Best PDF annotation app in the Windows Store?

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  1. greatg

    greatg Scribbler - Standard Member

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    I'm on v5.0.10 and I can no longer save the annotations. The file saves (with the ongoing saving to original error), but none of my annotations are visible? Anyone else experiencing this?
     
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    xader Pen Pal - Newbie

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    yes, sometimes the annotation is gone due to some bugs i dont know, i just exit it and open the app again
     
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    Bronsky Wait and Hope. Senior Member

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    Hmmm. I'm on 5.0.14.0 and haven't noticed a lot of issues.
     
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    internalaudit Pen Pal - Newbie

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    I'm going to start using my Dell 7140 tablet more especially reading Zinio magazines.

    I did buy Drawboard over a year ago. Is this still the best annotating app available? Most of what I want to consists of taking a screen shot of an interesting page, annotating the page and then saving it in pdf format that's hopefully searchable by some of these apps:

    http://www.online-tech-tips.com/com...h-for-text-inside-multiple-pdf-files-at-once/

    EDIT: whoops, I seem to have read that FOX IT has become ad laden.
     
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    soh5 Wait and Hope (Bronsky et al.) Senior Member

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    @Bronsky With regards to Drawboard, do you feel like the inking has gotten more smoother on your S3?

    It's noticably more smooth on my Surface Book. Is it just me?
     
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    Bronsky Wait and Hope. Senior Member

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    They have greatly improved the program. It is very smooth ATM.
     
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    kristalsoldier Pen Pal - Newbie

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    I too started with Drawboard and bought the paid version too. But it is buggy and their updates are not very encouraging for it breaks often - at least for me.

    As a replacement I have started using Xodo which seems to be working well in so far as annotating etc is concerned. I like the interface better too.
     
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    Bronsky Wait and Hope. Senior Member

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    Looks like Drawboard is releasing Drawboard Pro which is an in-app upgrade. Does this apply to those of us who previously licensed a version of Drawboard? I haven't used my licensed version since I bought my Surface 3 because it came already installed on the device.
     
  9. JoeS

    JoeS I'm all ears Senior Member

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    I bought mine, and some options are indeed behind a Pro paywall. Thankfully no existing functions have been 'hidden', it seems to be only for new features that are geared toward e.g. architecture markup (measurement tools, grids etc).

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  10. ATIVQ

    ATIVQ V⅁O⅄ Senior Member

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    Very nice app!

    Pros:
    • Imports, exports, edits and annotates PDFs. Handled every PDF I threw at it! Even offered to fix the malformed ones!
    • No online registration! All features are free!
    • Option to disable smoothing! THANK YOU!
    • Very fast!
    • Full featured - varied view options, single-page rotation, all-page rotation, two-page view, scroll up/down or left/right, thumbnail, crop, fullscreen, document outline, bookmarks, text boxes, image insertion, pen, highlighter, arrows, lines, rectangles, ellipses, import and export PDF - pretty much everything I need, assuming I can import and export any document to PDF (and I can, thankfully).
    Cons:
    • Pen tool 0.5pt is too thick, needs to be able to be reduced to 0.1pt.
    • Zoom is not obvious - had to guess [ctrl]-[plus] and [ctrl]-[minus] zoom in and out.
    • Right-click-and-drag should scroll.
    • Command bars shouldn't require constant opening and closing - both the main command bar and the annotation command bar should be available at the same time.
    • Ctrl-Z should undo.
    • "Create document" should offer line or grid paper of varying scales and sizes.
    This is the best PDF annotation app I have ever seen. Amazing and free. All the cons are very easy to fix. I hope the next version is perfect! I am almost ready to ditch Windows Journal now.

    Edit: spoke too soon. More missing features:
    • No selection tool for moving ink and annotation..
    • No right-click menu for adding and deleting pages.
    • Can't return to unsaved tabs after leaving the editor without opening a new tab.
    • Can't make pages larger, only crop them to a smaller size.
    • Can't scroll with keyboard while using pen.
    • Doesn't immediately open with a user-defined sheet of paper.
    • Suppose I'll find more the more I use it...
    Windows Journal is still my fave, but at least there's an alternative I like for when Journal inevitably bites the dust.
     
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