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PDF Expert - Edit, Annotate and Sign PDFs

By Readdle Inc.

Editors’ Choice

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Fast, robust and beautiful PDF editor for your Mac, iPhone and iPad.

"PDF Expert 2 review: Goodbye Preview, hello affordable PDF editing on Mac" - Macworld.
“App of the Year” 2015 Runner-up by Apple.
“PDF Expert puts Adobe Acrobat to shame” - Cult of Mac.

Read, annotate and edit PDFs like never before!

**Edit PDFs***
PDF Expert is the best way to edit PDF text, images, links and outlines. Fixing a typo or changing a logo in a contract, or updating your CV is now a matter of a few seconds.

**Slick and Fast**
From the first document, PDF Expert springs into action with smooth scrolling and fast search. PDFs open instantly, whether they are just small attachments or 2000-page reports.

** Robust and Beautiful**
When it’s time to edit, all the great tools you need are easy to find and just a click away. PDF Expert’s quick annotations, easy form filling, and powerful file merging will chew through your work in record time.

*Edit - Seamlessly edit PDF text, adjust or replace images, add links to text and edit outlines.

* Read - An award-winning, lightning-fast, and tabbed document viewer will get you through multiple PDFs faster than ever.

* Annotate - Classic tools and unique innovations enable you to highlight, note, and instruct with just a click.

* Merge - Combine multiple documents into a new PDF, or borrow individual pages.

* Sign - Create multiple signatures for every situation and sign on the line with a single click.

* Fill Out - Avoid your printer with smart tools for filling forms that save you both paper and time.

** Robust File Sharing **

You don’t work in a bubble, and neither does PDF Expert. When it’s time to send documents to clients, coworkers, and everyone in between, PDF Expert has top-notch support for your Mac’s system-wide share sheet and other apps. If an app accepts PDFs, PDF Expert can get it there.

You can also password protect sensitive documents before sharing them.

** PDF on your Mac, iPhone and iPad **

Work across Mac, iPad, and iPhone. Use Readdle Transfer features to seamlessly switch devices in the middle of a document. PDF Expert is there with you.

What's New in Version 2.1.2

We’re constantly working to make PDF Expert better for you. Here what’s new:

- General performance and stability improvements.


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Customer Reviews

Best of breed

I have tried so many PDF markup tools. This is the best by far. It is very expensive next to the countless versions that failed to meet my needs, but after using this, I would have paid double. It revolutionizes annotating PDFs. The features for both handwritten notes and typed notes are crucial and well executed. The Outline feature really puts this ahead of the competition. These are the features I have wanted for years.

Not only is this the best Mac solution, it is the best mobile solution. The Mac/mobile sync operates flawlessly in the background. Scanning is fast and beautiful on both platforms. The only thing that I can think of as missing, is pressure sensativity for writting/highlighting with my Apple Pencil.

I you just want to read PDFs, buy somehting cheaper. If you want to carve up PDFs with notes/comments/highlights/references, do not hesitate to buy PDF Expert.

At best, a work in progress

As an academic, I own, and use, quite a few PDF editors, both on my Mac and on my iPad (where I do most of my reading). Since PDF Expert is my default reader on my iPad, I purchased the Mac version when it came out, even though it was clear that lacked many of the features that I needed (e.g., the ability to run OCR on downloaded articles). I’ve used it for well over a year and, while I like having the option of moving back and forth between my iPad and Mac (especially when I am making annotations of student papers or evaluating articles subitted to journals), it is a bit disappointing to see that it very much remains a work in progress.

My two chief complaints are:

1) OCR is still lacking, which means that I regularly have to shift over to other PDF readers (e.g., the excellent PDFScanner, an app that does much more than its name suggests) when I run into pdfs that lack a text layer or where the OCR needs to be redone).

2) Its export functions are quite inferior to those available on the IOS version. Remarkably, it is impossible to extract and send annotations in an email, a feature that has long been available on PDF Expert for IOS devices.

Readdle has made some really excellent apps for IOS and I hope that, at some point, the Mac version of PDFExpert will be a useful as the IOS version. But it’s not there yet and I’m beginning to wonder if it will ever get there.

A must for academic work

Update: Still great, although I wish it would stop bugging me for a review.

PDFs have become the backbone of academic workflows. They are how I read, take notes on and reply with comments to articles, student work and my own work in progress. I've used PDF Expert since the release of the iPad. It's reliable, flexible, with just the right amount of customization, and great, great Dropbox FOLDER sync. I show it to people I'm sitting next to at conferences, and they buy it immediately.

The Mac version is just the same--perfect. There are a good range of markup options, with some basic choices provided (e.g., colors of highlighter) and lots of opportunities to customize further. The tools are well-located--easy to click, but not so big as to get in the way. The app opens even large documents quickly.

There are a lot of bad PDF apps out there--including Apple's own Preview, which was broken for markup purposes about a year ago. If you use PDFs, PDF Expert is already worth the investment. And knowing Readdle, it will continue to improve.

PDF Expert - Edit, Annotate and Sign PDFs
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  • $59.99
  • Category: Productivity
  • Updated:
  • Version: 2.1.2
  • Size: 34.6 MB
  • Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Ukrainian
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Compatibility: OS X 10.10 or later, 64-bit processor

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