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The makers of Sonic PDF Creator for iOS contacted me and asked me to do a review of their product. Since I had been struggling with getting attachments in email in native Microsoft Office format and the difficulty of reading them on the go, I was intrigued by a program for my phone that would allow me to create these attachments into PDFs on the fly.
In theory, the software works easily. You select the attachment in your email, open it in Sonic PDF, and away you go.
In reality, the software wasn’t that easily used.
First of all, I use GMail as my primary email application, and the Sonic option is not there as a choice to open an attachment. So I hauled over to the native email application (ew), and found that it did work as advertised there.
Once the document is selected to be opened in Sonic, Sonic launches, and it uploads the document, then converts it.
Needless to say, the first thing I did was to switch my phone to airplane mode so I would have no connectivity. The application refused to function.
I am concerned about the uploading of the document. I don’t know where the document uploads to. I understand why it would have to do this to convert it, but I don’t know if a copy of my document is being stored somewhere, or what the transmission security is like. That fact alone has ruled it out for use for just about anything I do.
Next up comes the converting. The first document I threw at it was a map, and it took a while, but the application did convert it properly. So I gave it just a plain text document.
I guess my fingers got twitchy, because I tapped on the ad for another software at the bottom of the screen and was taken to Safari. When I navigated back to Sonic, it immediately exited the application – and I had to reload the document.
Next I accidentally hit the power button. Again, the application threw me out the next time I tried to load it, and I had to reload the document.
Third time was the charm, and by not touching anything on my phone, I did get the document to convert to PDF.
This software is a great concept, but it needs work. I would love to know where my documents went, how it was transmitted, and if (and how) it is stored. The crashes made the application practically unusable, and the fact that I have to not do anything on my phone for almost a minute was not a selling point.
- The concept is really good. Converting documents to PDF is a great idea.
- The app cannot be used without connectivity.
- The app uploads the document to who knows where and with no indication of if or how it is stored or transmitted.
- The application crashes if you do anything that exits the application.
Even though the application is free, I would wait before testing it. It needs to be more robust and have more explanation of what is happening to your information.
App: Sonic PDF
Author: Investintech.com Inc.
Investintech.com Inc., the provider of the software, asked me to do this review. They did not provide me with a free copy of the software (everyone gets it free), and I received nothing for writing this review.