Looking for the best iPad apps to help you sort, organize, edit, and just plain better manage your PDF collections? Whether you store tremendous amounts of PDFs that need to all be searchable or you just need to be able to paperlessly sign and send off a PDF contract, there are lots of App Store apps that make managing PDFs on iPad easier than ever. However, depending on how you interact with PDFs on a regular basis, some apps may be better suited for your use case than others. Considering some PDF apps can be quite costly or take up quite a bit of time to set up, we've done the dirty work for you in order to find which are the absolute best PDF management apps for iPad.
PDF Expert 5
PDF Expert 5 by Readdle lets you organize, annotate, highlight, and manage all your PDF documents in one place. Load them from Dropbox, Google Drive, or another cloud storage account and you're good to go. You can also load documents via iTunes or iCloud if you choose. Not only is PDF Expert 5 feature rich, its Review Mode is a remarkably beautiful and easy way to annotate PDFs. Simply enter Review Mode and treat the PDF like you would if you were in a word processor. PDF Expert will save your corrections and notes as smart annotations without actually changing the document itself.
If you spend more time annotating PDFs than anything else, Review Mode will enhance your workflow in amazing ways.
GoodReader 4 lets you open PDFs from many sources including Dropbox, Google Drive, Box, WebDAV, SMB, AFP, FTP, SFTP, and many more. You can also pull from URLs and other web sources via the built-in browser. One thing GoodReader seems to do slightly better than other PDF apps is single page management. You can easily add, rearrange, delete, rotate, extract and email individual pages with very little effort. You can also make use of stamps, lines, arrows, sticky notes, and more when marking up PDFs in GoodReader.
GoodReader 4 is a great choice if you need to access files from several different sources regularly or you want tons of editing and markup tools to choose from.
iAnnotate is not only beautifully designed and easy to use, it's also feature packed. Not only can you edit, annotate, mark up, and fill existing PDFs in iAnnotate, you can also create brand new ones. For those who need to make annotations that can't be edited or changed by others, iAnnotate lets you flatten them before sending so you can be sure nothing is modified without your consent. You can link up several different types of accounts including Dropbox, Google Drive, SkyDrive, and more. You also have the option to connect to custom WebDAV servers if you need to, or just sync files locally. Currently iAnnotate is not available for iPhone, which is something to keep in mind if you need access to your annotations on the go.
If you need to protect your annotations before sending or want to create new PDFs, iAnnotate will more than exceed your expectations.
PDFpen for iPad can sync seamlessly with its Mac counterpart via iCloud or Dropbox. Simply link up your cloud storage accounts and start editing. For anyone familiar with PDFpen on the Mac, you should be right at home. With PDFpen you can read, edit text, highlight, annotate, and much more. You can also complete fillable PDF forms without ever needing a computer. But if you do, you can simply save your changes in PDFpen for iPad and they'll be waiting for you when you get back to your Mac.
If syncing between Mac and iPad is a must for you, PDFpen is where it's at.
If you deal with PDF documents on a regular basis, what apps do you use on your iPad and why? Are there any features you think most PDF apps are currently missing that you'd like to see? Be sure to let me know in the comments!