Drawboard PDF

Category: Student Tools

Ages: 18+ 7-11 11-14
Price:

A fantastic tool for creating and amending PDF documents which allows users to add notes, bookmarks and even images. The app feels very smooth and keeping with the Windows 8 style, and makes use of intuitive gestures to improve workflow and ease of use. The interface is packaged very smartly, and hides its vast suite of tools away in a clever little pie chart-like control. Tools for collaboration would be the cherry on top, but this app has received an EAS Certification of 5 stars.

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Teacher Review

Drawboard PDF does exactly what it says on the tin; it’s a PDF editor. You can create a new PDF or alter an existing one, add or remove text, images or freestyle drawings, or make annotations and suggest changes. What sets Drawboard apart from any PDF editor I have ever used before is the way it presents itself. This app is style in addition to substance.

The start menu is so keeping with the Windows 8 aesthetic you would think it was made by Microsoft, and it is laid out in a way that makes sense to the user. There’s no extraneous detail here, and anything else you may want is hidden away in the settings tab, which you can open from the bottom of the screen. The real magic is on the PDF screen itself.

When first opened, you are met with a blank or existing PDF document, and a little circle with the Drawboard logo. No tabs or menus, no endless frames of information, just the content and a curious looking button. Once the button is clicked on, suddenly a ring of options fans out around it, resembling a compass or clock face. Some of the options are simple buttons, but others lead to yet more menus for further options. This is surprisingly intuitive, and is probably the apps greatest strength. For kids (or the occasional app reviewer), it’s a mini-adventure going through all of the options and seeing what they can do to a document with just a few touches, for teenagers and above, it’s a sleek solution to the problem of “how do we save on screen space?”. They might even call it ‘hip’!

This wheel of tools disguises the many functions of the app. I’ve discussed some of the simple, more expected options above, but some of the more useful tools include the ability to create and store signatures, which can of course be written directly on the device; the ability to add notes to the document, and the ability to add bookmarks to your document to help find your way around quicker.

The only real criticisms of the app I would make are that while its simplistic design is one of its biggest draws, at first I found it to be a small stumbling block. It did take me a while to figure out which gestures return the user to main menu, but once I had stumbled across it, it was easy to remember. Generously, I would say there’s a small element of ‘exploration’ involved. That being said, the Drawboard website does provide a short series of videos to help you learn to use the app.

My second and biggest criticism of the app is that there is a very limited functionality when it comes to collaboration. From initial interviews with the developers, collaboration was one of the key points they wanted to address, so it’s a little sad to see that unless I am mistaken these options are nowhere to be seen. For a teacher or student on their own, this is an invaluable tool for making alterations or adding mark-ups to work, but with the ability for real-time collaboration, this would be required by law for all classrooms, and indeed all team-based environments, so I can only hope that this is on the cards for future development.

Long story short, Drawboard set out to, in their own words, “replace pen and paper” and while I feel there will always be a place for quick and dirty pencil notes, Drawboard PDF is fast approaching its goal.

From the Developer

The top paid PDF app to read and annotate your PDFs. Ideal for replacing the pen and paper, avoid printing documents again by using our features that make annotating a PDF a breeze. Either upload a PDF or create a new PDF, annotate using our extensive array of tools, then save it back as a compatible PDF.

This PDF application is provided with a 3 day free trial, at the end of which you can purchase it from the Windows Store or contact us (info@drawboard.com) to inquire about Volume Licensing for Drawboard PDF.

Drawboard PDF distinguishes itself by its intuitive user interface and experience, stylus and touch input separation, smooth and natural pen, and array of tools bespoke to PDF.

This is a great PDF tool for:

  • Design industries (engineering, construction, architecture etc.)
  • Students and teachers
  • Travellers
  • Business
  • Anyone who needs to mark up a PDF document!

If you like this PDF app, please support its continued development with good ratings. We have many plans for further improvements around PDF but want to hear your suggestions too. It is most helpful if you email your ideas for app features in email contact (instead of Drawboard PDF reviews in the Store) so that we can communicate directly with you. Sometimes we may need more information about feature requests and by emailing us, we can get that from you. Thank you for your support in making Drawboard PDF the best PDF app in the store!

Features

  • Toggle between using an activated stylus and finger touch to perform annotations on the PDF
  • Open, Read and Save multiple PDF documents
  • Create new PDF documents of different size, orientation and page count
  • Radial menu with the following features:
  • Smooth and natural inking pen/stylus inking - change stroke width and colors
  • Eraser - also works on the back of the stylus eraser where functional, and right click on mouse
  • Edit, write, annotate, ink, draw on PDFs
  • Select tool to move annotations around the PDF
  • Shapes - rectangle, ellipse, line, arrow on PDF
  • Text markup - highlighter, underline, strikeout, squiggly on PDF
  • All annotations have the option for varying colors, widths, opacities etc on PDF
  • PDF Bookmarks, Print PDF, Search PDF functionality and Share PDF using the share charm
  • PDF Markup History
  • Insert images and webcam snapshots on PDF
  • Change the layout and view modes of PDF
  • Insert, Rotate and Delete PDF Pages
  • Flatten PDF Annotations
  • Open large PDF sizes
  • Insert sticky/popup notes on PDF
  • Undo/Redo PDF Actions
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