Why can’t iBooks edit and annotate PDF files? Seriously? For iPhone and iPad users there are dozens of iOS apps which handle PDF files far better than Apple’s own iBooks. Why should I use three or four apps and store PDFs in multiple locations just to manage PDFs?
Alright, Adobe, it’s your turn. PDFs are a great technology. Why does Adobe Acrobat cost as much as a used car? And, why is Acrobat as reliable as a used car?
If you feel my pain and frustration, then you’ll appreciate the independent Mac app developer who recognizes a problem and builds a solution. My favorite PDF tool is PDFpen. It’s a PDF editor which just the right balance of capability and options to price ratio.
PDFpen annotates and edits.
Pages within a PDF can be organized on the fly.
PDFpen shares documents with PDFpen for iPad using Apple’s iCloud. Drop in a scanned signature for documents and scale it to fit the PDF.
This app is so cool it even redacts sensitive information within a document (and doesn’t just hide it, it deletes it). There’s even a built-in OCR option (optical character recognition).
Drop in text and images to a PDF. Move, resize, copy or delete images from within a PDF, and save to Evernote.
And, of course, PDFpen edits, annotates, and even corrects text within a PDF. These are basic features Apple ignores in Preview on the Mac, and completely forgets about in iBooks.