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pdf expert: PDF Reader, Editor
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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
It is not free!!!
by SaschaAZ on 2020/10/29 18:07
I am disappointed, there is no price on it and when I wanted to convert a picture to pdf it won’t do it without a high subscription. $50 or more a year for just converting pics to pdf your are kidding. Every computer does that for free! And I feel that there is a fraudulent behavior, because there was no price on the get it bottom and when I clicked on it it said: payment processing! Now I do not know if I got something charged? They are waistline my time, if I get charged something, I rat them out as fraud to the BBB ... NOT A GREAT START!
Crap
by Klam1980 on 2020/10/29 09:44
I used this app for years. It holds all my menus from restaurants you now have to scan the QR code. Now it has changed to a subscription app?? Uninstalled.
Love the app BUT...
by OVUONG on 2020/10/29 01:12
I purchasedThe desktop version of this app thinking that I will be able to have the iOS version but I was wrong. Apparently if I wanted to have the iOS version I have to fork over more money for things I’ve already paid for. I’ve noticed that App developers are doing this more and more. Forcing customers to buy into a desktop app and a mobile version of that app as two separate applications. Smaller developers aren't even doing this. Buy the app once and you are free to access mobile or desktop that's the expectation, not a blatant money grab like this.
Nagged me for a rating
by Copishwit on 2020/10/28 16:22
Not a good idea
Huh
by Backpacker 048 on 2020/10/28 04:26
Yyyy
1 Star for Trying to Upsell Previously Paid Customers.
by the-simplicated on 2020/10/28 00:11
Your greed has no bounds. Uninstalled.
Terrible iCloud Integration
by estoughton on 2020/10/27 23:09
Every time I open the iCloud folder, the app re-downloads the contents making it impossible to use offline. The app also won't let me sync a handful of iCloud folders the way it enables with Dropbox. I'd like to be able to use iCloud with PDF Expert, but I am sort of forced to continue using Dropbox.
No rotate in free version
by Da sizzla on 2020/10/27 20:07
Rotate should be included in free for viewing purposes.
Crash
by emiiz505 on 2020/10/27 17:30
I can’t get this app to open even when I install each new update. It just doesn’t go to the Home Screen and crashes. It’s been like this for weeks and I really need to get to my documents. I’m scared to delete it and redownload because I don’t want my files to be gone.
Sometimes the application crashes
by Monster attacks on 2020/10/27 08:03
I really like this PDF editor application and I might consider it as one of the best. However there’s appears to be a glitch where every time I switch between apps the application crash. Is there a possibility of fixing this? Thank you
They took away a main feature in PE6
by lionlies on 2020/10/27 01:09
2 pens and 2 markers feature are gone!!! I bought PDF Expert 6 pro, was satisfied with the product and the pro features. While I have no problem with subscription model, except for the price is too high, I still don’t accept they were telling customers they didn’t take away any feature bought in PE6, yet, the 2 pens and 2 markers feature were taken away unless you subscribe, seriously damaged my workflow. 2020/10/27 update: The company keeps apologizing for inconvenience it made to customers, and suggests customers might want to write emails to get problems solved. Sounds responsible, right? The problems never get fixed, features are still taken away. Disappointed.
Solid and convenient....
by justfortherecord on 2020/10/26 15:28
This app has done everything I expected of it. The only issue I have had is a rare drop out of a colored jpg visible on screen but not appearing on a print on the desktop version, but I’m locked into an older OS because of robust legacy hardware, so could just as easily be a print driver problem.
You bug me to rate, you get 1 star
by gaderson on 2020/10/25 22:42
Ok app, markup nice to have, mostly use to view PDFs.
Liked before, not anymore.
by ubeeeeer on 2020/10/25 03:53
Please have option to used custom fonts as you used text function as before.
Great
by theBuggser on 2020/10/24 22:28
A very useful and easy to use app!
Trying to upsell its pro version makes it look ugly
by Kostas1993 on 2020/10/24 20:54
The app is in general easy to use and has a lot of annotation features. Sometimes, it crashes or it won’t load files from cloud storage. But, the most important problem is that they try to sell the unreasonably expensive pro version and they have integrated these ads throughout the app giving a bad experience. They should have made it as an add-on or a separate app. Remove these crappy ads from the main app.
The Best
by Allahisgreat11 on 2020/10/24 09:48
You are the Best . Thank you
A great help
by JazzieT on 2020/10/24 01:08
I love this app. I have been using it for about six years! I loveto mark up documents in here!
Change the icon color
by arkar.akz on 2020/10/22 21:47
Please change the app icon design or color. We need change.
Jujubes
by kmo mmk de jnnjk job bhjn on 2020/10/21 23:33
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Awesome and easy
by Patricia Kuna Tabachuk REALTOR on 2020/10/21 16:46
I love this app. Easy and inexpensive.
No text-to-speech?
by bluiflip on 2020/10/20 22:59
Would love to have the text-to-speech ability like in the iPadOS version. I feel this would easily be a welcomed addition considering my iPhone is my primary listening device.
Fk u
by jason bronzew on 2020/10/20 15:24
I’m not paying for ur bs
Bug: does not display latex generated PDFs
by SuperBarmaley on 2020/10/20 15:10
Hi, used to be a great app. A couple of weeks ago stopped displaying latex generated PDFs (Mac Tex and overleaf). Adobe acrobat reads them just fine. Latest iOS and app version. Please please fix.
Wish there was at least a little bit of Free Usage
by tommybbbdbdbd on 2020/10/20 14:15
You have to pay to do pretty much anything... 50/year
Bought by mistake
by Iffhjdsbrs on 2020/10/20 01:22
Bought this app by mistake. Got upset but kept it. I think I used it more times than I thought I would even though I have Adobe. Great app. Thank you so much.
Ripoff
by Jock Lohn on 2020/10/19 21:58
Paid top dollar for this app last year. Now pulling this subscription bs on top of a lot. I dropped Fantastical 2 after pulling this shortly after purchasing it. I will reject every one of them that turn to greed. Just imagine the cost of all the apps we use annually if they elect to go this path. Exceptional service is continually being kept just out of reach, luring one to pay more and more.
Value buy
by ssatti123 on 2020/10/19 00:04
Best ever pdf app, worth every penny
Excellent application for banking
by Saddle Bag on 2020/10/18 23:54
The best record keeping application I have on my iPad. Very easy to see what’s happening with my cash flow.
Not recommended
by jennyrichards on 2020/10/18 15:19
Terrible app unable to edit any docs without having to jump though hoops.
