When it comes to productivity apps for iOS, probably no developer does the job better than Ukraine-based Readdle. Over the years we've watched in awe as they've cranked out some amazing apps like PDF Expert, Scanner Pro, Documents, and Calendars. While many of their apps have provided the ability to edit, markup, and save PDF files, actually creating editable forms on an iOS device wasn't possible until now. The new PDF Office iPad app (free to try with in-app subscription purchases) can do much of what some of the other Readdle PDF apps do, but adds some features that make it a desktop-class PDF editor.
PDF Office provides four primary functions:
- Create PDF files
- Convert into PDF
- Edit PDF Documents
- Annotate, sign and collaborate
The first, and probably the most interesting function for those who have used the full-fledged Adobe Acrobat desktop app in the past, is the PDF creation capability. You can create a blank PDF document on a variety of paper types, then type text, use a stylus to handwrite notes or draw diagrams, and more. You can also digitize any existing paper document, and once it is scanned into PDF Office, it's simple to edit and annotate the PDF.
But the most impressive function of PDF Office in terms of PDF creation is the ability to create fillable PDF forms. There's a full editor that provides a way to build these forms and define parameters for each field. Fields can be dates, numbers in various formats, signatures, text, dropdown lists, or even calculated results.