Collaborating on PDFs with Xodo Connect

Ever wished you could turn your PDF into a virtual meeting room?

Perhaps one of these scenarios rings a bell…

  • You just finished a proposal and need to get feedback from your coworkers
  • You need to get corrections from your advisor before you can wrap up your thesis
  • You are a real estate agent and need quick input on some property listings
  • You and a colleague need to respond to a brief first thing tomorrow but you live in different cities
  • You are reviewing a complex new product design with your technical team
  • You are revising a contract and want input from other company departments
  • You and your study group need an easy way to work together on digital class notes
  • You are designing a logo and need feedback from your clients

These are just a few common situations that involve groups working together on PDFs. But no matter where you are or what you’re doing, PDF collaboration can be tough.

Use Xodo Connect to collaborate on PDFs from any device.
With Xodo, it’s easy to Connect and collaborate on PDFs no matter where you are.

You can’t just mark up a PDF with any old reader. Everyone in your group needs an annotator with the right tools for the job – this can be a nightmare to find, often requiring annoying downloads, frustrating installs, and even a chunk of your hard-earned cash.

Then there’s the matter of working on the document itself. Passing PDFs back and forth is a headache. Mark-ups get messy, comments get lost, and valuable content gets hidden behind confusing or conflicting version titles.

And let’s not forget those email threads which either go on forever or splinter and scatter through your inbox, sprouting attachments like weeds. It’s hard to figure out who’s talking to whom about what, and half of what you have to say gets lost in the noise anyway.

All of this wastes energy, time, and money.

You need a lightweight, easy, hassle-free way to work on PDFs no matter where you are or what device you’re using. You need a solution that’s consistent, clear, and keeps everything neatly in one place.

You need Xodo Connect.

Let’s look at an example…

You are an energetic and tech-savvy graphic designer.

You’ve been hired to design a website for a small startup.

Xodo can leap any PDF in a single bound!
Not as dashing as Superman, but better with PDFs!

The owners, Alysha and Karim, need to wrap everything up before their meeting with the developer later in the week. The clock is ticking, but that’s the way you like it.

In fact, you’ve already whipped up a great initial design based on their requirements. Now you need their input before you can start the final draft.

But you have a problem. Alysha and Karim don’t have time to meet with you in person before the deadline. You’ll have to send them something to review electronically.

Your design combines graphics and text, so the smart option is to convert it to PDF, then send it to them for feedback and suggestions. But none of you have the time (or the patience) to wade through a long, confusing email thread bulging with poorly labeled document attachments.

This looks like a job for Xodo Connect!

You grab your iPad to invite Alysha and Karim to Connect and collaborate.

Starting your connection

  1. Open the PDF in Xodo’s mobile app and tap on the  Xodo Connect Icon - Live PDF Collaboration  Connect icon in the Action Bar.
  1. Enter your own name and email and tap OK, then enter Alysha and Karim’s email addresses and tap OK again to send the invitations.
  1. To open the file in Xodo Connect so you can join your collaborators, return to Xodo’s browsing menu and tap on Xodo Connect, then tap your document to get started.

When Alysha and Karim receive the invitation, they simply click on the link in the email Xodo sent them on your behalf. This opens the document in their web browser.

That’s it. No tricks. No gimmicks. It’s fast, it’s free, it’s painless. And it works for anyone, anywhere.

Within a couple minutes, you’re all online. Time to get started!

Annotating your PDF

Xodo has a diverse selection of PDF annotation tools. With Xodo Connect, the three of you can…

Comment Note  Insert sticky note comments
Highlight0  Highlight text
Underline  Underline text
Strikeout  Strikeout text
Circle  Create ellipses
Square  Create rectangles
Line  Create straight lines
Ink Draw freehand

Using her PC, Alysha highlights, underlines, and adds sticky notes to text descriptions she wants you to change. Karim prefers his Galaxy Note tablet, using the Ellipse and Freehand tools to circle parts of your design and scribble rough alternatives with his finger.

You add comments to their annotations as they work through the document. For example, Karim circled a picture of an emu, but you’re not sure why. This information is important to your finished design – you need more details. Is it the color of the bird? The size? The position? Or maybe he just detests birds?

You better add a note to his annotation to find out what he means.

Commenting on annotations

  1. From the annotations toolbar, tap the  Select Icon - Xodo Connect - Live PDF Collaboration  Select tool.
  1. Tap on Karim’s annotation. (On a desktop device, you double-click his annotation after clicking the  Select Icon - Xodo Connect - Live PDF Collaboration  Select tool.)
  1. The comment box appears. “I’m not sure why you circled the emu. Could you provide more details?” you type. Then save the note.

