Get more out of Xodo: Using Xodo for school, work, and play

It’s hard to believe that it’s already been more than a year since we launched Xodo! Since day one, listening to user feedback has been a top priority for our team. Your feedback helps us decide what new features to implement and how to make Xodo even better than before. Thank you for helping us grow by providing us with such valuable feedback!

Through your feedback, we’ve learned a lot about how you use Xodo. With users all over the globe, Xodo is being used in more ways than we initially imagined. If you’re looking for new ways to make Xodo a part of your life, read on for inspiration from users like you, including teachers, construction workers, and musicians:

Xodo for students

Many of us remember receiving endless paper handouts and lugging around heavy textbooks for school. Unsurprisingly, Xodo is popular with students for highlighting and marking up lecture slides and textbooks, as well as collaborating on group projects. See below for some feedback from students:

“Really great app for following slides in class and taking notes on them. Also great for taking notes on textbooks.”
“I use it daily! I am in nursing school and I have 4 PDF lectures a week. I can take notes on my tablet or phone if necessary and don’t have to print out all that paper! Great app!”
“I’m a college student and I use Xodo for taking notes directly on the PowerPoint slides my professors are teaching off of…Its easy connection to Dropbox makes it my favorite editing app – I can sort the files in Dropbox and access them from the app, and I can view the edited files on my computer or anywhere I have Dropbox.”

Xodo for teachers

If students love Xodo so much, it’s not surprising that teachers love it, too! Like their students, teachers use Xodo for making notes, but also for grading assignments:

“I’m a teacher. I use it for grading and I love it.”
“Great for grading and note taking!”

Xodo for work: Construction & real estate

Besides teachers, many other people also find Xodo useful in their line of work. Users in the construction and real estate industries work with blueprints and contracts on a daily basis and find Xodo’s fast rendering and form filling invaluable:

“I work construction as a foreman and I’ve tried them all. This is the best app by far for blueprints or any PDF. The ability to note on prints and sync with Google Drive all for free and without ads is indispensable.”
“I love that I do not have to print out another real estate document. Xodo allows you to fill in every single item, from date, property address, buyers, sellers, sales price, initials, signature.”

And of course Xodo’s functions are useful for many other lines of business:

“This app kicks you-know-what! This is very useful in my line of work. I even showed my office manager how it works. My schedule is sent via PDF attachments every night, and I can make notes on it as the day goes along. First 5-star rating I’ve given.”
“A brilliant app, have used it to mark up plenty of business documents. When teamed with a Dropbox account allows your markups to appear almost instantaneously on your other devices. Great for marking up documents on a tablet and reviewing them on another device.”
“Allows you to highlight, circle, and annotate PDF files. Perfect for meetings where electronic handouts are provided.”
“This app is great…No printer to get my application for a job. This app did all it said and got it filled out. Thank you, great app!”

Xodo for fun: Crafts & music

For many users, Xodo is a more convenient way to pursue their hobbies. The ability to access patterns in PDF form and mark them up on the go is great for those who love to knit and crochet:

“I love this app. I’m a crafter – knit and crochet – and with this app I can take my patterns with me on the run.”
“I download my crochet patterns, and needed a way to keep my place. Heard about Xodo on one of my Facebook groups. I am able to highlight my current row and add an arrow to note the direction I am going, with no need to print them out.”

Musicians also value Xodo’s annotation capabilities for marking up their sheet music, plus Xodo’s multiple viewing modes and fast rendering makes it easy for them to see the music how and when they need it:

“I use this app for sheet music in a band. Easy to adjust the size where I want it, and almost as easy as paper and pen to mark up the parts. With the continuous display option I can advance the music when I have rests, which is better than just turning a whole page.”
“I was using Adobe Reader before I switched to this app. My main reason for changing was that Adobe Reader loads PDF files rather slowly and it also did not support dual page view, and since I use it a lot for playing piano music from, that was a nuisance. Many of the other readers I have tried did not work for me because they did not have image smoothing, so music notes were sometimes hard to read. Xodo had dual page view and it also loads PDF files quite fast even with image smoothing.”

Inspired? We hope you’ve gained some new insights on how you can use Xodo. Leave us a comment below to let us know how you use Xodo, and connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, or Pinterest!


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

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How can YOU support Xodo?

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Only YOU can help spread the word about Xodo.

Are you a fan of Xodo? Then you probably know that the Xodo team works tirelessly for our users. We respond to support requests as quickly as possible, add new features based on popular demand, and, of course, work on making Xodo the best PDF reader and editor out there. Not surprisingly, some common comments from users are to encourage us to accept donations, or even charge a small fee for the app!

We’ve had users ask us what the catch is – if we’re planning to introduce ads or take away features from the free version.

The truth is that there is no catch! Our goal with Xodo is to create the ultimate cross-platform PDF reading and editing experience for our users. We think that charging for the app, disabling features, or adding annoying ads would interfere with this goal. We’re focused on growing our app and our userbase.

