Readdle Launches PDF Expert 6 With New Editing Features, Revamped Design
May 10, 2017 6:00 am PDT by Juli Clover
Readdle today announced the launch of PDF Expert 6, a major update to its popular PDF Expert app. PDF Expert 6 introduces a range of new features, from a revamped look to new editing tools.

The app has been overhauled with a fresh, streamlined look that makes it easier to add and manage files, but the most important new feature is the addition of editing tools. With PDF Expert 6, you can do more than just annotate -- the app now supports editing and modifying PDF text, adding images, adding links, redacting information, and more.

Other new features include support for editing and annotating documents directly in Dropbox or another cloud service, password protected files, improved search, and edit outlines.

PDF Expert 6 can be downloaded from the App Store for $9.99, and the update is free for existing users. The new PDF editing tools are available through an additional $9.99 in-app purchase. [Direct Link]

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18 months ago

What's the point of the free upgrade if I still have to pay $9.99 for the new features?

You don't 'have to pay' - only if you want the new PDF editing features. These features were not part of the app when you purchased it, and there was no promise that such features would be made available for free when you purchased.

You're still getting quite a few other things: new design, work in the cloud, password protection, enhanced search, edit outlines and the usual bug fixes for your free upgrade.

I mean, I already paid for the app (both Mac and iOS).

And nothing has changed. You still have the app you paid for with the features you agreed to get at the price you paid when you bought it.

It's not like these features are really new.

They're new to the iOS version of this app. Other apps may have had such features already, and if you needed those features when you bought the app, you should've purchased one of those alternatives instead.

You willingly purchased the app without these additional features, so you must've been happy to pay the price at the time. What's changed?
Rating: 6 Votes
18 months ago
I don't like the idea of a new IAP on an app I've already paid for, but the truth is, if we want pro-level apps like this to be continually updated and improved, we need to pony up some money from time to time, and this is way better than the monthly subscription model.
Rating: 5 Votes
18 months ago
Amazing update to a great app.

I paid the 10 bucks. Well worth it, plus if we don't pay for great software, there won't be any. It really is that simple.
Rating: 3 Votes
18 months ago

So the update is free, but the new functions will still cost me $9.99 for PDF-editing, right? Just for clarification.

Yes, the update is free, but editing a pdf (text, images, or redacting content) will cost extra.
Rating: 3 Votes
18 months ago
Love PDF Expert. I've use it for years on iOS for school and now business. I replaced Preview with it in thr Mac when El Cap destroyed Preview and I've been very happy.

I'm really starting to dislike this trend of apps that you have to pay for, then pay more in IAPs for additional features. It's nickel and dimeing and it's ridiculous.

Why not make the app free, then charge IAPs for anything beyond a barebones feature set?

I know I'd be upset if I didn't know certain features were more and had to pay another $10 after already paying $10 for the app itself.

There are another group of people who similarly hate the idea of a free app with many IAPs to unlock.

I dislike Free + IAP because it's often abused and you end up paying 10x more. I'd rather pay (and $10 for a desktop class PDF app is not much) and have all the features.

I look at this IAP as Readdles way around Apple's rule against update pricing. If they did this every three months I'd say no, but I'm happy to pay an IAP for an app I've used for years. They deserve money for continued support. My $10 in 2013 is not going to get them through thr hard times.
[doublepost=1494432587][/doublepost]The only think I'd like to know is if thr IAP is required for both thr Mac and iOS.

I wonder if these new features are available with thr update since the Mac version is much more expensive than the iOS version.

EDIT: they confirmed the Mac App has no IAP.
Rating: 2 Votes
18 months ago
Hello world! I'd like to give some clarification on the new PDF Expert 6.

- The new is free for all existing PDF Expert iOS users.
- The in-app purchase enables you to edit existing text in the PDF document, also edit it's size and font.
- It is a one-time purchase of Text Editing feature, for 9.99$, which is a more user-friendly price comparing to apps allowing to do way more than other apps for 'from $180/year' subscription.
- Before, there never was a feature of editing existing PDF text on PDF Expert in iOS, and Readdle team worked over the last 6 month developing this.

