Best app for annotating .pdf files on Pro?

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  1. wickedwahine11 macrumors 6502

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    I bought the iPad Pro in part for two main reasons: I play music and wanted the larger screen size for sheet music, and I also am an editor for a publishing company so I need the ability to annotate .pdf files of books on the iPad itself so I can save myself stacks of paper from annotating by hand.

    I have a pencil on order so I have some time to decide on the best .pdf app out there. Is there any specific one that you guys recommend for the annotation of .pdf files?
     
  2. JonSarge3108 macrumors regular

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    PDF expert by Readdle.

    Everything that team seem to do is good.
     
  3. wickedwahine11 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks. :)
     
  4. PBG4 Dude macrumors 68000

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    Check out Liquid Text. It's free, which surprised me, and has some unique ways to manipulate PDFs that I found intriguing. Seriously, check it out! It's free so nothing to lose, right?
     
  5. EdisEdward macrumors 6502

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    are u able to open pdf's from email directly and start annotating with that app?
     
  6. Netrox macrumors newbie

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    I use GoodNotes to annotate PDFs with Pencil.

    LiquidText is nice but it doesn't let you annotate with a stylus (including Pencil).

    Havent tried PDF Expert but it does look good.. too bad it's $9.99
     
  7. artfossil macrumors 6502

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    I've used many of the PDF apps over the last 4 + years, but my go to app is still PDF Expert.
     
  8. mmendoza27 macrumors 6502

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    Has anyone tried the Apple Pencil with PDF Expert? I got it a couple of weeks ago when it was free and have been using it. Haven't gotten my pencil in yet and wanted to know if it worked well.
     
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    PDF expert also lets you sync with dropbox, which means that the app essentially becomes your file manager as well. Quite handy.
     
  10. wickedwahine11 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks so much everyone, looks like I will get PDF Expert. :)
     
  11. JonSarge3108 macrumors regular

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    It works very well with the pencil.
     
  12. genomez macrumors member

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    +1 PDF Expert and it does work with Apple Pencil
     
  13. ZBoater macrumors G3

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    +3 PDF Expert. It's worth every single cent spent on it.
     
  15. PBG4 Dude macrumors 68000

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    Liquid Text does show up on the "Open in..." menu that displays when you are viewing a PDF file.
     
  16. bensisko macrumors 65816

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    You can also annotate in Adobe's own Acrobat app.
     
  17. David58117 macrumors 65816

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    Maybe it was just me, but PDF Expert never remembered where I left off on huge pdf files. It was so annoying opening a large textbook, annotating, then switching to another file or app, and then finding out the app kicked you back to page 1 of the file. That happened numerous times, with different textbook files.

    Another annoyance was that it doesn't recognize the pencil as a smart stylus, like goodnotes. This means when you're not writing and accidentally touch the screen, your finger will make a mark.

    Goodnotes connects to the pencil directly, so only the pencil makes a pencil marking.

    Once those get fixed, it will be a good app. But for now...

    Liquid text (which is absolutely amazing if you have textbooks), and goodnotes for when you need to mark up files.
     
  18. SpitUK macrumors 6502

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    I can't get the pencil to work in PDF Expert, any idea what I am doing wrong?
     
  19. JonSarge3108 macrumors regular

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    Click the pencil at the top, then the pencil on the left, choose a colour, size and transparency and then scribble away ?
     
  20. SpitUK macrumors 6502

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    Doesn't work. Works with my finger but the Apple Pencil...nothing.
     
  21. JonSarge3108 macrumors regular

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    If you look at the widgets on your iPad pro is the pencil battery level showing ?
     
  22. SpitUK macrumors 6502

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    Yeah the pencil works everywhere else but not PDF Expert.
     
  23. SpitUK macrumors 6502

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    Just done a quick YouTube vid...



    I can select menu items with the pencil just no writing!
     
  24. JonSarge3108 macrumors regular

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    Only other bit I can think of is palm rejection in the menu but seems unlikely ?

    I don't know - sorry.
     

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