PDF reader app with seamless handwritting annotation experience

Discussion in 'iPad Apps' started by 2opremio, Feb 14, 2013.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Feb 14, 2013
    I am looking for an iPad app (Android app references will also be considered useful) which allows reading PDF files and annotating them with a stylus, resembling the experience I would have with a pen and a piece of paper as closely as possible.

    This requires:

    1. Not enforcing to go through button clicking, context menus or popups every time I want to write something. (i.e. add annotation, accept annotation). It completely breaks the reading experience.

      I don't even care if that kind of a step-based work-flow is better if you want to edit/delete the annotations. I would be happy even if deletion/edition was not allowed, a good old cross-out would be enough for me.

    2. The writing experience should be snappy and responsive. I don't want lines to follow my stylus-tip as I write, like laggy comets in orbit. A good example of good behaviour in this regard is Wacom's Bamboo Write App

    Optionally it would be simply awesome if it was had handwritting calculator capabilities like MyScript Calculator. I am used to make calculations in the margins, when reading engineering or math-related books.

    I have tried Goodreader and iAnnotate but neither of them comply with (1) or (2). Any suggestions?
  2. macrumors 65816

    Dec 9, 2011
    Not sure if it would comply to your point 1, but you could try PDF Max, the have a free trial version.

    Notability, GoodNotes and NotesPlus are note taking apps with hand writing & zoom box that allow for PDF annotation.

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