Improve the PDF annotation experience on iOS
-updated title -
The annotation / editing toolbar used to be blue, movable, and convenient. Now it looks like it came straight out of Windows 95 and has very limited functionality; e.g. you can no longer create two parallel pens and switch between them. Especially on the iPad Pro this is a huge loss and I don't see how this is a change for the better. Please bring the modern toolbar back!
We hear the feedback and working hard to address and improve our PDF annotation editing experience.
We’ve made several updates to the PDF experience the last 3 months. Including:
-Saving pen style preferences
-Apple Pencil usability updates
-Toolbar UI update
-Free text annotations
-Saving the position in a PDF
The team is continuing to work on improvements to our PDF annotation experience and are working on a UI refresh we plan to roll out in the coming months. I’m resolving this one for now, but if there are other specific requests in this area please open new suggestions.
I find annotator on iOS generally okay, but the eraser? That’s like a flamethrower destroying everything in its path. Please can we have the ability to adjust it?
Improved eraser? Not on my iPad Pro. It’s too large to use and, as far as I know, can’t be adjusted.
Edo Lopez commented
im sorry, why would you have a customer experience this bad? this app is literally the worst annotator for PDF, bar none. the flow doesnt work well, double tap on Apple pencil does not work, the eraser is akin to a shotgun.
Gus Keegan commented
Please, please, please, pleeeaaaasssseeeee give back the highlighted colour options, i really cannot believe the app developers were even allowed to write it out, unbelievable!
B grade innovation guys, let us know when your back developing for adults. Stupid.
I thought it was a user error, but appears to be an update in the iOS app. I need to be able to change colors easily in highlights and underlinings after having made them. It's too difficult on highlights and impossible(?) on underline - black is really not a useful color.
Please bring back the option of editing colors!
Duplicate posted in this thread:
I would appreciate you putting the color and size change back in the text box. We use this tool for lesson planning and that tool was crucial.
Kyle attwood commented
I need to be able to change the size of the eraser, it is impossible to erase a single letter or word especially between multiple lines of text, the eraser is huge! And is even bigger than the circle shows, it’s ridiculous
Hi I am using the latest iPad pro with all the latest software plus One drive on the latest release - am I missing something but the above comment seems out of line with the latest version which is definitely a retro step - i cannot alter text size, the shapes button disappears and you cannot change the eraser size either . Please please can we have all of these fixed and move that menu bar back up to the top menu bar to make the most of the space. - much appreciated.
Bring it back to around version 34.xx ! You cannot even compare the two -
I would really love the ability to change the size of the eraser!
Tao Large commented
Completely agreed. I never used the older version, but text annotation since I began using the app this winter has been very challenging and buggy to the point that I avoid keeping PDFs I need to annotate in OneDrive whenever possible, and remains so, despite the issue being marked as resolved.
Annotating PDFs has been nearly unusable (latest 12 in iPad Pro), as the feature is choppy and leaves text looking jagged and messy (especially with a thin pen width), with very distracting latency and a very slow-to-use UI that makes switching pens a challenge. Smoother drawing and a UI that presents multiple pens/tools at once (like the drawing UI in OneNote and the other Office apps) would be extremely useful in resolving the issues. I use OneDrive to store just about all of my files now, but unusable PDF annotation is by far the greatest pain point, to the point that it seems necessary to look for other apps to serve that one purpose. Please consider implementing the same UI and smoothness as the MS Office suite apps! A freehand highlighting tool, as implemented in those apps, would also be very helpful, as would being able to see all tools on screen at once rather than requiring clunky hamburger-style nested menus that may look less cluttered but really slow down the annotation process.
Another suggestion mirroring this suggestion has far fewer votes so far, but the issue seems to be exactly the same (https://onedrive.uservoice.com/forums/913519-onedrive-on-ios/suggestions/35867293-pdf-tool)
James Smith commented
How can this idea be closed, when it hasn't been addressed??
James Smith commented
Dark blue signature. PLEASE. Light blue looks like my mom just dropped me off at kindergarten and I stole one of my dad's contracts. PLEASE return the ability to sign a pdf with Dark Blue ink. Thank you.
When is this finally going to be corrected? Can no longer make comments or highlights on a pdf with apple pencil. Will need to switch to alternative if not corrected very soon.
I echo many of the comments. One additional frustration is that manual edits using Apple Pencil on my IPad Pro “fade”. That is...part of a letter tend to fade away. It’s only noticeable after you reopen the document. In many cases the original comment is not readable.
The previous editing tool was much better....it’s like Microsoft is forcing users to a different platform.
This is a joke...you’ve finally forced me to leave OneDrive once the best annotation experience now nearly useless.
Not done — no where near. So far to go to get back to the original tool. Please reassure us that you are not done. Why would ms do this ?
I want to echo some of the comments on this topic. The handwriting experience has (for some reason) deteriorated. Not as sensitive as it was, even with using the Apple Pencil. I relied extensively on annotating pdfs for my research. It’s now painful!
Marking this issue as fixed is joke. I have an IPad Pro and since that update last fall I can no longer annotate with the pencil. The annotation bar is just missing. This was raised by another user below who mentioned that he only saw the annotation bar on his IPhone not on his IPad. This is so clear: onedrive had a great feature which worked for many people and Microsoft chose to take it down where it was most useful (on the IPad) and replace it with a ****** feature on the IPhone. I guess this way they hope people will buy ****** Microsoft tablets and 2 in 1. So why pretend « we hear the feedback and working hard to address » ? Nothing has been done ! Just admit it : we chose to be evil. And assume the consequences. So shame on you Microsoft for choosing to be evil and shame on you Ryan for lying right into people’s faces.
Really? You're marking this as done? You've barely improved anything! Why not just tell us all "*********, we don't care about customer feedback" and be done with it?
-Eraser still deletes entire words for annotations not made in the same session
-Eraser is way too large, and there is no outline for it to know what you're erasing until it's done
-handwriting is still like my pre-schooler's, pen is no longer as precise as it was
-scrolling through a PDF is choppy when using annotation
-UI is still ridiculously clunky and looks like Windows 95
-Highlighter only works for recognized text, no free-hand highlighting is possible
-Annotations are no longer recognized by other programs, including Microsoft Outlook
Microsoft received clear, immediate feedback from its users that this update was unwanted and ruined its product used by students, industry professionals, and individuals alike. By marking this complete without substantial changes addressing the issues, you've made it clear that Microsoft places no priority on what your customer base actually wants.
My team and I have used Onedrive because it used to be the most user friendly platform for reviewing drawings and specifications in the field, making markups, and recording as-builts. Clearly Microsoft does not intend to actually fix this product, so like others in this thread we will find another solution.