Can’t search for specific words in PDFs
by MagesticOutlook on 2020/10/18 06:11
This is a popular app but I couldn’t do a simple word search on my PDFs. When I need to find something in a long PDF, I’m often doing a search for a keyword or a sentence fragment in order to see where that word appears. This is a very helpful feature to me and I use it all the time on my desktop. But the iPad is the tool that I use for studying, and it’s inconvenient when a PDF reader app doesn’t have this simple feature. If it does have it, then it’s nowhere that I could find it. I really hope the ability to search for words within a PDF gets added because it would help a lot.
Does less than notability for 5x the price
by A guy syncing phones on 2020/10/18 03:58
$49.99 per year subscription. Those words should be enough to tell you “do not use.” For $10, you can get a far, far more powerful app in Notability to mark up files and save and export them as PDFs. The subscription model is terrible. Why would I pay 5x the price over and over again every year for this app? I wouldn’t pay $50 one time for a lifetime license.
Disappointed Updates
by meigardtifi on 2020/10/17 19:35
It was a great app. But, for some reason, the developers are removing the useful features from the app.
Pdf corrupted time & again
by Paramuu on 2020/10/15 15:54
Actually this is problem I with pdf expert. A day before my exam pdf corrupted. 😭
Favorite PDF reader
by welsonsun on 2020/10/12 21:52
This is my favorite PDF reader on all apple devices! However, the latest update introduced a bug: close the app will close the opened document! You have to reopen the doc after resuming the app.
Great
by mudfoot5 on 2020/10/12 14:21
Good program
Bought years ago and used for years, now done.
by Undercover doc on 2020/10/11 22:24
I bought this program years ago (the pro version) and used it daily for schoolwork. Now I suddenly find that some of the core functionality it used to have is gone, or rather behind a 50 dollar subscription paywall. When a consumer BUYS software (not a subscription model), the expectation is that it is for life. You understand that at some point the developer will stop updating it and support will dwindle. But here we have a currently developed program, with functionality that I have paid for suddenly withdrawn unless I buy into an expensive subscription model. I can understand if future updates were limited to subscribed customers, but to actually take away features I had bought the program for...that’s seriously unethical. Goodbye readdle.
Can’t live without it !
by Sphinx2512 on 2020/10/11 20:13
It’s simple can’t live without out
It should be illegal
by Curie97 on 2020/10/11 18:40
Hi I originally purchased this app for about 10 dollars and later on, i payed an extra 10 dollars to unlock editing options; which was a good deal considering how convinient the app is and I was quite happy with it. But recently a new update has been released. After upgrading to the new version , I noticed that I can no longer access or use the features I had paid for. I believe it should be illegal to ban me from using the features that i have purchased already simply because a new update has arrived. I would truly appreciate it if you could address this problem . Sincierly Ehsan Mousavi
So easy and intuitive
by esark33 on 2020/10/11 17:21
Just filled out, signed, and emailed a PDF received via email easy as pie. You’d think that’s not a big deal nowadays but you’d be mistaken. Feature bloat and over complication in other apps diminishes the user experience. Thanks Readdle. Spark integration makes it even better.
REVIEW
by Glo Val on 2020/10/11 08:04
Great
another Apple money grab
by brickerhaus on 2020/10/11 02:52
I bought this app and now it is useless. Shame on you for ruining the ecosystem Apple. This moves me closer to not going with an iPad Pro but a Surface tablet. The one good way to make PDFs. Not anymore. Don’t get this app.
Not yet the ultimate one
by hraq on 2020/10/10 18:02
I don’t know how much it will cost the developer to add tabs to the iPhone version of this app.My iPhone is with large screen iPhone 11 pro max and I can not enjoy switching Between documents via the tabs Also can not split view of one document like the macOS version of the app It is not the ultimate pdf program as claimed
a request
by pretty nice but on 2020/10/09 01:20
make it optional when clearing out the annotations. Let us choose which one to remove as a whole when removing the annotations, not the entire. ex) clear out only the black pens, clear out only the highlighters
Good app but lags
by Gargantus on 2020/10/08 20:03
Somehow after reading a section of a paper all the next pages become blank. It forces you to completely shut down the app from memory and reopen it. It’s very annoying. If you can fix this I would give 5 stars
Broken on ios14 as of 08 October 2020
by D Stag on 2020/10/08 15:58
Currently will not email anything from within the program.
Ugggh
by starrmcqune on 2020/10/08 13:06
Why can’t I unscripted this purchase 🤦🏽‍♀️ I just want a refund.
A good PDF app gone wrong due to shameless greed
by nickynickr on 2020/10/07 22:10
This was a very good PDF reader and annotation app that I used to use everyday for studying my textbooks. In the latest major update they have removed the ability to have custom pens and tools in one toolbar and you can only get it back for 50$! Or you must waste your time navigating different toolbars. This makes the app practically useless for me and some of my friends who also used to love this app. Their latest update is simply a very disgusting effort to make you purchase their app again for 50 dollars. Oh and did I tell you this is a subscription service now? 50 dollars each year for a PDF reader app! It’s ridiculous really. Me and my brother and some friends have not used this app since the changes I described and have fortunately found alternative apps that we like more than this one actually. So I thank the developers for that.
Amazing for my homework
by Dana Draft on 2020/10/07 06:05
Now we have online school because of karona so we always have to fill in PDFs
I love this app, my favorite PDF reader,
by NityanandaChandra on 2020/10/07 03:17
You guys make excellent apps. I love the white font on black. I love the auto sync folders. Thank you thank you.
Bad app fails to authenticate no tech support
by aruaq on 2020/10/06 23:28
Fails to authenticate and no tech support
Great pdf reader
by احمديان on 2020/10/06 16:50
Yes yes, please support the right to left scrolling. My language is right to left too.
Password
by CUSTOMPROXX08 on 2020/10/06 07:48
I’m forget my password but I don’t reset my password
Outstanding App
by cjprofman on 2020/10/05 12:46
I use this app every day, finding it invaluable to my work. The team keeps the app up to date, adds new features, and works flawlessly.
Make the PDF Expert more perfect and stronger by ...
by IR MANSON on 2020/10/05 10:34
The language of a large number of the users are from right to left so we expect the Readdle team make the PDF Expert more perfect and stronger by supporting the right to left scrolling. Because the language of our documents are right to left, the excellent PDF Expert is useless for us, instead I am using “PDF Viewer” App for that kind of documents. So It will be very precious if you support the right to left scrolling.
PDF
by rollin Matt.24 on 2020/10/04 21:03
It’s terrific!!
It said 7 day free trial
by Tommyapplesauce on 2020/10/04 09:28
Then it charges me 49.99 usd for a year’s worth of subscription...what in the actual hell is thus all about!? Not even an option to go for a lower prive or at least just a month...but the app prompts you to try for 7 days free then bills you the yearly amount. Only when you go to your subscriptions through the appstore do you see the subscription tiers but by then it is too late...they’ve already billed you...i wish i could rate this app lower
Como Abogado, PDF EXPERT es un asistente perfecto
by BERCHAV on 2020/10/04 06:13
Manejo de documentos, historia y jurisprudencia, como si fuera tener mi oficina en la mano
Noice
by rondomofo on 2020/10/03 18:33
Dawg
PDF is great
by chickadee102 on 2020/10/03 15:52
Very helpful method to keep files in order and access quickly!
