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How to Annotate PDF on iPad

This article is all about 2 free but great PDF annotator for iPad, and also shows you how to add annotation to PDF file on iPad.

Elise Williams
Published: May 19,2015 10:51 am / Updated: Aug 21,2015 10:46 am

Are you looking for a way to add annotation or mark up PDF content on iPad? Yes, it is a good exprience of reading PDF eBooks on iPad because of iPad's 10.1 Retina display. However, Apple doesn't provide any default app for users to add or edit PDF file on iPad. To annotate a PDF on iPad, you have to depend on other ways. The info below is about how to annotate PDF on iPad for free. 

Bonus: Check out how to deal with PDF files on mobile devices easily.


  1. Part 01: How to annotate PDF on iPad with Neu.Annotate PDF
  2. Part 02: Other useful free annotaters for iPad
  3. Part 03: A PDF editor recommended for Mac

Part 1: How to annotate PDF on iPad with Neu.Annotate PDF

Needless to say, to annotate a PDF file on iPad, the first thing to do is looking for a free PDF annotator for iPad. I've tried several third-party apps, and find the Neu.Annotate PDF really helpful. It is a simple PDF annotator that enables you to read and annotate PDF documents on iPad. It allows you to highlight text, add text notes, free-hand drawing, stamps and photos to a PDF. What's more amazing is that you can insert blank PDF pages and sign your signature on the PDF file.

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Steps to Annotate PDF on iPad with Neu.Annotate PDF

  1. Open a PDF file with Neu.Annotate PDF.
  2. Then tap on one of the PDF page to enable the editing toolbar.
  3. Select the annotation tool from the editing toolbar. Move your finger over the PDF page to annoate it. 

Part 2: Other useful free annotaters for iPad

Apart from the Neu.Annotate PDF, there are also other useful free annotators for iPad. They can help add annotation to your PDF files in your iPad and make the files illustrative as well as appealing for readers.  

1. UPAD Lite

With UPAD Lite, you are able to highlight, add memo, and sketch on your PDF files. You can also choose any size and color for your post-it memo. You can even redesign your photo files by choosing a photo frame, add any comments, and put decoration using color pencil tool.


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2. PDF Max

PDF Max comes with PDF viewer that offers numerous tools for editing, annotating, and reviewing PDF files. Download files to the app from numerous sources including SkyDrive, Google Drive, Dropbox, and Box, and then edit, view, and even share them through different programs.

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3. PDF-notes free for iPad

Together with AirPrint support, PDF-notes allow you to annotate your PDF files with different highlighters, pens, and text notes. This includes smooth writing and a palm rest in order for you to keep leaving marks on the documents.

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4. GoodNotes

GoodNotes allows you create beautiful handwritten notes and even annotate PDF documents on your iPad. The handwritten notes are easy to search and are made with a groundbreaking vector ink engine. Because of iCloud sync, your document files in GoodNotes will synchronize between your iPad and other apple devices automatically.

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Part 3: A PDF editor recommended for Mac

If you also want to annotate PDF on computers, Mac or Windows PC, you might like Wondershare PDFelement. It is one of the most powerful PDF annotator for Mac OS X Yosemite/Mavericks and Windows. It allows users to add comments to PDF easily and accurately with all kinds of shapes, highligher, pencils, freehand drawing tool, and so on. Now download the trial version to learn how to annotate PDF in Mac and how to annotate PDF in Windows PC.

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