The Mac PDF landscape is growing, too; with choices for all kinds of PDF readers and editors, from free to overpriced, overly complex, and overdone (Adobe Acrobat, I’m looking at you).
Somewhere in between are the value apps for PDF aficionados; those of us Mac users who are forced to deal with PDFs. Here’s a newly crowned favorite among the many Mac PDF apps which cross my Desktop. It’s called HyperPDF and it’s a mashup app– one that does more than expected, but not so much as to make it complicated to use.
HyperPDF is a PDF viewer which displays PDFs in book format– pages turn from left to right and back again instead of scrolling up and down vertically. Try it. You’ll like it.
HyperPDF navigates through pages as you would navigate pages through a book. Left to right (and back again). Clever, no? It also uses gestures for trackpad and mouse, but since this is a mashup app there must be more, right?
HyperPDF also does annotations and notes, so you can highlight sections of text on a PDF document, drop in an anchored note, add shapes, text notes, underline, strikeout, and do freehand drawing.
Not to be outdone by PDF viewers which have two main features, HyperPDF also does slideshows of pages within a PDF document, including a built-in transition between pages. As PDF viewers go, this one is priced in the mid-range but the book-style left-to-right reading function is worth the price of admission all by itself.
And, speaking of the price tag, I don’t mind paying a few dollars for an app with no trial version, but HyperPDF does not have a trial or try-before-you-buy version. It’s a nice app but trying first is a good thing.