PDF Printer, by developer AOXUE.studio, offers a quick and convenient way to convert your files to PDFs, as well as to print them once converted. The app comes with a slick, attractive, and easy-to-use interface that will have you believing in effective file management again. The app isn’t quite as integrated as it could be, and the price is a tad high, but if you need a rock-solid PDF converter and document manager for the iPad, PDF Printer is easily one of the best in the App Store.
Concept and Functionality
Essentially, PDF Printer is an all-in-one conversion resource for the iPad, making it easy to print a myriad of formats to PDF without leaving your iDevice’s screen. The app supports a truly impressive list of files, including Excel, Word, Pages, Keys, Numbers, Powerpoint, JPG, PNG, and several more. Essentially, if you have a document that would look better in a PDF costume, the app is fully capable of handling the transformation.
Getting documents to the app is a slight hassle, but one that’s made all the easier with iTunes File Sharing support. Users can attach their iPad to their desktop, and then dump away with indiscretion. The app also allows for file-loading over Wi-Fi, but you’ll still need a browser to access the IP-based service. Once loaded, your documents can be stored and arranged from the home screen using in-app files. This keeps things organized, and really is a tremendous boon for the app.
PDF Printer is integrated with a number of native iPad apps, including Photo Gallery and DropBox. That being said, taking a document from any of the iWork offerings to PDF Printer isn’t quite as smooth as I’d like it to be. Though the app can open just about anything under the sun, Apple doesn’t yet allow users to export their projects directly from Pages, Numbers, or Keys to PDF Printer.
Design and Layout
PDF Printer’s interface, as mentioned, is delightfully simple on the iPad. The main menu handles file management, which is touch-based and optimized for the iDevice. The app ran smoothly no matter how I poked at it, and rendered elements quickly and accurately. I was particularly impressed with the way PDF Printer rendered Powerpoint presentations, as it retained all the original snap of my projects.
PDF Printer is a tad pricy, clocking in at $3.99 in the App Store. For that money, though, users will gain access to one of the smoothest PDF printing services available on the market. PDF Printer works flawlessly, and though it’s not as integrated as it could be, it’s certainly far more than simply functional.
PDF Printer requires iOS 4.2 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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