Readdle, makers of the trusty ReaddleDocs app, has just updated their PDF Expert for iPad (see our iPhone review) with 2 useful new features. Already able to annotate text and allow for handwritten notes, the app now gives you the ability to include signatures into any PDF file. Rather than have the user scribble them out every single time it’s needed, PDF Expert provides a template area where you can carve out your signature beforehand. Once it’s created, simply tap and hold on the area of screen you’d like for it to appear and choose the option “Signature”. Rinse and repeat. With the template, it eliminates any potential inconsistencies and makes the process much quicker.
Aside from signatures, you can now also create text notes directly into the document. Slightly different from note creation (which are text notes stored within “Note” icons on the screen), text notes appear in plain sight. This new feature will be great for filling out PDF’s that contain scanned forms.
I’ve also been told by Readdle that PDF Forms support (a much requested feature) will be making its way via an upcoming version. With it, users will be able to fill out real forms (not scanned ones) with much easy and in no time.
For those who are already enjoy using PDF Expert for iPad, the 1.5 update is now available as a free download. If you haven’t yet and like the idea of being able to stamp your signature in PDF files and then sending them off via email, you may want to check out this excellent PDF reader for your iPad.
Readdle, PDF Expert for iPad – Annotate, review PDFs, – $4.99
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!
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.
With PDF Expert you can:
★ Highlight text
Mark important things in books, journals or documents you want to review.
★ 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.
What else PDF Expert lets you do:
✓ Read PDFs with easy
PDF Expert has one of the best PDF viewers on the iPad. It opens large files, supports full text search, handles PDF links and outlines, opens password protected documents and extracts text from the PDFs.
✓ Copy Files From Mac or PC via Wi-Fi and USB
Use iTunes file sharing to transfer files directly to your iPad via USB cable. As an alternative you can connect to the iPad running PDF Expert via Wi-Fi and operate it like a wireless flash drive. No additional software is required.
✓ Save Email Attachments
Open attachments directly from the Mail app. Also, you can forward email with attachment to your unique Readdle Storage mail-in address and save it to your device using PDF Expert.
✓ Edit Documents on iDisk, Dropbox, GoogleDocs and Other Storages
PDF Expert allows you to download and upload files from MobileMe iDisk, Dropbox, GoogleDocs and other services. If you use more than one online storage, PDF Expert will handle all of them.
✓ Share Files With Your Friends
Email files directly from PDF Expert with all annotations preserved.
✓ Protect Application with Password
Restrict access to PDF Expert with the password to protect your files from unauthorised reading.