Stephen Coyle

PageTurn 2.1

PageTurn 2.0 was released a few weeks ago, but of course by the time I got around to writing about it I've actually released version 2.1. So, I'll talk about both here.

As you can probably tell from the above screenshots, the banner feature of 2.0 is annotations. You can now add notes to your PDFs using an Apple Pencil, and the same suite of tools available in Apple Notes. It's something I've wanted to add for a long time, and is super useful for music practice. This is backed by PencilKit, and they're standard PDF annotations; you can view, edit or delete them in pretty much any PDF viewer.

The main outward change of 2.1 is a much-improved onboarding flow. I've made it a more interactive process, with a totally-original-looking face that reflects your own, that shows you how to make the required gestures.

There are lots of more subtle changes, including a new scrubber for navigating documents, and better menu layouts. I've made what I hope are some accessibility improvements too, but this is an area I need to give some more focus in future versions.

Versions 2.0 and 2.1 feature arguably bigger changes under the hood. I basically took the whole thing apart and put it back together again, dramatically improving the architecture and making it more performant and robust all round.

PageTurn is still a one-time purchase, so if you've already bought it, you get all of this for free. If you haven't, what are you waiting for?!

PageTurn on the App Store.