PDF Expert’s biggest update yet brings new features and iPhone support

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Readdle today rolled out its biggest update yet for PDF Expert 5, one of the finest PDF editing apps for iOS. It adds support for continuous scrolling and calculations, improves performance, and makes PDF Expert a universal app — so you only have to buy it once to use it on both iPhone and iPad.

I’ve written about PDF Expert — and indeed other fantastic productivity apps from Readdle — countless times before. It’s arguably the best app there is for viewing, editing, and annotating PDF documents on iOS, and with every update, it just keeps getting better.

The latest 5.1 release is its most significant yet, merging the PDF Expert apps for iPhone and iPad into a universal release, and adding a bunch of welcome new features, including continuous scroll.

Continuous scroll lets you browse PDF documents just like they’re web pages in a browser. You no longer need to flick through horizontal pages; each one is displayed vertically and all you can scroll through them from the first to the last without having to tap a single button.

And thanks to the performance improvements with this release, scrolling is super snappy and smooth — just like the rest of the app.

The update also adds the ability to create freehand drawings, manage pages, and merge multiple PDF documents into one. You can also select annotation groups and edit them, share files via SMB, and mark your files with colors and stars to make them easier to organize and find.

Finally, PDF Expert now allows calculations inside PDF documents created in Adobe Acrobat or LiveCycle Designer. If you have to edit an invoice, for instance, you can input quantity and price per unit and the app will instantly do the math for you.

PDF Expert 5.1 is free for PDF Expert 5 owners, or $9.99 if you’re not an existing user. You can download it from the App Store now.

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Killian BellKillian Bell is a staff writer based in the U.K. He has an interest in all things tech and also covers Android over at CultofAndroid.com. You can follow him on Twitter via @killianbell.

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