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Readdle gets powerful iOS 16 updates - Lock Screen Widgets, Siri Shortcuts, Live Text and Vision OCR

Since Apple’s iOS 16 announcement, we’ve been working hard over at Readdle to update the power and ease of use of our applications. These updates improve the capability of your Apple devices and allow quicker interactions to help enhance your productivity.

At Readdle, we build essential productivity apps for Apple platforms including iPhone and iPad and are dedicated to innovating with the latest technologies. Today, we’re excited to bring you the latest that iOS 16 has to offer.

New iOS 16 Feature Widgets grants quick access from your iPhone lock screen to tools, documents and actions that you frequently use. Widgets can be an event, task, file or action - and can take the form of simple icons or can be extended with additional information.

  • PDF Expert — Put all your important tickets, hotel bookings and other traveling PDFs into a folder. With the “Favorites” widget you’ll be able access this folder from the lock screen of your iPhone with just one tap.
  • Documents — From your lock screen you can turn your VPN on and off, and access your file library, in-app browser or audio player with just one tap.
  • Calendars — Simple and extended widgets show your schedule at a glance. Keep on top of your upcoming meetings and events by simply glancing at your lock screen.
  • Scanner Pro — Whether scanning a menu or brochure while traveling, or organizing your expenses and receipts with ease, you can access your Scanner Pro camera with just one tap.

With App Shortcuts from iOS 16 your most common interactions (Siri Shortcuts) become even more accessible. In iOS 16 Siri Shortcuts are searchable in Spotlight and are presented in Siri Suggestions, with all shortcuts available as Siri voice commands.

  • Scanner Pro — Use Siri voice commands to start scanning, open your latest scans or search your scan library.
  • Calendars — Use Siri voice commands to create a new task or event, check your daily agenda or open your desired calendar view.

With Apple Live Text you can engage with embedded text from multiple file types - to copy, share, call phone numbers, visit websites and translate between languages.

  • PDF Expert — Translate text within PDFs, copy and extract information or visit websites straight from URLs embedded within the text.
  • Documents — Translate languages from menus, call phone numbers from media materials and visit websites from stored documents.
  • Scanner Pro — Call a number, look up an address or visit a website from a scanned business card or translate a scanned document, book or restaurant menu.

More features to look out for:

Stage Manager is coming to PDF Expert soon, allowing users to stack open apps and windows, making it quick and easy to switch between tasks.

Readdle Calendars launches Apple Weather, delivering a more accurate weather service.

Scanner Pro uses Vision OCR to allow better and faster OCR in Korean, Japanese, Ukrainian and Russian. Scanner Pro now recognises text in 28 languages, more than any scanner product and allows users to search by content, copy and paste text.

You can get the full detail of how each of our apps use Apple’s iOS 16 by following the links below:



iOS 16 makes PDF Expert even faster and easier to use

Engage with your documents faster by using Live Text to recognize text in an image or paused video. With Feature Widgets get quick access to your most important files from your lock screen. And Stage Manager allows you to stack screens, so that you can easily switch between tasks.

Live Text for Images & Videos

  • Engage with text from images and paused video.
  • Highlight text, copy, look up etc.
  • In one click call phone numbers or visit websites.
  • Translate in 14 languages.

Feature Widgets on Lock Screen

  • Access your most recent and favorite files.
  • Jump straight to your audio player.
  • Sync to your computer for file transfer.

Stage Manager for iPad (Coming Soon)

  • Stack windows and apps of different sizes in a single view
  • Drag and drop windows from the side
  • Open apps from the Dock to create groups of apps
  • Full external display support with resolutions of up to 6K
  • Work with up to four apps on iPad and four apps on the external display

PDF Expert - How to use iOS 16 to use PDFs more easily

Live Text for Images & Videos

  • Open an image or pause a video that contains text.
  • Tap on the ‘Live text’ icon in the right bottom corner of the image.
  • Interact with text using standard iOS capabilities such as Copy, Look up, etc.

Feature Widgets on Lock Screen

  • Enter the customization mode by long pressing on a blank area of the home screen of your device.
  • Tap the (+ ADD WIDGETS) section to open the widgets gallery.
  • Scroll down to find the PDF Expert app.
  • Select the widget you like and tap to add it to the widget section.
  • Drag the widgets to reorder.

Stage Manager for iPad (Coming Soon)

  • Pull your finger down from the top right of the screen to bring up the Control Center.
  • Tap the Stage Manager icon to activate.
  • Drag and drop windows from the side to reorganize your screens.
  • Resize your screens by touching and dragging the bottom left-hand corner.

Download PDF Expert and enjoy powerful PDF!



Documents actions are faster with iOS 16

With Live Text extract information from business cards and media materials, while making calls and sending emails to embedded contact info with just one click. Toggle your VPN from the lock screen, jump to file downloads via your browser and jump back to your annual goals planner with Widgets

Live Text for Images & Videos

  • Engage with text from images and paused video.
  • Highlight text, copy, extract, look up etc.
  • In one click call phone numbers or visit websites.
  • Translate in 14 languages.

