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  1. Nanette
    April 27, 2015 @ 11:50 am

    I have downloaded App. And have the interactive program for the convention in the PDF, in a folder,, but I can not get the interactive feature to work. What have I done wrong?
    Nanette

  2. AppChasers
    April 28, 2015 @ 6:35 am

    Hi. Are you using PDF Expert to view the interactive program?

  3. Vang Quân
    April 28, 2015 @ 2:13 pm

    Typing on the screen is never great. I think if you really want to avoid losing concentrate on the talks and demonstrations and don’t want to stick your eyes on the screen, a Bluetooth keyboard is a must.

  4. Jennifer
    April 29, 2015 @ 8:33 pm

    I tap the file and nothing opens. Has anyone else had that problem?

  5. AppChasers
    April 29, 2015 @ 10:40 pm

    Where are you having the problem? In Safari? Or in PDF Expert?

  6. Dorothy
    May 2, 2015 @ 9:08 pm

    Can I also take notes with a stylus instead of typing?

  7. AppChasers
    May 2, 2015 @ 10:06 pm

    Yes PDF Expert has a pen tool that would work with a stylus.

  8. KJ
    May 4, 2015 @ 1:09 am

    Thank you for this great recommendation. I have shared your article with friends and family. I also like that I can use the interactive program and sync to Dropbox to have my notes with me anywhere. I don’t toe my notes, I prefer handwriting and I found this app’s way of zooming in and scrolling the best I’ve seen. I had tried the interactive program on GoodReader and although it worked I wasn’t happy with it’s handwriting feature and erasing was hard. This is my new favorite app.

  9. AppChasers
    May 4, 2015 @ 8:49 am

    Wow that’s great! I’m happy you enjoy PDF Expert. And thank you for sharing the article with your friends and family. I hope they can get some helpful suggestions from the article and the rest of AppChasers.com. Have a good day!

  10. Jacqueline Brown
    May 13, 2015 @ 1:12 pm

    I am having a lot of problems trying to open PDF Expert. I downloaded Expert, then downloaded the Interactive program and said “Open in……..). However, when I tap on the file, nothing happens. I had Itunes refund my money because the program was not working. Is there another APP you recommend?
    Thank you

  11. Jacqueline Brown
    May 13, 2015 @ 1:15 pm

    Yes, I’m having the same problem. App not opening. I’ve tried calling and speaking with Itunes, but they don’t have a clue how to fix or even assist you with the APP.

  12. AppChasers
    May 13, 2015 @ 1:58 pm

    Please contact the app developers at http://www.readdle.com/support and let them know your issues. They are very responsive and helpful.

  13. AppChasers
    May 14, 2015 @ 7:00 am

    Hi Jacqueline, I’m sorry you’re having trouble with PDF Expert. I hope the developers will help you get it sorted out. In the meantime, you might also want to check out JW Companion here: http://appchasers.com/2015/05/13/review-jw-companion-for-iphone-and-ipad/ It handles the interactive program well, but it’s not as refined an app as PDF Expert.

  14. Mario
    May 21, 2015 @ 3:21 am

    I’ve been looking for aa app to use the 2015 interactive convention program and have noticed that over the last few weeks the cost of PDF Expert 5 has doubled! Why is that? Are there other cheaper alternatives out there?

  15. AppChasers
    May 21, 2015 @ 6:35 am

    Hi Mario. You probably started looking at PDF expert while it was on sale, and now the price has gone back up to its normal $9.99 point. If you’re looking for cheaper alternatives,check out Easy Annotate and JW Companion. They too handle the interactive program well, but that are less refined apps overall.

  16. Brenda
    May 24, 2015 @ 10:09 pm

    How do you compare this app to notability? I really don’t want to have to buy this app, then it not be as nice as notability. Thanks.

  17. AppChasers
    May 25, 2015 @ 9:01 pm

    Hi. Notability is a very nice app. But the interactive links in the program won’t work in Notability.

  18. Connemarras
    May 28, 2015 @ 7:22 am

    Hello and thank you so much for taking the time to explain all the details! For those of us that are interested in using a free app, will Evernote work with the interactive program?

  19. AppChasers
    May 28, 2015 @ 2:23 pm

    Hi. You’re welcome! Well Evernote is not free if you want to annotate PDFs. That’s an extra charge. And even then, the interactive links do not work. So I would advise staying away from Evernote.

  20. Christy
    May 30, 2015 @ 9:21 pm

    Will the interactive program work in pages? I really like the note taking template pages has but want to take notes on the interactive program. I have not been able to find a way to open it in pages though. Also does PDF expert have the ability to tab within the text notes in order to create more of an outline style note taking?

