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Writing notes on a PDF file

Discussion in 'iPad General Discussions' started by Mohsen, Jan 2, 2011.

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    I have many PDF files to read. Is there a way to write notes on a PDF file or highlight sentences?
    Thx
    Mohsen
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    Note Taker HD will allow you to write non PDF's as will as highlight documents. A second app is Noterize. I like the Note Taker Hd better as it has smoother writing.
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    I agree with ipadCFO. You might also want to look at iAnnotate (haven't tried it).
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    iAnnotate does exactly what you're looking to do. It's $9.99 in the app store, however. You could also give GoodReader a try at the lighter price tag of $2.99 which pretty much can do the same thing.
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    Yes, but annotations made in GoodReader can only be seen in GoodReader.
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    I really like iAnnotate. Smooth scrolling and good annotation features.
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    Ahh this I did not know. Thanks for telling me.
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    I can only speak to Note Taker HD. I like it quite well. It does have smooth writing. I'm currently reading a PDF manuscript and very happy to be able to highlight by using my finger or stylus like a highlighter marker, and to be able to jot a note at the side of the page too.
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    Can you clarify this? The app description in the iTunes Store says that all annotations become part of the PDF itself and thus can be e-mailed to other people and opened in their "common" PDF reading programs, and all notes & drawings can be seen.
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    I have Smartnote free edition too, and have tinkered around with that a little too and actually prefer it over Note TakerHD for PDF annotation. However, I decided what the heck, I'd heard that Goodreader was decent, so I downloaded that today and like it better than both. In all fairness, I only just started to do annotations, so I can't make the most sweepingly comprehensive assessments yet, but that's what a forum is for-inclusive of sharing the learning experience too, eh? I like that Smartnote has the highlighter pen at the bottom of the screen a simple visible icon away. Put that in Goodreader, and I'd be really happy. But Goodreader is a PDF reader app first, not a note taking app, so I get the point as to why you need to first touch the screen to make the menu appear. And I like how it displays the pages and the smooth page turning better, so it ends up winning overall, and even being new at it, I can see it won't take long to get used to bringing the menu up, etc. I also perused Noterize on the App Store and thought about that too, but wasn't going to buy both. At this point, I will stick with Goodreader for my annotating. It seems to be a darn good PDF reader anyway, so I definitely am appreciating that.
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    Okay, I was just going to edit my last post, but whatever- would just make it run on looking. I swore I wasn't going to do it, but I did. I ended up getting another PDF annotation app-Noterize. It does have the instant on screen icons for pen and highlighter that I was seeking. Perfect for the annotation. No fussing with it. And Goodreader is still better for the reading of the PDF files. I like the page turning better on it, so what the heck. But I figured why not get the one that I think is easier for what I want to do which is highlight and jot a note really quickly.

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