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Robert N. Will then the text search of the pdf file search also within my text annotations? I hope so, because without this feature soory, but it's pretty useless for most people (I already bought a similar sw just to figure out this shortcoming)
Apr 14 2010 at 4:12am Copy Link
Robert N. Apology - tried it and it does search also my annotation texts!
Sooo sweeeeet! Can't wait till Wednesday to buy it. Thanks for the discount!
Apr 14 2010 at 8:13pm Copy Link
Robert N. One last question. Can I use it on both my home and work computer? (I'm the only user of both)
Apr 14 2010 at 9:25pm Copy Link
Oliver Grahl @Robert: Good that you're asking! Our license allows use on home and work, or laptop and desktop computer - as long as you don't use more than one of these installations at the same time.
GRAHL software design - Apr 15 2010 at 3:27am Copy Link
Peter pereh Will I be able to get the german version when buying here?
Apr 15 2010 at 8:21am Copy Link
Oliver Grahl @Peter: The license works with all language versions, just please download the German version from our German download site: http://www.grahl-software...fannotator
Apr 15 2010 at 8:58pm Copy Link
Oliver Grahl BTW, PDF Annotator is available in English, German and French!
GRAHL software design - Apr 15 2010 at 8:59pm Copy Link
Den Hurrell I have a Licence for the previous version, what is the price and proceedure to upgrade to 3?
Apr 20 2010 at 3:21am Copy Link
Oliver Grahl @Den: Tomorrow, here on BdJ, you'll get the best price ever. Buy here, instead of upgrading. We'll also discount our 2 Years Upgrade Assurance by 20%, you'll be able to add it at checkout. That will be the best deal to cover you within the next two years for all upcoming major upgrades, too. Go for it!
GRAHL software design - Apr 20 2010 at 3:27am Copy Link
Joe Sixgig And now for the major cheapskates: does the 60% discount also apply to educational licenses? Now that would be an awesome deal!
Apr 20 2010 at 4:06am Copy Link
Oliver Grahl @Joe C'mon, leave us some pennies, too! Our student price is already so extremely low, giving 60% on it would mean to give the software virtually for free. If we don't get paid, we'd have to spend all night driving taxi, we better spend that time to create great software! Having said this, this deal here is even $2 less the student price, so maybe even a good deal 4u?
GRAHL software design - Apr 20 2010 at 4:16am Copy Link
Joe Cheapskate OK, fair enough! :) Thanks for responding, and I"m sure the promotion will be a big success.
Apr 20 2010 at 5:29am Copy Link
Roger McCall Oliver - I've been using the trial version of PDF Annotator, and love it. I used to print to One Note, then put my notes on, then reprint to PDF. What a hassle. And I am looking forward to being able to have multiple documents open. My trial version is set to run out today, so your timing on the promotion is perfect. I am certainly going to get the 2 years support / upgrades guarantee as well. Thanks for writing this great software product. And for those who are reading this - I don't know Oliver and he didn't pay me to write this!
Apr 20 2010 at 10:51am Copy Link
Marco Schumacher Congratulations to Oliver and his team for version 3. I've been a fan of PDF Annotator since 2006. It never disappointed me. I am in IT for 25 years and have tried a lot of software. And with Oliver listening carefully to what the users have to say, Annotator really became powerful. Oliver even added French language and optimized the memory handling of the code for huge PDF files like CAD drawings. This is real product care.
Apr 20 2010 at 8:01pm Copy Link
mark d. @ Oliver Grahl
Why does it take so long to open large PDF files? The overall speed of the program is the only thing that's holding me from buying it today!
Apr 20 2010 at 8:07pm Copy Link
Ash Goyal Having used SnagIt for several years, this program appeals to me to be able to do similar things on a pdf. However, the s/w could be improved with extra functionality such as common business stamps not just APPROVED (COPY, COMPLETE, DRAFT) and other similar icons from Snag-It type software.

Being able to extract plain text is very nice!
Apr 20 2010 at 8:50pm Copy Link
Oliver Grahl @Mark We do our best to keep document loading times short and the whole UI experience as fluid as possible. I understand that 'our best' is sometimes not good enough. But everytime we see chances to improve application speed, we work on it.
GRAHL software design - Apr 20 2010 at 9:43pm Copy Link
Oliver Grahl @Ash You can create you own stamps from virtually anything in PDF Annotator. Maybe it's a bit hidden... The quickes way: Select any annotation(s) in your current document, and click "Edit, Selection, Save selection as Stamp". I think it's even on the context menu when you right click your selection. Alternative way: Open the Stamps toolbox (tab on the left bottom) and click the Plus button. Now you can even select any kind of image to create a stamp from it. But I agree that it would make sense to put more default stamps into the package. Ah, one more hint on resizing stamps! Hold SHIFT pressed while resizing will preserve its aspect ratio!
GRAHL software design - Apr 20 2010 at 9:48pm Copy Link
Ash Goyal @Oliver, Thanks for your quick response. Yes I was able to create a stamp using your hints and software looks good. Just placed my order :)
Apr 20 2010 at 9:59pm Copy Link
Stefan Hauber If there are done more annotations to different times - maybe by different persons: Is there a kind of history function?

E.g. Person A changes something to a PDF. Later Person B does some changes too,. Can I see from the resulting PDF-file somehow the state after Person A did his changes?

And if yes, can Person C make some changes to this state and would the resulting document still keep the changes of Person B? This would result in a kind of 'tree of changes. In the example above

Original PDF-File
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Apr 20 2010 at 11:10pm Copy Link
mark d. @ Oliver Grahl
Thanks for your reply! I asked because it seemed more like a bug (several minutes to open e.g. a 140MB file), and wanted to know if you were already investigating the issue.
Anyway the program is super, and keep up the good work!
Apr 20 2010 at 11:31pm Copy Link
Ash Goyal Oliver, Here is a list of default stamps I can think useful for workflow purposes for your next version: Accepted, Approved, Cancelled, Important, OK, Paid, Priority, Received, Rejected, Sent, Urgent, Draft, Final, Copy, Original, Confidential, Secret, FYI, Circulate.

I am sure there are more people can think of.. Thanks
Apr 21 2010 at 12:35am Copy Link
Den Hurrell Oliver
I have just upgraded to 3 and thank you for a great product at a great price.
Is there a way to change the background color from Black?
Apr 21 2010 at 1:39am Copy Link
Oliver Grahl @Stefan There's no such way to provide a history or flag comments by author, sorry.
@Mark It shouldn't take *that* long. If the file is downloadable somewhere, could you send the URL to ? Thx!
@Ash Thanks, will add your list of stamps to our wish list.
@Den Sorry, no, black is black...
GRAHL software design - Apr 21 2010 at 1:53am Copy Link
Randy A Was all set to buy this today, but I can't get it to display PDF's correctly.

Particularly, my AT & T phone bill is offered in PDF. It has a lot of text, most of which is framed in boxes. Your viewer displays the frames, but not the text. I can select the frames and "extract text" on them, and it will show the text in the pop up box, but it won't show it the main display.

Is there a setting to make this work?
Apr 21 2010 at 2:52am Copy Link
Randy A One other question, I am looking to integrate this with the other Bits D jour deal today (Home document manager). The printer driver (novapdf) furnished with the program doesn't appear to have an option NOT to display the viewer after generating a PDF file.

When I am converting documents, this is necessary, since I don't want to pull up the viewer every time I convert one.

I am also using PDF creator, and it offers this option. Is there a setting in NovaPDF or in PDF Annotator I am missing?
Apr 21 2010 at 2:57am Copy Link
Oliver Grahl @Randy Please send the document you mentioned to, we will of course treat it confidentially.
Regarding our PDF printer, we have licensed NovaPDF in a way that only allows us to use their printer driver to open printed docs in our application. You'd have to buy their full product to make use of it in a different way.
GRAHL software design - Apr 21 2010 at 3:02am Copy Link
Randy A If I print the document with pdfcreator, then your product can view it normally, kind of wierd.

I am going to buy the product anyway, it has too many great features to pass up. I am not comfortable sending my phone bill to you at this time, but I will look for another less sensitive document to send you down the road.

