Thoughts on the new iAnnotate app – Part 2


If you missed part 1, you can find it here.


Local Files

(Saving files when working offline)

I love being able to take my work anywhere–waiting in a doctor’s office, riding in the car on trips, waiting for my son at swim class. It’s great to have a mobile job! One drawback is that if you don’t have cellular capability on your iPad, then you will not be able to connect to any online storage locations in iAnnotate.

If you always save your files to Local Files (the default in iAnnotatePDF), then you will need to add “Local Files” to your options for saving files on the home screen of the new app.

1. Tap the plus sign in the bottom right corner of the home screen.

2. Select “Add Storage.”

3. Select “Add Local Files.”

If you want to use Dropbox or other online storage solutions while you are away from wi-fi, you will need to save in Local Files and then later, when you’re online, save the file to your chosen online storage location.


Photo Jul 28, 4 24 47 PM

Photo Jul 28, 4 24 52 PM














One-Page Shift

A weird glitch with iAnnotate4 is when you switch over to another app, then go back to iAnnotate, the view shifts to one page before where you were when you left the app.



In order to avoid remaking all my custom stamps in the new app, I attempted to apply a stamp and copy it (iAnnotate PDF), then paste the stamp (iAnnotate 4). But no luck. I have e-mailed Branchfire support, so I’ll wait to see what they say.


Will the old iAnnotate be obselete?

From Branchfire support July 28, 2016: “iAnnotate PDF will continue to work, but because we plan to remove it from sale soon we recommend all new purchases be iAnnotate 4.”

What is your opinion of the new iAnnotate4? Please comment below and share your experience with fellow users!

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