Take PDFs. Puhleeze. They’ve been around forever, they’re easy to print or save as files from nearly any app on a Mac, and you don’t even need Adobe’s Acrobat. What’s missing on modern PDFs? How about reading pages like a book and notes?
Flip Them Flippin’ Pages
Most PDF viewers let you scroll through PDF pages the old fashioned way. From top to bottom. From up to down. But that’s not how we read a book so why read a PDF that way?
Back in the day when Mac and PC screens were small, maybe that method made sense, but in the era of widescreen everything, the old fashioned way works best.
Enter HyperPDF, an elegant PDF viewer and note-taker for Mac users.
First and foremost, HyperPDF is a PDF reader, somewhat akin to Apple’s built-in Preview app, but with a few new twists.
It’s easy to navigate, handles bookmarks with ease, features fullscreen support on newer OS X versions, integrates keychain, lets you turn pages with Mac trackpad swipe gestures, and it takes notes.
But that’s not all.
Beyond the note-taking options, which are handy, yes, HyperPDF reads and displays PDFs as you would a book. Left to right (and back again).
That means you flip through a PDF as you would flip through a book; use the swipe gestures on the Mac’s trackpad or mouse.
The annotation features are good, too, so it’s easy to create little snippets of notes to drop onto a PDF document.
What’s not to like? Underline. Strike-through. Highlight. Notes. Shapes.
HyperPDF even has built-in transitions so a PDF document can end up as a presentation document. Nicely done, modestly priced, and improved reliability over previous versions (which were not worthy of a formal review). There is one thing not to like. For whatever reason, HyperPDF does not have a trial version. That’s crazy.