Documents by Readdle got major updates to its video player recently. Users can now extract audio from video, multitask with a video mini-player, stream with Chromecast, and more. Extract audio from video. Get an mp3 file with the sound while your original video remains untouched. This is great for lectures and music videos. Multitask with Video mini-player.Watch a video in a small window while doing other things in Documents. “Always Landscape” mode. Enjoy movies comfortably as Documents plays videos in the landscape orientation no matter who you rotate your iPhone. Chromecast support. Stream videos from Documents to your TV with Google Chromecast and use your iPhone with Documents as a remote control. Lots of our users were waiting for this.
Readdle’s Scanner Pro app received some new features in its update on Thursday. First, the Text Vision (OCR) feature got enhanced. It automatically recognizes the text of all your scans, so you can select, copy, and export it to other apps. Next, search in the content of your scans, not just their titles. Scanner Pro now automatically turns all your scans into searchable PDFs. Finally, there is a new business model. Scanner Pro is free with basic features and a subscription gives you watermark-free scans, Text Vision, full text search, password protection, and automatic upload to cloud and workflows.
Readdle is ready for iOS 14, having recently updated its suite of apps for iOS 14. Spark, Documents, Calendars, Scanner Pro, and PDF Expert are all set. Here are some new things. Documents: Widgets for recent and favorite files, music, and file actions; picture-in-picture on iPhones. PDF Expert: Scribble for Apple Pencil; widgets for recents and favorite PDFs; faster folder navigation. Calendars: Widgets for events, tasks, and conference calls; faster search for events; create events with your voice. Scanner Pro: Widgets for important documents and fast scanning; search through OCRed text with Spotlight; annotate your scans. Spark: Set Spark as your default email app; widgets for important emails and calendar; OAuth support for Office 365 accounts.
Documents by Readdle is a popular app for file management, and its most recent update added a VPN. They say it’s “the world’s fastest VPN service” although I don’t know if Readdle has its own servers or is using another company’s servers. In any case there are two pricing tiers available: A free plan that gives you 50MB/day, and a paid plan with Documents Plus that costs US$89.99/year or US$12.49/month. I’ve been seeing more companies trying to get a slice of the VPN market, and the trend will continue as privacy awareness increases. Is this VPN something I recommend? Probably not. Instead, there are VPN companies with proven track records, like ProtonVPN, NordVPN, and Private Internet Access. Check out the link below to read Readdle’s blog post, and use this link to download Documents.
Update: Andrew Orr discussed this article on Security Friday.
PDF Expert for Mac by Readdle is a powerful tool and it’s on sale for US$40 (normal price is US$80) until August 12.
Readdle updated its Scanner Pro app recently that can remove shadows from your document scans. This is helpful in situations if your hand casts a shadow on the document while you’re scanning it. Shadow Removal automatically works while scanning in both the black & white mode and color document mode. You can also use the edit menu to fix old scans. App Store: US$3.99
Calendars by Readdle was updated recently to add integration with Zoom, Hangouts, and GoToMeeting. When you create an event within the app you can generate a call link with one of these services right there. Another feature lets you see your teammates’ availability and add their schedules to your own calendar. This is limited to G Suite accounts. Users can also get notifications about new event invites, something that previously required you to open the app and check its Notification Center. App Store: Calendars 5 by Readdle – US$6.99
Spark version 2.7.0 adds mouse and trackpad support for iPad users, as well as a way to react to emails and chats with emojis. Spark mail by Readdle gives you a Smart Inbox, email scheduling, natural language search, a built-in calendar, integrations with third-party apps, email snoozing, email link creation, and many more features. It’s a email app for everyone, whether you’re using it for your own use or as part of a business team. App Store: Spark – Free
Today PDF Expert added a new feature to its mobile apps called Reading Mode. It displays PDFs similarly to Safari’s Reader Mode. Usually when you’re reading a PDF in Files, Apple Books, or (hitherto) PDF Expert, you’d have to zoom in to read or turn your iPhone sideways. In Reading Mode you can change the font size, document theme like day, sepia, and night mode, or see options to keep the device away as you’re reading, and to crop the headers and footers of documents. App Store: PDF Expert (Offers In-App Purchases)
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We have a deal on PDF Expert for Mac from Readdle. You can create and edit PDFs, work with large PDFs smoothly, and it allows you to annotate PDFs, merge them, and much more. This PDF editor also has a nice list of distinctions, including being 2015 App of the Year in the Mac App Store and Top Paid App in the Mac App Store. It’s $29.99 through our deal.
