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One of the things that has irritated me about iOS ever since its inception on the iPad back in 2010 is Apple’s seemingly lacking support for PDF files. Sure, you can open and read them from, say, an e-mail message, but without the use of third-party software, there’s absolutely no way to store them locally or edit them. This bugs me quite a lot: Preview in OS X is actually a pretty powerful program and I find myself using it on a daily basis to annotate PDFs and it even has iCloud support, so why haven’t Apple brought out a version of Preview for iOS yet? There was no mention of it in the grandiose WWDC announcement a couple of weeks back and nothing has been spotted in the developer previews as of yet, but time is the best healer and we may see something amalgamate come September-time.

Until then, iPad owners have to rely on third-party software to read and annotate PDFs, of which there is a great number — go to the App Store and type in the search box, “PDF” and you’ll see what I mean (by my last count, the search returned 2,035 results). And PDF Max Pro, by developers Mobeera is one of those. At an RRP of $9.99 (though it’s currently running a 50% off promotion) it is certainly one of the pricier offers, so let’s dive straight in and find out whether it is the go-to PDF reader for your iPad.

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CloudOn is a revolutionary way of working with fully-featured applications without having to install anything except for a small viewer app on your iPad. It works by using a virtual working environment — a Workspace — which links to one of several cloud-based storage providers, so none of your personal work is stored anywhere on CloudOn‘s infrastructure. You get to use your favourite cloud storage provider with all of their security protection, backup provision and so on whilst still working with industry-standard Microsoft Office 2010 and Adobe Reader, and all that right on your iPad.

That’s a pretty decent offering for a free application. Let’s take a closer look to see if it’s usable and practical working with this solution on the iPad’s tablet environment.

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There are plenty of reasons why you might want to take a screen capture of a website. While saving them as a JPEG or in a Word document is easy, nothing classes up the presentation quite like transforming an image into a PDF.

URL2PDF is the app that does that tricky task for you. Just copy and paste links and convert them into PDF files that can be shared via email or opened in programs such as Dropbox, iBooks and Google Drive.

Can URL2PDF be your new method for immortalizing Web content? Find out after the jump. (more…)

I love magazines. There’s nothing quite like the experience of opening up the mailbox and getting your latest issue of your favorite publication, then spending a few hours pouring through the glossy pages and learning new things.

Of course, print media has been in trouble for years now, and everyone is trying to figure out how to make more cash. The iPad was once considered the savior for the print world, but at the moment the results are less than sparkling. How could that be? The iPad offered so much promise?

I”ll tell you why: Print media doesn’t get it. They don’t understand what makes the iPad such a unique device and how to take advantage of all its technology to make their print magazine so much better. What do they do to fix the problem? Let’s take a look and see what magazines are doing right, and what they’re doing wrong.

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There’s always been an overlap between Apple users and artists. Maybe we’re drawn to the elegance of the user interface, or the style of the hardware. Maybe it’s the allure of the brand itself. Whatever the case, when the iPad arrived, in it’s enticingly canvas-shaped package, the painting apps were sure to follow.

So here we are, the iPad is in its second generation, and the painting app landscape has begun to solidify itself. Let’s take a look at what’s out there, where the eager amateur, or the seasoned professional, can turn for the optimal digital painting experience.

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The first time I ever signed my name digitally was on a UPS deliverer’s handheld computer, and it seemed amazing that it would actually work. Years later, we sign our names on strips of plastic on credit card scanners in stores all the time, and it somehow doesn’t seem so magical any more.

Then, tax season comes, and we have to print out forms, sign them, scan them, find where the scanner decided to save them on the computer, and finally email them back to the accountant.

Wait, what? Surely with all the advances in computers, we should be able to file anything we need without resorting to a paper copy. Your iPad is the perfect device to make your computing more paper-free than ever. Keep reading to see how you can fill out PDF forms, markup and annotate documents, sign any document, and then send them anywhere you need all from an iPad.

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