Also, I see the program has a logging capability, maybe that could be sent instead?
Apr 21 2010 at 3:30am Copy Link
Oliver Grahl @Randy "I am not comfortable sending my phone bill to you" -- I wouldn't pay it, don't worry... ;-) But seriously, I understand that. If you find a similar, less sensitive document, just send it. Logging won't help in this case.
GRAHL software design - Apr 21 2010 at 3:34am Copy Link
Jack Donohue The ad says supported platforms are "Windows Vista, XP, 2000". I assume Windows 7 is supported. Is this correct?
Apr 21 2010 at 3:37am Copy Link
Oliver Grahl @Jack Of course we support Win7, I'll ask the BdJ guys to update that.
GRAHL software design - Apr 21 2010 at 3:42am Copy Link
Peter pereh Deutsche Version installiert, freigeschaltet und, vorbildlich!, der hier angezeigte Preis ist inkl. MWSt. Vielen Dank!
Apr 21 2010 at 6:57am Copy Link
José Ruiz ¿Para cuándo en español?
Apr 21 2010 at 7:20am Copy Link
Oliver Grahl ¡No espagñol - solo English, Deutsch, Français! ;-)
GRAHL software design - Apr 21 2010 at 8:05am Copy Link
Bill D Will this run as a portable application on a USB stick?
Apr 21 2010 at 3:50pm Copy Link
Nico Westerdale Due to the overwhelming response GRAHL software design has agreed to extend this deal for another day - Enjoy!
BitsDuJour Admin - Apr 21 2010 at 5:00pm Copy Link
Oliver Grahl @Bill PDF Annotator needs to be installed locally.
GRAHL software design - Apr 21 2010 at 8:52pm Copy Link
Gunderic Hagen I did not get an answer after posting my question, so I will ask once more to decide whether to buy the software. Can I annotate, modify Pds sent to me and created by a third party? Or only those created/published by me?
Apr 22 2010 at 3:11am Copy Link
Oliver Grahl @Ed Huh, where did you send that? Here? Anyway. You can annotate any PDF which allows commenting. The majority does allow commenting, but the author of PDF can deny that. In the later case case, you'd need the author password to annotate.
GRAHL software design - Apr 22 2010 at 3:47am Copy Link
Gunderic Hagen Yea Oliver, i sent there....! Or where you driving the Taxi (Just joking). i didn't even know that there was an option to deny annotations, modifications in a Pdf!!! Would you say that 90% are like me and don't know about the option and thus by default allow modifications? Sorry to insist but i don't see much use in modifying my own Pdfs; only the ones people send me.
Apr 22 2010 at 3:56am Copy Link
Oliver Grahl @Ed Most PDFs I come along allow commenting. 99% I'd say. Maybe different if you work with a lot of confident or copyrighted documents.
GRAHL software design - Apr 22 2010 at 3:59am Copy Link
Gunderic Hagen Oliver, i am ready to buy your software, however, i do not want to pay VAT. I am in Europe right now but I am a US resident and payment will be made with a card and a billing address in the U.S. let me know how much I have to pay and the corresponding link.
Apr 22 2010 at 4:24am Copy Link
Oliver Grahl Ed, you'll buy through our reseller, ShareIt, whose responsible for collecting VAT from their customers. Make sure to select USD currency and enter your US address. If VAT is still applied, you won't get around it. ShareIt's mother company is in MN, so AFAIK, they also collect VAT for customers from MN.
GRAHL software design - Apr 22 2010 at 4:37am Copy Link
Gunderic Hagen Oliver, I did not find your seller's website. Well, what the will not be that much anyway. Besides, it makes me feel good to contribute to the development of the EU... I'll buy it (with VAT and all).
Apr 22 2010 at 4:52am Copy Link
David Brookman The price is $27.95 US. When I try to purchase I am being charges $34 + Canadian.

The difference is way in excess of the exchange rate

I will not buy because of this.
Apr 22 2010 at 1:40pm Copy Link
park jeongweon Thanks for yours good service and promotion.
Jun 7 2010 at 5:46pm Copy Link
hameed azeez hi
iwant to buy this software for my daughters name under student quoto who is sometime carries laptop at school and desktop at home. what would be the price? or should we buy this sofwtare at $27.95.
your reply willbe highly appreciated
Nov 2 2010 at 5:22am Copy Link
Oliver Grahl In general, our license allows installation of a single license on up to two computers, as long as only one of the installations is used at a time (no concurrent use).

So, this deal would be the most inexpensive way for you to get PDF Annotator for your daughter. If you don't want to wait until Nov 9th, our Student License is $29.90, and available through our website at all times.
GRAHL software design - Nov 2 2010 at 5:33am Copy Link
MK Went to buy at USD 27.95 which includes 19% tax.
Paying in GBP, the cost changes to GBP 32.00 which includes 19% tax.
USD 27.95 is approximately GBP 17.39 (
So how come the share-it! transaction website is getting it wrong by so much?
Nov 8 2010 at 8:35pm Copy Link
Oliver Grahl Martin,
this deal is in US Dollars. Switch payment currency to USD at checkout, and you'll get it for exactly $27.95.
GRAHL software design - Nov 8 2010 at 8:43pm Copy Link
Ron Campbell Just posting as a long-time customer. First picked this up while on version 1 here at Bits du Jour and recently upgraded to 3. Very happy with the app for several years. If you own a Tablet or convertible PC, this is a must-have. Great for marking-up PDF docs and texts freehand or with keyboard. Developer is also responsive to requests and criticisms. Bought it on JKontheRun's recommendation and am glad I did.
Nov 8 2010 at 8:55pm Copy Link
jj d Does sale include the upgrade from v.2 to v.3?? If so, what is the price? thx
Nov 9 2010 at 7:23am Copy Link
Mitchell Kastner Can you inserts Bates Numbers. I doubt it but no harm in axeing
Nov 9 2010 at 8:21am Copy Link
Oliver Grahl A new licence at this deal's price is less than an update. So, just grab a new licence here!
GRAHL software design - Nov 9 2010 at 8:21am Copy Link
Oliver Grahl No Bates numbers, sorry Mitchell. Maybe in a later version. Has been requested one or two times now.
GRAHL software design - Nov 9 2010 at 8:28am Copy Link
Edward Smith Is there any way to choose color by RGB, or by clicking on an existing color? To me this is pretty important.

Also, bates numbering would be nice, and a clone tool.

Regardless, I will buy the program at the $28 price. Just too good to pass up at that price, so the above is really more my initial "wish list."
Nov 9 2010 at 9:04am Copy Link
Oliver Grahl Edward,
Check out the Custom button on the color picker for RGB.
In regards to Cloning, what would you like to clone? There's an option for cloning pages, and you can use the Snapshot tool to clone regions of a page (by copy/paste).
GRAHL software design - Nov 9 2010 at 9:14am Copy Link
Edward Smith I saw the custom button, but I was looking to enter the RGB number so I can get an exact match to clolos already on the document.. There is no place to enter the actual numeric values for RGB. A have a program that allows me to click on a color to get the exact RGB value.

The reason I would like this and cloning, is that I frequently get POS material (from the franchisor) in PDF format that can't be altered or changed. Sometimes I don't like the offers and I want to customize them to suit my local business needs. It is important that I get the right color etc., or the "new" offers I create look like they have been changed.
Nov 9 2010 at 9:27am Copy Link
Stephen Kreyling I bought a license, but I would like to see a section added to the web site that would have extra stamps, like confidential, copy, etc.

Nov 9 2010 at 1:04pm Copy Link
john s Hey Oliver....long time user since 1.0 and currently a student...Any upgrade options or just pay the $27.95. I understand if no upgrade savings from 1 to 3 so I'm in either way I just want the best deal for my money. Thanks. John.
Nov 9 2010 at 1:14pm Copy Link
Nico Westerdale Due to the overwhelming response GRAHL software design has agreed to extend this deal for another day - Enjoy!
BitsDuJour Admin - Nov 9 2010 at 4:00pm Copy Link
Daniel Walker -- Will this handle PDF forms? If so - what version is it capable of handling?

-- I too am interested in Bates numbering.
Nov 9 2010 at 4:44pm Copy Link
John H WOW. This program can do so much with my tablet computer!

I Just purchased this for marking up my PDF text books. The Pen function works beautiful. The Print to PDF works great printing the 20 page chapters from the text book site. My free PDF printer was only able to print about 8 pages of the larger documents.


Ability to remove sidebar tabs in portrait mode.

Ability to paste a screen captured image from the clipboard directly to a document. This would make it a Microsoft OneNote killer.

Thanks for a complete and well thought out program. I love it!
Nov 9 2010 at 6:15pm Copy Link
Oliver Grahl Good morning everybody. Sorry for the late reply - I'm about seven hours in advance (GMT+1). But as I see, BdJ has extended our deal for a second day (THX!!), so no harm should be done.

Thanks everybody for posting your wishes. We'll incorporate all of them into our major wish list.

John S: You can either grab a new license here, or buy a student license upgrade through our website, which would be a little cheaper (but limited to educational use).

Daniel: When opening a PDF form, PDF Annotator will ask if you want to convert the form into plain pages, which will mean all form fields will be removed and you can write into these places using PDF Annotators various tools. Just download our trial and check it out using some form.

John H: There's an option under Extras, Settings, Sidebar to remove the tabs in portrait mode. You can paste images from the clipboard, is that what you're looking for?
GRAHL software design - Nov 9 2010 at 8:02pm Copy Link
_*_ Oliver, I am a student and wondered what the "2 Years Free Upgrades and Support Info for $14.90 per seat" means?

I am unsure what "per seat" means. As I read it I think it is saying for $14.90 I can receive two years of updates (even new versions). At least I think that is what it says.

Also, the future updates are based on the full retail price, not the purchased price correct?

I am trying to figure what the best (i.e. least costly) course of action would be.

Finally, Thank You for making DRM free software and treating your customers as honest and not potential pirates. It is nice to see.
Nov 10 2010 at 2:35am Copy Link
Oliver Grahl M B: "Per seat" means, that if you buy 100 licenses, like for your whole faculty, you have 100 seats. So, if you buy a license for yourself, that's one seat.

As you already said, our Upgrade Assurance includes all minor and major updates within two years.
If you get it, you will get all upgrades for free, that others would have to pay for. Realistically, this will be one or two major upgrades within two years.
If you don't have it, you have to pay for each major upgrade at our upgrade price. Just one single upgrade costs more than Upgrade Assurance for two years.

So, you can save money, but the downside is that it's an upfront payment. On the other hand, it helps us to plan our development resources, and will provide you with a better software, over time!
GRAHL software design - Nov 10 2010 at 2:55am Copy Link
John H Hi Oliver

Looks like I will be dumping MS OneNote bloatware and Journal for this.


I meant in my previous post; Need to get rid of the sidebar in LANDSCAPE mode.

