What’s New

Version 4.6

-We've added the ability to scan documents directly into iAnnotate! Just tap the + button in the library to get started.
-We've also implemented minor bug fixes and stability improvements to keep you up and running!

Happy Annotating!

Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
3.5K Ratings

3.5K Ratings

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 We're more than happy to answer any questions, or share any tips!

jaimeleigh4 ,

Overall very helpful but not exactly what I need

I am in veterinary school and I use this app to take notes daily. It is nice that you can write on the PowerPoint or other document, my main issue is that there is no way of adding a blank space next to the PowerPoint to write notes on. I am one that uses the handout 3 slides/page notes when I print because I take so many notes. Currently I have to open everything on my computer, save it as a PDF with the notes format then move it over to google drive before I can open it on the app. It is very frustrating and I have yet to find an app that will let me do this without using my computer. I hope their developers keep this in mind because I have read about students equally as frustrated with me but no solutions have come. (I would use one note because they have this feature but I only have google accounts and that requires a Microsoft account)

Sorry for the long review but this is great for those students who don't need a lot of space to write! (Except for the random times it decides to shut off but all annotations are saved)

Developer Response ,

Thank you for writing in to us! We have heard something similar from other students. This is something that we are potentially considering adding in the future. If you contact, you can speak with our Product Manager directly and discuss this suggestion in greater detail.

nxs5 ,

Keeps getting worse

Why does this app keep getting worse with every update? The problems with file management have been well documented. The latest change involves the navigation tool. It used to be on the left margin, and would show a list of icons representing each annotation you made, with page numbers indicated for each icon. Clicking on the icon brought you to that annotation in your document, and if you want to go to the next annotation, you simply clicked on the next icon.

Now, that panel is a pop up menu, with no page number listed. So, in a 50 page document with 25 annotations, how do you begin to decide which icon to click if you want to go to an annotation on page 30? Then, after you click on an icon, the pop-up menu disappears, so when you realize you wanted to go to a different annotation, you have to bring up the pop-up menu again. Even worse, the menu does not indicate which icon you last clicked on, so you can’t even figure out which icon is for the next annotation, let alone an annotation that might be 10 pages further in the document. I’m ready to go back to version 3, or look elsewhere.

Developer Response ,

We're sorry that you aren't enjoying the new update. We moved the navigation menu to the right and gave search its own section to fix the issue of the keyboard automatically popping up and having to hide it to access thumbnails, the annotations list, and the outline.

However, we have heard that users want the page numbers listed, so we are working on bringing that back in the next update. We're also planning on changing the functionality of the menu to prevent users from losing their place or having to continually click back into the menu.


Branchfire, Inc.
120.7 MB

Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2018 Branchfire, Inc.


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