PDF reader with snipping tool

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  1. facemeat macrumors member

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    Hello,

    Just a quick question.

    Considering picking up a used iPP 10.5 mostly for PDF reading.
    I deal with a lot of scanned documents with handwritten texts and printed text, unfortunately not scannable so it can't be copied as text.
    Is there an iPad app that allows me to encircle or highlight an area in a pdf and copy the encircled part from the pdf into e.g notes or page (with apple pencil support)? Like cmd shift 4 in macOS or the snipping tool in windows where I select a specific area and get a small image that I can copy into a document.

    Thanks!
     
  2. CrystalQuest76 Suspended

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    The built in iOS PDF Reader app is capable of annotation. You can do a screenshot of anything on your screen and then crop it in the Photos app.
    You don't need to buy anything additional.
     
  3. facemeat thread starter macrumors member

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    Thank you.

    I was just curious if there was a more efficient way than taking a screen shot and cropping it in the photos app seeing that I want to cut out a lot of smaller text portions per page on 30-150 page pdf files.
     
  4. akash.nu macrumors 604

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    Nothing like that is available as far as I’m aware of.
     
  5. facemeat thread starter macrumors member

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    Alright, it was worth a shot.
     
  6. ventmore macrumors 6502a

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  7. facemeat thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks!
    Yes, I found the same article earlier today and I could indeed use the scissor tool in a PDF and paste it in a different place. Albeit this was done on my iPhone as I havent recieved my iPP yet, hopefully foxit has pencil support!
     
  8. ventmore macrumors 6502a

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    No problem mate!......hopefully it has the pencil support you need.

    It'll be nice if you can run it split screen with your note taking app of choice so you can easily cut and paste.
     
  9. facemeat thread starter macrumors member

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    Hm, unsure how well it would work on the 10.5 as opposed to the 13 inch iPP, but I'll try.. I thought I'd drag in e.g apple notes from the side, paste then back to reading the pdf. I'll certainly try though!
     
  10. ventmore macrumors 6502a

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    Sorry...I missed that it was a 10.5......your idea may indeed be the best way to go. :)
     
  11. Seraphaera macrumors newbie

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    Of the PDF/notes apps I've tried, LiquidText has by far the easiest workflow for what you want to do. Import a pdf, drag your finger/ApplePencil across a sentence/figure/image/section that you want to highlight and then (optionally) you can 'pull' that highlighted section off to the side of the workspace. There's an option to save and export the pdf + your highlights, or to create a word doc/pdf of just the excerpts you dragged off to the side of the workspace. I think LiquidText has a free trial that lets you try it out. The Pro version is £4.99 if you have a .ac.uk or .edu (or similar) email address, but it's reasonably expensive if you're not in education and want to unlock the full version.

    You could also do excerpts with GoodNotes, but it works a bit differently. Import a pdf, use the lasso tool to essentially make a cmd+shift+4 screenshot box, and then you can copy those custom crops to other pages in GoodNotes or paste them into another app. GoodNotes also has searchable handwritten notes (and handwriting-to-type conversion) and it's reasonably tolerant of bad handwriting.

    A lot of people prefer Notability, which is the other big "smart notebook" app alongside GoodNotes (LiquidText is its own weird thing). I'm sure Notability can do the smart-crop thing as well. Noteability has a slightly nicer UI than GoodNotes, slightly more drawing tools if you draw a lot of detailed diagrams, and it can also record audio and play it back so you can refresh your memory of a lecture or meeting as you review the notes, but Notability doesn't have the searchable handwritten text or handwriting-to-type conversion.

    Anyway, I'll stop now, apparently I have a lot of feelings about notetaking apps.
     
  12. jgelin macrumors 6502a

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    Ok what could be done is you can import the PDF into GoodNotes. Inside of GoodNotes, you have the ability to select things and make a ‘screen grab’ from inside of the document. This screen grab can then be added to a notes page in the same PDF document, or in another notebook in GoodNotes.
     
  13. chrsb macrumors member

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    Goodnotes has a snipping tool, I wish one of the apps worked like Adobe Acrobat where you can select why you want, then hit print and print your selection. I use this feature to blow up blueprints and hand them out to the crews for their days work. Notability doesn’t have a print feature. PDF expert surprisingly doesn’t have any snip tool. Bluebeam Revu has a snapshot tool also and various tools for marking up blueprints. It used to bog down with large PDF’s but has been reciently updated to fix it, I haven’t had a chance to test it out.

    For my use case, I’d like to find one app that can sync with Dropbox, easily take a snapshot, fit to page and print, handle large pdf’s without stuttering.
     
  14. jgelin macrumors 6502a

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    You may be able to do something with the snapshot to create a full page PDF in the WorkFlow app by making a custom work flow.
     

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