iAnnotate 4 — PDFs & more 4+

A better way to markup

Branchfire, Inc.

    • $9.99



iAnnotate by Folia is the best way to read, annotate, and share PDFs, Microsoft Office files, images and web pages! Over 1 million people turn to iAnnotate to take notes, sign agreements, highlight documents, insert stamps and more.

New in v4: iPhone support, iPad Pro and multitasking support, automatic Apple Pencil detection, shape annotations, improved web markup, enhanced support for OneDrive (and OneDrive for Business), iCloud Drive, and iCloud backup.

iAnnotate’s award-winning interface and customizable set of features make it the go-to app for taking notes on lecture slides, annotating important business documents, revising screenplays, grading papers, and much more. Read on to learn about the great capabilities of iAnnotate:

IPHONE: Now you can use iAnnotate on your phone, with all of the great features you’ve come to expect on your iPad.

IPAD PRO: iAnnotate works great with the iPad Pro. Automatically annotate when you use the Apple Pencil and easily pan, zoom, scroll with your fingers — no tool switching required. Get more work done with iOS multitasking and smart keyboard shortcuts.

ANNOTATE: Choose from the pen, highlighter, typewriter, stamp, straight-line, note, underline, strikeout, photo, voice recording, arrow, rectangle, circle, and date stamp tools.

CUSTOMIZE: Drag and drop tools to your custom toolbars. Swipe between toolbars, or open the Toolbox to access all your tools.

ACCESS: Connect with Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive (including OneDrive for Business) or open PDFs directly from email and other apps.

SEARCH: Search documents in your local library and throughout your cloud storage.

SHARE: iAnnotate saves your markups directly to the PDF, so they can be viewed and edited in external PDF readers.

FLATTEN: Compress your annotations onto the document to prevent modification. This is useful for preserving signatures or for preventing recipients from deleting or changing your annotations.

WEB MARKUP: Open a web capture tab and find the site you want to mark up. iAnnotate will convert it to a PDF for annotation.

NAVIGATE: Explore your documents by thumbnails, bookmarks, annotations, or search results.

UNLIMITED TABS: Open multiple documents in tabs, and easily navigate between them, on both tablet and phone.

TWO DOCUMENTS: Work on two documents side-by-side, for even greater productivity.

MANAGE: Arrange documents by folders and sort contents by date added, date last opened, or alphabetical order.

CREATE: Create brand new PDFs with blank, lined, or graph-paper pages.

MODIFY: Add, delete, rotate, and rearrange pages in your documents.

SUMMARIZE: Forward a summary of your annotations as an email or a new PDF.

SECURE: Full support for the iOS Data Protection and Keychain functions.

Interested in using iAnnotate in your business or school? Visit us at www.folia.com to find out about our enterprise options.

What’s New

Version 4.8.10

This update includes a fix for a bug that was causing print from the iPad to not function. Other code updates and stability improvements were implemented as well.

Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
8.3K Ratings

8.3K Ratings

ckfortner ,

My grading app for years

Dropping a long overdue review to endorse this app for grading and reviewing student work. No paper to carry around and cloud integration makes me able to make progress virtually anywhere. I use it in a university setting where all submissions can be made electronically and saved to my preferred location for review. Auto-converts word docs to pdfs for the folks that cannot follow directions and submit their assignments as pdfs - big time-saver compared to early versions that didn't do this if my memory is correct.

I primarily make annotations using an Apple Pencil, the highlight tool, and the text entry box - my handwriting isn't great. The highlight tool can be wonky sometimes - especially when trying to highlight content across pages or in tables.

Students sometimes try to access annotated documents on mobile devices and may not see all feedback. I just have to train them to look for both hand-written comments and feedback boxes. Preview on Mac or acrobat reader on windows machines both display complete annotations.

Developer Response ,

Thank you for the great review! We love hearing all the details on how you use iAnnotate to make your workflow more efficient. Much appreciated! Happy iAnnotating!

phoenixrising93 ,

Reviewing papers is a breeze

I have used an app on iOS for nearly a decade. It allows me to store lots of journal articles and the ability to annotate them. I had a lengthy dissertation to review and return those comments to the author. After getting through more than 100 pages, I tried to export them and open the commented article in Acrobat only to find that the comments could not be viewed. His dissertation advisor recommended iAnnotate. Best $10 app I have purchased in many years.

The tools are great. I like that the stylus gives a fine line, it's like writing on the real paper. Highlight does well, open the note to type. When I exported to Acrobat everything was just where it should be.

What don't I like? I have numerous toolbars on the side, I don't know how to close them. It is a little clumsy to move comments around. Grabbing and moving takes a little patience. Nonetheless it works well. I heartily recommend this app.

Developer Response ,

Wow! We're so happy that you're enjoying the app! If you have any questions about how to navigate the app, please reach out to support@branchfire.com. We're more than happy to answer any questions, or share any tips!

freddyg013 ,

No Real Flexibility

I am beginning to wonder which reviews are real and which are not. This is now the second pdf app that I’ve tried to use and the flexibility of it to pull files from iCloud and work on them, or notes, and “thought” I saved them is not real. I am happy that I did airdrop the 12 pdf’s I marked up and returned to students with feedback otherwise I would have lost them completely. They are not saved, or stored on the app as it seems to imply, and there is no way to save them on iCloud as I thought I would be able to so that I can access later. I was very much disappointed with how this app does not do or have all the functions it says it does or do. The eraser for it is also hard to use as easily as you would expect, marking and utilizing the tools are also not as easy as they say.
Their customer service…I have yet to hear back from them with regards to my above requests to find out where those files have been stored because there is nothing with in the app or on my iPad, or on my iCloud. So those files have been lost, except for the sent ones to my students.
Do not buy, I think many of these reviews are fake like many other pdf apps. I am very much disappointed with this.

App Privacy

The developer, Branchfire, Inc., indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Linked to You

The following data may be collected but it is not linked to your identity:

  • Diagnostics

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More


  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members can use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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