Readdle launched their latest flagship application called PDF Office. As you can tell from the name, the app tries to be your go-to app for everything related to PDF.
And that's just what it does. From creating basic note files, to scanning documents and filling in forms, PDF Office lets you even create a form from scratch.
Working with existing files is just as easy as opening them from one of the many services that are supported (iCloud Drive, Dropbox, Google Drive just to name a few), but you can also create a PDF from and image or a webpage which is also great for prototyping, taking notes for changes or simply save a PFD copy of a site.
Besides being able to edit, annotate and sign PDF documents like you could in PDF Expert 5, the most prominent feature is the creating from scratch.
Whether you're creating a new "Blank Form" or you want to edit something you've been working on, there's an array of fields to choose from. Adding a Text, Number or Date Field are all just a tap away. Creating interactive Radio Buttons, Check Boxes and Buttons is as easy as deciding where you want to put them and editing the details. Drop-down menus sound complicated and a hassle to produce, well not anymore as they're now as easy to create as for example a to-do list item.
Everything I've tried doing while creating a form was really easy and intuitive and I know that there are many ways to make the perfect use out of this app. While I mainly use it as a PDF Editor for now (I'm still using PDF Expert as well), I could see myself switching to PDF Office when I know that I have some extensive work to do on a document. For creation of new documents and forms I'll be definitely using this app as I think that it's the easiest way I've found yet.
Some things that should not be forgotten:
- As mentioned before, viewing documents offers nearly all the features you have in PDF Expert 5 (the Review Mode is missing).
- You can also use PDF Office as a scanner to create new documents with your iPad's camera.
- The icon does a great job at showing you that it's about creating from scratch. The icon looks unfinished with the blueprint of an icon still visible.
The pricing for PDF Office is a little unusual for an iOS app as it uses a subscription model. On their blog, Readdle describes it as "the most customer friendly one for products like PDF Office". I'm curious about how people will react to $4.99/month ($39.99/year).
It's an interesting "new" way of trying to get paid for your continual work, but as we can predict many people will not agree with them. For PDF Expert 5 owners, Readdle offers a year of subscription (if activated in the first 7 days).
For those curious about trying PDF Office, it's available for "free" on the App Store.
In case you're no sure yet, three reasons (from Readdle's blog) to use PDF Office over PDF Expert:
"1. Different user scenarios and experience.
PDF Office interface prominently features PDF creation capabilities so people can discover all types of PDF documents they can make. Document viewer, the heart of the application, has shifted its focus towards content editing tools and forms designer. All these changes make reading and annotation harder to use for regular PDF Expert 5 users. This brings us to the next point.
2. Different audience.
Core users of PDF Expert 5 and PDF Office are completely different. There is an overlap but people who use PDF Expert might not necessarily need all this “create and edit PDFs” functionality. Their main needs are “read and annotate”, while for PDF Office users – it’s “edit”. Users who need to edit and create PDF are a much smaller group, that is why the product has to be adjusted for these specific tasks.
3. Co-existing Together.
So PDF Office and PDF Expert 5 are two different products. They are created for different audiences and tasks to solve. To see how it works look at Adobe and their Acrobat and Acrobat Reader applications. The same case applies to PDF Office and PDF Expert 5, except they are iOS products."