New here and did some searching and did not find anything relevant, so apologies if this has been addressed.
I work for a local government and some of our Board members want us to get them ipads for their meeting agendas. We post a large number of PDF files online for them as well as the public, and of course we don't want to have to print them unless it's absolutely necessary. The problem is that several of the members WANT the paper because they can then take it along wherever they go and add little notes or highlight passages, etc. As a result, they have been resistant to allowing us to go fully paperless which would be a huge savings of tax dollars for everyone, because they believe they would have to give up that ease of commenting.
However, some of them are now telling us that if they had an ipad, they could write directly on the screen and make all their little notes, circle stuff, underline, and so on, but I have absolutely no knowledge to know if this is even true. My understanding of this functionality is that you would mark up the document, then save it (with the annotations and comments) on the device, assuming the source document is online and read only, as ours are. You could then reopen it in the device as needed to view the doc AND the notes any time you like. Is this basically correct? (I should note I do have a smartphone and understand the concept just fine)
If so, does this mean that they would probably/possibly need to use a stylus when they do this? I have fat fingers so can't visualize finely detailed work on ANY device without a stylus Is this a native function or would there need to be some additional software installed to do this? If so, how is this different from Acrobat Reader which has this functionality built in IF the original document was enabled for commenting at create time? I am ass-u-ming that there is a version of Acrobat Reader for the iPad
Please understand this is not a question about "Why an iPad", but rather, "Will an iPad do what we want it to do", which is facilitate commenting on online documents.