I’m certain that I haven’t seen every app in the App Store that will display PDF files on the iPad. But, I do have a few of them, and what I quickly noticed going through purchased app or free app, was that there was something poignantly missing for me in all of them.
I usually have numerous PDF files open and accessible while working on my laptop at any given time. Now that I use my iPad for work purposes, and sometimes in place of my laptop, I need an iPad app that does the same. What I found was that most apps allowed a library of PDF files stored in them, but when it came to viewing those PDF files, that was done only one PDF at a time. Going back and forth to open/close/open a PDF just would not work for how I needed to work. So, living the motto “There’s an app for that” I went searching for it (or them).
I soon found iRead PDF, by Aji, LLC, to be the app I have been wanting. iRead PDF is a PDF reader that sports tabbed viewing; in essence mimicking the tabs on the Safari Browser or a Creative Suite app like Photoshop. Thus, allowing multiple PDF files open and accessible at one time, like you would normally work.
Knowing that the iPad isn’t going to give me the exact same workflow that I’m used to with my laptop, it’s nice to get as close as possible. Even so, I was just happy that I could now have multiple PDFs open in a tabbed viewing structure, and from a free app at that.
Along with the tabbed viewing structure, expected scroll, zoom and gestures support, iRead PDF had many nice features that made working with it feel more like working with PDFs on my laptop.
There is a customizable toolbar to bring more of iRead PDF tools to your fingertips. Navigation tools like PDF Outline, Go To Page Number, Previous Page, First Page, Last Page, Next Page, Select (for copying content); from the Command Library.
Add Bookmarks (even with customized colors) to the opened PDFs for quick access to page location and customized views; view PDF links, Outlines (TOC-like), Highlights, Underlines, and view any other Annotations already within the PDF.
The Library pane is filled with expected features (Favorites, Search, Recents, New Docs, Browse, Unread), but also unexpected features of displaying a special icon if a PDF contains notations and allowing the addition of tags to the PDF.
While there are many way to get a PDF opened into iReader PDF, a companion Aji Reader Service desktop application is available for syncing PDF files on your computer with iReader PDF on your iPad.
While there are other PDF reader apps that do what they do and do it well, iRead PDF is an absolute must if you need multiple PDF files open at one time.