The good news is that by licensing and customizing Xodo and related technologies to companies and other organizations, we’re able to keep Xodo a free, high-quality app that anyone can enjoy. Although we won’t ask for any donations or monetary support, we’d love it if you could support Xodo in one of these ways:

Some things are best kept a secret. Xodo isn't one of those things.
Some things are best kept a secret. Xodo isn’t one of those things.

Spread the word

Word of mouth is one of the most influential marketing tools out there. If you love Xodo, please tell your friends, your colleagues, your family – anyone! Maybe suggest Xodo as a collaboration tool for a group project at school, or tell a friend who likes to read on their tablet about Xodo’s capabilities. We like to think Xodo has something for everyone.

Spread the word online

Tell the world about Xodo!

  • Feel free to write a blog post about how Xodo helps you in your daily routine, what you love about Xodo, or how it compares to other PDF editors you’ve tried.
  • Post about us on relevant Internet forums, or mention us on social media. Don’t forget to tag and follow us – you can find us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+LinkedIn, and YouTube.
  • And, of course, leave us a review on your app store of choice, whether it’s the Play Store, App Store, Windows Store, or Chrome Web Store.

Be active in the Xodo community

  • Help us by suggesting new features and voting on ideas on our UserVoice forum.
  • Join our beta program to try out new features before they’re released to a wider group of users.
  • If you’re bilingual, you can help by contributing to a translation of Xodo in another language and opening up the app to users all around the world.

Thank you for using Xodo, and for your interest in supporting us! Stay tuned for more exciting updates.


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

Don’t have Xodo yet? Grab the app here: Android | Windows | iOS | Web

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Best PDF Word Cloud

Xodo reviews word cloud

We thought it would be fun to visualize what the Xodo community thinks of Xodo by making a review-based word cloud. Here’s the result!

How did we make this? We took the text from all the reviews left on the Google Play store during the month of January and gave it to Wordle. The larger the word, the more frequently it appears reviews. Needless to say we’re happy with the positive feedback!

We have a ton of new features and enhancements in the pipeline, so stay tuned for even more Xodo goodness to come!


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

Don’t have Xodo yet? Grab the app here: Android | Windows | iOS | Web

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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!

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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.

Don’t have Xodo yet? Grab the app here: Android | Windows | iOS | Web

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Xodo: An Alternative to RepliGo Reader…and More!

Editor’s Note: This post has been updated to include newer Xodo features available since September 2015.

In the past few months, many users have downloaded Xodo as an alternative to RepliGo Reader, a popular PDF annotation app that was recently removed from the Play Store. If you’ve ever looked for a PDF annotation app on the Play Store, you know that it’s a competitive market – so if you’ve migrated over from RepliGo, we’d like to thank you for choosing Xodo and welcome you to the Xodo community!

At Xodo, our team works daily to ensure that Xodo stands out from the rest by adding new features, enhancing current functionalities, and actively supporting and connecting with our users.

Is Xodo a good alternative to RepliGo? Here are the features that Xodo has in common with RepliGo:

  • PDF viewing, annotation, and form filling
  • Night mode for comfortable PDF reading in dark environments
  • Read files stored on external SD cards
  • Variety of annotation tools, including highlight, strikeout, underline, comment notes, arrows, lines, rectangles, freehand drawing, and text boxes
  • Ability to change color, thickness, and add a note for annotations
  • Open password protected files
  • Navigate long documents using bookmarks, go to page, search, and thumbnails
  • Display recent documents and open documents to the last page visited
  • Scroll pages horizontally or vertically
  • Synced with Dropbox
  • Document rotation
  • Comments stored as standard annotations in original PDF file

In addition to these features, here’s some extra features Xodo has:

  • Cross-platform | While we don’t have a BlackBerry app like RepliGo did, we’re available on Android, iOS, Windows phones and tablets, and as a web app and Chrome extension.
  • Syncing | In addition to Dropbox, Xodo is synced with Google Drive.
  • Editing pages | Insert blank pages, delete pages, and change the order of pages.
  • Signing documents | Sign documents manually and save your signature for future use.
  • Tabs | Open multiple PDFs and easily navigate from PDF to PDF using tabbed viewing.
  • Free | Xodo is completely free, with no ads, in-app purchases, or premium tier (and no plans to change that!).

Can’t find what you’re looking for? Check our Knowledge Base for helpful FAQs and how-to’s, contact our friendly support team, or submit and vote on feature suggestions. Let us know what you like or don’t like about Xodo – your feedback helps Xodo continue to grow!

Did you switch over to Xodo from RepliGo? Let us know in the comments!


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

Don’t have Xodo yet? Grab the app here: Android | Windows | iOS | Web

Xodo | Transforming how the world works with PDFs