I just don't have enough screen real estate for those features that I will not use. I have the 5 functions I need in a floating toolbar and have closed all others. A nice clean work area except for the sidebar.

Not being able to paste a picture from the clipboard was a problem with my Screen capture/clipper program which is fixed.

Nov 10 2010 at 5:49am Copy Link
Oliver Grahl John,
Send a message to support_en at and ask for a tweak to hide the sidebar. I believe there is one.
GRAHL software design - Nov 10 2010 at 7:40am Copy Link
Brett Pound It'd be great if there was actually a discount on loyal customers upgrades - this deal beats the upgrade price substantially, but showing loyalty to existing holders (even if it's not the same scale as the discount on new purchase) would only go to strengthen the bond!
Apr 25 2011 at 11:59pm Copy Link
Pedro Laurent The 27.95 US price promotion for the application comes to 40.13 Canadian dollars, what an outrageous conversion. 27.96 US should be 26.55 CAD. This is not even funny if this is an april fools day joke.
Apr 26 2011 at 5:20am Copy Link
Stan @Pedro Laurent: It's the same with USD vs. EUR: 27,95 EUR are 40,10 USD. If it's possible you should change the currency to USD instead of CAD.
Apr 26 2011 at 5:30am Copy Link
Oliver Grahl Hi friends, just change your currency at checkout back to USD, and voilà, you get the USD price! (And our EUR prices include 19% VAT, which our USD price doesn't, btw)
GRAHL software design - Apr 26 2011 at 6:47am Copy Link
Marco Pivetta I'm thinking about the offer because there is similar programs and freeware.

- pdf-xchange-viewer
- nitro pdf reader
- Expert PDF Pro

I would like to know which are the advantages of this program over those.

When I scan documents, sometimes the images are not sharp vertical aligned. Can I correct the angle with this program?

Can I extract images from the document? Can I add images?

Can I crop, add pages, subtract?
Apr 26 2011 at 7:02am Copy Link
Oliver Grahl Hi Marco,
yes, with PDF Annotator you can crop pages, add margins, insert, delete and reorder pages. You can take snapshots from parts of the document and save them to the clipboard (or to an image file, or you can even create stamps from it and reuse them in PDF Annotator).
Of course you can add images, position and resize them, and add mark-up on top of them (for example). All that happens without touching the original content (so you cannot modify the original content). PDF Annotator has a focus on adding markup to your documents with some exclusive features like true digital ink handwritten comments and mark-up, multi-touch support and a palette of easy to use tools. I strongly suggest to give our trial version a try, so you can try and compare!
GRAHL software design - Apr 26 2011 at 10:16am Copy Link
James Stone is showing the price as AU$71. Is there no discount for Asutralians?
Apr 26 2011 at 1:45pm Copy Link
Pedro Laurent @ James Stone change the currency to US and you'll be ok. :-)
Apr 26 2011 at 3:51pm Copy Link
James Stone thanks, was trying to buy multiple licenses, it was only discounting the first one.
Apr 26 2011 at 4:14pm Copy Link
Nico Westerdale Due to the overwhelming response GRAHL software design has agreed to extend this deal for another day - Enjoy!
BitsDuJour Admin - Apr 26 2011 at 5:00pm Copy Link
Peter Martin far.

I almost always find a way tomake suggestions how to improve a is a querk.

I ...just in my wildest imagination I can not find a way to improve this product...I am totally stumped...Congratulations

Well maybe now that I bought the product ... maybe a cheaper upgrade might be a good idea ;-}

I am not really worried about an upgrade because by the looks of it, I might not need to upgrade for a long long time...How can you upgrade from perfection. Again great job you guys.

Apr 26 2011 at 7:32pm Copy Link
Oliver Grahl Hi all,
some of you reported problems with currency conversions going on at checkout. Unfortunately, as it seems, our payment processor switches to your local currency at checkout, which can make you lose the deal price of US$27.95.
Since this deal is in US Dollars, please make sure that on every page at checkout, it still says US Dollars. There's a dropdown list on top of the first checkout page, which should show US Dollars, otherwise please switch to US Dollars!

Sorry about this confusion and inconvenience. When you're coming from the US, you shouldn't run into this problem, though.

GRAHL software design - Apr 26 2011 at 9:29pm Copy Link
Max Frenkel Can I insert an image into some pdf-space (my signature is jpg), thereby adapting the image's size, i.e. making it smaller?
Apr 26 2011 at 11:35pm Copy Link
Oliver Grahl Max,
of course you can! After inserting your image, you can resize and move it right away. Hold the CTRL key down while resizing to keep its original aspect ratio. You can even create a stamp from your image, so it'll be available from the Stamps palette.
GRAHL software design - Apr 27 2011 at 12:12am Copy Link
Software Guy Good vendor with a nice, newly revised product offering it at a great price to bitsdujour users. The new additions from version 2 really make the product worthwhile. while other products offer some sort of annotation, PDF Annotator V3 offers far more annotation options at a great price. thanks Grahl and Bitsdujour!
Apr 27 2011 at 2:47am Copy Link
Stephane M Hi Oliver,

I saw that I can reorder page one by one but can I reorder the whole document in one click?
Let's say I have a scanned document going from page 100 to 1 and I want to reorder it from 1 to 100, can I do it?
Apr 27 2011 at 4:47am Copy Link
Oliver Grahl Stephane,
no such automism built in, sorry. Maybe you can find a command line tool for that task somewhere?

Software Guy,
thanks for your great comments!
GRAHL software design - Apr 27 2011 at 4:53am Copy Link
Stephane M Oh yes I can find to do it outside PDF Annotator, it would have been just great to do it within PDF Annotator along with all the other nice features :)

Thanks Oliver!
Apr 27 2011 at 4:58am Copy Link
Michael K I love the BitsDuJour feature of providing a "Conversation" on each offer of software for a couple of reasons.

First, it's a good opportunity to read the great questions people ask and it's also a good opportunity of seeing the responsiveness of each vendor.

Particular thanks to the reviews, questions and comments from "Software Guy" who I've seen insightful comments and questions from in other conversations.

Although I've no obvious and immediate need for this piece of software, I am going to buy it because of the good comments here and because the vendor seems nice and responsive.

Judging by the amount of software I've bought from BitsDuJour I think I must becoming something of a BitsDuJour addict.

Are there any meetings I can attend that will cure me of this addiction before my wife sees the credit card bill !!
Apr 27 2011 at 5:28am Copy Link
Nico Westerdale Thanks for the kind words Michael, we really do appreciate them and we'll keep trying to up our game.
BitsDuJour Admin - Apr 27 2011 at 6:29am Copy Link
enrico mori The software is a good software. I appreciate the discount and i have buyed a second license for my wife.
Apr 27 2011 at 8:37am Copy Link
Louis H I'm like you Michael. I have no immediate need for such a program, but i can see a use for it in the future. I've passed on other offers here that i did not see an immediate need for and shortly after found I needed just such a program. I would have passed on this one as I do not buy anything on credit anymore (whenever possible - truly "big ticket" items sometimes require using credit) and simply did not have money in my "discretionary" budget the first day this was offered. So it was nice to see it offered a second day running.

The comments made here - even the less than friendly ones - have been very helpful in introducing me to the pros and cons of software I would have never taken a look at elsewhere. I like that more and more vendors appear willing to offer their apps and programs via BDJ. Roger and Nico were right on the money when they told us this new year was shaping up to hold some really great deals. And even if i am not interested in the program being offered, I stop by every day to read what folks have to say about whatever the current deals are.
Apr 27 2011 at 5:08pm Copy Link
Software Guy Thanks for the nice words Michael K.

Years ago I worked in the software industry as a visual interface programmer (before windows). Then moved on to R&D programming for the army on developmental items. Been away from the programming side for a while but I still seem to take an interest in the customer practices of the software vendors. I tend to favor those companies that are proud of their work and try to give the customer a good value. they know full well that customer is going to come back. But those companies that place profit before everything including customer service - well, I try to avoid them. From your comments in the past you seem to have similar interests. I think that is good because the comments might make some of these companies rethink their customer policies.

Thanks again for the kind words.
Apr 28 2011 at 11:52am Copy Link
Michael K I bought this program when it was offered on BDJ - I'd never heard of it before then and most likely would never have come across it or even realised a need or use but for seeing it here.

Anyway, my reason for writing this is to say how pleased I am to have bought it. It's a super piece of work and has done everything I've needed in marking up my notes on several pdf files in the most intuitive of ways.

I am currently working on one and found I can switch easily between markup tools using hot keys - very useful, the developer has definitely given this program a lot of thought.

I hit a road block and was unable to mark up a protected file but a quick look at the FAQ help on the website provided a super workaround and I was able to print the whole file of 206 pages in seconds to a new pdf file that accepted my note markups.

Only glitch so far is extracting text to the clickboard is not perfect but the developer explains why and again provides a workaround that is fine - you can capture an image of the text and paste it into another application via the clipboard if the text grab is having a problem.

