PDF Max – More Than Just A Reader


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I use iBooks for most all my iPad reading activity, but what if you want to do more than just read on your iPad. An iPad app I checked out this week, called PDF Max, goes well beyond reading for iPad power users.

PDF Max

PDF Max Features

By and far, the number one feature is the ability to edit PDFs. Here’s some of what I found in PDF Max:

– Add, move, or delete pages
– Add notes
– Create and fill shapes
– Freehand draw
– Sign documents with your finger
– Add audio notes
– Add stamps like “Approved” or “Confidential”
– Create external links
– Create and edit a document outline
– Tabbed document viewing
– Search within the document

There’s actually a lot more to it, but that’s the stuff that really stood out to me. Of all those features, the ones I think I’ll use the most are the ability to sign documents and the page management. It’s pretty common for me to get a document emailed to me in PDF format and have to print, sign and scan before I can email it back. With PDF Max, I can send the PDF to PDF Max right from my email, sign it, and email it out right from the app. Of course, the ability to email out anything other than the original PDF (without your changes or signature) requires the Pro version of PDF Max. Luckily, it was only $1.99 and came as an in-app purchase, so I didn’t have to stop what I was doing to upgrade. This Pro requirement applies to some extended features like creating shapes in more colors, but the free version let me do everything I listed above without bugging me for an upgrade. There were no ads and the it fell short of being called “nagware” as it didn’t nag me about upgrading. They gave away everything but the one piece I’ll fork over the $1.99 for. Well played, Mobeera.

Shortcomings

I absolutely love free, so of course I didn’t like having to pay for the Pro version, but that also means I’m picky and only pay when I see value. Despite giving me nearly everything in the free version, I saw the value of the two dollar upgrade and went for it. As a paying customer, I have but one concern about this app, and that’s the bookmarks. Without adding much to the traditional bookmark model, PDF Max actually made it less user friendly than the iBooks way of bookmarking. In iBooks, I tap a bookmark icon and I’m done and when I look at my bookmarks, I get page previews. In PDF Max, I have to give my bookmark a name. It’s a nice option, but the little bit of work to pre-fill the Name field with “Page [x]” would make it so much better. And page previews would be a great update to the bookmark panel. That said, I really had no other complaints.

Conclusions

If you need to export your PDF with changes, drop the $1.99 for the Pro version of this robust app. Either way, this is a great addition to your iPad, even in the awfully function-rich free version. Both are easily worth every penny.

This was a sponsored review, but all opinions about this app are entirely mine and are a result of spending plenty of time using it.

All New Apple iOS 6 Features


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Apple’s 23rd World Wide Developers Conference fired up with the latest release of iOS. In this release a significant amount of change has taken place and some of the former features have also been enhanced. As Apple claims to bring you two hundred new features, iOS is already in its beta testing phase. Blogs and news websites are overflowing with developer’s remarks about the new iOS 6.

There are some facts to be kept in mind though; some of the newer developments will not work in the previous Apple devices such as iPhone 4, iPhones 3GS and iPads below the 3rd generation – having said that let’s tour iOS 6.

Apple Maps

Mail

The mailing application on the iOS 5 was good but it lacked whitelisting your friends. E-mails from a specified group of friends or VIPs will pop up on the lock screen without launching the application.

Privacy

Governments are scrutinizing social networks and mobile manufacturing firms for taking too much personal information from their users. Apple tackles this challenge by embedding a Privacy option in the Settings application. Users can effectively decide which application can acquire their personal information.

Photo Stream

Photo Stream has also received a revamp. The sharing is now more selective than before. For example, you can now choose multiple photos that you want to share with your friends.

Passbook

Passbook is Apple’s new e-ticketing application, which will enable you to book tickets from a variety of different sources. Passbook also keeps itself up-to-date; for example if your airline has been cancelled or your airline’s gate has been announced it will automatically notify you.

Apple Maps

Yes, Apple bids farewell to Google Maps as a pre-installed application. Instead, Apple have gone on to launch their own new navigation application named Apple Maps. It provides a 3D Flyover option- an aerial view of the area- turn-by-turn navigation and satellite view.

Sharing

The scrollable sharing list has got a completely new look. It is now an array of icons. Options are all the same; Print option still lets you print documents through any laser printer and sharing things on Twitter and Facebook is also available.

Siri

Siri, the most famous virtual assistants is now armoured with a large array of data so you could access them by voice. Yelp for restaurant reservations, Fandago for booking movie tickets, Rotten Tomatoes for movie ratings and IMBD for movie reviews are all integrated in to Siri’s electronic brain. Siri has also been upgraded with new languages- French Canadian, Korean, Italian, Mandarin and Cantonese. Siri will also collaborate with Apple Maps to guide you through routes. And now Siri will also be available for iPad.

Social Network Integration

Apple programmed the iOS 5 with a total integration of Twitter while still leaving Facebook out. Now, Facebook has also been integrated. Two buttons – Tap to Tweet for Twitter and Tap to Post for Facebook have been included in the Notifications Drawer.

FaceTime

AlThough FaceTime has been a popular application, it lacked 3G/4G connectivity. The old FaceTime could only make calls when there was a Wi-Fi around but with the latest release, you can make calls on the go. FaceTime now supports calls through 3G and 4G connectivity.

Phone App

iPhone’s phone application has also been updated. We can now reject a call by sending a message that we are busy, sleeping or running late for work. It will also remind you to call someone when you leave a specified location.

Programmers at Apple have kept the new iOS’s simplicity intact when patching up the codes, which is the reason why much of the interface is the same. Previous devices as mentioned in the beginning of the article can also be updated to iOS 6, which was quite unexpected, especially the update for 3GS. Overall, Apple has done a superb job in bringing all this in Kelly Johnson’s words – “Keep it simple, stupid.”

Win A 3rd Generation iPad


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