Removing password protection from a PDF file on Mac

By Anthony Bouchard on May 24, 2016

The ability to password protect PDF files is a great way to keep personal information safe from prying eyes, especially when you want to control who is and who isn’t allowed to see the contents of a file.

But on the contrary, what do you do if you want to remove password protection from a PDF file on your Mac?

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to convert a password-protected PDF file to a basic PDF file that can be opened by anyone. Read More

 

Readdle’s PDF Expert 5 gains Apple Pencil support and seamless Wi-Fi file transfer

By Christian Zibreg on May 19, 2016

Now you can take the most from your Apple Pencil and iPad Pro with a new version of Readdle’s PDF Expert for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, which was pushed to the App Store this morning.

In addition to swiping with your finger and sketching with Apple Pencil, the application now permits you to transfer PDF documents from your Mac to the iPad, or vice versa, with a single tap, courtesy of Readdle’s all-new Transfer technology. Read More

 

How to password protect PDF files on your Mac

By Anthony Bouchard on Apr 30, 2016

Password protecting your PDF files is a great way to keep the contents from being revealed to those who you never intend to see them.

This great security feature can be taken advantage of right from the Preview app that comes bundled with your Mac, and in this tutorial, we’ll show you how you can use it to enhance the security of your PDF files. Read More

 

How to convert images to different file types on iPhone or iPad with The Image Converter

By Anthony Bouchard on Apr 7, 2016

It comes up every so often where you may want to convert the file type of an image file stored on your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad.

For example, screenshots are saved as .png files, while photographs taken with the camera are saved as .jpg files. Because .jpg files are typically smaller in size due to the lesser-quality detail, you could save some storage space by converting screenshots to .jpg rather than storing .png alternatives.

In this review, we’ll walk you through how to convert the file type of an image file on your iPhone with The Image Converter, a useful conversion all for iOS that can be had from the App Store for just $2.99. Read More

 

Readdle updates PDF Expert with Handoff support and other enhancements

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 10, 2016

Readdle, the Ukrainian developer of fine productivity software, has refreshed its PDF management and annotation app, PDF Expert for OS X and PDF Expert for iOS, with support for Apple’s Handoff technology.

With Handoff, PDF Expert users can start editing a PDF document on their iPhone or iPad and then continue right where they left off on their Mac, and vice versa.

In addition, today’s update includes half a dozen enhancements like the ability to select part of a document and crop or copy it. Read More

 

You can now send and receive PDFs in WhatsApp

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 5, 2016

In WhatsApp for iPhone, you can now send and receive PDF documents, thanks to a minor update that surfaced earlier today in the App Store. In addition, the refreshed app fixed some crashes and resolved an annoying issue that was using a lot of storage space on some iPhones.

Just a week ago, the Facebook-owned messaging service has introduced the ability to use the WhatsApp share sheet to send photos or videos from other apps, like Dropbox.

With today’s update, it’s now possible to use WhatsApp’s built-in media picker to select PDF documents from other apps that support iOS’s storage provider extensions, including Apple’s own iCloud Drive service. Read More

 

Tip: use 3D Touch to export PDFs on your iPhone 6s

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 1, 2016

iOS 9 includes a new Share sheet action for saving PDFs to iBooks. This is great for, say, turning a webpage or other document into a PDF form with one notable complaint—not everyone wants to read PDFs in the iBooks app. If you own an iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus, you’re in the luck.

As it turns out, you can export a PDF to any app on your device with 3D Touch right from iOS’s Print Preview screen. This is an extremely convenient feature, but it’s unfortunate that it requires 3D Touch so owners of previous-generation and older iPhones cannot take advantage of it. Read More

 

Using Markup to annotate email attachments on your Mac

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 24, 2016

Not too long ago, we showed you how you could use Markup in iOS to add some annotations to your email attachments before firing them off to their recipient(s).

This feature is also present in OS X and later, and is just as powerful, if not more so. It’s even compatible with various file types including but not limited to images and PDF files.

In this tutorial, we’ll walk you through how to access Markup in the OS X Mail app. Read More

 

Office Lens converts scanned paper documents to editable Word files

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 12, 2016

For those of you that still use hard copies for all your important documents, or have physical business cards, photographs, whiteboards, and other important information that are looking for a way to digitize it and even modify it after the fact, Microsoft’s Office Lens app will be your best friend.

Office Lens, which is a free download from the App Store, allows you to scan these kinds of information and media and can create software versions of them to make sharing and editing easier so you can get rid of the filing cabinet taking up space in your home or office.

In this tutorial, we’ll give you some background on the app and show you how you can use it to scan and then edit documents in Word. Read More

 

PDF to Word: quickly convert PDF files to Word files on your Mac

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 20, 2016

Not so long ago, we told you all about an app for iOS that allowed you to convert PDF files to Microsoft Word files, but did you know you can accomplish the same process on your Mac too?

In this tutorial, we’ll be showing you how to convert PDF files to Microsoft Word files using an app from the Mac App Store called PDF to Word by Feiphone. Read More

 

PDF to Word: convert PDF files to Word files on iOS

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 18, 2016

If you deal regularly with PDF files, and often use word processors such as Microsoft Word to edit your text documents, then an app called PDF to Word from the App Store could easily become your new best friend.

