One of things that’s inflamed me about iOS ever since its creation on the iPad back in 2010 is Apple’s apparently lacking support for PDF files. Sure, you can open and review them from, say, an e-mail message, but without the use of third-party software application, there’s definitely no way to save them locally or edit them. This bugs me rather a lot: Preview in OS X is really a pretty powerful program and I discover myself utilizing it each day to annotate PDFs and it even has iCloud support, so why have not Apple highlighted a version of Preview for iOS yet? There was no mention of it in the grand WWDC statement a number of weeks back and nothing has actually been identified in the developer previews since yet, but time is the best healer and we might see something amalgamate come September-time.

Until then, iPad owners need to count on third-party software application to review and annotate PDFs, of which there’s a great number – visit the App Store and key in the search box, ‘PDF’ and you’ll see whatever I indicate (by my last matter, the search returned 2,035 results). And PDF Max Pro, by developers Mobeera is one of those. At an RRP of $9.99 (though it’s presently running a 50 % off promo) it’s certainly one of the pricier offers, so let us dive directly in and learn whether it’s the go-to PDF reader for your iPad.

Getting Started

Upon launching PDF Max Pro, you’re welcomed with all your PDF files that are presently stored on your iPad. You can produce new PDF documents and folders by tapping on the + button in the leading left-hand corner and PDF Max Pro likewise incorporates with a variety of different internet services, such as Dropbox, Google Drive, SkyDrive and Box.net, in addition to iTunes files management to help you grab all your PDF files and import them into the app.

PDF Max Pro supports a number of web-based storage services, along with iTunes document sharing.

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PDF Maximum Pro supports a variety of web-based storage space services, together with iTunes document sharing.

You can also include files through the in-app browser (this is the reason the app received a 17+ rating in the App Shop) – merely navigate to the page containing your PDF and it’ll be instantly downloaded.

The built in browser lets you download PDF documents directly into the app from any internet site.

The constructed in web browser lets you download PDF documents directly into the app from any net website.

From the back yard display you can also share PDFs (in either annotated, flattened or original kinds) through the internet services discussed above (Dropbox, Google Drive, SkyDrive and Box.net) as well as through email and iTunes. There’s support for iCloud within the app, permitting papers to sync between all your gadgets with PDF Max Pro on them (the app is universal and also deals with your iPhone), and a Mac variation is coming along in July (according to the developer’s internet site).

The options available when it comes to sharing any PDF documents from within PDF Max Pro.

The options available when it concerns sharing any PDF files from within PDF Max Pro.

The interface of PDF Max Pro is absolutely nothing special and to be perfectly honest, it gets the job done well. I’m a sucker for lovely user interfaces but I hadn’t been that bothered about the lack thereof in this app. If it works well, then that’s all I care about. Let us see if that’s true.

Features

PDF Max Pro includes every little thing you ‘d get out of an iPad PDF reader. Left wing and right-hand sides of the screen are quick tool kits which can be hidden by means of a single tap. The one on the left-hand side of the screen shows you a thumbnail sneak peek of each page in your PDF paper and by tapping on the Manage button, you can reorder, include or erase pages, which I thought was a pretty remarkable feature.

Viewing thumbnails of your PDF document's pages.

Viewing thumbnails of your PDF file’s pages.

You can likewise view a summary of your paper and you can also tap to jump to a specific area in your PDF file. There’s likewise a list of all your annotations within the document and you can likewise rapidly search within your document for keywords and expressions.

Searching within your document.

Searching within your file.

Annotating papers was actually relatively simple. You can highlight passages of text, insert text boxes, draw lines and various other doodles making use of either a pencil or pen and add a variety of stamps (my favorite being, apart from the Top Secret and Not Public Release, the Revised, Received, Reviewed and Approved stickers which not only offer the individual however also a timestamp revealing the date and time the stamp was developed. One bug I did notice was the time format – in my case it was revealed as 17:34 PM, a combination of both the 12 and 24 hour clock.

Annotating a PDF document within PDF Max Pro.

Annotating a PDF paper within PDF Max Pro.

Another nice little function was the capability to add audio snippets to my PDF file. All you’ve to do is tap on the quick microphone icon from within your tool kit and PDF Max Pro will permit you to tape-record a short sound file, which you can then assess after recording is finished. You can also include tunes from your iTunes collection – useful if you wish to include any audio notes synced with your collection from your iPhone, or if you want to include your preferred tune to a document (though why you really want to do this is beyond me, frankly).

Final Thoughts

PDF Max Pro is a shining example of a well-executed and thought-out app, though I’d question paying almost 10 dollars for functions that are practically duplicated in similar (and more affordable) apps. Performance-wise, it was pretty remarkable – I was a long-time individual of GoodReader and although this was loaded with even more attributes than you can shake a stick at, it was a bit jumpy and temperamental when it came to reviewing large PDF files. PDF Max Pro did not show these propensities, and it worked good and smoothly even when it pertained to reviewing and dealing with a 50 MB PDF document.

The app’s range of attributes and smoothness (I tested it on my third generation iPad) earn it an effectively was worthy of 8 out of 10 score, and the approaching Mac variation this July ought to provide people with a larger incentive to buy PDF Max Pro, especially offered the iCloud paper synchronisation between devices. In the meantime, though, the developer can brush up somewhat on the interface – it’s looking a little tired and out-of-date – however don’t let this put you off the app: it’s pretty respectable.

PDF Max Pro can definitely become your go-to iPad PDF reader and as it’s presently on a 50 % promo at a mere $4.99, there’s no time like the present to go on and get it. And do let’s know what you think of it, particularly if you’ve actually migrated from an additional comparable app, in the Comments section below!