Overheard in Google Play: “Xodo is the best PDF annotator for Android” and other valuable user feedback

No animals were harmed during the making of Xodo.
No monkeys were harmed during the making of Xodo.

When we launched Xodo, we set out to create a truly unique and valuable mobile PDF app.

Our intention was – and still is – to shake up the competition by providing a superior PDF reader and annotator with premium features for free. (Completely free. Even ad-free.)

It also had to be user-friendly. We wanted it to be so easy to install and work with that even a monkey could do it.

Thanks to our wonderful users, we never had to test Xodo on monkeys. This is a lucky thing for the monkeys and for us, since our users are far smarter, and also 99.9% more likely to type and post reviews to app stores.

And post reviews they have!

Our most popular app is Xodo for Android devices. Not surprisingly, we receive the majority of user reviews on our Google Play store.

Most of the feedback has been fantastic.

It always makes us happy to see other people get as excited about Xodo as we are. Clearly, we’re doing some things right!

According to our Android users, Xodo is…

“Simply the best!”

Google Play Reviews - Xodo PDF Reader & Annotator is the Best!
“My search is over! Finally, a PDF app that looks great and has almost every function you could possibly need! Fast and no bugs so far. Great work!”
Google Play Reviews - Xodo PDF Reader & Annotator is the Best!
“Great app! Thanks for bringing this app to Windows 8.1. This app is really smooth and great for (inking) annotating on both platforms.”
Google Play Reviews - Xodo PDF Reader & Annotator is the Best!
“Great PDF viewer and annotator… Nice Dropbox integration.”
Google Play Reviews - Xodo PDF Reader & Annotator is the Best!
“The best PDF reader and marker I’ve ever seen so far. Easy in marking and navigation.”

(Particularly for students)

Google Play Reviews - Xodo PDF Reader & Annotator is great for students!
“Amazed! I needed a PDF reader to study, I’ve been searching and searching and finally found this one. This is easy and simple to use yet has lots of complex options…”
Google Play Reviews - Xodo PDF Reader & Annotator is great for students!
“If you’re looking for an app that easily lets you highlight and underline your college slides YOU HAVE FOUND IT! Tried many, free and paid ones, and this is so far the best one available and it’s free!”

“Better than all the rest!”

Google Play Reviews - Xodo PDF Reader & Annotator is the Best!
“The best PDF annotator for Android. I have tried them all and this one is currently the best hands down.”
Google Play Reviews - Xodo PDF Reader & Annotator is the Best!
“This app is beautiful, it’s fluid, and it has pretty much everything you need. There are paid apps that offer less, I’ve tried them.”
Google Play Reviews - Xodo PDF Reader & Annotator is the Best!
“A great step up on PDF annotation front. Very happy with this after looking at various alternatives.”
Google Play Reviews - Xodo PDF Reader & Annotator is the Best!
“Brilliant! Easily the best PDF viewer and annotation tool, and free to boot!”

(Even Adobe and ezPDF)

Google Play Reviews - Xodo PDF Reader & Annotator is better than ezPDF!
“Will take over ezPDF reader.”
Google Play Reviews - Xodo PDF Reader & Annotator is better than Adobe!
“PDF Reader that just works and doesn’t try to sell you disabled features like Adobe.”
Google Play Reviews - Xodo PDF Reader & Annotator is better than Adobe!
“This app is a saving grace. Before I used to take all my PDF notes with Adobe Reader. But then they updated it and I can no longer use my docking keyboard on my tablet. This app is officially the best … when using a keyboard on your tablet.”
Google Play Reviews - Xodo PDF Reader & Annotator is just as good as Nitro's PC software!
“Amazing app for editing PDF documents. Documents even look better as compared to other apps. This is the only Android app which has similar features as the PC application ‘Nitro PDF’.”

As you can tell, we hang on every word you say!

But not all feedback is sunshine and lollipops.

Users also comment to highlight problems they’ve encountered or just to voice their general frustration. Clearly, we still have many things to learn.

We look at these situations as opportunities to improve.

For example, some of our users recently ran into problems using their external SD cards with Xodo…

Google Play Reviews - Xodo PDF Reader & Annotator - A dedicated and responsive team
Google Play Reviews - Xodo PDF Reader & Annotator - A dedicated and responsive team
Google Play Reviews - Xodo PDF Reader & Annotator - A dedicated and responsive team

The way we see it, it must be very annoying to download a versatile PDF app like Xodo only to find yourself unable to access your PDFs with it. That’s the whole point of getting the app!

We apologized for their understandable frustration and suggested that they contact our Support Team.

Then we reached out to the Support Team separately, as well, just to make sure they were aware of the problem. The quicker they find out about an issue, the quicker they can fix it.

We’re happy to report that the problem was quickly resolved.

Google Play Reviews - Xodo PDF Reader & Annotator - A dedicated and responsive team

We also like to take users’ advice.

People often post suggestions for new features. Although the best place for that would be the Uservoice forum, we’d be fools to ignore our users’ great ideas no matter where we read them.

For example, Alix’s comment was a common one in Xodo’s early days…

Google Play Reviews - Xodo PDF Reader & Annotator - A dedicated and responsive team
“Best annotator yet! Only thing holding me back from 5 stars is I wish there were more colors for highlighting and underlining. Keep it up!”

And, of course, we obliged!

Google Play Reviews - Xodo PDF Reader & Annotator - A dedicated and responsive team

Moral of the story? We love the compliments, but all feedback is good feedback.

Google Play Reviews - Xodo PDF Reader & Annotator - A dedicated and responsive team
“The only PDF annotator I use. If something does not work, worth emailing the team, as they are extremely responsive and helpful.”

We’re always thankful when people take the time to write a review or comment about Xodo. As far as we’re concerned, all user input is valuable, because it improves the experience for everyone else.

If we know what people like, we can make sure Xodo retains those qualities for everyone.

And if we know what people don’t like – or, more immediately, what’s broken – we can work to improve or fix those things for everyone.

So thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts, and keep that feedback coming!

Still hasn't figured out how to post feedback.
We really do love hearing from all our users.

What do you think?

What’s your favorite thing about Xodo? What would you change?

Tweet us, add your own reviews to one of our stores (Apple, Google Play, Windows), post on our Uservoice forums, or comment below!


Xodo is the ultimate cross-platform PDF viewer and annotator.

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