Great App
by GLsafety12 on 2020/10/02 11:26
I have been using PDF Expert for 6 years for my business. I could not be more happy with e performance.
Useful, intelligent app
by mr azy on 2020/10/01 13:57
I’m a physician. I use this app to read journal articles, highlight useful info and save the paper in self-organized files for later reference. The app can also convert web pages to pdf format for similar purposes. No bugs. Clean. Functional.
Best PDF reader and editor
by UID621863 on 2020/10/01 06:05
Have been using PDF expert on my Mac for years. It’s definitely the best PDF app I’ve ever used! Recently got an iPad, still loving everything about this app. The only thing that could be improved is the handwriting. I’m using an Apple Pencil. There’s a always a tiny lag and the it doesn’t write as smoothly as other apps on iPad (notability does a better job in my opinion). Hope the team would consider working on that!
Excellent app, just NOT worth 50$/year
by jesancho on 2020/09/30 15:59
I love this app and have been using it for some years now, so, why 1 star? (Important to know, I’m on an iPad Pro) 1. I paid full price for the app and some time later they “improved” it with a paid service... that’s just disrespectful to your previous clients (if any one coming new, you know what you getting into). UPDATE: Restored my purchase last month and was functional with my original one time purchase, now today I open it after upgrade to ipados14 and well guess what, can’t restore and they want again I pay for what already paid year ago.... Apple Inc should do something about this guys... 2. It’s a yearly payment sub, while its mac full version can be paid in full for lifetime (I paid around 40$ for 3 lifetime ones with student discount, and use it every single day) 3. 10$ somewhat for a buggy app is ok if the benefits are good enough, but NOT ACCEPTABLE if you pay 50$... a year!.... that was my go to reason to pay, I thought the “Pro” version would fix the buggs, man was I wrong... 3.2 the app is not just buggy, it’s a whole bugg itself, constantly crashes (at least twice a day, in 10pages pdf’s.... not like the huge 100’s of ages ones that take about 15min to load, freeze and immediately crashes and closes the app ), loosing usually the last 5-10min of work (at least not that much); constantly freezes for a few sec and has what seems like “forever” lagg in apple pencil inputs(so much tech for lagg improvement in the pencil for.... well... nothing I guess) 4. Text editing in pdf? What a joke... once you delete one single letter or anything in the text, everything messes up! So NO! You CAN NOT really edit in an efficient and productive way any pdf unless you use the computer version (And not that great either) What do I love? Sync! It really syncs nice with the clouds, everything I do in my iPad or Mac will be in the other device in no time (just don't open the same file at the same time, that’s a no no hahaha)
A must App
by JonRoc on 2020/09/30 13:01
My experience with this App is beyond my expectations. Simple put; An outstanding App indeed.
Won’t open
by Phx1099 on 2020/09/29 20:39
So frustrating - can’t get it to open after repeated tries!
this is exceptional app, one suggestion: remember view setting per doc
by qqoripyo on 2020/09/29 20:03
all three view settings(horizontal, vertical scroll, two pages) are all useful depending on the doc’s nature, so it’ll be very nice if the app remembered which setting I read the doc before and view it accordingly
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by Mitusjwj on 2020/09/29 16:06
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One little suggestion
by 枫263 on 2020/09/29 15:57
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.
Offline mode doesnt work
by Emilsome on 2020/09/29 12:22
I was really excited about this app but its offline functionality is disappointingly subpar. Even if you “sync” a folder for offline use, you will still have to wait for the file to “load”, for a long time in the case of larger, textbook size files.
The app is crashing
by Mr.Malteezer on 2020/09/29 09:00
First time the apps was so awesome for using but now it hold me back from focusing on my lectures because it crash so much!!!!!!!
Great APP
by Guitarman93301 on 2020/09/28 18:13
A must have
The Best!
by shokly on 2020/09/28 12:49
I use a lot of their products and they are superior to other products out there.
Don’t update !!
by Hossein-Samani on 2020/09/28 08:29
Do not update - your PDFs will not open - please check for application problems.
All Perfect...
by Andrés F. Jllo. on 2020/09/27 09:14
All Perfect...
Amazing app
by HighPointClass on 2020/09/27 08:18
Only complaint would be better labels or guides to tools.
Too expensive
by Rob-sea on 2020/09/27 06:41
Great app, I'm using the free version and would love to update but no way am I doing it for $50 per year subscription. Price seems unreasonable, sorry.
PDF expert app
by Maragatham.K.Sundar on 2020/09/26 23:03
This app is too good.
Great Program
by SoSoNotHsppy on 2020/09/26 06:43
Let’s me do things even Adobe PDF does not let you do
Search function?
by Hapa Power on 2020/09/26 04:32
Anything we can do to improve the search function for locating PDFs? Unfortunately searching by file name doesn’t work for me very often, just gets stuck on the spinning “searching . . .”.
The go-to PDF reader
by Abergsneider on 2020/09/26 04:14
Great app! Highly superior than Adobe Acrobat Pro
Frequent crashes
by nlndrsn on 2020/09/26 03:55
The app looked promising, however repeatedly crashed when I tried to zoom in on my file, rendering it useless.
Thanks For The Resize
by studioarts on 2020/09/25 23:38
I don’t know why but this is the only app I have that allows PDF text resize so I don’t have to zoom in & pan the pages around. Seems like the first thing you’d build into a reading app, particularly on phones, but somehow iBooks & Kindle ‘forgot’ this feature. We appreciate your consideration.
Ron
by Libyrexa on 2020/09/25 17:56
Great product
Corrupt files 90% of the time
by Marshall Capital on 2020/09/25 16:19
Corrupt files 90% of the time
Won’t Restore Previous Purchase
by Jo.Carl on 2020/09/25 15:12
I bought this app back in Dec 2018. With the recent updates within the last year, I somehow can’t restore that purchase. I haven’t heard back from support either.
Works Fine, but Battery Issues
by Bonanzabucks on 2020/09/25 13:51
The app works good and it has some good editing features. Problem is the battery drain, even when the app is closed and not being used. Checked my iPhone battery usuals and this app was open in the background even though I completely closed it. This has been an ongoing problem that the developers can’t seem to fix or are unwilling to.
