One App You Must Have for Your New iPad is a PDF Reader and It Works Great — iPad App Review

When you open your crisp white box and start downloading apps to your shiny new iPad, one of the most important apps you’ll want to get is a PDF reader. Chances are, you have friends that already have a bunch of free comics or player handbooks that they want to give you. A PDF reader is very useful on the iPad and PDF Reader Pro is an excellent app for all your needs.

I am a GoodReader loyalist. I bought that app the first day I got my first generation iPad and I use it constantly, so it is hard for me not to compare other readers to it. That being said, PDF Reader Pro has many of the same, fantastic features with a couple that GoodReader does not.

While the latter is just right for someone like me, PDF Reader Pro is the perfect business app.

First of all, users can fill in forms directly from within this app. For example, if your company needs to submit a W-9 to a client, you can send it through a variety of file sharing options, or download the form directly from the Internet from within the app. You can then fill in the necessary forms and even sign it using the freehand annotation. You can then email the form to your client, without ever having to print a single page.

The other feature that makes this PDF reader stand out is that users can create entire PDF documents from within the app. By using the iPad’s camera, you can “scan” a document and save it in the app. Once all documents have been saved, tap the “Make PDF” button and all documents will be combined into one file. It is that simple.

Sometimes, the app doesn’t react the way you want it too and it can be difficult to save files, add annotations or figure out how to move things from one file to another. However, there is a comprehensive how-to guide to help you figure most of it out.

PDF Reader Pro also lets you share files through iCloud, browser downloads, Wi-Fi transfers and Cloud storage. In Cloud Storage, users can log into Dropbox, iDisk and GoogleDocs, as well as FTP servers, WebDAV servers and SugarSync.

What I liked: I’ve always wanted to be able to create my own PDF files. I have lots of old comics and magazines that I’d love to make digital. This app makes that a very easy process.

What I didn’t like: Figuring out how to do things can be complicated. It took me a while to realize that, in order to select an area on a document to annotate, I’d have to touch and hold the page. The guidebook is very helpful, but complex, as well. It might be a good idea to have a simplified PDF guide that shows users what to do in a step-by-step PDF document.

To buy or not to buy: Even fans of GoodReader can appreciate that this app is worth looking into. It comes with all the usual features that make a great PDF reader, plus the ability to fill in forms and create your own PDF documents, right from within the app.

  • App Name: PDF Reader Pro
  • Version Reviewed: 2.7.1
  • Category: Business
  • Developer: YUYAO Software
  • Price: $5.99
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  • Michael Ladd

    I have been using PDF Pen (On the Mac and the iPad) for some of the same functionality as this app. OCR of scanned docs is a big one. I may have to give this one a whirl to compare the two.

  • Dave

    GoodReader doesn’t yet support the retina display. Side by side with a first gen iPad, PDFs look marginally better, because of what happens automatically behind the scenes. “Open in” iBooks to see what you’re missing!

  • Freek Sanders

    I like Easy Annotate.
    It’s very simple to use, and has all the features I need. Connects to dropbox, so I can access my pdfs anytime.

    • Lory Gil

      Thanks for letting us know. That app does look like it has a lot of great features. I’ll be sure to check it out.