My favourite app Tuesday – iAnnotate

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iAnnotate* is a great pdf reader for the iPad. It’s one of the apps that I use regularly on my iPad and one that I find truly pleasurable to use. And it’s also one of those apps that get me excited when an update is announced because this means the good only gets better.

There’s already a lot to like about the app if you’re someone who uses pdfs on a regular basis for school, work or projects in general. The recent update to version 1.3 has added a few more niceties. There’s not enough space here to list all the features but here’s why I think it’s a killer app.

  • Simple and intuitive interface. There’s no complicated instruction manual to look through or rulebook to master before you use the app. There’s a top menu nav bar with bottom and side docks that can be customized to include less or more noting instruments (pen, markers, highlighters) and viewing tools.
  • Find docs easily. Version 1.3 has now added a handy document manager, which definitely enhances the experience of finding docs quickly, especially as we tend to accumulate a large number of them over time. It’s easy to get the docs onto the iPad, either via iTunes, via in-app direct download from the web or Dropbox or via the developer desktop app Aji PDF Service.
  • Countless notation possibilities. You can highlight or mark text, make your own notes, add preset or your own icons and all of this is a myriad of colours. And when you’re done, you can share the docs with the integrated annotations by email or upload them to your desired place.

This kind of app makes your appreciation for the iPad platform only grow more. Pdfs seem to have been born to be used in this way. You’re touching a given document and making notes by touching the iPad. This tactile feeling feels natural, and has not lost its “special” appeal. If you’re like me and have to overcome bouts of laziness once in while then you’ll like the draw of using the app to work through your documents.

If I had to quibble about something it would be that the highlighter (newly featuring the blue-dotted pins of copy/paste) is a bit over-sensitive and is not yet “smart” enough to follow quick swiping. It sometimes lags or gets stuck.

All in all a solid app that is well-executed and thus one of my faves. The Youtube video still features the older version but it’s still worth a watch.

iAnnotate is available on the iTunes store (link to store) for US$ 9.99 / €7.99.

*This app was independently purchased by the post author in the iPhone App Store. For further information regarding our site’s review policies, please see the “About” page.

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