AMAIZING
by kuhsvdlnkeackjbacskjb on 2020/09/25 01:09
I have been looking for an app like this for so long, I love it!! Also the stickers are incredible
Really useful
by C O N K E R on 2020/09/24 18:59
Nice to use! :D
Productivity Pack : Worth Every Penny!
by C Patel on 2020/09/24 12:27
This was my 5 star review many many years ago: Bought this pack years ago. Extremely happy with The Apps as well as support people (never had to wait for more than a few hrs for a reply with a solution) are fabulous. They have kept up with the updates and upgrades of their products with the evolving OSs. I am a big fan of Readdle Apps in Productivity Pack. 9/24/20 Providing the newer functions only to the "subscription" based apps is pure selfishness on the part of app makers. Money is not everything.
Yes
by Fireyourmd2day on 2020/09/23 19:56
The
Excellent and easy!!
by Lisipr126 on 2020/09/23 18:51
Excellent and easy:) love it
SO Convenient
by abs1222525555 on 2020/09/23 15:44
This app has everything I need and so easy to use with my laptop to get the documents I need to work on.
Amazing
by Michelleh_5 on 2020/09/23 13:44
This app is amazing for studying, writing notes on a notebook to PDF and easily switch between tools. Highly recommend!
Have used PDFExpert for years and will continue to!
by jseaburn on 2020/09/23 01:10
Ease of use, my files transferred to all my devices very simply, great layout and compatibility, what more can I say?!?
Very amazing app
by Ferido seifu on 2020/09/23 00:40
It is conveniently for student to submit homework.
Don’t Waste Your Money or Time
by Fuzzy114 on 2020/09/22 22:59
Read reviews and thought this PDF Reader/Editor (calling it an editor without Pro package is a joke) was a must have... Couldn’t even rotate a page without the up sell to Pro pitch... Would not recommend this app to anyone...
Great but...
by j3frea on 2020/09/22 17:32
How do you view what page of the PDF you are on? Also, I’d really love to see a floating highlighter toggle so I don’t have to leave full screen mode to start highlighting!
My favorite app
by Campmaster01 on 2020/09/22 17:05
Love using the app so easy to stay organized
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 2019/07/23 08:14
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.
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!
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😳
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).
No way to purchase app, can only be ‘rented’ for $50/year
by َٰ on 2020/07/12 12:36
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. 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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Changes+fixes Required for the New update.
by Wufamilyclan on 2019/09/30 19:37
Very nice dark mode ! ——- I’ve been using pdf expert for a long time. it is by far the most advanced pdf editing app available.. Overall, I like the new update (especially the Favorites tool bar) However, the New update is very unstable and crashes more frequently which deletes my work without saving.. very scary + frustrating..👎🏻 (Important)* The most problematic issue with this update is the Add/delete Rearranging pages fxn. Add/delete Rearranging pages automatically selecting current page really needs to be fixed!! Page layout tool for Rearranging pages automatically selects the current page I am at.. This is becoming extremely annoying for pdf over 100pages.. I have to remember to “Unselect” the current page every time I want to delete + rearrange pages /or the current page gets tagged along with the page I want to rearrange/delete.. Plz bring back: 1 Neon Green color 2 Dark blue color Blank page (Light blue color hurts my eyes 👎🏻) or more color options blank pages that doesn’t hurt my eyes.. It would be extremely awesome if you guys could make a “dark mode” theme. All the white color hurts my eyes.. + drains a lot of battery as well. Plz fix => 5 stars 👍🏻
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Update: Fixed? (Readle PDF expert holds your files hostage.)
by waikikiTed on 2020/05/17 21:20
Update: Perhaps the recent update fixed this issue that I referred to below. I hope it did. It seems as if it did. For that reason I’ve changed my rating from 0-3. One thing for sure, I don’t think I’ll ever update this app again for fear I lose my files and app usability again. Thank you for appearing to fix the issue for previously paid premium members. Original Rating; I’ve had a paid premium purchase that worked well for me. Now they’ve gone and change their business model to a paid subscription WITHOUT giving previously paid customers a ‘heads-up’ and notice that once they update the PDF Expert app, they’ll then lose access to every single one of their PDFs that they’ve ever made using this app. POOF! All gone. They could change the name of this app to ‘Readle-iculous PDF X-Pert’.
Unstable
by N_Toro on 2019/03/31 04:06
This app is having serious stability issues. I have been using it for over a year and I am a big fan. However, files are freezing, bookmarks are not working, and I am being forced to close and reopen the app several times. Today I emailed the login file to the support team. I’m hoping the problem gets fixed. I want to continue using this app because I don’t find any other app to compare. Maybe I reached the apps capability in terms of amount and size of files it can handle. This would be good to know from the app developer in order to use the app as efficiently as possible.I just deleted the app and will try to reload it and try once again. I probably lost all the files that I had stored. This was a desperate measure but I need this app to be working Monday morning. Hope this review helps developers in the audience.
Readdle Rocks, Rolls, Rules
by Darth Ridiculous on 2018/05/08 23:18
Seriously, everything this company produces is outstanding. I've purchased them all, so I know. They were also very responsive and helpful the one time I had an issue, which, I hasten to add, was purely the result of user error due to sleep deprivation. I especially like how well this app integrates with and complements another Readdle application, Documents. As a professor of rhetoric and writing, I use the two in tandem on a weekly basis in responding to student papers. The App Store Editors are not being hyperbolic — it IS as simple to revise a PDF as it is to use a word processor. In fact, I upload Word files to Documents and convert them to PDFs because doing so gives me more functionality (and thus options) with none of Word's frustrating bugginess.
Great App Poor Add-ons
by brywill32606 on 2018/08/09 01:04
Purchased this app for two ipad pros along with the add on pack, so initial 9.99 plus $10 (times 2). Excellent product would highly recommend. I also have a Adobe account so I was able to compare with Acrobat DC. I am Very satisfied with this app. Here's my gripe, I went to updates and there were 2 additional add-on packs, one was free,the other was the 11 Anniversary bundle. Of course I chose the free first. When I went back to purchase the 11 Anniversary bundle it denied me. I would have rather purchase the 11 Anniversary bundle first had I known I could only take advantage of one bundle. I contacted Read let directly and they advised me they couldn't help, they don't control what Apple offers in the bundles. For the lack of providing accurate information I am giving a 4 star rating.
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.
Update makes it painful to use
by TofuNatto on 2018/04/29 15:10
This is a great app and has served me well. However, the latest updates have made this app painfully buggy and slow. When highlighting text, there are times when, upon lifting my finger, the highlighted portion jumps from the proper selection to a sentence above. I then have to delete it and re-highlight. Sometimes i need to zoom out to full page to get it to work. The notes feature has been affected as well. When long pressing to create a note, it takes anywhere from 3-5 seconds for the options dialogue box to appear. Sometimes it it takes longer, and as i tap around to see what happens, the delay catches up and random selections have been made. Sometimes the note won't open. If the note is on the edge of the document, i tap on it, and it turns the page. This repeats. I zoom out to full page and the note disappears. I have to recreate it. This is a good app. Please fix these bugs!