A great piece of software that's been very well thought out, powerful and yet easy to use - bravo to GRAHL and BitsDuJour for bringing it to us.
Jun 12 2011 at 1:28am Copy Link
Anand Tulpule Oliver Grahl,
I have purchased this software on 26 April, 2011 on this site.
I have received an e-mail from you stating that the 2 year upgrade is available for student license. Is the license purchased here by me a student license? If so then can I use it for my office work?
Thanks and Regards,
Sep 13 2011 at 3:58am Copy Link
Oliver Grahl Anand, your license purchased through BitsDuJour is a regular license, not a student license. Our 2 Years Upgrade Assurance can be added to new orders, but it cannot be added later. So, when the next major upgrade is out, you can order an upgrade license, and than you can add our 2 Years Upgrade Assurance. Hope this helps.
GRAHL software design - Sep 13 2011 at 9:56am Copy Link
Anand Tulpule Thank you.
Sep 13 2011 at 5:54pm Copy Link
Oren Paz I have been using PDF Annotator for more than 4 years now - since early 2007, and have tried other PDF editing products like NitroPDF and others. I am a Compliance and Information Security professional, and I use PDF documents extensively.

Three things I can say, which I stand behind 100%:

1. PDF Annotator has been one of the tools I use the most in both my work and personal life, as it allows me to write things, fill out various fields and even add my hand written signature in PDF documents sent to me (I have a pen based tablet which allows me to sign my name right in the PDF file, and I also use a saved JPEG of my signature and paste it where my signature is required if I don't want to use the pen). Having the ability to use PDF documents like I use MS-Word documents has been an extremely useful capability, and well-worth the price of the PDF Annotator application

2. Of all the products I have compared PDF Annotator to, installing trial version of commercial alternatives, and the products that are either free or "free" (if anyone installed enough such applications you will understand what I mean) - PDF Annotator has always proven to be the better choice - both in features as well as ease of use

3. And last - but definitely not least, when you are buying a product from a rather small provider / vendor (sorry Mr. Grahl, but I am comparing you to companies like Microsoft, Adobe, Etc…) – you want to know, and need to know what you should expect to get from that provider, how they will handle customer service and support, how reliable and trustworthy they are (you are giving them your hard-earned money, after all…), and how committed they are to the product they sold you. Again – having used PDF Annotator for more than 4 years, I have had situations when I needed support – for technical issues, or license questions (like losing my original license code) and others. I have the emails to prove this:
Whenever I contacted Grahl Software for ANY issue – I always got answers within a day or less than that, always productive and effective answers (like re-sending my license code to me, or re-sending me an updated version download link), and always in the spirit of “we WILL solve your problem, or answer your question, we will NOT leave you hanging or frustrated”. Being a professional in IT for about 17 years now – that is not something I can say about ANY OTHER VENDOR I have worked with before, in most cases.
Even when I sent Grahl Software a “complaint” about some usability issue I did not like with the version I first used back in 2007 – something to do with the way their menus look and work, the next version that they released (which they do a fantastic job letting you know about, through their email notification service – probably the least irritating and intrusive one I have ever subscribed to…) just a few short weeks or so later – fixed that issue and completely resolved the problem I complained about. What other software company can you say that about?...

Bottom line:
I will put my personal email address (not my primary one, true – but still one that I can be reached through), to prove to anyone that wants that I am not just writing this review without being accountable for it, and to allow anyone with questions for a regular “real” user of this application (someone who just went online and bought this application like anyone else) to ask me whatever you want directly.
All the best.

Dec 6 2011 at 8:45am Copy Link
_*_ I have a question about adding the 2 year upgrade to the product.

If I purchase the product but not the upgrade, can I go back at a later date (but before you have a full upgrade) and purchase 1 seat upgrade for the 2 years coverage?

Apr 2 2012 at 3:55am Copy Link
Oliver Grahl Hi M B,

the 2 Years Upgrade Assurance can only be bought with the initial license order, or with an upgrade order, but not separately.

Our Upgrade Assurance covers all minor and major upgrades, so it'll also cover an upgrade to version 4, for example. Minor upgrades (bug fixes to the same major version) are always free.

GRAHL software design - Apr 2 2012 at 4:22am Copy Link
_*_ Upgrade to version 4 even if it is beyond the 2 years?
Apr 2 2012 at 6:46pm Copy Link
Oliver Grahl M B, do you mean when you get the Upgrade Assurance now? Then, version 4 will definitely be included.
GRAHL software design - Apr 3 2012 at 1:00am Copy Link
_*_ Oliver Grahl, yes, that is what I was thinking you were talking about above. It seems there are plans to come out with a new version before 2 years! :o)
Apr 4 2012 at 3:36am Copy Link
Oliver Grahl So, for everyone interested in getting our Upgrade Assurance with the software: We've reduced the price for 2 Years Upgrade Assurance to $19.99 for today! With Upgrade Assurance you get all minor *and* major upgrades for free within those two years.
GRAHL software design - Apr 5 2012 at 12:13am Copy Link
lisba f Any news about Unicode adoption?
Apr 5 2012 at 4:37am Copy Link
Oliver Grahl As you probably know, PDF Annotator can deal with Unicode in PDF documents, but has problems with Unicode filenames. As far as I know from the devs, this will be fixed with a new release in the next couple of months. And that update will be a free update for anybody buying today.
GRAHL software design - Apr 5 2012 at 5:17am Copy Link
sofina smith Is that ture?
Apr 5 2012 at 5:36am Copy Link
Oliver Grahl ture?
GRAHL software design - Apr 5 2012 at 5:37am Copy Link
Nico Westerdale Scouts honor, hand on my heart, may my eyes be pecked out and I be struck down by all the wrathful deities.

(it's true)
BitsDuJour Admin - Apr 5 2012 at 5:38am Copy Link
Sukru Boztepe I bought this software about a year ago. I use it regularly.

I also have Adobe X Pro, and I find PDF Annotator so much easier to use when I need a quick add/edit on any PDF.
Apr 5 2012 at 7:31am Copy Link
_*_ Just thought I would ask if there is a discount for the student version as well?
Apr 5 2012 at 12:49pm Copy Link
Oliver Grahl This time it's for the regular version only. :-)
GRAHL software design - Apr 5 2012 at 2:44pm Copy Link
Nc Antunes it`s possible to add Media files in document ?
Apr 5 2012 at 3:05pm Copy Link
Avi S I have purchased the product today with the BDJ promotion, and I am happy to report that I processed and resaved files with completely Hebrew filenames, without any problem whatsoever.
(@Oliver - what exactly is the issue with Unicode filenames?)
Apr 5 2012 at 3:58pm Copy Link
Genghis Khan Does PA3 do "scan to pdf"?
May 18 2012 at 6:18am Copy Link
Oliver Grahl No "scan to pdf", our focus is on PDF mark-up.
GRAHL software design - May 18 2012 at 10:25am Copy Link
lisba f Unicode in PDF Annotator does not seem to work universally.
May 18 2012 at 12:00pm Copy Link
Genghis Khan Hi Oliver

Thanks for replying so quickly re "scan to pdf".

Its just that I often use the "scan to pdf" in Adobe Acrobat. Its version 5 so getting a little long in the tooth. I've been thinking about looking for a more cost effective Acrobat replacement and thought PA3 might be just the thing.
May 18 2012 at 5:38pm Copy Link
Peter Martin How about 50% off the upgrade price from version 3 to version 4 to reward your loyal followers over the years :-)
Oct 14 2012 at 4:28pm Copy Link
Paul Will PDF Annotator V4 work together with Windows 8?

Paul S.
Oct 15 2012 at 12:18am Copy Link
Bruno Verschraegen We paid for 3 upgrades from version 3 to version 4 the other week and actually paid (a little) more than this discounted price. Anyway, highly recommendable piece of software.
Oct 15 2012 at 1:55am Copy Link
Oliver Grahl Hi Paul,
PDF Annotator 4 supports Windows 8 very well. It even went through the Windows 8 certification without any issues. The only thing which doesn't work yet under Win8 is the "Print to PDF Annotator" printer, which will receive a (free) upgrade in the next 1-2 weeks.
GRAHL software design - Oct 15 2012 at 2:09am Copy Link
Bruno Verschraegen @Oliver
Actually, seeing the note about Print to PDF Annotator. After upgrading from v3 to v4 the other week, we noticed that the "Print to PDF Annotator" option has disappeared from the print options list - and we are not running WIndows 8 but WIndows 7 Ultimate. Will this too be fixed and will we receive the update automatically?
Oct 15 2012 at 2:38am Copy Link
Oliver Grahl @Bruno: There's a fix for that! Email us at support AT and I can send you more information.
GRAHL software design - Oct 15 2012 at 2:50am Copy Link
Bruno Verschraegen @Oliver
Ok, will do. Tx for fast response. And onbce again: great piece of software which we use throughout the day, every day...
Oct 15 2012 at 3:10am Copy Link
Danny Am this PDF Annotator trial version to test and explore. It looks magnificent, and is unique in its kind what PDF tool! TOP!!!
Oct 15 2012 at 6:34am Copy Link
Javier Gil Have there been any improvements in this version for the transparency issues?
What about stamps management? there are issues when importing new stamps: size is different for example.
If upgrading our current version (v3 in my case) is more expensive than buying a new license, do you reckon I should buy a new license instead? (I think you guys should think a little more about your faithful users, we deserve to be treated at least just as well if not better than new customers ;) )
Oct 16 2012 at 2:47am Copy Link
Oliver Grahl Javier, did you report the issues you're referring to before? Please send us an email to support AT, and we'll be happy to help. Our upgrade price for the single license is US$34.95, I'd say it's neither more expensive than this deal, nor is it cheaper. It's the same. :-)
GRAHL software design - Oct 16 2012 at 4:14am Copy Link
Roger Thomasson Folks, please, no more requests for an upgrade discount here. It's not gonna happen and we don't want to have to start deleting comments.
BitsDuJour Admin - Oct 16 2012 at 2:01pm Copy Link
Danny @Peter Martin

