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How can we improve the OneDrive mobile app on iOS?

Improve the PDF annotation experience on iOS

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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!

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    Leo shared this idea  ·   ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    boom! it's done  ·  AdminRyan Hoge (Group Program Manager, Microsoft) responded  · 

    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
    -improved eraser
    -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.


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      • Chris commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        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.

      • Matt commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        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.

      • Matt commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        If Microsoft is really working on this, why isn't there an update?! Just roll this back! Even with the latest updates, it looks like a kid's handwriting, the eraser deletes entire words, what is going on at Microsoft?!

      • Nate commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Agreed. I loved the previous version of this. It was by far the best .pdf markup experience in any drive (onedrive/dropbox/box/google). Please return previous functionality

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I still can't use the annotation tool bar. Doesn't show up. Works on an older version of the app on one of my iPads that I refuse to update so I can continue to annotate PDFs.

        Kinda works on my iPhone but who wants to edit a PDF on a phone when you have a pad? PLEASE FIX!!!

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I would like to have the option of opening multiple tabs within the pdf in onedrive. PDFexpert provides that capability and I was wondering if onedrive is going to allow me to do that in future

      • Larsen Günther commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Agree with all below, I am using a 3rd party tool now to annotate. Apple Pencil does such a poor writing, this really seems to be a tactical product decision.

      • Erik commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        These updates and "fixes" are literally a joke. It seems each one limits PDF editing more and more. We have lost nearly ALL ability to annotate PDF's from the Onedrive App. Our company just fully migrated to utilizing Office 365 and Onedrive. We have all surfaces in the office but MUST use iPads in the fields, now we are borderline crippled and have to use a 3rd party app for all our PDF's. Come on Microsoft, try giving a darn about your customers.

      • Ehab Ali commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        In addition to the annotation, the zooming in and out is very slow and sometimes the application closes.

      • Nm commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        People use your brain, there is only one explanation to what is going on here with the onedrive pdf annotation tool on the iPAD. Microsoft does not want you to use iPADs, they rather wants you to use their new Surface machines, hence they purposely sabotaged the onedrive pdf annotation tool on the iPAD. There is simply NO OTHER EXPLANATION. The onedrive pdf annotation tool has been SABOTAGED, there is no question about it. From an excellent tool it became a horrible tool. Do you think the Microsoft team working on this tool does not know it? do you think they are idiots? the entire Microsoft team working on this tool would have been fired in a second for destroying this tool as they did, if this was not PURPOSEFUL. Remember my words, this tool will not get fixed. This is a purposeful sabotage to sway you away from Apple iPAD toward the Microsoft surface machines.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        For all those who can't annotate pdfs anymore try updating your iOS. That "fixed" my issue in that it gave me the new limited annotation function everyone is complaining about. While this is better than nothing, it is certainly a huge step back from what we had before. But it's better than nothing.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Agree completely with this request. Why did you get rid of the two pens? The new highlight function can't actually highlight anything but text - the free drawing version before was so much better.
        Also, why we are limited to ten colours now where before the colour palette was virtually infinite?
        Finally, what happened to the ability to draw lines, shapes, arrows, strikethrough and underline? How does removing these features IMPROVE the app? The reason I preferred OneDrive to Good Notes was precisely because of all this extra functionality. I'm so disappointed to have gone back to the dark ages.
        And yes, the lag is dire.

      • A commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Thank you very much for putting 'Define' function back with the newest update!!

        Could you also put the 'Speak' function back?
        Thank you!

      • Noam commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        If there is anyone in Microsoft who care about this product, please just take an apple pencil and try to draw something and see how much the ink lags behind the pencil. Please fix this!!!!!!! it was perfect before. I understand that we'll have to live with this ****** new design, but at least fix this horrible lag issue!!!

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        From a business perspective, it is appalling what you just did. A good tool replaced by an app that a kid could’ve written. leaving onedrive for something that actually works

      • Anirudh Jayendra commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        The nice blue bar that used to be there in OneDrive is now on another app. Like ditto. It’s called pdf pro 3.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        The old tool bar was excellent: Easy to use, to move and super quick. Now EVERYTHING is laggy: The writing, the changes, ****** colors for the highliter. Roll back the old version!!

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I'm confused. The OLD version of the PDF annotation toolbar worked pretty much perfectly. Maybe a couple of minor tweaks. This functionality was wound back during the introduction of a NEW annotation toolbar with 30-40% of the OLD annotation toolbar features.
        The current MS statement is... 'we're working hard to address and improve...'.
        Can someone please explain why the OLD toolbar cannot simply be re-introduced? If there's a good reason, then so be it.

      • Diren Parkash commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        They've now reintroduced the PDF text annotation feature - they just need to update the interface so it's as good as it was before!

        Lets keep up-voting this guys!

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