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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
It is not free!!!
by SaschaAZ on 2020/10/29 18:07
I am disappointed, there is no price on it and when I wanted to convert a picture to pdf it won’t do it without a high subscription. $50 or more a year for just converting pics to pdf your are kidding. Every computer does that for free! And I feel that there is a fraudulent behavior, because there was no price on the get it bottom and when I clicked on it it said: payment processing! Now I do not know if I got something charged? They are waistline my time, if I get charged something, I rat them out as fraud to the BBB ... NOT A GREAT START!
Crap
by Klam1980 on 2020/10/29 09:44
I used this app for years. It holds all my menus from restaurants you now have to scan the QR code. Now it has changed to a subscription app?? Uninstalled.
Love the app BUT...
by OVUONG on 2020/10/29 01:12
I purchasedThe desktop version of this app thinking that I will be able to have the iOS version but I was wrong. Apparently if I wanted to have the iOS version I have to fork over more money for things I’ve already paid for. I’ve noticed that App developers are doing this more and more. Forcing customers to buy into a desktop app and a mobile version of that app as two separate applications. Smaller developers aren't even doing this. Buy the app once and you are free to access mobile or desktop that's the expectation, not a blatant money grab like this.
Nagged me for a rating
by Copishwit on 2020/10/28 16:22
Not a good idea
Huh
by Backpacker 048 on 2020/10/28 04:26
Yyyy
1 Star for Trying to Upsell Previously Paid Customers.
by the-simplicated on 2020/10/28 00:11
Your greed has no bounds. Uninstalled.
Terrible iCloud Integration
by estoughton on 2020/10/27 23:09
Every time I open the iCloud folder, the app re-downloads the contents making it impossible to use offline. The app also won't let me sync a handful of iCloud folders the way it enables with Dropbox. I'd like to be able to use iCloud with PDF Expert, but I am sort of forced to continue using Dropbox.
No rotate in free version
by Da sizzla on 2020/10/27 20:07
Rotate should be included in free for viewing purposes.
Crash
by emiiz505 on 2020/10/27 17:30
I can’t get this app to open even when I install each new update. It just doesn’t go to the Home Screen and crashes. It’s been like this for weeks and I really need to get to my documents. I’m scared to delete it and redownload because I don’t want my files to be gone.
Sometimes the application crashes
by Monster attacks on 2020/10/27 08:03
I really like this PDF editor application and I might consider it as one of the best. However there’s appears to be a glitch where every time I switch between apps the application crash. Is there a possibility of fixing this? Thank you
They took away a main feature in PE6
by lionlies on 2020/10/27 01:09
2 pens and 2 markers feature are gone!!! I bought PDF Expert 6 pro, was satisfied with the product and the pro features. While I have no problem with subscription model, except for the price is too high, I still don’t accept they were telling customers they didn’t take away any feature bought in PE6, yet, the 2 pens and 2 markers feature were taken away unless you subscribe, seriously damaged my workflow. 2020/10/27 update: The company keeps apologizing for inconvenience it made to customers, and suggests customers might want to write emails to get problems solved. Sounds responsible, right? The problems never get fixed, features are still taken away. Disappointed.
Solid and convenient....
by justfortherecord on 2020/10/26 15:28
This app has done everything I expected of it. The only issue I have had is a rare drop out of a colored jpg visible on screen but not appearing on a print on the desktop version, but I’m locked into an older OS because of robust legacy hardware, so could just as easily be a print driver problem.
You bug me to rate, you get 1 star
by gaderson on 2020/10/25 22:42
Ok app, markup nice to have, mostly use to view PDFs.
Liked before, not anymore.
by ubeeeeer on 2020/10/25 03:53
Please have option to used custom fonts as you used text function as before.
Great
by theBuggser on 2020/10/24 22:28
A very useful and easy to use app!
Trying to upsell its pro version makes it look ugly
by Kostas1993 on 2020/10/24 20:54
The app is in general easy to use and has a lot of annotation features. Sometimes, it crashes or it won’t load files from cloud storage. But, the most important problem is that they try to sell the unreasonably expensive pro version and they have integrated these ads throughout the app giving a bad experience. They should have made it as an add-on or a separate app. Remove these crappy ads from the main app.
The Best
by Allahisgreat11 on 2020/10/24 09:48
You are the Best . Thank you
A great help
by JazzieT on 2020/10/24 01:08
I love this app. I have been using it for about six years! I loveto mark up documents in here!
Change the icon color
by arkar.akz on 2020/10/22 21:47
Please change the app icon design or color. We need change.
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by kmo mmk de jnnjk job bhjn on 2020/10/21 23:33
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Awesome and easy
by Patricia Kuna Tabachuk REALTOR on 2020/10/21 16:46
I love this app. Easy and inexpensive.
No text-to-speech?
by bluiflip on 2020/10/20 22:59
Would love to have the text-to-speech ability like in the iPadOS version. I feel this would easily be a welcomed addition considering my iPhone is my primary listening device.
Fk u
by jason bronzew on 2020/10/20 15:24
I’m not paying for ur bs
Bug: does not display latex generated PDFs
by SuperBarmaley on 2020/10/20 15:10
Hi, used to be a great app. A couple of weeks ago stopped displaying latex generated PDFs (Mac Tex and overleaf). Adobe acrobat reads them just fine. Latest iOS and app version. Please please fix.
Wish there was at least a little bit of Free Usage
by tommybbbdbdbd on 2020/10/20 14:15
You have to pay to do pretty much anything... 50/year
Bought by mistake
by Iffhjdsbrs on 2020/10/20 01:22
Bought this app by mistake. Got upset but kept it. I think I used it more times than I thought I would even though I have Adobe. Great app. Thank you so much.
Ripoff
by Jock Lohn on 2020/10/19 21:58
Paid top dollar for this app last year. Now pulling this subscription bs on top of a lot. I dropped Fantastical 2 after pulling this shortly after purchasing it. I will reject every one of them that turn to greed. Just imagine the cost of all the apps we use annually if they elect to go this path. Exceptional service is continually being kept just out of reach, luring one to pay more and more.
Value buy
by ssatti123 on 2020/10/19 00:04
Best ever pdf app, worth every penny
Excellent application for banking
by Saddle Bag on 2020/10/18 23:54
The best record keeping application I have on my iPad. Very easy to see what’s happening with my cash flow.
Not recommended
by jennyrichards on 2020/10/18 15:19
Terrible app unable to edit any docs without having to jump though hoops.
Can’t search for specific words in PDFs
by MagesticOutlook on 2020/10/18 06:11
This is a popular app but I couldn’t do a simple word search on my PDFs. When I need to find something in a long PDF, I’m often doing a search for a keyword or a sentence fragment in order to see where that word appears. This is a very helpful feature to me and I use it all the time on my desktop. But the iPad is the tool that I use for studying, and it’s inconvenient when a PDF reader app doesn’t have this simple feature. If it does have it, then it’s nowhere that I could find it. I really hope the ability to search for words within a PDF gets added because it would help a lot.