  21. Derek Galvez
    June 1, 2015 @ 12:09 pm

    I have PDF Expert 5 as well as the free Documents app, both by Readdle. When it comes to taking convention notes, both apps seem to be mirrors of each other. Not sure now if I needed to buy PDF Expert 5 (I had already bought it prior to reading your reviews). Am I overlooking something?

  22. AppChasers
    June 1, 2015 @ 1:01 pm

    It’s kind of funny how this works, but Readdle has designed their apps to “know” each other. Once you buy PDF Expert, all of its capabilities are unlocked inside the Documents app. So they seem to mirror each other. But if you had never purchased PDF Expert, you would not have the same capabilities in Documents. I wish Readdle would’ve used an in-app purchase method for this instead of having two different apps. See more here: https://readdle.com/blog/2014/02/documents-5-will-create-an-interconnected-ecosystem-of-ios-apps/

  23. AppChasers
    June 1, 2015 @ 2:14 pm

    Hello. Unfortunately it will not work in the Pages app.

  24. C Wallace
    June 2, 2015 @ 6:57 am

    Wow! Thank you so much! This is an excellent review and tutorial. I was very excited to see that the Brothers made an interactive Convention program. I already downloaded PDF Expert. During my research I already had it in my mind that I would have to download many apps and test my precious program several times for the best note taker PDFs app to use. And then II came across your video and article. I was overjoyed to see one of the friends reviewing the exact document I wanted the app for. What a beautiful surprise. I truly appreciate you taking the time to share the best app for this very important event program. I plan to join and look through your other posts.

  25. AppChasers
    June 2, 2015 @ 7:02 am

    Thank you very much for your kind words. I hope the site is valuable to you and other friends in saving time finding the best apps.

  26. Christy
    June 2, 2015 @ 2:29 pm

    Does PDF expert have the ability to tab within the text notes in order to create more of an outline style note taking?

  27. AppChasers
    June 2, 2015 @ 2:31 pm

    Hi thanks for the question. I just checked and no it does not provide that kind of formatting.

  28. Linda
    June 9, 2015 @ 7:37 am

    Hi! I was wondering if you could tell me how to add pages to the Interactive Convention Program. I have an iPad with JW Companion. I’m an older person and not too tech savvy. Thanks!

  29. AppChasers
    June 9, 2015 @ 7:43 am

    Hi, I don’t think you can do that with JW companion. You have to use PDF expert as I show in the video on this page. Please take a look at the video as it lays out how to add pages to the interactive program

  30. Kay
    June 11, 2015 @ 8:32 pm

    I know this video shows it being used for an ipad or iphone but I have a Samsung Galaxy Tab 3. Will the app work with it?

  31. AppChasers
    June 11, 2015 @ 8:41 pm

    Hello. Thanks for asking the question. No PDF Expert will not work on Android devices. Does anyone know of an equivalent app for Android?

  32. Kay
    June 11, 2015 @ 9:11 pm

    Thank you for quick response! I researched and found that PDF Max Free or PDF Max works with android. I have downloaded the Free version for now and it is working with my Android and looking pretty good!

  33. AppChasers
    June 11, 2015 @ 9:28 pm

    That’s great! Glad to hear it 🙂

  34. RV
    July 31, 2015 @ 11:20 pm

    Ugh. I just bought this PDF app for the convention program and that works great for writing notes but the scriptures themselves aren’t “clickable.” Ok not a big deal but then I opened the Study Edition of the watchtower and the scriptures aren’t “clickable” either. In iBooks you can click on the scriptures or links to other articles, footnotes, etc and they open up. ??????

  35. AppChasers
    August 1, 2015 @ 8:09 am

    Hi. Thanks for writing in! Unfortunately the brothers did not make the scriptures clickable in the interactive PDF program. The same is true of PDFs versions of the magazines on jw.org. However, there is a way to use PDFs and have clickable links like in iBooks. Please take a look at this post that explains how to do it: http://appchasers.com/2014/12/29/video-how-to-convert-watchtower-epubs-into-pdfs-with-scripture-links/

  36. RV
    August 2, 2015 @ 12:03 am

    Thank you!! I didn’t do view the video yet but I plan to asap. ??

  37. Roy Pedersen
    April 26, 2016 @ 12:00 pm

    Just a quick question. First thank you for your YouTube piece on interactive notes for convention. My question is how is the app for taking handwritten notes, as I am a slow hunt and peck guy? Thank you

  38. AppChasers
    April 26, 2016 @ 12:08 pm

    Hi and thank you very much for your question. A better app to use for handwritten notes is Notability. Please check out my new review of using the interactive program with Notability: https://youtu.be/8VbZ7fHnNzM

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