Annotate like a Pro with iAnnotate PDF. This is another of my favorite apps that is currently on-sale (only until February 4th so quickly read on!). I receive documents in all shapes, sizes, and forms. Intervention plans, data graphs, new forms, etc., and they all usually require my thoughts and/or interpretations but they don’t always come in a form that is easy to comment on, add my thoughts, or review*. iAnnotate is great because regardless of the form it comes in, you can seamlessly convert the file into a “PDF” document you can annotate using Apple’s “open in..” function. Below are some of the pros and cons I see in the app for School Psychologists to use but the website has great information.
- Wide variety of annotation tools to use to make comments (pencil, marker, color, stamps, text boxes, notes, highlighters, image stamp, just to name a few)
- Access to variety of cloud based platforms such as Dropbox, Google Drive, Box, SkyDrive, WebDAV
- Share your comments in a variety of forms such as a “annotated (annotations can be viewed and modified) “flattened” (receiver sees comments but can’t edit them), summary of annotations, or original
- For updated iPads, you can AirDrop files to other AirDrop users (iPad or Mac computer)
- Work on multiple documents all at once, because we all over multitask. Up to 8 tabs open at a time!
- Great for recording a student while completing a running record. Recording audio is built in and then annotate as the student reads. Paperless work in action.
- There are LOTS of features and I probably don’t use half of them on a regular basis. It would be nice to have a version that was 1/2 as powerful and 1/2 the price.
- It isn’t always clear how to save a document or if it is automatically saving. I’m just not that trusting.
- I know I can edit and customize the toolbars but I’m not sure why the share button isn’t automatically on the main bar, without a customized bar I have to go digging.
Uses for Students:
- On lecture notes, outlines, slides students can write comments or highlight key points that were important to them as they participated in the lecture.
- Built in text-to-speech so students can select text in the file to be read out loud.
- Along the lines of running records, students could record themselves reading, listen to the recording, and then make comments on their own reading afterwards.
- Due to the “heft” of this app, I’d recommend using it with older students (upper Elementary, MS, HS, College, etc.) because younger students may find it overwhelming and not user friendly.
* I think we can all agree that Word's "comment" function isn't all that user friendly!