Need a fast PDF Reader/Annotator (please read)

Discussion in 'iPad Apps' started by mhs91, Sep 7, 2012.

  1. mhs91, Sep 7, 2012
    Last edited: Sep 7, 2012

    mhs91 macrumors newbie

    Sep 7, 2012
    I am a scriptwriting student so we get a lot of scripts to read that were scanned and are very huge files. I need to annotate these scripts while in class.

    The problem is I have tried: iBooks, Kindle, Notability, and even Notes Plus. The pdf opens but takes a long time to load (even after it has been saved), every page shows up as blank and then it takes several seconds before the page starts to load (so a quarter every several seconds will load). Before I go ahead and start wasting money on apps, can anyone recommend a fast pdf annotator that I can get? I don't mind spending money but it has to be fast.

    Edit: I own the new iPad 16gb.
  2. pdfmax macrumors member


    May 13, 2012
    Hi msh91,

    Have you tried PDF Max yet? Our app has the quality you need, plus it's FREE to download! You can have a look at here:

    Cheers :)
  3. mhs91 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 7, 2012
    I just tried it. It does not let me highlight or annotate scanned PDF's.
  4. drewfus macrumors 6502


    Jul 3, 2006
    Evanston, IL
    I just started using Notes Plus..It works nicely for annotating and highlighting.
  5. mhs91 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 7, 2012
    Please read my post. My files are so big that NotesPlus can't open them without lagging.
  6. steveoc macrumors regular

    Nov 6, 2007
    Adirondacks NY
    I routinely debind and scan books, then apply OCR. The files are huge. My approach to this is to reduce the size of the PDFs before I even load them on to the iPad.

    I use Acrobat Pro to do that, but there are a number of other ways to do so without the expense of Acrobat Pro. Just do a google search.

    I can usually reduce the size of a scanned/OCRed file to 1/3 the original size.

    I read the resultant files in iAnnotate and the performance is fine.

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