iAnnotate 4 — PDFs & more

iAnnotate 4 — PDFs & more

By Branchfire, Inc.

  • Category: Productivity
  • Release Date: 2016-05-03
  • Current Version: 4.5.7
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • File Size: 109.07 MB
  • Developer: Branchfire, Inc.
  • Compatibility: Requires Android / iOS 9.0 or later.
Score: 4.5
From 2,291 Ratings


iAnnotate is all new and better than ever. It’s the best way to read, annotate, and share PDFs, Microsoft Office files, images and web pages! Over 1 million people turn to iAnnotate to take notes, sign agreements, highlight documents, insert stamps and more. New in v4: iPhone support, iPad Pro and multitasking support, automatic Apple Pencil detection, shape annotations, improved web markup, enhanced support for OneDrive (and OneDrive for Business), iCloud Drive, and iCloud backup. iAnnotate’s award-winning interface and customizable set of features make it the go-to app for taking notes on lecture slides, annotating important business documents, revising screenplays, grading papers, and much more. Read on to learn about the great capabilities of iAnnotate: IPHONE: Now you can use iAnnotate on your phone, with all of the great features you’ve come to expect on your iPad. IPAD PRO: iAnnotate works great with the iPad Pro. Automatically annotate when you use the Apple Pencil and easily pan, zoom, scroll with your fingers — no tool switching required. Get more work done with iOS multitasking and smart keyboard shortcuts. ANNOTATE: Choose from the pen, highlighter, typewriter, stamp, straight-line, note, underline, strikeout, photo, voice recording, arrow, rectangle, circle, and date stamp tools. CUSTOMIZE: Drag and drop tools to your custom toolbars. Swipe between toolbars, or open the Toolbox to access all your tools. ACCESS: Connect with Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive (including OneDrive for Business) or open PDFs directly from email and other apps. SEARCH: Search documents in your local library and throughout your cloud storage. SHARE: iAnnotate saves your markups directly to the PDF, so they can be viewed and edited in external PDF readers. FLATTEN: Compress your annotations onto the document to prevent modification. This is useful for preserving signatures or for preventing recipients from deleting or changing your annotations. WEB MARKUP: Open a web capture tab and find the site you want to mark up. iAnnotate will convert it to a PDF for annotation. NAVIGATE: Explore your documents by thumbnails, bookmarks, annotations, or search results. UNLIMITED TABS: Open multiple documents in tabs, and easily navigate between them, on both tablet and phone. TWO DOCUMENTS: Work on two documents side-by-side, for even greater productivity. MANAGE: Arrange documents by folders and sort contents by date added, date last opened, or alphabetical order. CREATE: Create brand new PDFs with blank, lined, or graph-paper pages. MODIFY: Add, delete, rotate, and rearrange pages in your documents. SUMMARIZE: Forward a summary of your annotations as an email or a new PDF. SECURE: Full support for the iOS Data Protection and Keychain functions. Interested in using iAnnotate in your business or school? Contact us to find out about our enterprise options.




  • Love the fast bug fixes!

    By straight chin
    Love the app and love the quick response to new iPad issues!
  • Needs improvement.

    By leocadia222
    Overall, this is a decent app. There are several bugs that STILL need to be worked out. I won’t waste the time listing them because I’ve already wasted the time doing that in an email which was obviously ignored. I’m aware I’m hardly the first person to have brought issues to their attention, and they’ve had well over a year to implement changes, yet the same issues persist. The app functions well enough to use it, but not well enough to praise it.
  • Poor pencil support

    By ash2a
    Using the Apple Pencil is very frustrating on this app. Notability is much better and more fluid. There is no eraser tool. Writing is not smooth. Not everyone wants to see the date info for files. Add an option to disable this. It is now not easy to read the name for files.
  • IAnnotate4 is back my favorite!

