I didn’t think I had a compelling reason to annotate PDF files until I received an email from the PR person for iAnnotate. In the email were the (to me) magic words, “even D&D DMs use it to mark up their docs.” Yes, I admit I’ve been playing Dungeons & Dragons for more than 30 years, and managing character sheets is still a challenge.
So of course I said “Yes!” to a promo code and tested the app at the gaming table over the weekend. I can whole-heartedly say that it’s my new favorite way to manage my character sheet.
The interface is clean and fairly easy to use. I say “fairly” because some of the buttons on the tool bar weren’t immediately obvious. My husband asked about the “chess piece.” It wasn’t a chess piece. It was a stamp. I’m with him. It looks like a chess piece. And the “clear all annotations” and “clear annotations on this page” button look way too much alike. Yes, I cleared them all when I’d intended to only clear them on one page. What were my current hit points again?
Other than those minor learning-curve type glitches, the app performed flawlessly. You can link it to Dropbox, Box or other cloud services, making loading PDFs a breeze. Switching between documents is smooth. Another app I used to use had a distracting lag when switching from one character to another (yes, we play multiple characters at a time–sue us).
You have lots of annotation options, from drawing on a document, to adding a text box, highlighting and more. Your pencil can have thick lines or thin and can be in different colors. See the toolbar on the right-hand side? That’s where you access all your options. Another note. Remember to close your current option before swiping down the page. I ended up with several stray marks before I remembered that. It’s also a bit tricky to delete an annotation after you’ve made it. You tap it very lightly to select it. A long tap brings up a “Copy annotation” option. It took me a bit of time to master that.
I’m sure I only scratched the surface of the app and its options, but if it works for me at the gaming table, I’m sure it’ll work for you in your meeting and boards rooms.
Try it now while it’s on sale for $2.99 (until October 30). That’s a significant savings off its regular price of $9.99.