I get you now! Somewhere you are right! Acceptable upgrades discount would like 70 to 75%. But good so be it.
Oct 16 2012 at 2:14pm Copy Link
Oliver Grahl @Peter R: Natürlich! PDF Annotator 4 is multi-lingual. It will eventually pick up the right language on install, if not, just switch it in the settings. We do presently support English, German and French.
GRAHL software design - Oct 17 2012 at 3:28am Copy Link
Mary Wilson I was comparing the new to the old version, and see a couple of new features that this makes it worth the cost of upgrading for me. I only have one question which will effect my decision on whether to upgrade or not. Starting to use my laptop more than my main system. Can I put my one copy on both my laptop and my main system without having to buy two copies.
Oct 17 2012 at 5:27am Copy Link
Oliver Grahl @Mary Wilson: Good that you asked this question! Our license agreement allows a single license to be installed on up to two computers, as long as only one of both installations will be used at a time. So, only if you'd use both simultaneously (yourself with your octopus arms, or you and somebody else), you'd need a second license. Does that sound fair?
GRAHL software design - Oct 17 2012 at 5:32am Copy Link
Danny It Is always possible to upgrade discount also if one has previously skipped upgrade version? Example: PDF Annotator version 3 to upgrade PDF Annotator version 5 or so?
Oct 17 2012 at 6:04am Copy Link
Oliver Grahl @Danny: All previous versions are upgrade eligible, yes.
GRAHL software design - Oct 17 2012 at 6:07am Copy Link
Danny Have just a few hours with a trial version tested and tried out. There are untold many opportunities to work with the PDF. This is a must-have tool!
Oct 17 2012 at 6:40am Copy Link
Lito I know you claim any PDF but I want to be sure, will this let you annotate protected PDFs? My issue with PDFs is many are set to be unmodifiable which for somethings makes no sense at all. So if I want to put a note in a motherboard manual PDF for future reference, it won't let me without a password. The workarounds aren't exactly nice like printing out the manual into another PDF and tripling or quadrupling the size of it so I can add comments/notes.
Oct 17 2012 at 7:59am Copy Link
Oliver Grahl @Lito: If a PDF is password protected and commenting is not allowed, then you cannot annotate it in PDF Annotator. That's the nature of PDF security. As you say, the workaround is to print the PDF into a new document - as far as the original author allowed printing. Nobody can prevent you from editing a copy of a document. I won't agree that this will quadruple the document's size. Printing to PDF is not scanning (and converting all pages to images). It can even reduce the size, but all that depends on the document.
GRAHL software design - Oct 17 2012 at 8:16am Copy Link
Max Frenkel I use PDF-XChange 4 Pro to crop existing pdfs so that I can create a new pdf which, for instance, shows only a shortened left hand column of the original. This is very easy and exact to the milimetre. Is that also possible with PDF Annotator (I actually own version 3)?
Oct 17 2012 at 9:04am Copy Link
Oliver Grahl @Max: Have a look at the Crop tool in the toolbar, and under Edit, Page, Crop Pages and Edit, Document, Crop Document.
GRAHL software design - Oct 17 2012 at 9:12am Copy Link
Danny Question: the number of years (on average) there are new version out? I don't mean the small secondary updates!
Oct 17 2012 at 10:54am Copy Link
Michelle Bereza Wonderful looking product. can you combine multiple pdfs into one document? thanks for any info....M
Oct 17 2012 at 11:01am Copy Link
Oliver Grahl @Michelle You can combine documents using the Page Manager in the sidebar. There are various commands to insert/append documents into an existing one.

@Danny In the past, we have published one major upgrade every second year. That should also be the minimum frequency for future releases.
GRAHL software design - Oct 17 2012 at 2:09pm Copy Link
Oliver Grahl Dear BitsDuJour Fans,
it's always a great pleasure to chat with you! It's close to midnight at our end of the world now, so please bear with me if I won't be able to answer more questions today. Time to hit the hay. If there are any open questions, I'll be happy to answer them tomorrow (my) morning, and always feel free to contact us at support AT for technical questions!
Take care,
GRAHL software design - Oct 17 2012 at 2:14pm Copy Link
Danny Do you stand there for open to maybe in the future a Free Lifetime upgrades license PDF Annotator?
Oct 18 2012 at 12:37am Copy Link
Steven Avery It looks like a nice program. I have to study the bookmark feature. Suggestion, do your second day ! (Else, maybe I can contact the publisher.) Much as I appreciate money-back guarantees, they are not my cup of tea on internet and software, so I have to try more.

Oct 18 2012 at 12:56am Copy Link
Anon eMous How small are the PDFs made with this software in comparison to other PDF-creating software?
Oct 18 2012 at 12:56am Copy Link
Oliver Grahl @Danny: Lifetime licenses are not on our radar, I'm sorry.

@Steven: As far as I can see, the BitsDuJour folks decided to extend this deal for a second day, so you should be fine! But as you mentioned, we also offer a money-back-guarantee, no questions asked.
GRAHL software design - Oct 18 2012 at 1:10am Copy Link
VLM I just installed the trial version. But the installer did not offer me the opportunity to choose my installation directory. I would like to choose it. IS this possible in the full installer?
Oct 18 2012 at 11:32pm Copy Link
Steven Avery Good questions, VLM.

Anyway, I found the bookmarking system to be reasonably intuitive, although I did not try export, combining, searching documents, et.

Sound enough to give it the Bits try.

Oct 19 2012 at 12:27am Copy Link
Oliver Grahl @VLM: Click the Options button on the first screen of the setup wizard to select a destination directory.
GRAHL software design - Oct 19 2012 at 12:40am Copy Link
LU @Danny:

In response to Lifetime Upgrades, you may wish to try CutePDF Professional.

Though not as many features for annotating as this product, it has the basics down.
Oct 19 2012 at 9:42am Copy Link
VLM Steven Avery - Thank you!

Oliver Grahl - In the words of an ancient wise man ... "Duh!" For some reason, my eyes just didn't see that Options button ... twice.

What about my second question ... Does PDF Annotator support a collaborative document review workflow, as Acrobat XI/Reader XI does?
Oct 20 2012 at 8:14pm Copy Link
Oliver Grahl @VLM, we don't support a review workflow in the way the Acrobat tools do.
GRAHL software design - Oct 22 2012 at 8:26am Copy Link
VLM Thanks Oliver. BTW, I do have an enhancement suggestion: Your way of displaying recent documents lags far behind what is available in MANY other PDF products. Instead of having one pull-right from Open, make a separate item on the File menu called "Recent Documents", then group the documents into today, yesterday, last 7/14/30/30+ days. Even better, offer an option to group by category/tag/keyword. Of course, that might require adding some kind of category/tag/keyword to the product. :)

Also, is there a way to restore prior session, and even a setting o make that happen automatically?

Also, what happens to documents that are opened but not yet saved when a crash occurs? Are they lost? In a temp directory somewhere? Really, those should appear in the Recent list, but under an item called "Not Yet Saved" or the like.

Oct 22 2012 at 12:35pm Copy Link
Oliver Grahl @VLM: Thanks for your suggestions. There's no setting to restore a previous session. If a crash would occur, the program will automatically open the files which had not been saved in the previous session, and notify you. They will display the last auto-save status; the auto-save interval can be set in the settings.
GRAHL software design - Oct 23 2012 at 12:48am Copy Link
VLM Thanks Oliver. Hopefully it's clear that my other suggestions still stand. Meanwhile ... if a file has not yet been manually saved, then where does the software put the autosave file(s)? In roaming/data/something???
Oct 23 2012 at 2:24pm Copy Link
Oliver Grahl @VLM: Of course we don't save the whole document, that would be more than inefficient. Only the "delta", means the latest changes to the original document get auto-saved. That data gets saved to the %Temp% directory, but it's of no use on its own.
GRAHL software design - Oct 25 2012 at 4:24am Copy Link
VLM Oliver, I believe I may not have made my question clear. I mean one of the following 2 scenarios:

1. PDF is opened from the Internet choosing the "Open Using PDF Annotator" option.

2. PDF is opened from an incoming email attachment.

In either case, after the document has been opened and before it has been saved or changed in any way, where is it stored? Of if there is a crash right at that moment, is it simply lost?

More clear, I hope! :):)
Oct 25 2012 at 12:07pm Copy Link
Oliver Grahl @VLM: That part is beyond the scope of our software. In case (1), the browser saves the PDF to a temporary location, and will instruct Windows to open it using the default program for .PDF files. In case (2), the email software does the same.
GRAHL software design - Oct 30 2012 at 5:01am Copy Link
VLM Oliver Grahl - Just a simple-minded user here, of course ... The software may be PUT there by somebody else, but what PDF Annotator does with it is another matter, it is indeed within your control ... is it not?
Oct 30 2012 at 8:32am Copy Link
Danny Those annotations on document are not visible when you open the other PDF reader(s) as Nitro reader only but only when opening or reading with PDF Annotator?
Mar 17 2013 at 1:04pm Copy Link
Oliver Grahl Danny, annotations created in PDF Annotator are visible in any other PDF viewer, like Adobe Reader, or Nitro.
GRAHL software design - Mar 19 2013 at 9:27pm Copy Link
Charles Beauchamp As with other educators (in my case medical education) who use tablet computers with large monitor display for a group (or individual patient), I see the utility of using PDF Annotator for both student AND patient education..