Does less than notability for 5x the price
by A guy syncing phones on 2020/10/18 03:58
$49.99 per year subscription. Those words should be enough to tell you “do not use.” For $10, you can get a far, far more powerful app in Notability to mark up files and save and export them as PDFs. The subscription model is terrible. Why would I pay 5x the price over and over again every year for this app? I wouldn’t pay $50 one time for a lifetime license.
Disappointed Updates
by meigardtifi on 2020/10/17 19:35
It was a great app. But, for some reason, the developers are removing the useful features from the app.
Pdf corrupted time & again
by Paramuu on 2020/10/15 15:54
Actually this is problem I with pdf expert. A day before my exam pdf corrupted. 😭
Favorite PDF reader
by welsonsun on 2020/10/12 21:52
This is my favorite PDF reader on all apple devices! However, the latest update introduced a bug: close the app will close the opened document! You have to reopen the doc after resuming the app.
Great
by mudfoot5 on 2020/10/12 14:21
Good program
Bought years ago and used for years, now done.
by Undercover doc on 2020/10/11 22:24
I bought this program years ago (the pro version) and used it daily for schoolwork. Now I suddenly find that some of the core functionality it used to have is gone, or rather behind a 50 dollar subscription paywall. When a consumer BUYS software (not a subscription model), the expectation is that it is for life. You understand that at some point the developer will stop updating it and support will dwindle. But here we have a currently developed program, with functionality that I have paid for suddenly withdrawn unless I buy into an expensive subscription model. I can understand if future updates were limited to subscribed customers, but to actually take away features I had bought the program for...that’s seriously unethical. Goodbye readdle.
Can’t live without it !
by Sphinx2512 on 2020/10/11 20:13
It’s simple can’t live without out
It should be illegal
by Curie97 on 2020/10/11 18:40
Hi I originally purchased this app for about 10 dollars and later on, i payed an extra 10 dollars to unlock editing options; which was a good deal considering how convinient the app is and I was quite happy with it. But recently a new update has been released. After upgrading to the new version , I noticed that I can no longer access or use the features I had paid for. I believe it should be illegal to ban me from using the features that i have purchased already simply because a new update has arrived. I would truly appreciate it if you could address this problem . Sincierly Ehsan Mousavi
So easy and intuitive
by esark33 on 2020/10/11 17:21
Just filled out, signed, and emailed a PDF received via email easy as pie. You’d think that’s not a big deal nowadays but you’d be mistaken. Feature bloat and over complication in other apps diminishes the user experience. Thanks Readdle. Spark integration makes it even better.
REVIEW
by Glo Val on 2020/10/11 08:04
Great
another Apple money grab
by brickerhaus on 2020/10/11 02:52
I bought this app and now it is useless. Shame on you for ruining the ecosystem Apple. This moves me closer to not going with an iPad Pro but a Surface tablet. The one good way to make PDFs. Not anymore. Don’t get this app.
Not yet the ultimate one
by hraq on 2020/10/10 18:02
I don’t know how much it will cost the developer to add tabs to the iPhone version of this app.My iPhone is with large screen iPhone 11 pro max and I can not enjoy switching Between documents via the tabs Also can not split view of one document like the macOS version of the app It is not the ultimate pdf program as claimed
a request
by pretty nice but on 2020/10/09 01:20
make it optional when clearing out the annotations. Let us choose which one to remove as a whole when removing the annotations, not the entire. ex) clear out only the black pens, clear out only the highlighters
Good app but lags
by Gargantus on 2020/10/08 20:03
Somehow after reading a section of a paper all the next pages become blank. It forces you to completely shut down the app from memory and reopen it. It’s very annoying. If you can fix this I would give 5 stars
Broken on ios14 as of 08 October 2020
by D Stag on 2020/10/08 15:58
Currently will not email anything from within the program.
Ugggh
by starrmcqune on 2020/10/08 13:06
Why can’t I unscripted this purchase 🤦🏽‍♀️ I just want a refund.
A good PDF app gone wrong due to shameless greed
by nickynickr on 2020/10/07 22:10
This was a very good PDF reader and annotation app that I used to use everyday for studying my textbooks. In the latest major update they have removed the ability to have custom pens and tools in one toolbar and you can only get it back for 50$! Or you must waste your time navigating different toolbars. This makes the app practically useless for me and some of my friends who also used to love this app. Their latest update is simply a very disgusting effort to make you purchase their app again for 50 dollars. Oh and did I tell you this is a subscription service now? 50 dollars each year for a PDF reader app! It’s ridiculous really. Me and my brother and some friends have not used this app since the changes I described and have fortunately found alternative apps that we like more than this one actually. So I thank the developers for that.
Amazing for my homework
by Dana Draft on 2020/10/07 06:05
Now we have online school because of karona so we always have to fill in PDFs
I love this app, my favorite PDF reader,
by NityanandaChandra on 2020/10/07 03:17
You guys make excellent apps. I love the white font on black. I love the auto sync folders. Thank you thank you.
Bad app fails to authenticate no tech support
by aruaq on 2020/10/06 23:28
Fails to authenticate and no tech support
Great pdf reader
by احمديان on 2020/10/06 16:50
Yes yes, please support the right to left scrolling. My language is right to left too.
Password
by CUSTOMPROXX08 on 2020/10/06 07:48
I’m forget my password but I don’t reset my password
Outstanding App
by cjprofman on 2020/10/05 12:46
I use this app every day, finding it invaluable to my work. The team keeps the app up to date, adds new features, and works flawlessly.
Make the PDF Expert more perfect and stronger by ...
by IR MANSON on 2020/10/05 10:34
The language of a large number of the users are from right to left so we expect the Readdle team make the PDF Expert more perfect and stronger by supporting the right to left scrolling. Because the language of our documents are right to left, the excellent PDF Expert is useless for us, instead I am using “PDF Viewer” App for that kind of documents. So It will be very precious if you support the right to left scrolling.
PDF
by rollin Matt.24 on 2020/10/04 21:03
It’s terrific!!
It said 7 day free trial
by Tommyapplesauce on 2020/10/04 09:28
Then it charges me 49.99 usd for a year’s worth of subscription...what in the actual hell is thus all about!? Not even an option to go for a lower prive or at least just a month...but the app prompts you to try for 7 days free then bills you the yearly amount. Only when you go to your subscriptions through the appstore do you see the subscription tiers but by then it is too late...they’ve already billed you...i wish i could rate this app lower
Como Abogado, PDF EXPERT es un asistente perfecto
by BERCHAV on 2020/10/04 06:13
Manejo de documentos, historia y jurisprudencia, como si fuera tener mi oficina en la mano
Noice
by rondomofo on 2020/10/03 18:33
Dawg
PDF is great
by chickadee102 on 2020/10/03 15:52
Very helpful method to keep files in order and access quickly!
