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The Best Apps to Read and Edit PDFs

We may have to deal with PDF files quite often, and these apps are some of the best to help you view, edit, mark up, annotate, and even sign and fill out PDFs.

PDF Expert 6 - Read, annotate & edit PDF documents

The master of reading and modifying PDFs on iOS. Period.

PDF Expert 6 - Read, annotate & edit PDF documents

Fill out forms

For anyone who not only reads, but also annotates, signs, modifies, and stores PDFs on iOS.

On the desktop, there are PDF viewers such as Adobe Reader and Preview, and then there are premium all-encompassing PDF suites such as Adobe Acrobat. While readers let you do what the name suggests, software such as Adobe Acrobat allows for advances modifications such as annotations, signing and filling forms, and modifying PDF documents in other ways. As iOS devices have become equally capable computers in many areas, this is especially true with apps such as PDF Expert. The app also serves as an excellent resource for storing an organizing PDFs with a built-in filesystem, and native support for third party cloud storage services such as Dropbox, Google Drive, and Box. There's also iOS Document Picker and Provider support so you can directly work with documents in iCloud and other Document Providers, along with having PDF Expert serve as a Document Provider for other apps.

Why we love it

If you want to do more with PDFs, download PDF Expert today. You won’t find a better option in the entire App Store.

Documents 6 - File manager, PDF reader and browser

Readdle is serious with productivity, so Documents 5 is a great choice

Documents 6 - File manager, PDF reader and browser

Documents 6 - File manager, PDF reader and browser

For anyone who trusts the Readdle brand and wants a powerful PDF viewer and file manager.

With Readdle's Documents 5, users can access their files from a variety of sources of their choosing. Once you have access to your files, just pick what you want to view or listen to, and the app lets you without breaking a sweat. When it comes to PDFs, users can mark up the PDF if need be, annotate, sign, and fill out fields on the document. There are several different choices for ink color and pen size, and it's easy to save and upload your document back into the cloud with all changes intact. A unique feature for ReaddleDocs is online storage through its own Readdle Storage. You are eligible for a free account with 512MB of storage for sharing files. PDF viewing is straightforward but lacks support for viewing multiple pages in landscape orientation.

Why we love it

Readdle is a trusted name around here, and Documents 5 is a great alternative for PDF and file management. The interface is friendly to use as well.

SignNow - Sign and Fill PDF & Word Documents

Signing and filling electronic documents has never been easier

SignNow - Sign and Fill PDF & Word Documents

Grab your document

When you need to sign or fill out electronic PDF and Word documents, CudaSign is there.

CudaSign is a simple but powerful app that anyone should have on-hand for their mobile office. Just upload the document or PDF into CudaSign through email, Dropbox, or Camera, view it, and then interact with it. This is a great way to get those forms filled out without writing anything by hand, and once you sign something, just save it and send it back — voilà!

Why we love it

It's a simple but powerful app that lets you fill out forms and sign PDFs without any hassle.

Scriptation - Annotate PDF Scripts for Film and TV

For TV and film production, this iPad app lets you to annotate PDFs and transfer those annotations.

Scriptation - Annotate PDF Scripts for Film and TV

For those in the television and film production industry to work with scripts.

Scriptation is a simple-to-use tool for those in the television and film industry. You can annotate PDFs and share the script changes easily and then use the full-featured app to manage your documents. Endorsed by Rainn Wilson of “The Office,” Michael Spiller, director of “The Mindy Project” and Alex Reid, writer and director of “Malcom in the Middle,” you cannot go wrong with this script-change tool.

Why we love it

Read, annotate, and transfer PDFs and documents for simpler script changes using Scriptation for iPad..

SignEasy - Sign and Fill PDF and other Documents

SignEasy - Sign and Fill PDF and other Documents

Glykka LLC

For those who want a PDF fill and sign app that supports additional file formats.

SignEasy gives you a fast and simple way to fills, sign, and send documents such as PDF, Word, Excel, and Pages. Pull in files from Google Drive, Dropbox, Evernote, OneNote, or email. You can also enable others to sign documents two different workflow types; one-by-one or all at once. Check it out for free and then sign up for a paid plan if you enjoy it.

Why we love it

SignEasy makes accessing, completing, signing, and sending various types of documents simple.

PDF Viewer - Read, Edit, Sign, and Annotate PDFs

PDF Viewer - Read, Edit, Sign, and Annotate PDFs

PSPDFKit GmbH

For those who want a PDF reader with annotation tools, form-fill, and text-to-speech options.

PDF Viewer – Read, Review, and Annotate lets you view documents on the go and then mark them up or sign them easily. You can create new documents, store and organize folders, fill out forms, and use handy annotation tools. The app also has bonus features such as text-to-speech for e-books and night mode.

Why we love it

PDF Viewer – Read, Review, and Annotate is a convenient app for viewing, annotating, signing, and organizing your PDFs.

LiquidText PDF Document Reader: Annotate & Excerpt

LiquidText PDF Document Reader: Annotate & Excerpt

LiquidText, Inc.

With LiquidText PDF Document Reader for iPad, you can interact with your PDFs, Word documents, and PowerPoint slides. Organize and group notes, highlight text and images, and compare documents in parallel. The app offers importing from Dropbox, iCloud, and email as well as exporting and file sharing via email. You can also perform a global search using keywords and pull excerpts from different documents together.

Why we love it

If you are looking for an intuitive and convenient PDF document app for your iPad, LiquidText PDF Document Reader is one to try.

iAnnotate PDF

Do more with your PDFs with an easy-to-use app.

iAnnotate PDF

iAnnotate PDF

For those who want a PDF reader and annotation tool.

iAnnotate PDF fills a great gap on the iPad, which is a full-featured app dedicated to PDF annotation. With iAnnotate you can easily highlight, underline, strike through, add hand written comments, and add text comments to PDF files. The annotations are embedded into the PDF and will show up as annotations in Preview or Acrobat. iAnnotate is a powerful PDF viewer and editor.

Why we love it

iAnnotate PDF makes reading, marking up, and managing PDFs simple.

Adobe Acrobat Reader: View, Create, & Convert PDFs

Adobe Acrobat Reader: View, Create, & Convert PDFs

Adobe

A PDF viewer at heart

For those who want a simple app to read, scan, and annotate PDFs.

With the Adobe Acrobat Reader app, you can read, annotate, scan, and send PDF documents. Open existing files and mark them up with highlighting, underlining, and drawing tools. You can also add comments, use your Apple Pencil, and scan multiple document pages into one PDF. The app is easy-to-use and offers even more features via in-app purchase.

Why we love it

To read, scan, and annotate PDFs quickly and easily, check out the Adobe Acrobat Reader app.

PDFpen 2 - Markup, Edit, Fill & Sign PDF docs

The quintessential PDF app

PDFpen 2 - Markup, Edit, Fill & Sign PDF docs

Your PDF library

For anyone who needs to deal with PDFs on a daily basis.

PDFpen 2 is the latest iteration of the powerful PDF editing software from Smile. The app has a slick interface that is rather easy to navigate and use. Just get those PDFs in to PDFpen 2 from iCloud Drive, Dropbox, Google Drive, Evernote, Photo Library, and other sources. Then you can easily view them or take action on them, such as highlighting important sections, mark up and edit what needs to be corrected, fill out sections, or even just sign it. Once you're done, you can just save it and send it off to where it needs to go. No fuss!

Why we love it

It has a simple interface but packs quite a punch when it comes to features and tools.