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Jessica · 9/3/2015
If you're new to Windows and Surface, get this!

Two days after getting my Surface, I wanted to return it. But then I found Drawboard PDF and it brought me back from Apple! I love how one can take the stylus and start annotating PDFs! I wish there was a way to introduce a text box, though, in the event I wanted to type a few notes in the margins of my documents.

Khidhir · 9/4/2015
Good Software but should be added extra features

Maybe on the next updates, it is better to add "go to page" and ability to scroll up way up by touching the top of the screen. And also it would be better for the pen tools to auto-hide when not used and showed up when the pen is pointing at the correct position just like in OneNote for Metro.

Raheim · 9/4/2015
Update ruined Textbox feature

I am a medical student, and this app used to be perfect for fast editing of PDFs, until the previous update. We used to be able to select the text box function, and drag to draw how large we wanted our textbox to be. Then we were free to type inside of that area. That was perfect. Now, when you select a textbox, you only get to place your cursor somewhere. This is frustrating because now it just types in really long sentences, and not in the areas you want it to. And when you finish typing, you have to drag the text to fit into the box you want. And if you have to edit text, the box reformats. This is tedious and time consuming. I would be happy to change my rating once this annoying feature is fixed.

Seung Bin · 9/2/2015
Stopped working on win8.1 and CS terrible

Texts are blurry when in default. They become clear when scaled to "smaller". Update 09012015 Win10 version of drawboard pdf has several bugs, and the most annoying was the file selection window which is in desktop style. It's too hard to navigate desktop style file browsing window with fingers. After rolling back to Win8.1 for many other reasons, the app did not open. This is a common issue related to roling back and can be simply fixed by uninstall/reinstall the app, except for drawboard pdf. Now it cannot be either uninstalled or reinstalled. It sticks to my machine like a zombie. Customer suport has been no use so far. They keep saying contac microsoft, and they are not responsible to the problems related to registry. So I gave up. I warn others that customer support is not there for you when you have a trouble with this app.

Lizet · 9/1/2015
Love it but missing a copy/paste

I am loving all the features. Love all the colors and things I can do to the file. I still have not figured out adding text comments and printing only the comments or highlights. Is there a feature for that? I also wish there was a way to copy/paste some of my notes or text to another PDF and/or to an outside doc (ie Word or OneNote). I also wish I could do a double pane for two PDF files open in the same drawboard session. And last, my hand keeps deleting the shortcuts on my favorites . Is there a way to lock the favorites bar?

Damon · 8/31/2015
I love this app

This app is perfect to use during my PhD studies, especially when used on my Surface Pro 3. I like that I can highlight/underline PDFs and then add notes to the PDF. The one thing I do not like is that sometimes (I still haven't figured out what causes this) the digital ink does not appear until I change tools (e.g. change from red pen to highlighter). It does not appear to be an issue with a particular version because this problem seems intermittent within one version, and has persisted across updates. Even in spite of this "feature" I still love this app and can't imagine doing my studies without it.

Jason · 8/30/2015
Almost perfect

If you have a Surface 3 or Surface Pro 3 this is basically a must-have app if you want to get the most out of the stylus. It really is amazing. However, there are still a few issues. The toolbars are a non-standard & a little confusing at first. Sometimes the app freezes up & needs to be shut down through task manager, but this is pretty infrequent. One feature that would make the app close to perfect would be an integrated dictionary (like Kindle) and/or the ability to directly launch a web search on a term from within the app. These seem like pretty obvious features to integrate into an app like this, so I hope the developers already have a planned implementation in place.

Brent · 9/2/2015
Best App for college students

I am a graduate student and the only this that is disappointing about this app is that I didn't have it earlier. It is great for note taking on PDFs that professors provide during classes. I use it on a Surface Pro 3 and it runs like a breeze. I also have Adobe Acrobat Pro, however Drawboard is far more useful when working with PDFs. In addition to note taking during class I have used it to sign PDFs and annotate papers. My printer has been gathering dust since I got Drawboard because of how useful it is. I would highly recommend it.

Elizabeth · 8/31/2015
Well deserved low rating

Seems like they are trying to lie about features - the button is just there, but the feature is not. Read the bug forum before you buy! Bookmarks usually don't work - clicking the button crashes the app. Definitely does not support multiple tier bookmarks. UI is bad. Hamburger menu moves locations when you click it. Hard to find things - e.g. good luck guessing where to change views unless you memorize it - it is in some random tab. There is plenty of room for devs to put commonly used buttons - e.g. changing view. However, features that are not functional are hidden deep in menus, so you don't use them. For example, it takes 4 clicks before you can see the document's bookmarks - and there is a place to put the button right on the side menu, the obvious choice for devs. Also on the uservoice page for the app, are many bad bugs logged, but these don't get solved for many months, if at all, even if they make the app completely nonfunctional. Also no screenclip feature.

Andrew · 8/28/2015
Newest version is awesome

Revisited this app after a long time without use, and they've made some major improvements. New interface is slick and easy to navigate, and you can open as many documents simultaneously as you want. (And of course it saves your session of documents for when you open the app again). I'll definitely be using this app as my main PDF viewer again.



  • 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 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 - 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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This release (4.2.0) Versions 4 and above are 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. **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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