Wanted: fast PDF-annotate app for large CAD-drawings in PDF-format
This is a discussion on Wanted: fast PDF-annotate app for large CAD-drawings in PDF-format within the iPad Apps forums, part of the iPad App Store category; Thanks for testing it in GoodReader Twerppoet. I opened your file in iBook and in Readdledocs and neu.Annotate. None of them showed your annotations. My ...
Thanks for testing it in GoodReader Twerppoet. I opened your file in iBook and in Readdledocs and neu.Annotate. None of them showed your annotations. My original file is 370 kb, yours is 550 kb so there must be something added.
On my Vista laptop your annotations do show up in Acrobat Reader!
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01-29-2011 03:26 PM
Most of the PDF readers on the iPad do not support annotation. In a recent MacWorld article GoodReader got the best marks for annotation compatibility. iAnnotate came in a close second. He only tested five? apps, so it's hardly conclusive, but it offers something to use until you can find an app you like even better.
The apps were all tested against Preview on OS X, so it's good to hear confirmation using Windows and Adobe Reader. To double check, I added some notes (two red and one yellow), a thick blue line, red circle, red rectangle, red arrow, and one freehand circle. The only thing I didn't test was the highlight.
As for the added size, I had it create a new pdf to annotate. GoodReader probably isn't as efficient at generating pdf files as Adobe. I can't imagine my few annotations took up that much extra memory by themselves.
As for my notes, well, I can't say I thought very hard about what to put in them.
Well, sounds like you're set, or at least as set as you are going to get for now. The apps and hardware are always improving, so it is bound to get better.
For viewing lrge format pdf drawings in the field I found "Fastpdf+" excellent. I just completed prebid tours in 5 large schools and used the floor plans to get everyone where they needed to go. And had one hand free for notes and unlocking doors. This was the fourth app I tried and, honestly, I was quite pleased with it.
In this geographical area, any digital drawings you recieve are PDF as most contruction site personnel do not have access or the expertise to use CAD and arch/engineers are security minded. So we are stuck with large drawing files with many pages of elevations and details.
The ipad and this app will go along way pushing and tracking a project as far as communicating with on site trades.
One step furthur would be to annotate and link photos. I will try a couple apps but I'm not expecting much success.
Pathfinder has an app with a description that sounds real good "Construction punchlist". Now if they would release it!
Fourth Art has an app "Punchlist". Right idea but it does not handle PDF's well, is image based. Zoomed pdf's are worthless. Raster versus vector and all that.
I think this application for a tablet is a great upgrade for the industry, now if we had some software.
Hi guys (Zenman specifically).
Hope you are checking this.
Did you ever find a better app for viewing and annotating floor plans on the iPad in PDF? I guess now there is AutoCAD WS now for CAD drawings but I'd rather maybe just draw on a PDF.
I am doing a site audit on Wednesday with our new iPad and I'm desperately trying to figure out how to replace our old-fashioned pen-and-paper scheme.
Thanks in advance!
Try AutoCAD WS. You need to create an account and install it on your desktop first, then you can view the drawings on your iPad.
The regeneration after scrolling is very quick.
While the app might have its limitations, its a free download so it wont cost you anything to see if its suitable for your purpose.
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