The integrity of the PDF document is destroyed by the ability of readers to edit them. In the legal, academic, and research profession this is an important issue.

- There are many cases when user needs to edit PDF text, for example to correct the presentation, invoice, update CV and other files, so it makes perfect sense to have this ability

But I would prefer giving customers a heads up. Let customers know beforehand that there's an update in the future and I think it will come off better...IMO. Heck, send a press release... Readdle is a well-known company in the Apple community. So, let us know what the plan is going forward with PDF Expert and customers will be better prepared to deal with it..

- Readdle described the situation around in-app purchase and what feature it brings in their blog here:, press releases are meant to be for press, and blogs & twitter for people. It was described on Readdle's Twitter too:

It's not like these features are really new. I could've been charged more from the beginning just to ensure that I continue to get these refinements in the future.
I need to think this over because I really don't want to shed ten dollars to 'un-gimp' this app.

- Readdle team spent around 6 months developing this feature, so it is quite new :)
Rating: 2 Votes
18 months ago

I agree to a point. You're absolutely right that this is better than the monthly subscription model and that software development costs money. But in-app purchase requirements seem less than fully transparent (i.e., it can be difficult to suss out what one truly needs to pay for at the time of purchase)

The problem is that Apple still hasn't come up with any good way for developers to offer paid upgrades. There has to be some way for developers to fund the development of new features, and right now the only options are to release a separate app (which existing owners would have to purchase at full price) or use an in-app purchase.

As a general rule, I think all "normal" functionality should be priced into the initial download, and that price also should include at least a few years of the developer's planned upgrades.

Outside of Apple's app stores, no major software product provides major upgrades of the functionality like this one for free. The in-place editing of PDFs is really impressive, beating even much more expensive products such as Acrobat. They recently added it to the Mac version of PDF Expert as well.
Rating: 2 Votes
18 months ago

No if you have the app already it's a free update. Just did it to mine and everything works perfectly.

This is incorrect information. The app itself is a free update for those with 5.7.8 but it isn't entirely free. After installing the upgrade there is no PDF edit function, after hitting "restore purchases" which finishes with "success" there is still no PDF edit function. The only way to get the PDF edit function is to buy the IAP. Period. They are even saying this on their Twitter feed!

Sadly Readdle does a very bad job at explaining things which leads to lots of confusion and unhappy customers. All the old features such as annotation and highlighting are still there and do not require the IAP. If you want to change the font and the text in the PDF itself then you do need the IAP. What the IAP does is get PDF Expert for iOS on PDF Expert for Mac level.

They now have 2 versions of the app:
* pay for the app and you get the first version which can read and annotate a PDF so for people who only need this kind of functionality this is enough
* pay for the app and get the IAP so you can read, annotate and edit the PDF.

Let's hope they increase the editing features and keep both the iOS and Mac versions on the same level when it comes to features.
Rating: 1 Votes
18 months ago

I don't like the idea of a new IAP on an app I've already paid for, but the truth is, if we want pro-level apps like this to be continually updated and improved, we need to pony up some money from time to time, and this is way better than the monthly subscription model.

The whole problem with IAP is that they cannot be shared across the family.

I can buy an expensive app, for 10 EURO, but I know my whole family will benefit. That's not the case with IAPs.
Rating: 1 Votes
18 months ago

I do not like the reader ability to alter the text content of the documents. There are ways to lock out editing a PDF, but that setting is not honored by many PDF reader applications. The integrity of the PDF document is destroyed by the ability of readers to edit them. In the legal, academic, and research profession this is an important issue.

The ability to modify text in PDFs has been around for years, including in Acrobat (although not as elegantly). The only safe way to verify that a document hasn't been tampered with is to cryptographically sign it and verify the signature.
Rating: 1 Votes

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