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5 stars out of 5
· 11/26/2015
Very good lightweight PDF editor

Love the simple user interface which makes it really easy to navigate around and edit PDFs. What could be better: a) Pen support. Would be nice if it could auto detect a pen and use pen based functions automatically. b) Reordering favorites. Being able to reorder the most commonly used favorites would also be good, and should be doable in a future release

5 stars out of 5
· 11/29/2015
Excellent for a free app, but improvements can be made

I love that this app, being free, provides lots of features which companies like Adobe charges for, an excellent app which allows for ease of access and is very noob friendly. I, however, would only ask that improvements are made to interaction with the app through finger and pen touch, as it seems rather limited, more so for the finger interaction as it would improve interaction. Other than that this app is stellar, and would recommend to anyone! Thanks for providing this at no charge!

4 stars out of 5
· 11/28/2015

Saving diff. Colors makes it so easy!

2 stars out of 5
· 11/27/2015
Nice, but lacks the basics

The app makes good use of touch and pen. However, it cant do basic stuff like adding a note to some highlighted text. As such, it seems rather useful to the review of graphical material, but useless to academics reviewing papers.

4 stars out of 5
· 11/25/2015
Good app

It's a good app in lieu of Adobe and it came free with my Surface Book. Overall, it's solid. I wish it showed the name of the document when it was open and that there were an easy way to extract pages. Other than those small complaints, I am quite happy with it!

1 stars out of 5
· 11/23/2015
Text is awful..

I try to insert a text box, and it does not make a discrete area for me to type into, instead it just allows me to place a cursor and begin typing. ok, i type. then when i click away, it automatically resizes the invisible box into this tiny area so that nearly everything i just wrote is not visible. this program is awesome expect this one aspect, which just so happens to so frequently utilized and has been much more efficient and smoother in much older software. so it is very frustrating, and is honestly going to be the cause of me abandoning this app. flat out if there was a way to easily type, and also a way to easily insert additional pdfs into a current pdf between pages, then i would use this program for everything, and instead im browsing the web to find a replacement bc it is so klunky and frustrating

4 stars out of 5
· 11/22/2015
Reliable and Option Packed

Nice app. I like how they have a bar on the side that you can put all your frequent annotation tools. You can basically do what ever you like to mark up a document and relatively easily, without having to go through too many menus and drop downs. The insert text option leaves much to be desired though. Not very easy to maneuver once you finish your text. The insert note icons are way too big.

4 stars out of 5
· 11/23/2015
Love the potential but app needs work and here's how

Love the potential but the app needs work and here's how. First off you need to be able to move anything you draw/write around on the page. Second off all there should be a more intuitive way to save, create new document. Create PDF files. I want to be able to insert images into a blank PDF and draw on them. I also want to be able to erase or put a white thing on top of images/ text to be able to cover them up (that includes images I important from elsewhere. Its a great start to this app but it seriously needs some work.

4 stars out of 5
· 11/23/2015
Still like it, but some flaws

Overall god, some remarks: 1) When I zoom in/out or move the sheet everything is still focused, but then Drawboard decides for some reason it need to "process" something and everything becomes a blur for 2 seconds. This could be programmed better. 2) Since the bar at left edge was established the little dot used for choosing pen etc is useless to me but blocks my view continuously (because it also moves after resizing etc). Please make an option to integrate it into the bar on left. The submenus could be just like now, but instead of circles the different pens and features appear in the bar(or a second bar next to it. 3) need right click function from Windows 8 back. Now it just got useless. Was very convenient to open menu.

5 stars out of 5
· 11/20/2015
Perfect App for reviewing Documents on the go.

Not much not to say! It's a well-designed interface, and so far the app has been quite stable. I've used over 30 Apps similar to this one, and this is currently my #1 go to App. Wish they had it for OS since I have an iPhone and an iPad... but since my Surface Book is also a tablet, I can manage without it...

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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