardly. Feature Request: 1. While viewing paper sized PDF on my iPad 9.7, I felt uncomfortable about the fact that every time I have to adjust the size of the page shown on the screen. I want the page of my PDF fully shown, without the hinder of the Toolbar. Can I adjust this in Settings? I really like to have an option how PDF Expert opens a PDF files with certain levels of zooms, like I can do choose “Fit to Width” “Fit to Height” “100%” ... options in PC pdf viewers. 2. When I draw on the pages of my pdf files with my Apple Pencil, I feel like the lines and characters written isn’t as smooth as I feel in other apps. Hmm, hard to explain but I would say sentences hand-written in PDF expert doesn’t look so pretty? Wish this feature request help to enhance the usability of already fascinating application, PDF Expert!
LAG! And lost features. And now expensive.
by dtemple11 on 2019/10/20 18:02
UPDATE: I’m changing from 2 stars to 1. PDF Expert 6 was one of my favorite productivity apps, and absolutely central to my workflow. Readdle has always put out well thought out, well engineered software until now. They took a great app, scrapped it, released something all new, completely different, and unbelievably buggy, and added a $50/yr subscription price! I find new bugs every day, and it literally makes me angry every time I work with it. Trying to find an alternative app to change to, but it takes time to completely redo one’s workflow. Maybe they will decide to eat crow and roll back to the old app and pricing before I (and many others I suspect) find something else. —————————————————————————————— This app is the single most important tool in my daily workflow. I didn’t expect this update to castrate the app. Constant lag and stuttering makes it almost unusable. In addition, tasks have been made more difficult: There used to be a sidebar shortcut for Synced Folders; now I have to navigate there from the My Files screen = more taps (and more waiting for lag.) I suppose I’m fortunate in having paid for the app previously, so that I don’t have to swallow a $50/yr subscription, and I only lose a few features by not doing so. I sincerely hope the developer fixes the bugs, and backtracks on a few misguided changes.
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