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Mark It Up

Mark It Up
by Gary Woods

The PDF (Portable Data Format) better known as an Acrobat Document has become the universal way or transmitting data. The problem or some people would say the benefit is that most people have the Free Acrobat Reader so you can't change the document. But I know for me there are a lot of times where I'd like to comment on, highlight or underline something in a PDF when I send it to somebody but without the pricey full version of Acrobat that isn't possible.

I recently came across an App for the iPad called iAnnotate. This $9.99 piece of software is a complete annotation system for PDFs. You can get the Acrobat files into iAnnotate via the included email client, the free DropBox or via iDisk and once you've got the document into the App you can cut and paste text, place notes on it, highlight passages with several different colors and underline passages you think are relevant. There's even a strike-through option for sections that are no longer applicable.

The app also allows you to quickly switch between multiple open documents creating bookmarks to keep your place and it has support for internal and URL links. There is also a search function allowing you to scan your entire PDF library to instantly find all documents with any keyword.

To complete the package there's VGA support so you can display your PDFs with a projector or on a larger video monitor. I think iAnnotate is an invaluable tool for anyone who needs to share documents with others and for $9.99 it a great value.

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Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors. And he is a Broker/Associate at Home Realty & Investments, Inc