Adobe CreatePDF is a new iPad (and iOS universal) app for converting documents to PDFs right on the iPad. It’s said to bring ‘the same high-quality PDF creation as Adobe Acrobat’ to the iPad.
Here are a few of its key features:
- Creates PDF files that look exactly like the original using the same technology as Adobe Acrobat.
- Consistent, high-fidelity PDF conversion independent of device or software. Uses Adobe’s online services to ensure there is no compromise on quality or performance. The service does not keep a copy of your original or the PDF document.
- Preserves links, end notes, foot notes and creates bookmarks automatically in PDF files converted from Office documents
- Preserves Transitions and converts Multi-media Content for Power Point files.
- Convert email attachments or files stored in the cloud or any application by opening them within the Adobe CreatePDF application.
- Hand over converted PDF files to other applications, including sending as email attachments with one touch
GoodReader – one of the best and most popular PDF reader apps for the iPad – has had yet another update this week, to Version 3.8.0. The most notable changes in this update are focused around improvements to file management within the app and some further enhancements for working with PDF documents.
Here’s the full change list:
• File Tabs – switch between recently viewed files without going back to the file list view
• Side Menu for creating PDF annotations – use it as an alternative to the usual popup menus. “Pin” this menu to keep it always on-screen for some heavy annotating job, then close it when you’re done.
• new way of creating PDF markups (highlights, underlines, etc.) with the new Side Menu – to markup a text, draw over it with your finger
• Delete local files option for “download-only” sync gets rid of outdated files that are gone from a server
• “Free 5GB SugarSync Account” button in the SugarSync connection parameters window lets you create a free new account in case if you haven’t got one
• PDF’s Freehand drawing mode now lets you change color, thickness and opacity while drawing
• redesigned PDF Page Slider (now it also includes Page Up and Down buttons)
• PDF password for a file is now memorized for as long as you keep a file on the file tab panel and don’t leave the app.
• files can now be starred and unstarred on the Find Files control panel
• better support for iPad 2 native video mirroring – now you simply have to plug the video cable into an iPad 2, and native video mirroring will be activated right away
If you work with PDF documents at all, GoodReader is a must-have app. It’s been a stellar app ever since its initial release and just keeps improving with age.
Here’s an App Store link for GoodReader for iPad; it’s priced at $4.99.
GoodReader for iPad– one of the leading PDF reader apps for the iPad – was updated over the weekend, to Version 3.6.0. Two of the biggest changes in this update are Data Protection, building on encryption built into iOS, and flattening of PDF annotations.
Flatten PDF annotations. Now you can flatten your PDF files to embed annotations into the main PDF page body. This will make them visible in all PDF-capable apps (including Mail and Safari), regardless of those apps’ inability to display PDF annotations. This also makes your annotations non-editable, which may be useful if you want to prevent your notes and drawings from being altered by someone else. “Flatten” option is also available when sending files from GoodReader via EMail or via “Open In…” menu. GoodReader does the “smart flattening” – it preserves all existing PDF hyperlinks, while flattening notes and drawings.
The added data protection is good for all security-conscious users and should be a major plus for business users and corporates deploying iPads. There are a number of other improvements and bug fixes included in this latest GoodReader update, see its App Store page for full details.
PDF Expert, the superb PDF document handler for the iPad, has had another update this week – to Version 2.3.
Here’s what’s new in this latest version:
• PDF stamps
Now you can insert "Approved", "Draft" and other standard Adobe Acrobat stamps to any place in the PDF document you want. Custom image stamps are also supported.
• PDF flattening (convert annotated PDF to regular one) works for ‘Save As’ and ‘Open In’
• Various fixes
– improved stability of Online Storage Sync
– SugarSync protocol update*
I don’t work with PDFSs that often, but this app strikes me as the best, most feature-rich PDF app for the iPad – and one that just keeps adding powerful features.
Here’s an App Store link for PDF Expert; it’s priced at $9.99.
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.