Great App
by GLsafety12 on 2020/10/02 11:26
I have been using PDF Expert for 6 years for my business. I could not be more happy with e performance.
Useful, intelligent app
by mr azy on 2020/10/01 13:57
I’m a physician. I use this app to read journal articles, highlight useful info and save the paper in self-organized files for later reference. The app can also convert web pages to pdf format for similar purposes. No bugs. Clean. Functional.
Best PDF reader and editor
by UID621863 on 2020/10/01 06:05
Have been using PDF expert on my Mac for years. It’s definitely the best PDF app I’ve ever used! Recently got an iPad, still loving everything about this app. The only thing that could be improved is the handwriting. I’m using an Apple Pencil. There’s a always a tiny lag and the it doesn’t write as smoothly as other apps on iPad (notability does a better job in my opinion). Hope the team would consider working on that!
Excellent app, just NOT worth 50$/year
by jesancho on 2020/09/30 15:59
I love this app and have been using it for some years now, so, why 1 star? (Important to know, I’m on an iPad Pro) 1. I paid full price for the app and some time later they “improved” it with a paid service... that’s just disrespectful to your previous clients (if any one coming new, you know what you getting into). UPDATE: Restored my purchase last month and was functional with my original one time purchase, now today I open it after upgrade to ipados14 and well guess what, can’t restore and they want again I pay for what already paid year ago.... Apple Inc should do something about this guys... 2. It’s a yearly payment sub, while its mac full version can be paid in full for lifetime (I paid around 40$ for 3 lifetime ones with student discount, and use it every single day) 3. 10$ somewhat for a buggy app is ok if the benefits are good enough, but NOT ACCEPTABLE if you pay 50$... a year!.... that was my go to reason to pay, I thought the “Pro” version would fix the buggs, man was I wrong... 3.2 the app is not just buggy, it’s a whole bugg itself, constantly crashes (at least twice a day, in 10pages pdf’s.... not like the huge 100’s of ages ones that take about 15min to load, freeze and immediately crashes and closes the app ), loosing usually the last 5-10min of work (at least not that much); constantly freezes for a few sec and has what seems like “forever” lagg in apple pencil inputs(so much tech for lagg improvement in the pencil for.... well... nothing I guess) 4. Text editing in pdf? What a joke... once you delete one single letter or anything in the text, everything messes up! So NO! You CAN NOT really edit in an efficient and productive way any pdf unless you use the computer version (And not that great either) What do I love? Sync! It really syncs nice with the clouds, everything I do in my iPad or Mac will be in the other device in no time (just don't open the same file at the same time, that’s a no no hahaha)
A must App
by JonRoc on 2020/09/30 13:01
My experience with this App is beyond my expectations. Simple put; An outstanding App indeed.
Won’t open
by Phx1099 on 2020/09/29 20:39
So frustrating - can’t get it to open after repeated tries!
this is exceptional app, one suggestion: remember view setting per doc
by qqoripyo on 2020/09/29 20:03
all three view settings(horizontal, vertical scroll, two pages) are all useful depending on the doc’s nature, so it’ll be very nice if the app remembered which setting I read the doc before and view it accordingly
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by Mitusjwj on 2020/09/29 16:06
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One little suggestion
by 枫263 on 2020/09/29 15:57
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.
Offline mode doesnt work
by Emilsome on 2020/09/29 12:22
I was really excited about this app but its offline functionality is disappointingly subpar. Even if you “sync” a folder for offline use, you will still have to wait for the file to “load”, for a long time in the case of larger, textbook size files.
The app is crashing
by Mr.Malteezer on 2020/09/29 09:00
First time the apps was so awesome for using but now it hold me back from focusing on my lectures because it crash so much!!!!!!!
Great APP
by Guitarman93301 on 2020/09/28 18:13
A must have
The Best!
by shokly on 2020/09/28 12:49
I use a lot of their products and they are superior to other products out there.
Don’t update !!
by Hossein-Samani on 2020/09/28 08:29
Do not update - your PDFs will not open - please check for application problems.
All Perfect...
by Andrés F. Jllo. on 2020/09/27 09:14
All Perfect...
Amazing app
by HighPointClass on 2020/09/27 08:18
Only complaint would be better labels or guides to tools.
Too expensive
by Rob-sea on 2020/09/27 06:41
Great app, I'm using the free version and would love to update but no way am I doing it for $50 per year subscription. Price seems unreasonable, sorry.
PDF expert app
by Maragatham.K.Sundar on 2020/09/26 23:03
This app is too good.
Great Program
by SoSoNotHsppy on 2020/09/26 06:43
Let’s me do things even Adobe PDF does not let you do
Search function?
by Hapa Power on 2020/09/26 04:32
Anything we can do to improve the search function for locating PDFs? Unfortunately searching by file name doesn’t work for me very often, just gets stuck on the spinning “searching . . .”.
The go-to PDF reader
by Abergsneider on 2020/09/26 04:14
Great app! Highly superior than Adobe Acrobat Pro
Frequent crashes
by nlndrsn on 2020/09/26 03:55
The app looked promising, however repeatedly crashed when I tried to zoom in on my file, rendering it useless.
Thanks For The Resize
by studioarts on 2020/09/25 23:38
I don’t know why but this is the only app I have that allows PDF text resize so I don’t have to zoom in & pan the pages around. Seems like the first thing you’d build into a reading app, particularly on phones, but somehow iBooks & Kindle ‘forgot’ this feature. We appreciate your consideration.
Ron
by Libyrexa on 2020/09/25 17:56
Great product
Corrupt files 90% of the time
by Marshall Capital on 2020/09/25 16:19
Corrupt files 90% of the time
Won’t Restore Previous Purchase
by Jo.Carl on 2020/09/25 15:12
I bought this app back in Dec 2018. With the recent updates within the last year, I somehow can’t restore that purchase. I haven’t heard back from support either.
Works Fine, but Battery Issues
by Bonanzabucks on 2020/09/25 13:51
The app works good and it has some good editing features. Problem is the battery drain, even when the app is closed and not being used. Checked my iPhone battery usuals and this app was open in the background even though I completely closed it. This has been an ongoing problem that the developers can’t seem to fix or are unwilling to.