Is there a potential of a further discount if one purchases 20 copies?
Aug 5 2013 at 7:02am Copy Link
Oliver Grahl Hi Charles, this is a consumer promotion for single licenses. So, please be aware that this deal is only valid for one license. Although you can order multiple licenses through this deal, the discount will only be applied for one license. For 5 licenses or more, our volume pricing kicks in. For 20 users, for example, it's US$ 54.95 per user. For 25 users, it's $49.95. And we have completely different, discounted prices for students. Check out our website for details, or contact me by email if you need a quote for a specific number of users. Hope that helps!
GRAHL software design - Aug 5 2013 at 8:40am Copy Link
MK Worth the price to upgrade and have the Annotation Manager.
Great for marking up drawings and tracking the annotations.
Thumbs up :-)
Aug 7 2013 at 6:07am Copy Link
Royce Englehart I already own this but I can't find out how to do the main thing I bought this for... add signatures. I have read the manual, I did a search in contents (under help) and the only thing it found for signature was the word signature in the manual where it tells me all the wonderful things this program does. Nowhere though can I find instructions on how to put a signature in a PDF doc with this program. Am I missing something?
Aug 7 2013 at 8:18am Copy Link
VLM 1. Does the annotation manager work in conjunction with the annotation/comment feature of Acrobat, or is it just of PDF Annotator?

2. Is the student license available via today's promotion?
Aug 7 2013 at 8:23am Copy Link
Oliver Grahl Royce, I wrote about signatures in a newsletter some time ago, here's the link: HTH!
GRAHL software design - Aug 7 2013 at 10:01am Copy Link
Oliver Grahl @VLM: All features in PDF Annotator apply to annotations made in PDF Annotator, not those created in Acrobat or similar. This is a promotion for the regular version, not the student version. Does that help?
GRAHL software design - Aug 7 2013 at 10:04am Copy Link
VLM So is it correct to say that users of PDF Annotator cannot participate in a review process where others are using Acrobat?

It would be nice to see a promotion for the student version, or to add that here, since some are students. Also ... does the student version apply to the teachers, or only to the students?
Aug 7 2013 at 12:35pm Copy Link
Loco Driver I have to fill out a nasty multipage PDF form every year or so. The dang thing loads with Adobe Reader and there are more than 100 fillable fields (Some text, some check-boxes). Of course not every field has to be filled for my use, maybe 65-70. Each time I use the form, most of the data is exactly the same as when I filled it out the last time. At most, maybe 10 fields might have to be updated. Here's the hook. . . The data entered into the form can't be saved. When you try to save the form a notice appears saying the data won't be saved, just the blank form.

I've tried to find a way around this annoying "feature" - no luck so far. I don't know enough about Adobe Acrobat to know if this is a design feature and I'm not about to spend a couple hundred bucks on Adobe Acrobat to see if it's even possible to reverse-engineer the form.

Is there a possibility your product might circumvent this built-in aspect of the form?
Aug 7 2013 at 5:57pm Copy Link
VLM Olliver - I just reread your earlier comment. What is the functional difference between this version and the student version, if any? Or is it just a special license/offer, so that students become familiar with the product and carry it with them into their careers?
Aug 7 2013 at 8:07pm Copy Link
Tazzie I am having trouble paying for this ... the paypal option would not complete, so after several tries I gave up and went the cc route ... now I am on the final page and have twice entered "Order" only to have this page show up again. I am afraid to keep trying lest I end up with multiple charges.

I would appreciate some help with this ... only so many minutes left to the deal and I would hate to lose out just because of a web page glitch.
Aug 7 2013 at 11:52pm Copy Link
Oliver Grahl Good morning folks! About your questions:

@VLM: The Adobe collaboration process is a totally different thing, you're right. With PDF Annotator, you can write on PDF just as you write on paper, that's our approach. Plus all the additional PDF manipulation tools it includes (like reordering pages, adding margins, cropping pages), which can come in handy even if you don't add comments. We did a student license promotion in the past, but this one is for the regular license. Not sure if there's going to be another student promotion in the future, since our student pricing is already so heavily discounted (less than half the full price). There's no functional difference between regular and student licenses, it's just an offer to accommodate (some g) students' tight budgets.

@Loco_Driver: Forms in PDF Annotator will be treated like any PDF. You can place annotations wherever you like (i.e. place text boxes where the form fields are), but you won't have the form fields being editable like in Adobe Reader. That enables you to cross all form field boundaries and place text just wherever you want (sometimes handy, if form fields are too small). And of course you can save and edit later. I'd recommend just giving our trial a try, and see if this works for you.

@Tazzie: Maybe you want to try again in a different browser?
GRAHL software design - Aug 8 2013 at 12:42am Copy Link
Abdurrahman AKTAS Thank you.
Aug 8 2013 at 6:38am Copy Link
Brian H Hi- I am a long-time user (and purchaser) of this program, and I love its many features and great ways to express creativity when working with PDF files. One thing I find difficult to deal with though (and I'm not sure if perhaps there is a fix/workaround for this that I am not currently aware of) is the large area/margins inside "text boxes" placed on documents. I find when I want to type out replies to questions on forms, the text box boundaries are often so large, that they prohibit me from creating another text box close by (or underneath) of the previous text box; so I often end up using workarounds, such as creating the next, new text box way far away from where I need it to be (which would be in close proximity to another established text box) and then typing my answer and having to use the arrow tool to then move the new text box to where I need it to be (closer to the other, first text box). Other than this, I really do love the program! Oliver (or perhaps another more-exerienced program user)- is there a workaround to this problem, or perhaps a different/better way for me to be filling out forms (using text)? Thanks, in advance, for any help or suggestions with this issue. :-) -Brian
Aug 8 2013 at 9:32am Copy Link
VLM Oliver - Just to be abundantly clear, when you say "The Adobe collaboration process is a totally different thing, you're right," you mean that PDF Annotator does not support this process, correct? Or do you mean that it supports BOTH this process AND its own annotations? This is an important point, because for me, at least, PDF without collaboration is far less useful than it is with collaboration.
Aug 8 2013 at 11:46am Copy Link
Oliver Grahl @VLM PDF Annotator does not support the Adobe collaboration process, sorry if that wasn't clear. We're not trying to copy Adobe. PDF Annotator works differently in a couple of ways. For some kinds of use this is helpful (for example, handwritten comments in the quality we provide are not possible in any other tool we're aware of), for other requirements, Adobe's suite will be required - at its price. Having said all this - we offer a trial version for download, so everybody can see by themselves, if our functionality would fit their needs.
GRAHL software design - Aug 8 2013 at 12:34pm Copy Link
Oliver Grahl @Brian: I know exactly what you mean. I could go into the technical details and explain why it is how it is, but of course that wouldn't help you a lot. I know this issue is on our todo list, I'll check with the team if we can prioritize this. So, there's nothing you're doing wrong - and we plan to improve the text box size functionality as soon as possible.
GRAHL software design - Aug 8 2013 at 12:38pm Copy Link
VLM Thanks Oliver, it's all VERY clear now!
Aug 8 2013 at 1:30pm Copy Link
Oliver Grahl @VLM: A very important question! *Absolutely*, all annotations added in PDF Annotator will be visible in other PDF viewers! Plus, they stay editable in PDF Annotator when you reopen the PDF later on. You can select to "Melt all annotations" though. If you do so, they will not be editable any more. If you don't "melt" them, annotations will be grouped into a separate layer on top of the original PDF page, so you can hide/show them in other tools like Adobe Reader. Does that make sense?
GRAHL software design - Aug 8 2013 at 2:07pm Copy Link
VLM Oliver, thank you. Let me say this back to you, then I can tell whether I have it clearly in my mind.

1. We make all our annotations using PDF Annotator.
2. We either melt them, or not.

3a. If we do not melt these annotations, then they remain visible in other PDF viewers, but only if we choose to show them before saving the file and releasing it to other users.

QUESTION: Can other PDF editors/viewers then access this portion of the content for editing?

3b. If we do melt the changes, then they remain invisible to other viewers, they become fixed in stone, so to speak.

Yes? Maybe? :)
Aug 8 2013 at 11:15pm Copy Link
Corno Jacobsen I bought this program some time ago at BdJ after having read the comments, but in truth I found it very awkward in use. Uninstalled and quit. Took my loss. It was of course, my own fault, I should have tried out the trial-version first.
Aug 9 2013 at 12:14am Copy Link
Oliver Grahl @VLM: Not exactly. Annotations can *always* be viewed in other viewers, melted or not. When re-opening a file, annotations can only be edited in PDF Annotator, and only if you did not melt them before. That's it.
GRAHL software design - Aug 9 2013 at 12:52am Copy Link
Bertie Brummel @ Mr. Grahl: do I need to uninstall version 3.xx before installing v. 4?
Aug 9 2013 at 4:03am Copy Link
Oliver Grahl @Mr. Brummel: No, just install on top of the existing installation.
GRAHL software design - Aug 9 2013 at 4:22am Copy Link
VLM Great, thanks Oliver for your patient explanations. :)
Aug 9 2013 at 8:27am Copy Link
Ela S. Thanks for the prolongation of your kind offer. I have finally bought it after long consideration to the high price.

Using Adobe Acrobat for the more technical things in PDF (e. g. making booksmark in Adobe is more comfortable, document scanning, OCR reading etc), I am looking foreward to use PDF Annotator more for the reading and "hand work".

So far, I used PDF XChange Pro for this, but PDF Annotator seems to offer much more options.

