How can I highlight or annotate PDFs?

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Question: I've recently moved to almost exclusively electronic books. I prefer to mark up documents with highlighting or annotations as I read them. However, when I get an updated version of a PDF - O'Reilly, for example, will give access to corrected versions of the books you've purchased - I'm then stuck with a marked up older copy and a newer copy, without my notes. Is there any solution of VeryPDF?

Answer: According to your needs, maybe you can have a free trial of VeryPDF newly developed cloud based application named VeryPDF Annotator Cloud API, by which you can annotate any kind of version PDF files. So by it, there is not problem to copy annotations/highlighting PDF from one older version to a new version PDF file. But as this is could based software interface application, by it now you can not make it programmatically and in batch. You only can annotate PDF one by one. If you need to know more about this software, please check on homepage, in the following part, I...

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I've recently moved to almost exclusively electronic books. I prefer to mark up documents with highlighting or annotations as I read them.

However, when I get an updated version of a PDF - O'Reilly, for example, will give access to corrected versions of the books you've purchased - I'm then stuck with a marked up older copy and a newer copy, without my notes.

My preferred language being C# I realize that iTextSharp is probably what I'd need to use if I wanted to programmatically do this (see for example Copy pdf annotations via C#), but is there an easier way to handle this?

I can't believe I'm the only one with this issue, so is there perhaps already a solution that will handle this for...

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Possible Duplicate:
How can I highlight PDFs?

Is there a software like Mac's default viewer, that allows you to annotate and highlight PDF documents?

Thanks in advance, Marco

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No, is the short answer - in the way I think you mean, which is 'Can I do this in a similar manner that I expect in Mendeley/Adobe etc... ?'. LibreOffice can import a PDF using extensions but I don't think this is what you are looking for - this would be useful if you were looking to edit the PDF and produce a new document.

What you are looking for is a PDF viewer with annotation tools - on Linux the best I think you'll find, in terms of the features you need, is Okular. If your using a GNOME based distro, then you will have to stock up on many of the KDE libraries. The stock PDF viewer in Ubuntu, Evince, is fast and excellent for reading with but doesn't have all the annotation tool you'll need.

Alternatively, PDF XChange works great under WINE and the shareware version has everything you need without making you 'Go Pro'. Plus, when you save in PDF XChange the annotations you've made are saved onto the...

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Sometimes you need more than words to express your ideas. Xodo’s range of tools enables you to annotate your documents, including adding sticky notes; highlighting, underlining, and striking out passages; inserting shapes; and drawing freehand. Once you’ve created your annotation, you can always go back to change its color, size, thickness, and opacity

Like working on paper but better. With Xodo you’re free to leave comments, highlight, draw freehand, and more – right on your PDF.

With Xodo’s Annotations view, you can quickly access a summary list of all the annotations in a document. Tapping on one brings you to the annotation itself, so you can see the context and go from...

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The Occasions that Need to Annotate PDF Files

PDF document is frequently used in our daily work for its advanced feature on preserving the file formatting and layout. It is especially good for sharing the files. We all know that PDF is a kind of file format that can't be edited, but there are times that we have to make annotation on PDF files for some purposes. The occasions that require annotating PDF like: 1. (for daily work) when reading a PDF file, one wants to make comments, insert notes, highlight separate words or leave annotation on the PDF document; 2. (for study) when receiving some PDF files on course, students need to annotate or highlight some areas of the PDF for studying; 3. (for business) when exchanging ideas on a group project in PDF document, in order to express opinions on some content, people should make annotation on the PDF file to point them out.

Methods to Annotate PDF with Free PDF Annotators

Annotating PDF offers users...

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Wondershare PDFelement is the most cost-efficient PDF solution in the market. With much lower price than Adobe Acrobat and Foxit, PDFelement provide you the same features and quality. You can edit PDF with note, sticky note, highlight area, underline, strickthrough, stamps, free-hand drawing, links, images etc.

PDFelement is also a great PDF converter and PDF creator. You can convert PDF document to any other formats you need. It also can create and combine any format files into PDF files. With powerful features, it also have a simple and user-friendly interface. Besides, PDFelement supports multiple systems and you can annotate PDF on your Windows, Mac and iOS...

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With iAnnotate PDF, anyone can manage, store, and annotate hundreds of PDF files on their iPad. From the shortest contracts to the lengthiest journals, iAnnotate's scrolling page view and customizable annotation tools, allows you to mark up documents with ease and flexibility. You can open numerous PDFs at once, create a toolbar of your favorite highlighter colors, drag and drop files in the library, all this and many more features you'll find only in iAnnotate PDF.