    By CsaProdz
    I recently had a problem about my documents turning blurry, practically and unreadable, due to an error of my part, using too much open document. Now that I get your helpful feedback, IAnnotate 4 is back my daily tool for thé reading, annotation and of organization of my PDFs.
  • Moving window

    By naouchida
    I started using this in a new iPad Pro. Every time I close and open this up, the document shift upward, and the tabs are partially occluded or no longer visible. Please fix this problem.
  • Don’t forget the Blackberry version!

    I don’t use this app - I use iAnnotate for Blackberry. But I bought this app just so I can write a review and hopefully get the developer’s attention (haven’t been able to so far). The Blackberry app has exactly the same issue with the iPad Pro that iAnnotate 4 has, making it unusable. So, developers, PLEASE make sure that your engineers apply the same fix to the Blackberry version of the app that you say is coming to IAnnotate 4.
  • Major problems on iPad Pro

    By Chris Remo
    I am a brand new user of this software but bought it in recommendation. I don’t know if the issues I’m having are specific to iPad Pro, but it’s a mess. Almost all the time, the top menu somehow ends up obscured behind the iPad’s own black bar at the top, rendering it unusable. And when you change orientation of the device (from portrait to landscape back to portrait), somehow the entire app is rendered higher up on the screen, leaving empty gray space at the bottom of the screen. Every time you switch orientation again, this offset increases. I have to force-quit the app and restart to address either issue. It is utterly painful to use. Also, I can’t find any list of highlighted words anywhere, but searching for features like “list of annotations” online suggests this is supported. It’s possible the option does exist but I can’t find it because I can so rarely see all of the app.
  • Generally good; pagination issues

    By Putigers
    Long time user on a 10” iPad Pro and have found it to be the only reliable annotation app, so I’ve generally been pretty happy with it. However, I just upgraded to an iPad Pro 12” (3rd gen) and there are major pagination issues. The app doesn’t fit the frame sometimes, won’t display correctly when going from portrait to landscape, there are issues when zooming in and out of documents (it gets “stuck” sometimes). Closing the app and restarting usually fixes it.
  • Useful but frustrating

    By Spanglelime
    I’m a ProofreadAnywhere student who is learning this app on the fly, and while I love it as a concept, the number of times it has crashed without the last page, then 2 pages, then 5 pages saved has made me want to throw my iPad through a window in absolute frustration and stress. To come back to my document later and find all my work there, and then the annotations that had vanished were suddenly stamped over top by my desperate rushed re-do... trying to save my document every 2 pages out of paranoia, which can take about 10 tries, and then the custom stamps I can’t rename and need to remake entirely? I’ve spent hours today recreating my custom stamps with new names, and even then I’m attempting to delete the same old stamp over and over... I feel lucky I have the tech support for iAnnotate in the Facebook group for my course bc I have found the Branchfire website and YouTube to be very unhelpful. I am hoping there’s an update to get some bugs out of the app soon, bc I genuinely like it a lot, but freaking out over losing my work every two pages bc my iPad has gone inactive for a couple minutes has become really old. I shouldn’t have to consider getting a second iPad to make sure I don’t lose my work for a client when working a deadline. It’s not where I’m saving to, it’s how the app is NOT working.
  • Reviewing papers is a breeze

    By phoenixrising93
    I have used an app on iOS for nearly a decade. It allows me to store lots of journal articles and the ability to annotate them. I had a lengthy dissertation to review and return those comments to the author. After getting through more than 100 pages, I tried to export them and open the commented article in Acrobat only to find that the comments could not be viewed. His dissertation advisor recommended iAnnotate. Best $10 app I have purchased in many years. The tools are great. I like that the stylus gives a fine line, it's like writing on the real paper. Highlight does well, open the note to type. When I exported to Acrobat everything was just where it should be. What don't I like? I have numerous toolbars on the side, I don't know how to close them. It is a little clumsy to move comments around. Grabbing and moving takes a little patience. Nonetheless it works well. I heartily recommend this app.