Working with PDFs on the iPad

PDF files are a great way to expand the capability of your “paperless” workflow via the iPad. Throughout my years of working with technicians with laptops and Word or Excel forms, is that no matter how well you think you “lock down” a Word or Excel file to maintain formatting, formulas, etc., over time they always seem to be able to mess up the formulas or formatting of a document. PDF forms, although less powerful than an Excel spreadsheet, seem to overcome that obstacle while providing a powerful form input capability. PDF forms are not as efficient a workflow as an app like Q-Scribe for your day to day workflow but they do have a place to handle the edge-case workflows.

Here is a good article by TabletProductive about “How to work with PDFs on your iPad“. The article discusses some of my favorite PDF apps like Goodreader, PDF PROvider, and PDF Pen, although they don’t mention my daily go-to PDF app PDF Expert..

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