Linking iAnnotate to your Box account

It's easy to link iAnnotate PDF to one or more of your Box accounts.

1. Within iAnnotate tap on Library (located in the upper left hand corner) and then tap on Connections.

2. Tap Add Box and enter a description (it defaults to Box). Enter your Box username, typically your email address and choose Read Only if you want to use the connection to import files, but wish to disable syncing annotated files back to your Box account. With this option turned...

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View and Edit PDF with Preview and Tips on Using Preview

Preview not only can manage and view images, but also allows you to view and edit PDF files on Mac. With Preview, you can add notes, highlight or copy texts in a PDF file. However, Preview does not allows you to delete original texts in PDF and you can not change the rectangle color for adding texts. Below is the process on how to edit PDF with Preview.

Step 1. Drag and drop your PDF file to the Preview program dock, and you’re the PDF file will be open with Preview.

Step 2. Copy text from PDF in Preview.
Navigate to the upper toolbar, and click the Text. And you can click on PDF and move your cursor to select the texts you want. Then control-click to select the Copy option or press Command + C to copy the texts.

Step 3. Annotate and markup PDF in Preview.
Click Annotate on top of the toolbar. Then you will get a series of annotation tools and markup...

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function annotate_menu() {$items['admin/settings/annotate'] = array('title' => 'Annotation settings','description' => 'Change how annotations behave.','page callback' => 'drupal_get_form','page arguments' => array('annotate_admin_settings'),'access arguments' => array('administer site configuration'),'type' => MENU_NORMAL_ITEM,'file' => '',);return $items;} Quote: function annotate_admin_settings() {$options = node_get_types('names');$form['annotate_node_types'] = array('#type' => 'checkboxes','#title' => t('Users may annotate these content types'),'#options' => $options,'#default_value' => variable_get('annotate_node_types', array('page')),'#description' => t('A text field will be available on these content types tomake user-specific notes.'),);return system_settings_form($form);} On the above are two functions and each have a return value. but the return value are all irregularly, now if i want to design a function how to write...

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I am not sure how I missed this application. This is absolutely the PDF application that has almost everything I could want and more. With the tools to annotate, highlight, and draw I finally have the means to read my PDFs and really utilize the Reader as I would on my Mac but in a more natural hands on way. It doesn't end here though. With the full screen PDF viewer I can deliver Presentations in PDF format and even draw on my presentations. This is not perfect, however its a very welcome addition and something I will be taking advantage of. For only .99 cents this applications is really a dream come true. Please check this app out, please comment on it and let the devs know Sleepless sent...

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I’ve professed my dislike of PDFs as a format for files in general before. But it’s something I can’t escape. Which is why I’ve written extensively about how to improve the experience. Today we’ll be taking the PDF experience out of the cloud and the PC and directly into the Chrome browser.

Chrome is the most powerful browser out there. So powerful in fact that Google sells laptops called Chromebooks, which basically just consist of a Chrome browser and nothing else.

Using extensions and apps, ones that even work offline, you can use Chrome to view, annotate, print, and export PDFs easily.

But you should know that these extensions will not replace a full-fledged PDF editing app like Foxit Reader. What they will allow you to do is open PDFs, copy text, add text, and highlight and annotate a PDF very easily.

Notable PDF

Notable PDF is a free extension for Chrome that also works offline. You’ll need to create an account to get...

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January 29, 2014
One of the first reasons behind me buying iPad was to be able to access and read my PDFs anytime anywhere I want without having to always depend on my Mac for that. However, my experience with reading PDFs on iPad has taught me many things and over the time I came to discover a wide range of great apps to use on my PDFs. These are particularly apps which you can use to annotate, highlight, add notes, record, and comment on the content of your PDFs. I have compiled these apps in the list below and want you to have a look.

1- iAnnotate

This is my favourite of them. iAnnotate is app that lets you read, highlight, and share PDF, Doc, PPT, and images file. As for annotating your PDFs, iAnnotate provides you with a plethora of options to choose from including: pen, highlighter, typewriter, stamp, straight-line, note, underline, strikeout, photo, voice recording, and date stamp tools. Copy and paste annotations, even from one document to...

