As I approach a significant academic milestone this semester with the completion of my dissertation and PhD, I thought I’d share a very handy iPad application I’ve been using to annotate, correct and edit PDF versions of my own writing recently: iAnnotate PDF.
iAnnotate PDF is $10 on iTunes, but it’s worth every penny. I generally use my free Dropbox account to upload PDF versions of documents to “the cloud,” then download them to my iPad with the free Dropbox iPad app to open them first in DropBox. Then I open the file in iAnnotate PDF. Just click the arrow icon in the upper right corner, and after it’s installed iAnnotate PDF should appear as a destination app option.
I love how iAnnotate PDF supports highlighting, adding notes to pages, and also freehand writing. My writing would look neater if I used an iOS stylus, but today I was just making notes for myself so neatness didn’t matter as much.
Goodreader is another iPad app I’ve used for annotation, but iAnnotate PDF is my favorite since it lets you save notes and annotations you add into a new PDF file you can share with others. Last March when we were closing on our home in Oklahoma City, I was in an Alabama airport and needed to sign a PDF document for our realtor. I had my iPad and iAnnotate PDF, so it wasn’t a problem!
I like to convert my Word files to PDF format when I proof them on my iPad. At this point, iAnnotate PDF is my favorite app for these digital editing tasks. If you’re an iPad user, definitely check it out!
You have another iPad app you prefer for digital annotations? Please share about it in the comments!
All our family’s iOS applications are linked in my Appolicious account library.
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