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2 stars out of 5
· 2/13/2016
App Randomly Crashes

I don't normally leave product reviews, but I'll make an exception here. My experience with Drawboard has been less than stellar. Expected more from an app that is $10. At times, the app cannot keep up with my annotations and will close unexpectedly, obliterating the annotations I made before the last save. Auto-save feature doesn't work. Instead, turning on auto-save after x annotations causes the app to give me an error message: "Access Denied. The path is either read-only or locked by another application." In all honesty, as of this time, the Reader app is more stable than this one.

4 stars out of 5
· 2/11/2016
This app is awesome for science article reading

Good quality: user friendly useful especially with rotation on surface 3 many different options of tools to use Bad things: not so easy to save files incorrect text highlighting that includes adjacent figures on files from pubmed old files of course don't have the option to highlight, but it's easy to use the pen for that *for every update drawboard crashes and will remain on loading screen! It is then necessary to uninstall

4 stars out of 5
· 1/31/2016
This is an industrious and helpful program

The features are useful for many of the tasks I do as a student. Being able to annotate uploaded lecture notes to follow along in class is standard. What impressed me was that the adaptable set of tools allows me to highlight a an electronic reading even if it wasn't scanned as a searchable PDF. Highly recommended.

4 stars out of 5
· 2/9/2016
Great for Notes on Class Slides

This is just what I needed to write notes on my class lecture slides. It's okay enough as a general PDF reader as well. Kinda wish there was an easy reader/notes toggle, compile multiple PDFs etc. Many of the letters I write get trimmed or clipped as soon as I switch tools.

3 stars out of 5
· 1/30/2016

Very easy to use with tons of annotation options. In terms of usability, I have found nothing better. But, the drawbacks are significant. (1) There is no way to highlight your own annotations using the built in highlighters. You have to "make" your own highlighter by customizing a pen tool to be very wide and opaque. (2) It does crash frequently. At least it saves my work and I can resume quickly, but still, the crashes are annoying. 3) Cannot rearrange items on the favorites bar. That is really annoying. How hard could it be to add this feature? 4) The resulting PDF file is huge. I understand that the annotations will increase the file size from the original PDF. I wish we could get drawboard's functionality with file sizes comparable to Adobe Comment annotations. That might be asking for too much. For what it does well, I love this tool. I wish the first three drawbacks I listed could be fixed. I would gladly give it five stars.

5 stars out of 5
· 2/9/2016
Best PDF editor - Study, annotate, take notes

This is just a great app for PDF files. Love the favorites toolbar that you can customize, makes editing easy.

4 stars out of 5
· 2/12/2016
better than one note... but

the access to shapes and colors quickly make this app amazing. however the use of lined and graph paper would make this app complete.

3 stars out of 5
· 2/12/2016
Good fix bug

after creating text box with lots of input when clicking away changes text box to a small default size that must be re-sized. Small annoyance Otherwise good so far.

5 stars out of 5
· 2/10/2016
This is what PDF's on a tablet should be

I'm often frustrated with how awkward it is to use programs on a tablet, even when they were written for a tablet. This is not one of those programs. It is so fluid and natural that you completely forget about the computer as you get lost in your work. Great for reading and/or marking up a PDF multipage document. Has a pen only mode, which is a must have that more developers need to implement. Smooth multi touch pan and zoom. There are not many apps in this period of time where we are transitioning to tablets, that I absolutely love. I absolutely love this app.

5 stars out of 5
· 2/7/2016
Life Changer in terms of working docs management

Using Microsoft surface pro 4, Surface Pen, and Drawboard PDF has changed the way I manage my working documents. It's taken me years ahead towards working in a paperless environment. I say this as a person who's VERY pen & paper oriented. I like to FEEL the paper and have access to physical notes. Drawboard PDF comes as close to simulating that feeling as any software could. The one thing to realize is that it takes some practice and a few days to get used to all the functions. The only thing that I wish were improved is the wheel, which I find a little cumbersome and non-intuitive at times. However, having said that, my 15 yo daughter figured it out in 30 secs! So I guess its a generation issue!

stars out of 5


  • Toggle between using an activated stylus/pen and finger touch to perform annotations on the PDF
  • Open, Read and Save multiple PDF documents
  • Create new blank PDF documents of different size, color, 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 - cloudy tool, rectangle, ellipse, line, arrow and polygon 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, including night mode
  • 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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Versions 4 and above bring significant updates to Drawboard PDF, featuring a completely reworked user interface. For a full list of features, improvements and bug fixes, visit www.drawboard.com/changelog. -- This release (4.4.1) Version 4.4.1 resolves an issue that resulted in some users seeing the document loading screen for a long time. Version 4.4.0 contains a range of performance improvements and user-driven bug fixes. **Highlights 4.3.0** - Create new blank documents and insert new pages with predefined and custom background colors - Choose imperial or metric measurements when creating new blank documents or inserting new pages - Various bug fixes **Highlights 4.2.0** - Lock the Tabs, Pages and More panes to the left hand side of the screen. - Redesigned and moved Bookmarks, Markup History and Search to Discovery Button on main menu **Highlights 4.0.0** - Completely revamped user interface with new brand color - Removed app bars - all menu items and app options are now in a brand new left-hand-side menu system, in preparation for Windows 10 design guidelines - Drawboard Online Premium tier no longer exists - Pressure Sensitive Inking and Audio Inserts now standard - No more 5-tab limitation - New rectangle cloudy tool - Laser Inking - it's like a laser pointer for your pen! This release attends to numerous bugs that you, our users, reported. For a full listing of fixes, please visit www.drawboard.com/changelog

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