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How to Annotate PDFs with OneNote App on Your Surface:

There are many ways to annotate PDFs on Surface tablets, like Foxit MobilePDF or Drawboard apps – for example, but did you know that you can also do it with the OneNote App?

Yes indeed.

In the OneNote App you can markup, highlight and tag the PDF document and it will be automatically saved to your OneNote Notebook. You can then print it, use it in a presentation, or share it via email and other apps.

Here is how annotate a PDF with OneNote App on your Surface:

Open the PDF in OneNote:

Open the OneNote App Start a new Note Touch and hold (with your finger, not the pen) anywhere in the blank space of the note The radial menu appears, choose Insert Find the PDF you want to annotate and select it

Now you have opened your PDF in OneNote app.

To annotate:

Using the pen, press and hold anywhere in the note From the radial menu that appears, choose the pen you prefer Write...
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Looking for the best iPad apps to help you sort, organize, edit, and just plain better manage your PDF collections? Whether you store tremendous amounts of PDFs that need to all be searchable or you just need to be able to paperlessly sign and send off a PDF contract, there are lots of App Store apps that make managing PDFs on iPad easier than ever. However, depending on how you interact with PDFs on a regular basis, some apps may be better suited for your use case than others. Considering some PDF apps can be quite costly or take up quite a bit of time to set up, we've done the dirty work for you in order to find which are the absolute best PDF management apps for iPad.

PDF Expert 5

PDF Expert 5 by Readdle lets you organize, annotate, highlight, and manage all your PDF documents in one place. Load them from Dropbox, Google Drive, or another cloud storage account and you're good to go. You can also load documents via iTunes or iCloud if you choose....

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iBooks is a great way to keep your books organized all in one, easy to access, place. Whether you have books to read for leisure or store textbooks and other informational material, iBooks natively gives you the ability to notate and highlight content whenever you'd like for reference later.

Here's how:

How to highlight content in a book with iBooks

Launch the iBooks app from the Home screen of your iPhone or iPad. Tap the book that you'd like to highlight something in. Find the text you'd like to highlight and hold down on it. Now drag the anchors so the text you'd like to highlight is within it. Tap on the highlight option in the pop-up menu. You can now choose different highlight colors and edit how you'd like the highlight to appear. Then just tap out of the menu when you're done editing settings. That's it. The text will now be highlighted for reference later.

How to notate content in a book with iBooks

Launch the iBooks app...
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Overview Reference Manager Read & Annotate Add & Organize Collaborate Backup, Sync & Mobile Network & Discover

Save time navigating PDFs

Open multiple PDFs in separate tabs. Read, take notes and switch back to your research library instantly.

Annotate and highlight

No more need for hand-written notes, sticky notes and highlighter pens. You can now annotate, highlight, and add sticky notes directly to your PDFs.

Share annotations with others

Simply create a private group, add colleagues and start sharing. Every time you add notes or highlight a paper, it will be visible to members of the group.

Save and print annotations

All your annotations can be saved within your PDFs, so when you print them out, your ideas travel with...

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This app has a beautiful interface and runs in continuous-page, landscape display, which seems to be the only practical way to read letter-size (8.5 x 11") documents on the Touch. I haven't figured how to do this in the iTouch's native iBooks application.


Bizarrely, the only way to transfer files from your PC is to email them to yourself, then click on the attachment in iOS Mail, click the "Open..." icon, then select "Open In ...", and then specify Reader. Seems *WAY* more cumbersome than necessary. iTunes will let you transfer PDFs by Syncing in the Books tab, but I don't see how to make Reader see these PDFs.


This app is worth getting, but Apple's vaunted ease of use could be made easier.

PS: Thank you,, for your excellent service on many occasions. It's way easier to find iTouch apps on your site than Apple's.

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If you find yourself dealing with a lot of PDF files, it’s only natural you’ll want something other than Apple’s basic iBooks before long. iBooks offers a nice interface for reading, but its value begins to diminish if you are looking to annotate, edit or sign a document from your iPad.

Evernote has solid PDF integration as do a handful of other third-party services that you might already be using, such as Google Drive, Dropbox and others, but few of these are as feature-rich as even a free version of one of the following apps.

If you’re a real power user, stick around until the end and I’ll reveal my favorite PDF reader for editing, annotating and signing documents.

The desktop version is often criticized for being bloated and unnecessary This Is Why You Don't Need Adobe Reader but on iOS, Adobe Reader is light, agile and full of amazing features. You can display a range of PDF files, annotate, highlight,...

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