Don’t waste your money on PDF expert 7 pro

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I signed up for the PDF Expert 7 pro 7-day trial to see what you will be missing out if you don’t subscribe (if you previously had the PDF Expert 6 pro). PDF Expert 7 now has two subscription setups; U$50/ year or about U$12/month.

Here’s what you’re getting if you update from PDF Expert 6 pro:

Converting any file to PDF (word, spreadsheets, slides, webpages, images, etc) 

All note taking applications already do this without a fuss. GoodNotes 5 does this. Notability does it. Hardly impressive. 

To avoid paying for this: just convert your files in an app that offers this feature for free then bring it into PDF expert 7. You will save yourself U$50/year.

File compression 

You can zip your files in the app. In iPadOS 13, the files app does that for free. 

Adding your favourite tools to the toolbar

Where you can easily access them. It saves you that extra step of going to Annotations when you want to highlight.  Or to Edit when you want to redact some information. Any tool can be saved under favourites. 

I’d argue that any developer that asks you to pay for this, definitely doesn’t care about you. 

Honestly, a favourite tool feature should be a must have for every app. We forgive those developers that haven’t figured out how to add that for us. And we hate those that make us pay for such a basic feature. 

Don’t pay for the PDF expert 7 pro features if you already have PDF Expert 6. It’s not worth it.

Like I said in my previous post on this app: not all apps can pull off a subscription set up! 


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  1. FWIW, if you already paid for the full and pro features in PDF Expert 6, you keep all those features in PDF Expert 7, without the subscription. This makes it even less tempting to subscribe, though, as it leaves even fewer things that you only get via subscription. But all the redacting features and such that were a one-time IAP in version 6 are kept without further payment in version 7. Just something to be aware of. I have to admit to being furious at all the app for trying to move to subscription options. It’s just not realistic for people to have that many ongoing monthly payments. I get why it’s attractive as a developer – but again, not realistic. People will move on to something that doesn’t require subscriptions.

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