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Annotating PDFs – for free!

People trust Adobe’s portable document format when they need to send documents to other people and need to retain the “look” of said document.

Adding things to PDFs used to be an expensive prospect given you could do it only using paid applications, Adobe’s Acrobat being the king of that hill. But no longer!

People who didn’t have PDF creation software once had to print PDFs, write notes on the printouts, then scan them into a form they could share with other people. That put a crimp in collaboration.

Adobe’s free Reader X lets you annotate PDFs. From the toolbar, you can

  • add “sticky notes” 
  • highlight text 

Once you’re done, you can save the PDF and send it to other people with your annotations attached.

Adobe Reader is a free download for Windows, Macs and other operating systems.

The Mac lets you do the same things (and a bit more) using Preview. This short video shows the possibilities.