03. PDF reading & annotation

Read your papers and add annotations while on the go.

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Tip: New users - if you don't have any documents in your library yet, skip forward to the section on importing documents.

We know that many people have limited space on their tablets, and don't want their device filled with hundreds of PDF files. If you tap on 'All Documents' you'll see that any document with a PDF attached will have a button with a grey download icon in it. Tap the download icon to download the PDF to your device. When it's done, it will become a blue read button. Any documents with the blue read button can be read with or without an internet connection.

On an iPhone, you can tap the Read button to open the PDF viewer, or tap anywhere else on a document cell to view the document details.


The PDF reader has many of the standard functions you'd expect. You can scroll through your document and use standard multi-touch gestures to zoom the PDF. In addition, tapping the screen once will open a navigation menu, which allows you to open the document Outline or Contents (if included in the file), to search within the document and to access an overview of all the document’s pages for speedy navigation to a specific location. This menu also allows you to exit the reader.


You can also use the native iOS selection functionality (by tapping and holding on a particular location) to select individual words, and then expand your selection using the iOS cursors.


Selecting text will open an additional application menu, which allows you to copy, highlight, add a sticky note (which will also highlight your selected text) or look up a definition of a particular term or phrase.


Any notes or highlighting you add using the app will be available on other computers or devices after syncing, allowing you to annotate on the go from your iOS device, before continuing your work on your main computer.


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