iPad App Profile: Readdle Documents
Some apps are such an essential part of my iPad workflows, I take them for granted. Today, I want to write about one such app. The iPad can **display** all common file formats - PDF, Word, Excel… - out of the box. But there is no traditional file system (like the Explorer on Windows or the Finder on the Mac). Yes, you can kind of organise your files with the iCloud Drive app, but for some reason you have to activate first and it's very, VERY basic. That's where Readdle Documents comes in. It's a well-designed, simple **file management app**, and then some.
"Documents" is one of my favourite apps for meeting preparation, which includes downloading, reading and annotating my material. And you can get your files *into* the app by using the "Open in"/"Copy to" extension in other apps or by browsing the web in the built-in browser. That browser can even save a full webpage as a PDF file. "Documents" also let's you connect to cloud services (such as Dropbox or Google Drive) or other web-based storage, like FTP or WebDAV. Once you've set them up, you have the option of setting one or more folders as "sync folders" that will automatically synchronise their content back and forth between the device and the remote storage. All the familiar operations like moving, copying, renaming or (un)zipping are possible here, even drag and drop with your finger.
But "Documents" is not only great for managing files and folders, it is also very powerful when working with PDFs. You can highlight text in various ways, add digital post-it notes, search quickly within one document (or in all the documents you store within the app!), use a document's table of contents to navigate around and get an overview of all highlights and annotations that you made in a given file.
Did I mention that "Documents" is free? You should go try it out.