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Readdle launches the all-new PDF Expert – the go-to PDF app for Mac

TL;DR Readdle introduces the all-new PDF Expert for Mac to make your PDF life easy. The new version brings an effortless to use design, smart OCR technology, PDF to Word conversion, and more. These updates mean that PDF Expert firmly entrenches its position as the go-to PDF app for iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

Readdle builds essential productivity apps with over 190M downloads. PDF Expert for Mac alone has a community of over 6 million people from students annotating textbooks to architects reviewing PDF drawings.

With 12 years of experience in building the best in class PDF tools, our goal is to ignite your productivity. Let's see the new PDF Expert in action!


Download PDF Expert for free, and let’s dive into today’s update!

Brand-new design that’s effortless to use

PDF Expert gets its biggest redesign in years and becomes more effortless and easier to use. We’ve reimagined that simple and minimalist layout you know and love, bringing a clean modern look & feel. You’ll find beautiful new icons for PDF tools, a taller toolbar that makes all the features easier to find, fresh color enhancements, and more. 

We’re bringing a much-awaited Dark Mode to improve your reading experience! Just turn on the system-wide dark appearance in the macOS preferences, and PDF Expert will follow.

All the tools you need, done right

PDF Expert has all the tools you need to get things done, from preparing for classes to making last-minute changes in a crucial contract.

You can:

  • Highlight text, write in the margins, add stamps and pop-up notes
  • Merge PDFs
  • Edit text, images, and links in PDFs
  • Fill out forms
  • Sign documents
  • Redact sensitive data
  • Reorder, rotate, and extract pages
  • …. and more

The updated PDF Expert advances further and adds powerful new features many of you have been asking for!

Smart OCR technology to recognize text in PDFs

PDF Expert brings the much-awaited OCR (Optical Character Recognition) to help you do more with scanned PDF documents.

Why do you need OCR? Some PDFs like scanned books or receipts aren’t searchable and don’t allow you to select and highlight text. That’s where PDF Expert comes in handy. Its intelligent OCR technology recognizes text in scanned files, with the highest level of precision and impressive speed. 

With OCR, you can:

  • Highlight text in scanned PDFs
  • Search through scans
  • Copy scanned text

The OCR technology in PDF Expert is powered by the Apple Vision framework, providing the fastest experience on macOS. PDF Expert uses machine learning to recognize the fonts in your document and make each word selectable.

Here’s how to use OCR in PDF Expert.

Convert PDF to Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and more

Now, besides converting anything to PDF, you can do vice versa! Export a PDF as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, TXT, JPG, or PNG file while the original document remains intact.

Just jump to the new Export tab in the app and pick the format you’d like to convert your PDF to.

Smart Enhance for scans: Fix contrast, edit margins, split pages

Scanned PDFs rarely look perfect. There are distortions, shadows, and even black lines left by hardware scanners. And when scanning a paper book, you get a double-page PDF that is difficult to read on the screen, especially on mobile devices.

PDF Expert now lets you fix all your scanned PDFs to make them much more convenient to work with.

You can:

  • Enhance scans with color filters and remove distortion
  • Set the page size for convenient printing or adding more space for notes
  • Split pages – automatically split double-page scans into separate pages 
  • Crop pages to remove undesired margins and focus on the content
  • Clear margins – fill page margins with color to get more space for notes and a better printing experience

All these tools are under the new Scan & OCR tab.

Tip: If you have photos of receipts, documents, or book pages, you can convert them to PDFs in PDF Expert, enhance them with the new tools, and then recognize the text using OCR. 

New pricing plans 

PDF Expert introduces a single Premium subscription for all your Apple devices: Mac, iPad, and iPhone at $79.99/year. 

PDF Expert pricing becomes simple and more transparent. Now you don’t need to purchase Mac and iOS versions separately. Once you subscribe to PDF Expert on Mac, you also get the iOS version, with all its Premium features.

Those who require only the Mac version can purchase a lifetime license for $139.99.

PDF Expert offers free 7-day access to Premium, so you can download it and check it in action.

Existing customers, you keep all the features you had before

If you already purchased PDF Expert for Mac:

  1. All the features you had in PDF Expert for Mac are still here, without a subscription. Forever.
  2. If you’d like to use new features like OCR and PDF to Word conversion, you can upgrade to Premium with 50% off the first year. This also unlocks the iOS version and gives you access to all the powerful new tools we plan to bring in the future.

If you are subscribed to PDF Expert on iOS, you can upgrade and use the app across iPhone, iPad, and Mac at a discounted price of $64.99 for the first year (then $79.99/year).

Special educational offer

Millions of students and educators rely on PDF Expert in classes. Today we’re introducing a 50% educational discount to help even more people power up their school year. Students and teachers can now unlock PDF Expert across your Mac, iPhone, or iPad for $39.99/year or purchase the lifetime license for the Mac version for $69.99.


Your go-to PDF app has just got better.

Download PDF Expert today!

Maria Henyk Maria Henyk



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