PDF annotations on iOS OS X?

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  1. macbook123 macrumors 68000

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    I'd like to be able to annotate PDF files on both my Mac and my iPad. What's the best software to allow me to do this?
     
  2. newellj macrumors 601

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    I will be interested to see what suggestions turn up here. I haven't found a good cross-platform product. I use Adobe Acrobat Pro with OS X and iAnnotate with iOS. I really wish Adobe would introduce an iOS version of Acrobat Pro.
     
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    PDFPen / PDFPen Pro but I like notability too!
     
  5. username: macrumors 6502a

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    Im not excatly sure what you mean by annotate on the mac. Preview has plenty of annotation options on the Mac.

    On the iPad, PDF expert is the best app. Trust me. I have tried them all. PDF expert is currently the best. Try Documents by readlle first because it is a free app and is similar to PDF expert but lacks the pdf annotation features. The reason i suggest using Documents first is because you will get a feel for the quality of the app. And its free.

    Within PDF expert, you can link any cloud service you like. I am currently using googe drive. This syncs with my mac so any annotations i make on my ipad I can then see on my mac. I can open those files and edit them using Preview and they will sync again via google drive. It is a nice two way system that allows me to annotate, save, move and manage files on either ipad or mac.
     
  6. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 601

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    Papers can be used for indexing PDF's, sync and annotate, on both iOS and OSX.
     
  7. hrv888 macrumors regular

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  8. macbook123 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I mean: can I use my Mac to view and edit (i.e., continue to annotate) documents I worked on on the iPad before? This to me is crucial. I need to be able to work on my cloud docs using both platforms. That's the whole point of storing them in the cloud.
     
  9. username: macrumors 6502a

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    Yes as i said. Try the "Documents" ios app. Link your favourite cloud service. Strangely i dont think you can use icloud drive, but you wont find any PDF annotation apps that sync to the mac with icloud drive.

    For example if you set up Google Drive,you will see using the Documents app that it syncs with the mac. So you will be able to "continue to annotate" documents worked on on the ipad. And those changes will sync back to your ipad. I know whaht you want, trust me its exactly what i needed too,and this will work. If you like i can provide some screenshots because my explanations suck.
     
  10. ZBoater macrumors G3

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    Me three.
     
  11. jojoba macrumors 68000

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    I uses GoodReader and iAnnotate on my iPad, and Skim on mac. If you're a researcher, you could also check out Sente. Another interesting looking app I've recently downloaded on my mac (but not used much yet) is Highlights.
     
  12. macbook123 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Hi All, I noticed that Adobe is now integrated with Dropbox, so that that would be a viable solution. What do folks here think about Adobe as an reader and annotation tool?
     
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    Awful. Unless adobe has made some big changes to its OS X PDF reader and iOS app, they are subpar. I was so put off about a year ago when I tried them that I deleted them and havent tried again since.
     
  14. macbook123 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    OK, what are you using these days? The ability to cross-sync between devices, via Dropbox (or Google Drive), is really crucial to me.
     
  15. username: macrumors 6502a

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    PDF expert can sync with a few things. I just use the built in iCloud sync. I used to link Google Drive with it which worked well.
     

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