PDF Reader Pro: Powerful PDF Viewing on your Phone

Price: $1.99

PDF Reader Pro: iPhone App Video Review

PDF Reader Pro

Reviewed by Luke Patrick

Here at the iPhone App Review, we tend to see a lot of PDF readers for the iPhone. This likely has a lot to do with the fact that Apple simply hasn’t included an option worth using with the iPhone’s stock set of apps. Either way, it certainly seems developers are hot to get these kinds of apps to market. And perhaps one of the best we’ve seen out of the bunch is PDF Reader Pro, by developer YUYAO Mobile Software. The app allows users to create or modify PDF documents in just about every fashion possible, as well as create them out of scanned pages using nothing but the iPhone’s built-in camera. It’s an impressive utility, and at the price, it’s a downright steal. For our full thoughts on this killer document editor for the iPhone, check below beyond the break!

Concept and Functionality

The idea behind PDF Reader Pro is really quite simple: With your iPhone, wouldn’t it be nice to download, view, organize, and even modify existing PDFs without the need for your desktop computer? We certainly think so, and so does PDF Reader Pro! The app allows you to, of course, view any and all .pdf documents from your phone. These documents can be pulled from your iCloud account, the web (thanks to an in-app browser) or even local WiFi file sharing. Once loaded, these documents can be viewed and resized at will, allowing for a pleasant reading experience. Another awesome feature PDF Reader Pro includes is the option to “scan” in real documents using the iPhone’s camera. This is accomplished by taking a snapshot of the page, which is then turned into a working facsimile thanks to the engine within PDF Reader Pro. It’s quick, efficient, and works like a charm.

Design and Layout

PDF Reader Pro

PDF Reader Pro

If we felt like we could knock PDF Reader Pro anywhere, we’d likely want to do it within the realm of the app’s design. You see, there are a lot of features encased within PDF Reader Pro’s walls, and as such, the app can feel somewhat bloated at times. It’s obvious the developers have thought a lot about keeping the app streamlined, but we still feel like all of these options could be housed in a more efficient way. That being said, everything works exactly as you’d expect it to, and without difficulty, making our somewhat trite complaints hardly a problem.

Overall Value

We’ll spin it to you this way: PDF Reader Pro costs only two bucks in the App Store, which is far less than most high-quality PDF readers for iOS. As such, it’s an absolute steal, even without the inclusion of the document scanning. But with the latter included, this app is perhaps the best purchase you could possibly make for reading PDF documents on your iPhone or iPad, barre none.

PDF Reader ProPDF Reader Pro 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. The iPhone app reviews rating: 

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