Feature Widgets on Lock Screen

  • Access your most recent and favorite files.
  • Create shortcuts to your file manager, audio player and browser.
  • Sync to a computer for file transfer and toggle your VPN.

Documents - How to use iOS 16 for faster actions

Live Text for Images & Videos

  • Open an image or photo that contains text.
  • Tap on the ‘Live text’ icon in the right bottom corner of the image.
  • Interact with text using standard iOS capabilities such as Copy, Look up, etc.

Feature Widgets on Lock Screen

  • Enter the customization mode by long pressing on a blank area of the home screen of your device.
  • Tap the (+ ADD WIDGETS) section to open the widgets gallery.
  • Scroll down to find the Documents app.
  • Select the widget you like and tap to add it to the widget section.
  • Drag the widgets to reorder.

Get Documents now and explore it yourself!



Own your time with iOS 16 tools for Calendars  

See everything at a glance with Simple and Extended Widgets that show meeting and task overviews from your lock screen. All your most common interactions with Calendars become more accessible through Siri Shortcuts. And gain greater confidence in your plans by comparing your calendar schedule alongside daily and hourly weather forecasts with Apple Weather.

Simple Feature Widgets on Lock Screen:

  • Create new task
  • Create new event
  • Shows time of the closest meeting, and a 10 minute countdown before the meeting starts
  • Shows current date (also launches the app by tapping on it)
  • Shows the number of unchecked items in a to-do list

Extended Feature Widgets on Lock Screen

  • Shows titles of the next two calendar events with timing details of the closest one.
  • Show up to three tasks in the to-do list and total tasks quantity.

App Shortcuts via Siri

Find your favorite shortcuts in Spotlight Search & Siri Suggestions:

  • Create new task
  • Create new event
  • See your agenda
  • Open your desired calendar view (day, week, month)

Now with Apple Weather

Enjoy enhanced weather forecasts with our new provider - Apple Weather.

Calendars - How to use iOS 16 features to manage your time

Feature Widgets on Lock Screen

  • Enter the customization mode by long pressing on a blank area of the home screen of your device.
  • Tap the (+ ADD WIDGETS) section to open the widgets gallery.
  • Scroll down to find the Calendars app.
  • Select the widget you like and tap to add it to the widget section.
  • Drag the widgets to reorder.

App Shortcuts via Siri

Just use voice commands to activate Siri Shortcuts. It works out-of-the-box, no setup is necessary.

To see the list of Siri Shortcuts supported by Calendars:

  • Open Calendars app
  • Tap Menu icon
  • Go to Settings
  • Tap on Siri Shortcuts

In iOS 16 Siri Shortcuts will be searchable in Spotlight Search and will also appear in Siri Suggestions.

You can add your custom automations using Shortcuts app on your iPhone or iPad.

Apple Weather 

It works out-of-the-box, so no setup is necessary.

Get Calendars now and explore this update!



Scanner Pro gets smarter with iOS 16

Engage powerful Vision OCR and Live Text, exceeding other applications by recognising text in 28 languages. Siri Shortcuts allows you to start scanning and search for your scans faster. And now you can set up Widgets to scan with just one tap.

Vision OCR 

  • Scans images to convert text into a machine-readable text format.
  • Now recognises Korean, Japanese, Ukrainian and Russian.
  • Recognizes 28 languages.

Live Text

  • Engage with text from scanned documents.
  • Highlight text, copy, extract, look up etc.
  • In one click call phone numbers or visit websites.

App Shortcuts via Siri

  • Start scanning
  • Jump to your latest scans
  • Search your scans library 

Feature Widgets on Lock Screen

  • Access your scanner with one tap

Scanner Pro - How to use iOS 16 to get better results

Vision OCR & Live Text

  • Open any scan that contains typed text.
  • Tap on the ‘Live text’ icon in the right bottom corner of the image.
  • Interact with text using standard iOS capabilities such as Copy, Translate, Look up, etc.

App Shortcuts via Siri

  • Press the side button for a few moments or just say "Hey Siri".
  • Follow up with your request. For example, say:
    • “Scan with Scanner Pro”
    • “Show last scan in Scanner Pro”
    • “Search in Scanner Pro”

Also, you can add your custom automations using the Shortcuts app on your iPhone or iPad.

Feature Widgets on Lock Screen

  • Enter the customization mode by long pressing on a blank area of the home screen of your device.
  • Tap the (+ ADD WIDGETS) section to open the widgets gallery.
  • Scroll down to find the Scanner Pro app.
  • Select the widget you like and tap to add it to the widget section.
  • Drag the widgets to reorder.

Download Scanner Pro now and let us know your thoughts!



We hope you’ll enjoy our productivity apps on the new iOS 16!

Make sure to try each of them:

Share your feedback in the comments or ping @Readdle on Twitter!

The Readdle Team The Readdle Team



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