AMAIZING
by kuhsvdlnkeackjbacskjb on 2020/09/25 01:09
I have been looking for an app like this for so long, I love it!! Also the stickers are incredible
Really useful
by C O N K E R on 2020/09/24 18:59
Nice to use! :D
Productivity Pack : Worth Every Penny!
by C Patel on 2020/09/24 12:27
This was my 5 star review many many years ago: Bought this pack years ago. Extremely happy with The Apps as well as support people (never had to wait for more than a few hrs for a reply with a solution) are fabulous. They have kept up with the updates and upgrades of their products with the evolving OSs. I am a big fan of Readdle Apps in Productivity Pack. 9/24/20 Providing the newer functions only to the "subscription" based apps is pure selfishness on the part of app makers. Money is not everything.
Yes
by Fireyourmd2day on 2020/09/23 19:56
The
Excellent and easy!!
by Lisipr126 on 2020/09/23 18:51
Excellent and easy:) love it
SO Convenient
by abs1222525555 on 2020/09/23 15:44
This app has everything I need and so easy to use with my laptop to get the documents I need to work on.
Amazing
by Michelleh_5 on 2020/09/23 13:44
This app is amazing for studying, writing notes on a notebook to PDF and easily switch between tools. Highly recommend!
Have used PDFExpert for years and will continue to!
by jseaburn on 2020/09/23 01:10
Ease of use, my files transferred to all my devices very simply, great layout and compatibility, what more can I say?!?
Very amazing app
by Ferido seifu on 2020/09/23 00:40
It is conveniently for student to submit homework.
Don’t Waste Your Money or Time
by Fuzzy114 on 2020/09/22 22:59
Read reviews and thought this PDF Reader/Editor (calling it an editor without Pro package is a joke) was a must have... Couldn’t even rotate a page without the up sell to Pro pitch... Would not recommend this app to anyone...
Great but...
by j3frea on 2020/09/22 17:32
How do you view what page of the PDF you are on? Also, I’d really love to see a floating highlighter toggle so I don’t have to leave full screen mode to start highlighting!
My favorite app
by Campmaster01 on 2020/09/22 17:05
Love using the app so easy to stay organized
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 2019/07/23 08:14
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.
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!
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😳
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).
No way to purchase app, can only be ‘rented’ for $50/year
by َٰ on 2020/07/12 12:36
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. 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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Changes+fixes Required for the New update.
by Wufamilyclan on 2019/09/30 19:37
Very nice dark mode ! ——- I’ve been using pdf expert for a long time. it is by far the most advanced pdf editing app available.. Overall, I like the new update (especially the Favorites tool bar) However, the New update is very unstable and crashes more frequently which deletes my work without saving.. very scary + frustrating..👎🏻 (Important)* The most problematic issue with this update is the Add/delete Rearranging pages fxn. Add/delete Rearranging pages automatically selecting current page really needs to be fixed!! Page layout tool for Rearranging pages automatically selects the current page I am at.. This is becoming extremely annoying for pdf over 100pages.. I have to remember to “Unselect” the current page every time I want to delete + rearrange pages /or the current page gets tagged along with the page I want to rearrange/delete.. Plz bring back: 1 Neon Green color 2 Dark blue color Blank page (Light blue color hurts my eyes 👎🏻) or more color options blank pages that doesn’t hurt my eyes.. It would be extremely awesome if you guys could make a “dark mode” theme. All the white color hurts my eyes.. + drains a lot of battery as well. Plz fix => 5 stars 👍🏻
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Update: Fixed? (Readle PDF expert holds your files hostage.)
by waikikiTed on 2020/05/17 21:20
Update: Perhaps the recent update fixed this issue that I referred to below. I hope it did. It seems as if it did. For that reason I’ve changed my rating from 0-3. One thing for sure, I don’t think I’ll ever update this app again for fear I lose my files and app usability again. Thank you for appearing to fix the issue for previously paid premium members. Original Rating; I’ve had a paid premium purchase that worked well for me. Now they’ve gone and change their business model to a paid subscription WITHOUT giving previously paid customers a ‘heads-up’ and notice that once they update the PDF Expert app, they’ll then lose access to every single one of their PDFs that they’ve ever made using this app. POOF! All gone. They could change the name of this app to ‘Readle-iculous PDF X-Pert’.
Unstable
by N_Toro on 2019/03/31 04:06
This app is having serious stability issues. I have been using it for over a year and I am a big fan. However, files are freezing, bookmarks are not working, and I am being forced to close and reopen the app several times. Today I emailed the login file to the support team. I’m hoping the problem gets fixed. I want to continue using this app because I don’t find any other app to compare. Maybe I reached the apps capability in terms of amount and size of files it can handle. This would be good to know from the app developer in order to use the app as efficiently as possible.I just deleted the app and will try to reload it and try once again. I probably lost all the files that I had stored. This was a desperate measure but I need this app to be working Monday morning. Hope this review helps developers in the audience.
Readdle Rocks, Rolls, Rules
by Darth Ridiculous on 2018/05/08 23:18
Seriously, everything this company produces is outstanding. I've purchased them all, so I know. They were also very responsive and helpful the one time I had an issue, which, I hasten to add, was purely the result of user error due to sleep deprivation. I especially like how well this app integrates with and complements another Readdle application, Documents. As a professor of rhetoric and writing, I use the two in tandem on a weekly basis in responding to student papers. The App Store Editors are not being hyperbolic — it IS as simple to revise a PDF as it is to use a word processor. In fact, I upload Word files to Documents and convert them to PDFs because doing so gives me more functionality (and thus options) with none of Word's frustrating bugginess.
Great App Poor Add-ons
by brywill32606 on 2018/08/09 01:04
Purchased this app for two ipad pros along with the add on pack, so initial 9.99 plus $10 (times 2). Excellent product would highly recommend. I also have a Adobe account so I was able to compare with Acrobat DC. I am Very satisfied with this app. Here's my gripe, I went to updates and there were 2 additional add-on packs, one was free,the other was the 11 Anniversary bundle. Of course I chose the free first. When I went back to purchase the 11 Anniversary bundle it denied me. I would have rather purchase the 11 Anniversary bundle first had I known I could only take advantage of one bundle. I contacted Read let directly and they advised me they couldn't help, they don't control what Apple offers in the bundles. For the lack of providing accurate information I am giving a 4 star rating.
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.
Update makes it painful to use
by TofuNatto on 2018/04/29 15:10
This is a great app and has served me well. However, the latest updates have made this app painfully buggy and slow. When highlighting text, there are times when, upon lifting my finger, the highlighted portion jumps from the proper selection to a sentence above. I then have to delete it and re-highlight. Sometimes i need to zoom out to full page to get it to work. The notes feature has been affected as well. When long pressing to create a note, it takes anywhere from 3-5 seconds for the options dialogue box to appear. Sometimes it it takes longer, and as i tap around to see what happens, the delay catches up and random selections have been made. Sometimes the note won't open. If the note is on the edge of the document, i tap on it, and it turns the page. This repeats. I zoom out to full page and the note disappears. I have to recreate it. This is a good app. Please fix these bugs!
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