PDF Forms: iPad App Written Review
In our spare time we like to moonlight as graphic designers. And as our habit becomes slightly more than just a hobby, we’re quickly finding how often a .PDF file is used in the design process. As such, we’ve constantly found ourselves in need of a superior .PDF reader for the iPad to manage all our extraneous documents. Thankfully for us, we’ve found PDF Forms, by developer Dar-Soft. The app makes it brilliantly simple to add text, annotations, or highlights to any .PDF document, and we couldn’t be happier about it. Sadly, the price is too high for all but the media professional, but at least it comes with a boatload of features. For our full thoughts on this killer file editor for the iPad, check below beyond the break!
Concept and Functionality
At first blush, PDF Forms appears to be just another .PDF viewer. There’s the option to load files from services like DropBox, as well as iTunes File Sharing. Once added, these documents can be viewed in their entire, rendered splendor. From there, they can be sent back to DropBox, or emailed to a cohort on a similar project. All in all, it’s a fairly stock affair, and one made more so by a standard-looking interface. However, there’s so much more to the PDF Forms punch.
This added functionality begins with the quick editing options. PDF Forms allows the user to rapidly add signatures to any document, even specifying between the primary user and a client’s, for example. Additionally, it’s a lightning quick process to add additional text using the menu bar kept along the bottom of the screen, as are highlighting and free drawing. We couldn’t get over how simple it was to tap a function, and then tap the screen where we wanted to make changes. In fact, compared to a heavy program like Adobe Acrobat, PDF Forms is ten times simpler, and much more manageable.
Design and Graphics
As mentioned, the graphics and interface used by the app is somewhat stock, though not exactly in a bad way. We enjoyed the simplicity of the wide viewing area, as well as the super easy menu bar along the bottom that holds the various editing functions. Likewise, we also appreciated the easy exporting via the export button along the top. DropBox integration is fantastic, and though the interface itself is no .PDF reader on crack—as you might find on the desktop—it’s perfectly optimized for the iPad, and could not be easier to use. All in all, it’s a stellar if somewhat basic effort, as the real polish is in the .PDF editing.
At the end of the day, the nine dollar price tag may put off all but the most serious user. However, if you’re willing to spend the money, PDF Forms takes .PDF editing and reading to a new level on the iPad, allowing for unprecedented simplicity and functionality. We love the app, and if you’re in the business of marking up .PDF files, you owe it to yourself to give it a go.
PDF Forms 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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