Esp when using a tablet / pen which I still need to decide on. Any recommodations which tablets/ eBook readers / pens work well with PDF Annotator?
Aug 9 2013 at 11:38am Copy Link
Peter Martin What's the difference between the regular v student edition
Aug 17 2014 at 12:46am Copy Link
Noggin The Nog Do you recommend any particular sort or brand of writing tablet?
Aug 17 2014 at 2:16am Copy Link
Louis H @Peter - From a previous comment from the Vendor...

"There's no functional difference between regular and student licenses, it's just an offer to accommodate (some g) students' tight budgets. "

And from the Vendor's website...

"Special offer for students only. We will ask for official confirmation if necessary. These special conditions cannot be combined with other discounts or coupons. For educational use only."
Aug 17 2014 at 6:11am Copy Link
Oliver Grahl @Nog: In fact, we recommend using Tablet PCs with touch and pen, like the MS Surface or other brands. This might become costly, so if you're looking for an external graphics tablet, we're pretty happy with the Wacom Bamboo. An external tablet will not be as intuitive as a Tablet PC, though. Having said this, you don't essentially need a tablet to use PDF Annotator. It works great with mouse & keyboard as well. But if you want to use handwriting markup, a tablet makes sense, of course.
@Peter: Louis nailed it down. There's no functional difference between regular and student versions - but only students are entitled to the student version.
GRAHL software design - Aug 18 2014 at 1:46am Copy Link
Noggin The Nog Thanks Oliver.

If I wish to make any handwritten amendments by applying the stylus to an image of what I am amending, Does it have to be a tablet, or are there external writing pads / graphics tablets that will provide that functionality? Does the Wacom Bamboo display the image that is being amended so that you are applying the stylus to the image when amending the document?

Aug 18 2014 at 3:02am Copy Link
Oliver Grahl The Wacom Bamboo is an external graphics tablet, it is just an input device and won't display anything. Higher end tablets include screens, but when you go that way, I would definitely favor a real, portable tablet pc, like the Microsoft Surface Pro or the Fujitsu Q704. But all this is just my personal recommendation. Your hardware vendor should be the address of your choice to get hardware recommendations. Our software works well on anything that runs Windows.
GRAHL software design - Aug 18 2014 at 3:33am Copy Link
Noggin The Nog Thanks again Oliver.

However, what is concerning me is probably a software thing. What I am keen to understand is how, when using an external graphics tablet such as the Bamboo, you know where to put the stylus on the tablet in order to mark a particular point on the image on your computer screen. Or how you can designate the area on the image on the screen on which you wish to write, so that what you write on the tablet is placed where you want it to be on the image on the screen. I'd like to be able to mark up pdf pages (and any others documents that can be so marked up) in manuscript, but I do not wish to procure a tablet pc just for that purpose, and currently have no other reason to acquire one.
Aug 18 2014 at 5:51am Copy Link
Oliver Grahl When you move the pen slightly above the surface of a tablet like the Bamboo, you move the cursor on screen just like a mouse does. So, the tablet recognizes the pen even if it's not pressed down, typically within a range of about 1/4 inch. You only write when you press the pen down onto the tablet's surface. Maybe you got the chance to try a Bamboo somewhere?
GRAHL software design - Aug 18 2014 at 6:03am Copy Link
Noggin The Nog Thanks Oliver. That is very helpful to know. And would I be right in assuming that the tablet responds to pressure from the pen but not from the palm which may be resting on the tablet when writing on it with the stylus?

I appreciate your point about visiting a shop, but not infrequently it has been in my experience an unhelpful, uninformative, costly, laborious, time consuming and rather overrated experience that I am becoming less and less inclined to engage in, or even view as a practical solution except for limited purposes. The idea that whoever you find in a shop will have much knowledge of the goods being sold, or that any answers provided will be accurate, is seductive but perhaps optimistic.
Aug 18 2014 at 6:27am Copy Link
Oliver Grahl Yes, the Wacom Bamboo drivers have built-in palm rejection, and they also ignore any touch events as long as the pen is "in range" (means hovering closely over the tablet).
GRAHL software design - Aug 18 2014 at 9:32am Copy Link
Noggin The Nog Thanks for helping me over the threshold of the subject of digitisers / graphics tablets. There is quite a lot to it, and it is something of a hurdle for the uninitiated.

Since one of the prominent features of your software is the making of manuscript annotations, perhaps an essay on the hardware approaches to being equipped to do so, with references to relevant sources of information, would be a useful addition to your FAQ.
Aug 19 2014 at 2:33am Copy Link
VLM Hi Oliver, here are a couple of questions:

1. Does v. 5 preserve traditional menus, or have you gone down the ribbon hole?

2. When you talk about adding and sharing comments, are these Acrobat-compatible comments or PDF Annotator-only comments?

3. What is the on-screen zooming capability of the product? Is it user settable, or just a list of presets?

4. Is there an OCR-type feature that can convert scanned documents to searchable PDFs? And can PDFs be converted out to Word, etc?

5. When tabbing through a set of open documents, will tab and ctrl-tab go back and forth between most recent documents, much like Windows alt-tab and ctrl-alt-tab, or does the application tab around in some other order?

6. How many documents max in recent docs, history?

I like the new shortcut features and the restore from last session feature!
Aug 22 2014 at 3:48am Copy Link
Raymond I downloaded the trial and it worked great! It handled my needs very nicely and the author was very responsive to my email questions!!! Many thanks.... my mouse is moving toward the [Get this Deal] button right now!
Mar 5 2015 at 4:21pm Copy Link
Stephane M Hi, any discount on the upgrade price for existing customers? Thanks!
Mar 5 2015 at 6:02pm Copy Link
Fred Shepherd Tried to check out via PayPal. Got to a screen that says, "You are being automatically transferred to PayPal", but it didn't. Tried to check our via credit card and got to the point of clicking the Buy Now button. Nothing.
Had no problem buying a different product, so I must deduce that the problem is on your end.
Mar 5 2015 at 10:01pm Copy Link
Nico Westerdale Great News! GRAHL software design has agreed to extend this deal for another day - Enjoy!
BitsDuJour Admin - Mar 6 2015 at 12:11am Copy Link
Petr I've been using this software for several years on my desktop and my Windows powered Lenovo Helix (with digital pen). Works great. Keeps improving with new features. Recommended.
Mar 6 2015 at 12:23am Copy Link
Constantin Florea @Fred Shepherd, I just contacted the vendor as he will be able to better help with the issue you mention.
BitsDuJour Admin - Mar 6 2015 at 1:53am Copy Link
Oliver Grahl @Fred Shepherd, sorry to hear you ran into that issue with Paypal. Please try again after closing and restarting your browser. If it still doesn't work, please let me know and we can arrange for sending you a Paypal receipt manually. Sorry again for the trouble.
GRAHL software design - Mar 6 2015 at 2:09am Copy Link
Joe M I read the Fine Print. Does it mean that I can install this on all 4 of my computers in my household if I am the only user?
Mar 6 2015 at 6:01am Copy Link
Lito This is a really nice PDF program and I would recommend it but only if you don't use it with very large PDF files (exceeding about 1GB). It has one major drawback for me and that it is only 32bit. I hope you are prioritizing a full 64bit version release. I would definitely love to update to v5 but I have a couple of PDFs that exceed what annotator can handle.
Mar 6 2015 at 6:21am Copy Link
Oliver Grahl @Joe McCormick, the fine print says you may install on two computers. But when you're the one and only user, it's okay for us when you install on four machines, as well. The intention is: one user, one license.
GRAHL software design - Mar 6 2015 at 7:13am Copy Link
Oliver Grahl @Lito, yeah, we'd love to provide a 64bit version, but it's not in sight yet.
GRAHL software design - Mar 6 2015 at 7:14am Copy Link
CJCotter I already have Adobe Acrobat Standard. In comparison, is this a "lite" version? Does it have features that Adobe Acrobat Standard does not? I'm interested in PDF Annotator, but there's no sense in me getting it if I already have all of the tools. Please advise. Thank you.
Mar 6 2015 at 8:34am Copy Link
Oliver Grahl @CJCotter, when you already own the pretty costly Adobe Acrobat software, it will of course already cover lots of the functionality. What you can't do in Acrobat is adding handwritten comments all over your PDF, like notes, highlights, underline, any kind of markup. This can be especially helpful if you own a tablet pc like the Surface, or an external graphics tablet like a Wacom Bamboo. Just give our trial a try if you'd like to get an impression. When you're happy with Acrobat, and don't miss anything, you probably don't need any other PDF tools. But only *you* can know if you're happy with your current toolset.
GRAHL software design - Mar 6 2015 at 8:52am Copy Link
CJCotter Well, no, I'm not happy with Acrobat. I got it as a free gift for buying an expensive scanner. I view it as bloatware. This is why I was asking if PDF Annotator was a "lite" version. I don't need the entire collection of tools as seen on "The New Yankee Workshop", if all I need is a hammer, screwdriver, and some wrenches. "Lite" can be good. I'll download it and try it out.
Mar 6 2015 at 2:39pm Copy Link
VLM Oliver, welcome back to BDJ!

My question is this: Do the markup elements ... notes, reviewer notes, etc. ... work in other PDF tools that support standard PDF format, or are they specific to Annotator? I ask, because my work involves people who use various software. If I have the greatest thing since sliced bread, and they can't use the output, then what I have is a very fancy oven, so to speak.