This app lets you easily convert PDF files to Word files (DOCX) so that you can edit them in Microsoft Word for iOS or on Microsoft Word on your computer. In this tutorial, we’ll go through the process of using the app and show you just how easy this process can be. Read More

 

Readdle’s PDF Expert 5 for Mac picks up new features for easier document manipulation

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 1, 2015

Ukrainian developer Readdle launched the Mac edition of PDF Expert, its popular PDF viewer app for iOS, in mid-November. Today marks the first major feature-focused refresh of the app in the Mac App Store.

The app now lets you mail a flattened copy of your PDF and rotate a page without entering the Pages mode. It will remember on what page you’ve left your document so that the next time you open the same file you can continue right where you left off. Read More

 

PDF Expert 5, normally a $9.99 app, is Apple’s Free App of the Week

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 12, 2015

If you wish to read and annotate PDFs on the iPad, then there is perhaps no better app to do so with than PDF Expert 5. The latest in the long standing series of PDF annotation tools from developer Readdle, PDF Expert 5 is a well-respected app that normally commands a $9.99 purchase price.

If you’ve yet to purchase PDF Expert 5, then I have some good news for you: For the next week, the app is available as a free download from the App Store as a part of Apple’s Free App of the Week promotion. Read More

 

Readdle launches PDF Expert for Mac

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 12, 2015

Ukrainian developer Readdle has released a Mac edition of its popular PDF management app for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, PDF Expert.

Available for $19.99 in the Mac App Store, this powerful app will empower your PDF workflow on the Mac and increase your productivity.

It includes such features as smooth scrolling and fast search, robust editing and annotation tools and more.

File exchange with other apps is much simplified through the Mac’s multi-purpose Share sheet and the app supports Continuity and Handoff to allow seamless switching between PDF Expert on your iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Mac, and much more. Read More

 

How to turn webpages into PDF documents on iPhone and iPad

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 11, 2015

You no longer need a dedicated app to turn webpages or your photos into PDF documents on your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad. That’s because iOS 9 has conveniently added a new item to the system-wide Share menu which permits you to do just that, right out of the box and in seamless fashion.

In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to turn any webpage in Safari, or one or more photos in your Camera roll, into a PDF document and send it to iBooks. Read More

 

iOS 9 includes a share action for saving PDFs to iBooks

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 27, 2015

There’s still no native option to print to PDF in iOS, but a new iOS 9 feature might the next best thing. Featured prominently in the share sheet of Apple’s upcoming mobile OS update, is a new Save PDF to iBooks Activity. This new option allows users to easily turn a webpage or other document into a PDF in seconds. Read More

 

How to free up your iPhone and iPad storage space by removing unwanted books

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 6, 2015

Our previous how-tos shared tips on saving storage space on your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad by removing photosvideos, songs and apps. And last week, we shared an excellent tip on clearing ‘Other’ storage occupied by Safari’s Reading List, app caches and temporary data.

With that in mind, you’d be surprised to learn that electronic books can take significant amount of storage space.

While a typical book found on the iBooks Store is about two megabytes in size, a textbook with enhanced features like audio and video will typically require anywhere between a few hundred megabytes to up to two gigabytes of storage, per textbook.

Now, if you’re anything like me, your devices are stuffed to the gills with multimedia-rich smart reads. In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how to identify the amount of on-device storage consumed by iBooks content, teach you how to reclaim storage space by removing books and PDFs you’ve read and share a few useful tips along the way that I bet you didn’t know about. Read More

 

Readdle launches PDF Office, a new productivity suite with subscription model

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 10, 2014

Ukrainian developer Readdle today added a new flagship application to its stable of productivity software for the iPad, PDF Office. The all-in-one mobile solution is suited for demanding users who need to produce PDF files on the go, from scratch, or edit existing documents using a bunch of powerful editing and annotation tools.

With PDF Office, you can create new PDFs, jot down notes, scan documents using your iPad’s camera, create and fill out forms, convert any file, picture or even a website into a PDF document, annotate and sign PDFs, collaborate on documents and more — all in the name of going completely paperless.

Based on a subscription model, PDF Office is available free of charge with subscriptions starting at $5 per month (annual subscription will cost you $40). Read More

 

The best PDF management apps for iPhone and iPad

By Lory Gil on Oct 19, 2014

Thanks to technological advancements like the iPhone and iPad, we no longer have to cut down as many trees in order to keep productivity going. With the features that many PDF readers have, you can download a document, sign it, and return it to the sender without having to print out a single piece of paper.

If your list of PDF files is growing by the minute, you might need a dedicated app for keeping them organized, while still allowing you the ability to annotate and edit. We’ve got a list of what we think are the best PDF management apps for iPhone and iPad that will let you edit, annotate, or even sign PDF documents. Read More

 

PDF Expert 5 and Documents 5 updated with iCloud Drive, Touch ID and other enhancements

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 28, 2014

Yesterday, Ukrainian developer Readdle released a pretty big update to its PDF Expert 5 and Documents 5, apps that let you edit, annotate and manage PDFs and other documents on your iPhone and iPad.

I wanted to share a few key improvements with you quickly because the app’s now a showcase example of how iOS 8 enables a whole new level of inter-app integration.

A free update to existing owners, PDF Expert 5.2 features a number of enhancements, including a few iOS 8 exclusives such as support for iCloud Drive document storage and Touch ID authentication to unlock the app instead of a regular passcode. Read More

 
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