PDFs are a great way to share documents with others, but creating and editing usable files adds a level of complexity and expense that most of us would prefer to avoid. It’s time to try a new PDF app with a few good touches and new tricks.
The Talking PDF App
Everybody who creates or edits PDFs knows the problem with Adobe’s Acrobat. It’s typical Adobe. That means it’s complicated, complex, and expensive. Acrobat Reader is free but anemic.
Those negatives have created a cottage industry of sorts with a number of capable, usable, and much less expensive PDF apps, including the new PDF Reader Pro.
First of all, it doesn’t cost much. Second, it’s just plain easy to use to annotate PDFs, add notes to a PDF, and more.
More? Use bookmarks to find your place. Easily zoom in on text or scroll, magnify, and select as easy as a click. PDF Reader Pro adds notes to PDFs.
Not only does it do searches, and come with built-in presentation transitions, it talks.
Getting started is simple enough. Click to annotate a PDF, add notes, Search, Bookmark, or have the PDF read to you.
While not complicated, PDF Reader Pro does come with plenty of toolbar customizations.
PDF Reader Pro toolbar looks like the customize toolbar option on any Mac app.
When using PDFs most of us simply read the document, but often we’re asked to annotate. PDF Reader Pro’s annotation tools include adding text, dropping in circles, boxes, highlights and underlines, as well as freehand drawing.
The notes function is very handy. Think of it as per-page annotation that looks like a sticky note. PDFs are not God’s gift to presentations, but PDF Reader Pro has an option to add transitions to PDF page that can be controlled by Apple’s Remote Control.
Perhaps the neatest option is the one that doesn’t require any effort. It talks. The app has integrated text to speak conversion using what’s already built-in to your Mac. Let your PDF read to you.
This new breed of PDF app brings in the basics of annotation and search and combines that with attached notes, bookmarks, and a reading option. Not bad considering the price.