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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.

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!

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
· 2/7/2016
Left hand

Functionality is great, however in left hand mode the program will occasionally close itself. I also wish the writing box would lock to the lower left when I need it to.

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
· 2/6/2016
Awesome for note taking

Well after I found out it couldn't take PowerPoint I was a little disappointed, but I just converted the PowerPoint to PDF and bam all good. This thing is a life saver for taking notes. Don't need to get all the class handouts anymore as I can just take them directly off the website. Wish it had a few more functions. The erasing with the surface is not my favorite, because it lags like crazy and doesn't always get what I am erasing. Pretty good program though definitely happy with it.

5 stars out of 5
· 2/8/2016
Great way to supplement OneNote

Great way to mark up notes on any article or document needed. Great for school or work.

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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