Annotate On The Go

Annotate On The Go

Tablets are increasingly improving as productivity devices, including viewing and working with documents. My tablet is frequently with me in meetings, perfect for unobtrusively taking notes and marking up documents while following along with the presentation. Read on to discover which annotation, sketching, and note taking apps for iOS, Android, or Windows 8 tablet are best for you...

GoodNotes: In addition to being a sketching and an app for handwriting notes, this app also lets you annotate PDFs and has a built in Dropbox file browser. Free, $4.99

Penultimate: This app is the one I most frequently use when it comes to handwriting notes and annotating images. Why do I use it so often? The ability to search through handwritten text and the awesome Evernote integration. Free

GoodReader for iPad: Although this app handles annotating PDFs beautifully, the real winning feature is the way that it connects to a variety of services including WebDav making it the ideal iPad companion for document management. $4.99

iAnnotate PDF: With this app you can mark up your PDFs and organise them neatly and it's easy to see why it's one of the most popular PDF annotation apps in the Play Store. Also available for iPad ($9.99), although the iPad version has more features including Dropbox integration. Free

Soonr Scribble: One of the things that sets this annotation app apart from some of the others for Android is its ability to work with the Samsung S-Pen. The app is also part of the Soonr cloud which enables sharing across devices including computers both Mac and PC. Also available for iOS ($4.99). Free

ezPDF Reader Multimedia PDF: Hands down the highest rated and most popular PDF annotation app for Android. In addition to supporting PDFs it also support ePubs. Dropbox integration is included and with an additional free plugin app it will also integrate with Google Drive. Also available for iPad. $3.99

Windows 8
Skitch Touch: When it comes to marking up photos, screenshots and maps, Skitch is the way to go. Why Skitch? It's easy to use, saves to Evernote, is free and is also available on Android and iOS. Free

Note Anytime: With an available premium add-on that supports handwriting conversion into text, this app becomes even more useful. The simple app features a blank canvas lets you incorporate text both handwritten and typed as well as PDFs and images. Free

OneNote: It would be a mistake to not include OneNote when talking about this category of apps for Windows 8. This is a fantastic app to use for incorporating a variety of information into your notes and it's truly a one stop shop. It's great to be able to type up notes, add images and annotate these notes all in the same app which will sync across all of your devices that use OneNote. Also available for iOS and Android. Free

What apps do you use to annotate documents on your tablet?

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