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1 stars out of 5
· 2/1/2016
Apps crashes and stays on "loading application"

I have been trying to use the trial version of this app, before making a decision to purchase. Twice now the app works perfectly, then when you try to get back to it... it stays on "loading application" for days. The only way to clear it is to uninstall/reinstall. I am not certain if the issue is that I was viewing a PDF I have on Dropbox or if it just a bug that you can't work around... either way it is very annoying. I can't invest my money in this app... which is shameful since there do not appear to be many apps available for this pen that cost way to much money.

3 stars out of 5
· 2/1/2016
Good app ... not great

Has the ability to add handwritten notes, however crashes and also jumps to random pages in my document while in use, but not frequently. It works well otherwise. I guess over time updates will fix the crashes, etc.. good app but not great. It has a great potential though. I will keep on using it though, as it doesn't lose my notes when it crashes ...

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
· 1/29/2016
Drawboard PDF for Surface

I've had the pleasure of using this software for my business for the past few months. It is excellent for outlining and reviewing large technical documents. The user interface is quite good - really like the editing tool "wheel", a different approach and it's efficient. Recommended.

4 stars out of 5
· 2/1/2016
Great App

I really like this app. It's perfect for reading articles/documents and marking them up with notes. I just wish you could have more documents "open" in the app at the same time.

4 stars out of 5
· 1/30/2016
Works fantastically

It helps take notes with easy markups on PDF files.

5 stars out of 5
· 1/31/2016
Solid App

Love how you can take a picture of anything work related, and instantly start writing on it. I no longer have to print things out for repetitive tasks! Simply awesome! Big thumbs up that it came preloaded on my Surface Pro 4...

5 stars out of 5
· 2/2/2016
Great for studying and making notes

I like the functionality is similar to One Note. I didn't like how it was not super intuitive to add different size & pens/highlighters, but after I figured that out, I really enjoyed using the app.

5 stars out of 5
· 1/28/2016

I LOVE this app! It came pre-installed on my surface and I am always skeptical of bundled apps. However, this one works amazingly, especially with the Surface pen! Annotations work great and your favorite pens can be saved to an easy to access sidebar. I like OneNote for general note taking but this app takes the cake for .PDF markup! Well done! Highly recommended!

5 stars out of 5
· 2/3/2016
Good enough

I wouldn't mind more innovative features. But it's simple and works fine with a pen

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  • 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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