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Review: PDF Expert 3 for iPhone [Contest]

Review: PDF Expert 3 for iPhone [Contest]
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    My go-to app for working with PDFs on my iPad is PDF Expert from Readdle. When I need to sign a contract, mark up documents for review (very handy for book chapters before they go to print), or just work with a PDF in general PDF Expert just works. Until today I hadn’t tried the iPhone version. For some reason I didn’t ever think about having a robust PDF app on my iPhone—until today. The folks at Readdle just updated PDF Expert for iPhone ($9.99) with all the awesome features of the iPad app…like stamps, filling out PDF forms, playing audio and video within PDFs, annotations, and signatures, and I think a very, very clever UI. Oh…and they gave me a couple of codes to share with you, too.

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    But first, let’s talk about the app.

    According to the folks at Readdle, PDF Expert is the only PDF reader for the iPhone that lets you fill out PDF forms (including calculations!). Now that’s pretty handy alone, but you add to that being able to annotate, sign, stamp, and sync with cloud services (I sync documents with Dropbox and it works amazingly well) you really have a killer PDF app.

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    But, what about a complex PDF with really small text? Come on, most PDFs are made to be read on much lager screens than the iPhone, right? Well, PDF Expert has a special “Text Reflow” mode which scales the text in the PDF to fit the screen (but removes the images) for easy reading. Of course you can switch to “regular” view and quickly zoom in to annotate, check out the images, fill in the forms, or sign something.

    I know a lot of us are trying to streamline our cluttered lives and going paperless using PDF documents is a great way to achieve that. The challenge then is being able to get to your PDF files whenever and wherever you need them. I’ve found that PDF Expert fits the bill for me. Open from email, pull from Dropbox, SkyDrive or GoogleDocs (and other), or just download from the web you can read, annotate, sign, and share PDF files with PDF Expert.

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    Here’s the bottom line: There might be cheaper PDF apps in the App Store for the iPhone (or the iPad for that matter—they are two separate and different apps), but I highly doubt you’ll find a better one than PDF Expert.

    (Oh…I mentioned that a couple of you could win a copy, didn’t I? To enter to win a copy of PDF Expert for iPhone just leave a comment on this post and I’ll pick two winners at random next Saturday May 26th. Simple as that.)

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    So, what’s your big PDF challenge? Sound off in the comments.

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    Last Updated on December 18, 2020

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    This article from Credit Suisse, tells us that technology does not have all the answers because it has been found to exhibit “similar biases,” as humans. No one can discredit the impact of technology, but it is not totally free of human input and this is the reason we experience these biases in many areas we have technology holding foot.

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    Creating technological solutions transparently

    This article suggests that the process of creating technological solutions be made transparent and subject to contribution from many people who would end up as users of the product – male, female, young, old, learned, unlearned and all other preferences as we have them. It also underscores the importance of having women on product development teams. This approach is not sure to eliminate all forms of bias, but it is a good way to start in order to appraise the full benefits of technology.

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    Technology so far has been a major connecting tool amongst us humans. It is used and appreciated by all regardless of race, language and sex. In order to keep it less subjective to these arguments about human biases. I believe we should gather opinions on products and solutions before making them available to the public. This could be done by gathering input from intended target users and receiving feedback across the stages of production.

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    “Recognizing the problem is a start…success will depend on inclusive technologies that meet this vast untapped market.” This cannot be more apt especially at a time when we look up to technology for solutions. We should not muzzle our progress with technology by battling algorithm bias. The first way to avoid this battle is by reading this article here.

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