Enter stage left 'Plangrid', a PDF distribution app and web site for disseminating PDF plan sets. We, that is my other company Vantagepoint Cartographics, wanted a nice easy, fool proof system to distribute and control PDF Plans of the gardens we create and look after, to the selected gardening staff. We looked at Goodreader, for the iPad, but it was slow in loading our rather large PDF files, and to complicated for gardening staff to try and keep the latest map loaded, Dropbox offered a route that looked interesting, but again it proved uninteresting to gardening staff.
Plangrid for the iPad, on the other hand, seemed to solve all of these worries, not only did they, the gardening staff not have to worry about loading the right map, but markup and sending back to us their thoughts, is proving to be a really easy job, one they look forward to doing, almost no learning curve.
Pictures can be taken from the tools provided, and located correctly on the plan, and sharing back to us provides an email with the plan with the photo position, together with the actual photo below, with all the text added as to location, time and title.
The tool set, although limited in comparison to Goodreader, is more than sufficient for the staff to markup and annotate the drawings, and as for sharing back to us, no more difficult than sending an email. And with wifi available in the garden, it can be done almost anywhere.
Distribution is controlled via the web site, and auctioned by the administrator, just by adding the email of any member to the plan set, that member just need to download the Plangrid app for the iPad , and sign up with the same email address.
Revisions are easily seen from the plan thumbnails set, and easily switched to from the menu bar for each individual PDF sheet, in fact any revision you make is also seen on the thumbnail set by the addition of the big red dot !.
CPD is all over this, from office management, to client use, to just plain old keeping up with technology, for me it's been a three month + research, and testing, program, and I'm pleased to say, several Skype calls and emails to Plangrid, who were more than happy to talk technical., I will not be claiming any CPD, but you might, just following up the links and see how it might fit your practice.