Another popular app got an update today. Calendars by Readdle (and also Calendars 5) now lets you add Microsoft Outlook accounts. Support for multiple accounts was also added. This means you can now have Google, iCloud, and Outlook (Exchange) accounts in the app simultaneously. This is in the Pro version of Calendars 5, which is on sale for 40% off (usually US$3.99). Other features include: Drag and drop events; Manage events both online and offline, Special keyboards; Search, and more. App Store: Free (Offers In-App Purchases)
Readdle creates apps like PDF Expert and Documents, and it’s celebrating Black Friday 2019 with deals until December 2.
PDF Expert for Mac at 40% off
Black Friday Bundle at 50% off: Apps include Scanner Pro, Calendars 5, PDF Converter, and Printer Pro
Premium Features in Calendars at 40% off
PDF editing in Documents at 50% off
I no longer use Readdle apps but these are great deals for great apps.
Readdle’s Spark Mail 2.5.0 has been redesigned to give you features like Dark Mode, multi-window support on iPadOS, and more. Release notes include: Slick new design, stylish Dark Mode, Inbox with Avatars, customize email actions, multiple windows support on iPad, sync contacts between all your devices, and various bug issues and small improvements.
We are building the future of email. Modern design, fast, intuitive, collaborative, seeing what’s important, automation and truly personal experience that you love – this is what Spark stands for.
App Store: Free
Readdle updated PDF Expert 7 recently, bringing new features like iOS 13’s Dark Mode. Other features include PencilKit for image annotation, multiple windows for better multitasking, and productivity gestures for iPadOS. From the blog post:
PDF Expert 7 features all the new gestures Apple has included in iPadOS. Be it the one-finger tap and drag gesture to select text, the three-finger pinch out to copy or cut text, three-finger swipe left/right to Undo or Redo, or the three-finger tap to bring up the contextual menu — it’s all here on your iPad with PDF Expert.
App Store: PDF Expert 7 – Free
Readdle is launching PDF Expert 7, and Pro features are now a subscription of US$49.99/year. There are still free features available, but if you want to do anything other than viewing a PDF, you’ll have to pay. Free Features: New design; better page management; sticker packs; improved engine that now runs on Metal; Files app integration; advanced search; new Annotation Summary tool. Pro Features: Edit PDF text and images; convert to PDF; reduce PDF file size; organize pages; sign PDFs; protect PDFs with a password; customizable toolbar; regular major updates. If you bought the PDF Expert 6 pro features, you’ll still have them in PDF Expert 7. App Store: Free (Offers In-App Purchases)
Spark 2.3.4 adds support for more fonts. Now you can choose between various fonts and pick the text size when you’re composing an email. Set a default font type and size for your messages, and Spark will remember it for all future emails. You’ll have other formatting options like text color and highlighting. You can apply different fonts to your email signature, too. As Spark’s blog post says:
The new collection of fonts in Spark gives you the ability to highlight certain phrases or points in a different font, making it easier for a busy recipient to peruse them in a single glance. Your emails will stand out from the crowd and help you leave a lasting impression on the recipient. There are many corporate environments that require a specific family of font to be used in company emails, and Spark will help you write better emails in both personal and professional use-cases.
App Store: Free
We have a deal on PDF Expert for Mac from Readdle. You can create and edit PDFs, work with large PDFs smoothly, and it allows you to annotate PDFs, merge them, and much more. This PDF editor also has a nice list of distinctions, including being The 2015 App of the Year in the Mac App Store and Top Paid App in the Mac App Store. It’s $54.99 through our deal, 31% off retail.
Did you get an iPad Pro recently and need some pro apps? Or maybe you’ve had one for a while and still can’t find pro apps. Here are five that we’ve found that take advantage of the iPad Pro’s hardware.
Andrew has scoured the App Store to give you a roundup of Apple alternative apps. This is a good companion to the Google alternative app list.