Can I annotate PDFs?


Currently, it is not possible to electronically "write" on documents in PDF without the additional software. A number of inexpensive software solutions are available, with features varying from the ability to simply add handwritten or typed text to more complex tasks such as changing the text in the document, adding comments in new text boxes, or inserting common shapes or symbols.
Commonly used programs and related support

Acrobat Pro (cross platform) from Adobe

Tutorials and online documents at the Adobe Learning Center

iAnnotate (cross platform)
Forums, online documents, and e-mail support

PDFpen (for the Mac) from Smile Software
Video tutorial, FAQ, help files, screen shots of basic tasks

PDF Annotator (for Windows) from Grahl Software Design
FAQ, screenshots, online manual

Skim (for the Mac)
Manual, wiki, and screen shots are available at the main website
Citation management programs that include a PDF annotation feature

Mendeley (cross platform)

Papers for the Mac

Sente (for the Mac)

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