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Although Apple has working hard filling out the capabilities of iOS over the years (remember when there was no copy and paste?), the lack of true file management continues to be an issue -- and one Readdle hopes to crack with its latest update.
Readdle announced the release of Documents 5 on Thursday, a major update to the free file manager, document viewer and media player now in use by more than three million iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users around the globe.
With the latest update, Readdle aims to unify its entire suite of productivity apps around Documents 5 with "add-ons," which allow users to perform additional tasks from the iPad version when other Readdle apps are present on the same device.
For example, a file being viewed in Documents 5 can now be converted to PDF with just a tap by hooking into the company's PDF Converter app. Likewise, Printer Pro users will have access to the full complement of options available while using Documents 5.
At this writing, add-on integration is exclusive to the iPad, and support for the company's Scanner Pro app will arrive in a future update. But the ability to work directly with PDF Expert and other apps will certainly remove a major pain point that Apple still hasn't addressed with iOS.
Documents 5 also adopts the new look and feel of iOS 7 with a completely new file manager, the ability to drag and drop files anywhere, a new Favorites sidebar, color tags, background downloads and support for Windows SMB shares. The free, universal app is now available to download from the App Store.
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