What is the best PDF annotation app for iPad?

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by Starfyre, Aug 13, 2019 at 6:22 PM.

  1. Starfyre, Aug 13, 2019 at 6:22 PM
    Last edited: Aug 13, 2019 at 6:41 PM

    Starfyre macrumors 68030


    Nov 7, 2010
    As the topic states, I want a PDF annotation App that I can annotate a pdf, save it locally to the iPad and not save out to the cloud. I should be able to email it to myself, and I don't want to pay any subscription fees to do this.

    I also want whatever comments or annotations I make with the iPad app, if I email or send the document back to me, all the comments and annotations will be there.

    What app is out there that does this? Googling turns up the #1 app being one with a subscription paid for using in-app purchase. I don't want to use anything like that and want to ask the community here for recommendations.
  2. muzzy996 macrumors 6502

    Feb 16, 2018
    My go-to is PDF Expert by Readdle. It can support cloud services but you do not need to use them. If I recall correctly it was a one time purchase. I'm sure there are others out there, I settled on PDF Expert rather quickly as it was bundled with other great apps like Documents from the same developer.
  3. Pyxus macrumors newbie

    Dec 30, 2010
    Liquid text is really good - no subscription....
  4. Starfyre thread starter macrumors 68030


    Nov 7, 2010
    That's the one that has a monthly subscription for pro features (after a 7 day trial). Free to install initially.
  5. rumz, Aug 13, 2019 at 10:33 PM
    Last edited: Aug 13, 2019 at 10:46 PM

    rumz macrumors 6502a

    Feb 11, 2006
    The subscription features appear to be the ability to customize your toolbar, turn other documents into PDFs, and to edit text in PDFs.

    Worth a shot to Ignore the 7 day trial and see if the free “non-pro” free features do what you want. I’ve had the app since I got the first gen iPad Pro w/ Apple Pencil but I’ve only needed to use it a few times. I am curious if it’ll meet your needs, I may tinker a bit more...

    What about markup? Does it let you annotate PDFs? (I’m thinking iPadOS actually, though the functionality there might not be as robust as you’d like.)
  6. neutrino23 macrumors 68000

    Feb 14, 2003
    SF Bay area
    I also use PDF Expert for reading and annotating PDFs on the iPad.
  7. muzzy996 macrumors 6502

    Feb 16, 2018
    Their purchase model must have changed, I do not have an active subscription with them, I purchased the app outright in a bundle.
  8. Kostas3000 macrumors regular

    Sep 28, 2016
    New York
    pdf expert used to be my favorite for many many years. It seems that they have lost their focus recently and the new subscription of $50 per year is absurd

    my current favorite is by far pdf viewer

    it is worth taking a look at marginnote and liquidtext (this one only for ipad though)
  9. Beards macrumors 6502a


    Mar 22, 2014
    Derbyshire UK
    Simple answer for me:- ‘Notability’.
    I use it to mark up all my PDF’s and share them either as a RTF/PDF/Notability file. Email is supported.
  10. AutomaticApple macrumors 68000


    Nov 28, 2018
    I also recommend Liquid Text.
  11. Rigby macrumors 601

    Aug 5, 2008
    San Jose, CA
    If been using Goodreader for many years. Supports both local device storage and various clouds, and many ways of transferring files in and out (it's not just a PDF reader/markup tool, but also an excellent general purpose file-management tool). Can embed the annotations into the PDF file, so you can view and edit them with tools like Acrobat on a computer. You can also "flatten" the annotations. The app costs $6, and there is an optional "pro pack" for another $6, but you'll probably not need that. No subscription.
  12. culb0743 macrumors member

    Feb 24, 2013
    Used PDF Expert for years; was always more than happy to pay for the version updates and Pro features IAP. But I have to draw the line with the inflated subscriptions. Years ago, I used iAnnotate by Branchfire and PDFPen by Smile Software. Will likely migrate back to one of these two.
  13. Starfyre thread starter macrumors 68030


    Nov 7, 2010
    LiquidText seems really good. I'll have ot try iAnnotate and PDFPen to see what they are like.

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