PDF Office, Robinhood, and other Mac and iOS apps you might have missed

PDF Office, Robinhood and other new apps you might have missed this week

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Readdle is known for making quality productivity apps like Scanner Pro and Documents. Its new PDF Office app is all about creating and editing PDFs on the iPad.

But wait, doesn’t Readdle already make a popular PDF viewer for iOS? What’s the difference?

“PDF Expert 5 is more of a reader, annotation app, whereas PDF Office is an all-in-one tool for document conversion and creation,” explains Readdle Marketing Director Denys Zhadanov to Cult of Mac. “If a person has to create PDF documents, forms, congrats, notes, etc., PDF Office is definitely the right choice.”

You can scan documents with the iPad’s camera and turn them into fully editable PDFs, which is a great way to clear out the office. Most people probably won’t need all the power that PDF Office provides, but for those who could benefit from the best PDF tool on the iPad that money can buy, it’s definitely worth considering.

Readdle is offering the app through a subscription system, and you should read this blog post if you want to understand why.

Available on: iPad

Price: $4.99 per month/$39.99 per year (Existing PDF Expert users get a year for free)

Download: App Store

The next generation of stock trading is upon us thanks to Robinhood, a new iPhone app that came out this week.

Most brokerages charge between $7 and $10 for individual stock trades, but Robinhood eliminates fees entirely by cutting out the middleman. You’re in charge of your trading, and you don’t have to be well versed in the ways of Wall Street to use the app.

The interface is dead simple, and it makes the possibility of trading stocks a reality for more people than ever before. There’s a pretty huge waitlist right now, so you won’t be able to use it right away. But if you’re interested, claim your spot in line.

Available on: iPhone

Price: Free

Download: App Store

The official Google app got updated with Android’s new Material Design philosophy, which is interesting to see on iOS. The design is based on traditional ink and paper with a reliance on animations to create depth, so it’s pretty different from where Apple has been headed with mobile post iOS 6.

You can see your recently visited businesses, start a new search from the center Google button, and use Street View without leaving the app on iPhone. The app has also been optimized for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

Available on: iPhone/iPad

Price: Free

Download: App Store

Vemedio released Instacast 2 for Mac, a complete visual overhaul for OS X Yosemite.

“We redesigned the entirety of Instacast's interface, including the app icon, the MiniPlayer and each individual dialog in Instacast's settings,” said Vemedio’s Martin Hering. “The MiniPlayer's interface looks fantastic with Yosemite's dark mode too. We also added the new episode lists from Instacast 5 on iOS, including list syncing via Instacast Cloud.”

Instacast is already a fantastic solution for streaming podcasts on iOS, and this new Mac update means that it’s one of the most attractive cross-platform podcast clients available.

Those with an existing Instacast Membership ($14.99 per year) get version 2 for Mac free along with all in-app iOS purchases. A standalone license for Instacast 2 on the Mac costs $19.99, and an upgrade from version 1 costs $5. There’s also a 15-day free trial available to try.

Available on: Mac

Price: $14.99 per year for subscription that also unlocks premium iOS app, or $19.99 for single license

Download: Vemedio

Slacker’s big redesign makes it a highly compelling take on internet radio. Not only does the new interface look gorgeous, but Slacker is debuting new partnerships with celebrities and content creators like Tyler Oakley, Rooster Teeth and Nerdist Industries.

In total, there are nearly 400 stations to choose from, and new customization features allow you to fine tune personal stations by artist, song, and genre.

Slacker is free to use on the web or mobile, but $3.99 per month gets you unlimited skips, no ads offline listening, and custom feeds from the likes of Disney and ESPN. A $9.99 per month subscription basically turns Slacker into a Spotify competitor with full access to its catalog of music.

Available on: Web/iPhone

Price: Free (with $3.99 and $9.99 subscription options)

Download: App Store