PDF Expert is a new PDF handling app for the iPad – one with some unique and impressive features, including the ability to fill in PDF forms right on the iPad.
People will be able to fill in their tax, insurance, medical and other forms within seconds on their iPads. PDF Expert for iPad also supports calculated fields.
The uses for form-filling on the iPad are likely near endless – so this is definitely an app with a very strong calling card right out of the gate. It also offers two-way sync with the superb Dropbox service (for online file backup and sync) – another stellar feature to have in a productivity app.
Here’s more about the app, straight from its App Store page:
PDF Expert is the ultimate solution for all your PDF needs. It lets you read and annotate PDF documents, highlight text, make notes, draw with your finger and save these changes being compatible with Preview and Adobe Acrobat. Moreover, PDF Expert is the only iPad application that can fill PDF forms!
PDF Expert can get documents from any place you may need. PDF files from desktop computers, email attachments, documents on the Dropbox, MobileMe iDisk, GoogleDocs and even in other iPad applications could be accessed with PDF Expert.
Annotations made with PDF Expert are saved within the document in accordance with PDF format specification. Thus PDF Expert can edit highlights, text notes and other annotations created in Apple Preview or Adobe Acrobat Reader and vise versa. At the same time this lets you share annotated files with friends and co-workers.
PDF forms made with Adobe Acrobat are supported in PDF Expert. Text fields, check boxes, radio buttons and other form elements work as you expect and all information you entered is saved inside the form. Please note that Dynamic XML PDF Forms made with Adobe LifeCycle should be converted to Static PDF Forms format before using with PDF Expert.
With PDF Expert you can:
★ Highlight text
Mark important things in books, journals or documents you want to review.
★ Fill Forms
Work with static PDF forms created in Adobe Acrobat.
★ Create notes
Add comments to the text you read.
★ Draw with your finger
Use it to make handwritten notes or highlight text in scanned books.
★ Save Bookmarks
Create table of contents for your document right on the iPad.
★ Underline and Strike-Through words
Mark-up errors and emphasize important sentences.
✚ More to come
Additional types of PDF annotations are coming in the updates.
I haven’t had a chance to try this one out just yet (as I’ve been recovering from major computer problems the last few days) but I will do very soon and will share some review thoughts once I have. It’s published by Readdle, who make the excellent Printer Pro app and ReaddleDocs – so in addition to strong features it also has a fine pedigree.
You can find PDF Expert in the App Store now, priced at $9.99.