Monday, May 17, 2010

PDF Reader: iPad Edtion 1.0

It's time for another Mobile Apps 360 review. This time I cover Kdan's PDF Reader iPad Edition.

I found myself needing to read a PDF attachment today. I was away from my office, and I didn't want to try to read the email attachment on my BlackBerry knowing full well that I had an 9.7-inch iPad in my bag.

In steps Kdan Mobile Software's $0.99 Apple iPad application, PDF Reader 1.0.

I was drawn into purchasing PDF Reader because of some of the cool features it had. First is the ability to transfer Acrobat documents from my MacBook Pro to my iPad using iTunes. Next was the well designed UI. In landscape mode, you see a file/folder navigation bar on the left with a document pane on the right. Switch the iPad into portrait mode and the navigation bar melts away allowing you to see the document full screen without any distractions.



Another cool feature is the ability to browse to your web mail account from inside the application, a feature that requires the application have a MA-17 rating, and download the PDF file to your iPad. That was the feature that I needed to read me PDF file.

PDF Reader also has a nice built in manual system that allows you to quickly get started and then call up the manual if you have questions later on. Page scrolling and zooming work very well and I didn't have any problem flicking through 13 - 24 page documents I need to read today.

All in all, PDF Reader: iPad Edition should be an application that you purchase and install on your iPad if you need to read PDF files outside of Apple's email application.

For more information about PDF Reader, visit the Kdan website. To purchase a copy of PDF Reader: iPad Edition 1.0, visit the iTunes App Store [App Store link] or use the App Store icon on your iPad and search for "PDF".
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