The top standalone design and construction PDF app to mark up your local PDF documents. Replace pen and paper: avoid printing documents for markup ever again with Drawboard PDf's intuitive and easy to use feature set. Open or create a new PDF, annotate using our extensive array of tools, then save it back as a compatible PDF. Drawboard PDF sets itself apart with a uniquely intuitive user interface/experience, smooth and natural pen inking, stylus and touch input separation, and an impressive array of annotation tools. **NEW** Drawboard PDF PRO - Document Builder: Merge, re-order and arrange PDF documents. - Calibrated Annotations: Calibrate your document to scale and add linear and area measurements. - Digital Protractor: Measure and rule ink at precise angles - compatible with Surface Dial. - Grid and Line Templates & Overlays: Select from a range of grids and line templates to enhance your note taking and sketching. (A free trial of Drawboard PDF PRO is available in-app, then as a subscription). Drawboard PDF is an essential tool for Architecture, Engineering and Construction industries. For collaborative and team-based markup solution, check out Bullclip, by Drawboard, at Drawboard PDF is provided with a 3 day free trial, at the end of which you can purchase it from the Windows Store or visit to inquire about Volume Enterprise Licensing for Drawboard PDF. If you like this app, please support its continued development with great ratings! We also have many plans for further improvements but want to hear your suggestions as well! It is most helpful if you submit your ideas at our User Hub (, instead of as reviews in the Store, so that we can communicate directly with you. Sometimes we may need more information about feature requests and by posting in the User Hub, we can obtain this from you. Thank you for your support in making Drawboard PDF the best app in the Windows Store!

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Version notes

Version number: Varies by device

Please visit for version notes. **INTRODUCING DRAWBOARD PDF PRO** Enhance your PDF markup experience with Document Builder, Calibrated Annotations, Linear and Area Measurements, a Surface Dial compatible Protractor and Ruler, and Grid and Line templates and overlays. Available as an in-app purchase with a three day trial - try it out now! Note: This is a Windows 10 application, and Drawboard PDF no longer updates or supports Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 versions of the application.


  • Toggle between using an activated stylus/pen and finger touch to perform annotations on the PDF
  • Open, Read and Save multiple large and complex PDF documents
  • Create new blank PDF documents of different size, color, orientation and page count
  • Smooth and natural inking pen/stylus inking - change stroke width and colors
  • Shapes - cloudy tool, rectangle, ellipse, line, arrow and polygon on PDF
  • Text markup - highlighter, underline, strikeout, squiggly on PDF
  • Edit, write, annotate, ink, and draw on PDFs
  • Insert images and webcam snapshots on PDF
  • Eraser - also works on the back of the stylus eraser where functional, and right click on mouse
  • PDF Bookmarks, Print PDF, Search PDF, Markup History and Share PDF
  • All annotations have the option for varying colors, widths, opacities etc on PDF
  • Flatten PDF Annotations
  • Insert, Rotate and Delete PDF Pages
  • Change the layout and view modes of PDF, including night mode
  • Insert notes on PDF
  • Pin PDFs to your start screen, and Pin local folders within Drawboard PDF for quick access.
  • + Document Builder - Merge, re-order and arrange PDF documents (Drawboard PDF PRO)
  • + Calibrated Annotations - Calibrate your document to scale and add linear and area measurements (Drawboard PDF PRO)
  • + Protractor - Measure and rule ink at precise angles - compatible with Surface Dial (Drawboard PDF PRO)
  • + Grid and Line Templates & Overlays - Select from a range of grids and lines to enhance the precision of your markups (Drawboard PDF PRO)

System Requirements

OS Windows 10
Architecture x86, x64
Notes Not specified
OS Windows 10
Architecture x86, x64
Notes Drawboard PDF supports desktop and tablet use, and supports pen, touch, and mouse. Not available for mobile devices.

Additional info

Published by
Copyright © 2016, Drawboard Pty Ltd

Approximate download size
33.41 MB – 43.06 MB


  • Age rating
  • IARC


Use your webcam
Use your microphone
Access your Internet connection
Access your home or work networks

Install on up to ten Windows 10 devices.

Language supported
English (United States)

Publisher Info
Publisher Website
Publisher Support

Additional terms
Drawboard PDF privacy policy
Drawboard PDF licence terms
You cannot redistribute, resell, modify reverse engineer, or reuse any part of this software.

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Platform: PC

Terrible Developer

Drawboard USED to be a great app - way back in V3 days. Version 4 has been nothing short of one pile of bugs. If you want to know what type of developer Drawboard is, go check out build 200 of version 4. By build 199 they had managed to iron out most of the bugs they introduced in version 4. But with build 200, they've introduced a brand new batch of bugs which renders the app useless if you want to highlight any text - something most people see as being critical for a PDF annotator. This bunch of bugs have been around since late November, and despite promises, no fixes. They have a twitter account - but they've gone quiet on there. They have a support webpage - again despite being told problem would be fixed 7+ days ago, they've gone quiet. Drawboard had potential. But my relationship with them is over. The first 2+ years were great - but nothing but problem after problem for the past 12 months. Buyer beware!!!!

4 out of 5 people found this helpful.




Platform: PC

Great application. One issue with text input.

when using the keyboard text input option it all looks fine in the application but appears much bolder in other PDF viewers once saved. To the point where it's hard to actually read the text at smaller font sizes.




Platform: PC

Great for annotation

Would love to be able to pin more than 2 pen types to the sidebar for easy access.



Platform: PC

Only one disappointment

Pls add the function of changing the background colour or theme. Really prefer reading with a white background, I believe I am not alone.




Platform: PC

Useless POS

Annotations appear to save on the document, until you print them and the document is unchanged from it's original appearance. After paying $2500 for a PC that comes factory fitted with Drawboard, this program -doesn't- do what it says on the tin. The most basic function, to change a PDF and then actually save the changes, doesn't work. It's useless and amounts to unmerchantable quality. I've a good mind to go to consumer affairs...

4 out of 13 people found this helpful.




Platform: PC

Very useful with minor issues

Drawboard REALLY needs an 'inverse' Colour mode to turn black text on white background to white text on black back ground. --------------- Drawboard is almost the all-round, undisputed champion of PDF annotation apps on the Windows store. The developers continue to update it and it is constantly improving. One issue that I would like to see resolved is the option to not be able to select any text with touch at all. I'm constantly finding that when I highlight text my palm causes other text to be selected. An option to only select text with the selection tool would be greatly appreciated, as the current option doesn't work for touch.

3 out of 5 people found this helpful.




Platform: PC

Smooth, intuitive, just needs multiple windows

Beautifully smooth and intuitive with quick access shortcuts. The only niggle I have is the fact that it currently does not allow multiple instances. - I have to switch between my open pdfs by clicking and then clicking and then clicking again. It'd be nice if there were either a keyboard shortcut to quickly switch between open pdfs, or (ideally) if the program allowed multiple instances.

6 out of 6 people found this helpful.




Platform: PC

Could not get by without it!

This is a terrific application and the best PDF app on the store by a long way. It is easy to use and with the benefit of the surface pen it is like using pen and paper.

2 out of 4 people found this helpful.




Platform: PC

Great app with tons of functionality

All of my issues were fixed in a recent update and since then the program has been an excellent work tool for me.

3 out of 3 people found this helpful.




Platform: PC

Needs to be added

Could you please add the following: 1. Option for reducing PDF size 2. Option to combine PDF files 3. Fix issue with customized pen on the side bar. I cannot even have them deleted once they were created

One person found this helpful.



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