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Readdle turns 8: Scanner Pro maker reflects on App Store changes and failed games

Caitlin McGarry | Aug. 5, 2015
In the App Store's early days, it was easy to find great apps. Everything was so new, so exciting, and people couldn't wait to make the most of their iPhones. Times have changed, but the team behind Ukrainian app development house Readdle, which makes Macworld favorites like Scanner Pro 6, PDF Expert 5, and Calendars 5, is celebrating its eighth anniversary with a super sale (which runs through Thursday) and some fond reflections on the App Store's origins.

Then there were the productivity apps felled by circumstances out of Readdle's control, like an email client that was in development for nine months before Apple released a version of iOS that included every email feature Readdle was working on. Then there was an iPad browser with tabs, but Readdle was again beaten to the punch when Apple added tabs to Safari. The company also attempted a business card scanning app, but it barely functioned because the iPhone's camera wasn't yet great.

So Readdle decided to focus on its strengths. Scanner Pro still garners rave reviews, including from Macworld, six years after its launch by adding convenience with every update.

"Creating something that people use religiously every day--that's our goal," Zhadanov said.


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