iAnnotate 4 — PDFs & more 4+

A better way to markup

Branchfire, Inc.

    • $9.99



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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 4.8.8

Updated Dropbox integration, improved search, bug fixes. Visit us www.folia.com for more information and support. Thanks!

Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
7.8K Ratings

7.8K 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!

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 support@branchfire.com, you can speak with our Product Manager directly and discuss this suggestion in greater detail.

App Privacy

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  • Family Sharing

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