I hope this inquiry makes sense!
Mar 7 2015 at 1:51am Copy Link
Oliver Grahl @Stew Cam: In regards to upgrade pricing, we offer annual maintenance ("Upgrade Assurance") as an optional add-on to the license at $17.47 per year.
GRAHL software design - Aug 17 2015 at 1:01am Copy Link
Epubor Hi,

I want to know that if my PDF is converted from Mobi, could I use your tool to annotate?
Sep 22 2015 at 2:24am Copy Link
HarBri Problems experienced when trying to buy.

Buying page accepts VAT No but doesn't remove the VAT despite everything being correct and the VAT No verified.

On one occasion after removing the VAT, the BUY NOW button didn't work, despite everything being ticked.

After several attempts to buy I have now given up.
Sep 22 2015 at 2:53am Copy Link
Oliver Grahl @Angel: Without knowing anything about your PDF, if it's a PDF, and if the author didn't disallow editing, you should be able to annotate it in PDF Annotator, yes!

@HarBri: Sorry to hear that. I just checked the process, and it all worked fine here. Please try to close and re-open your browser, or maybe try in a different browser. That often helps with issues like this.
GRAHL software design - Sep 22 2015 at 3:00am Copy Link
Joe M Your fine print states: PDF Annotator (New Version 5!) is licensed per user.
So I have 5 computers at home. I will be the only one using this program.
Does your license allow me to install the program on all of my computers?
Sep 23 2015 at 1:41pm Copy Link
Bertie Brummel Is it allowed to install the software on several own computers, only used by me? They are connected to a Keyboard / Video / Mouse switch, so only 1 instance can be used at exactly the same time.
Oct 18 2016 at 1:23am Copy Link
Oliver Grahl @Bertie: That's okay, as long as you're the only user.
GRAHL software design - Oct 18 2016 at 1:24am Copy Link
Bertie Brummel Thanks for the quick reply, Oliver. I'm in already :-)
Oct 18 2016 at 1:57am Copy Link
Cary Adams I purchased the previous version here at BDJ and offer my unsolicited comments. First of all, this software is well-supported and probably the best pdf mark-up tool period.

That all said, this is an expensive tool. In my world, pdf markups are for temporary use, and the level of sophistication offered here. There are many free pdf make-up tools that satisfy the need for basic pdf annotations. While not as diverse (or "pretty") as is offered here, they are often sufficient for the task at hand.

What I would like to see at this price is full pdf editing capability which permits text editing (retaining original font equivalency), text & image deletion, and redaction.

Another price point... recently I was offered a discount to upgrade my copy of PDF Annotator. The upgrade cost was $5 less than an upgrade I had received from Nitro Pro (a full featured pdf editor). Although PDF Annotator offers a superior mark-up pallet, the more powerful Nitro program has adequate capability for my needs.

I like this program but its cost-to-feature value makes it too expensive for my use. If your mark-up needs require a more "professional" appearance, then this tool should satisfy your need,
Oct 18 2016 at 8:09am Copy Link
Edward Smith I agree with Cary Adams completely, however, having said that, I am purchasing PDF annotator today. I have been using this product for a long time and it does everything I needed it to do. I am familiar with it, so for me, the extra price is worth not having to learn another program. At 50% off, I am going to upgrade since this offer is less expensive than the upgrade price from 5 to 6.
Oct 18 2016 at 10:11am Copy Link
John H Hi Oliver
Thanks for the great deal. My trial version expires tomorrow.
I used this back in 2009 for note taking with an IBM X41 Tablet.
Now I have a Lenovo X220 Tablet. This is so much better than using an art program to make simple engineering sketches.

One Note bloatware is no longer an option as I am abandoning the Microsoft marketing platform for my proprietary design work.

Could you comment on using PDF Annotator on Linux under Wine and Crossover.

... If you submit your software to Crossover and some $$$$ they will give you a package that you can sell to run on a Mac.
Oct 18 2016 at 2:07pm Copy Link
Oliver Grahl @John: Thanks for your comments! Unfortunately, PDF Annotator will not run under Wine. I guess the same applies for Crossover.
GRAHL software design - Oct 19 2016 at 12:59am Copy Link
Tony W I want to buy this- but why is the upgrade assurance $35? Wish it was either included or 1/2 off as well. The upgrade assurance is much cheaper on the pdf annotator website, so if I upgrade from version 5 there with the upgrade assurance, it's cheaper than getting it here.

AmI missing something?
Oct 19 2016 at 10:27am Copy Link
Michael Magers I've been trying all day to purchase. I've tried using my Paypal account, also used a Visa card. I continue to get this message:

"Payment Information:
Unfortunately, the PayPal transaction for your order ________ has been delayed. We will inform you as soon as we have received your payment."

This is followed 1-2 hours later with an email with the message, "Unfortunately, the PayPal transaction for your order _________ failed. The
order can therefore not be completed."

I get these two messages even though I'm using a card, NOT my Paypal account.

Any ideas? Thanks. Mike M.
Oct 19 2016 at 5:01pm Copy Link
Louis H Is version 7 coming soon. And will it be at normal upgrade prices for those who buy this version via this deal? Thanks
Jul 23 2017 at 2:45am Copy Link
Oliver Grahl @Louis: Looking at our previous releases, I wouldn't expect v7 earlier than mid next year. Our regular upgrade pricing will apply then, but of course you can stay with v6 as long as you want. HTH.
GRAHL software design - Jul 24 2017 at 12:02am Copy Link
Michael K Can one buy support and upgrade protection with this offer?

I am a long-term user and think it is a really good product,

An upgrade protection offer I could add on would be an incentive for me to take this offer because I really don't want to upgrade now and again in 12 months which I regard as being on an upgrade merry-go-round. Version 6 is not really new given it has been out for over a year already- is that about right?

"Current Version" would have been a fairer description in this offer rather than "New Version" don't you think?
Jul 25 2017 at 12:22am Copy Link
Oliver Grahl @MichaelK: Yes, you can add Upgrade Assurance at checkout. It is not discounted, though.
GRAHL software design - Jul 25 2017 at 12:32am Copy Link
Michael K OK - thanks for clarifying the Upgrade Assurance.

As I said previously - really good product and the upgrade assurance does help me decide on this offer.

Thanks Oliver

Jul 25 2017 at 12:42am Copy Link
Bertie Brummel @ vendor:

"PDF Annotator (New Version 6!) is licensed per user, so if more people are going to use PDF Annotator (New Version 6!) you will need to purchase additional copies."

Does that mean, I can install the software on all my PCs as long as I am the only user?
Jul 25 2017 at 2:54am Copy Link
Oliver Grahl @Bertie: You can install on two computers, as long as you're the only user. If it's three, that's usually okay for us, too. Again: Only as long as you're the only user.
GRAHL software design - Jul 25 2017 at 3:09am Copy Link
bsr007 Hi Oliver, I am currently running PDF Annotator Version 5. If I purchase PDF Annotator Version 6 can it be installed over the top of Version 5 (or do I need to uninstall Version 5 first)? Thanks for your help.
Jul 25 2017 at 3:18am Copy Link
Oliver Grahl @bsr007: No need to uninstall, just install on top of the old version. My recommendation is to enter the new license number upfront, in the old version (Help, Change Unlock Key), then use Help, Version Check to upgrade.
GRAHL software design - Jul 25 2017 at 4:04am Copy Link
bsr007 Hi Oliver, Thanks very much for your advice.
Jul 25 2017 at 4:14am Copy Link
Louis H Thank you, Oliver, for the info.
Jul 25 2017 at 5:35am Copy Link
Joe M I have had this program since version 5, now using version 6. It is a great program for editing PDF documents. Its one weakness is that it does not support scanners for creating a new document. It would be nice if it had a scanning feature. Maybe that could be added to the new version when it becomes available.
Jul 25 2017 at 11:16am Copy Link
MojoMan If it had scanning capabilities with image correction type features I'd buy the new version (I have an older version). Still looking for an all in one document processing solution and can't find a reasonably priced one anywhere.... So I have to use multiple apps to do the job. But.... I guess this is not really PDFA's intention and it does what it does well.... and I'm not going to subscribe to Adobe's monthly subscription solution as I REALLY don't like the SAS/subscription model.
Jul 25 2017 at 1:34pm Copy Link
Joe M MojoMan. Try Paperport 14.5 or File center 10. Paperport is still available but is really no longer supported. File Center 10 is a new upgrade an is supported.
I think you will find that PDF Annotator still has more options for editing PDF files then the other two I have mentioned.
Jul 25 2017 at 2:32pm Copy Link
Joe Mira A warning to stay away from iSkySoft a company not to be trusted! (not related to today's offering).

Promote their product with:
"You get lifetime free upgrades" but then don't honour their promises saying:
"PDF 5 and PDF 6 are 2 different programs now. "
Jul 25 2017 at 4:26pm Copy Link
W Ma Is there auto-scrolling of the window when text is being selected? I can only select text when it shows in the current window, even when that window doesn't show the whole page.

Can text be selected across two pages? When I try to select text across two pages (when window shows the bottom of one page and top of next page), the text selection only goes to the bottom of the first page and doesn't include text from the next page.

Thank you
Jul 25 2017 at 5:15pm Copy Link
Oliver Grahl @Joe: I wonder what you're talking about, and how this would be related to our product. I have never heard about the company you mentioned (iSkySoft). They seem to have a PDF product, but their product is in no relation to our product PDF Annotator. Please explain why you're posting this unrelated rant here, thanks.
GRAHL software design - Jul 25 2017 at 11:46pm Copy Link

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