You move on to review other annotations. There’s lots to be done and not much time to do it. But you check the Annotations outline regularly to see if anyone’s answered your questions.

Viewing all annotations and comments in one place

The Annotations outline allows anyone in your group to quickly browse mark-ups and read comments in one convenient place.

  • Annotations Icon - Xodo Connect - Live PDF CollaborationIf you’re on a desktop device like Alysha, the Annotations outline is on the left panel, below the Annotation tools when you click on the Annotations icon.
  • Collaborators & Chat Icon - Xodo Connect - Live PDF CollaborationIf you’re using a mobile device like Karim, the Annotations outline is accessed by tapping on the Collaborators & Chat icon in the main toolbar.
Not regal enough!
Less regal than an eagle.

After adding notes to some of Alysha’s highlights, you check the Annotations outline and notice that Karim already replied to your question about the bird.

It turns out he actually loves birds, but he thinks eagles are more regal than emus. And now that you think about it, he’s right. Time to go hunting for the most regal eagle photos you can find!

With the input Alysha and Karim have already provided, you feel comfortable starting on the final design while they continue annotating. You’ll check back in a couple of hours to see what other suggestions they’ve added.

Now you’re confident you’ll hit your deadline. This is going to be your best design yet!

This is just one example of how to use Xodo Connect to work together in groups. The people, the devices, and the goals may change, but the tools stay the same. Using Connect is a piece of cake.

If you have other examples you would like to share, we would love to hear them! Tweet us or comment on this post and tell us how you use Xodo Connect.

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 delivers real-time online PDF collaboration with Xodo Connect

Xodo 2.0 raises the bar for free mobile PDF apps yet again.

Xodo Connect lets teams annotate and discuss PDFs together at the same time from any device using just a web browser.
Xodo Connect lets teams annotate and discuss PDFs together at the same time from any device using just a web browser.

Xodo 2.0 is finally here! While we’re proud to introduce a number of fantastic features, we’re most excited to announce the official launch of our new real-time, browser-based PDF collaboration service, Xodo Connect.

With Xodo Connect, groups can work together on PDFs at the same time from any device, no signups or installs required.

It's easy to start a new Connection.
It’s easy to start a new Connection.

Xodo Connect is the only completely free service to offer live group interaction on PDFs through web browsers. Users can invite an unlimited number of clients, colleagues, classmates, friends, or family members to work together on a PDF at the same time without awkward attachments or software installs. Collaborators can view, annotate, and markup a document from any mobile or desktop device, and teams can use the live chat feature to discuss plans, brainstorm ideas, or crack jokes.

By bringing everyone together and keeping everything in the same place with Xodo Connect, we’re doing our bit to rid the world of long, confusing email threads, conflicting file versions, and misplaced notes.

Starting a Connection is easy. You simply open a PDF in Xodo’s mobile app, then use the Connect tool to send out email invitations. The people you invite do not need the mobile app and are not required to download, install, or sign up for anything – a web link in the invitation launches the file directly through Xodo’s browser-based app.

Once online, you can:

  • View – High quality vector rendering and viewing with display modes including single, continuous, facing, and cover; users can also rotate (desktop only) and zoom
  • Browse – Navigate by thumbnail layout, bookmark outline, annotation outline, or text search
  • Annotate – Highlight, underline, strikeout, draw shapes (lines, rectangles, circles, polygons), draw freehand, insert callouts, or attach sticky note comments
  • Interact – See who’s online, chat directly with other users, add comments to others’ annotations, or subscribe to receive new activity notifications by email
  • Download PDFs with all annotations embedded

For a simple guide on how to use Connect, click here.

Other new features in Xodo 2.0

The Xodo Development Team has worked extremely hard over the past few weeks to improve Xodo for all users. We received a lot of feedback which helped guide our efforts – once again, a great big “Thank you!” goes out to everyone who’s taken the time to contact us. As a result, Xodo 2.0 should provide an even more dynamic PDF experience than ever before, including:

iOS & Android

  • The ability to convert image files to PDF and use Xodo to view/annotate pictures on the go (includes .tiff, .tif, .jpg, .jpeg, .gif, .png, and .bmp on both platforms, as well as .bmpf, .ico, .cur, and .xbm on iOS)
  • [iOS only] The ability to convert Microsoft Office documents to PDF (includes Word (.doc), Excel (.xls), PowerPoint (.ppt), Pages, Numbers, and Keynote files)
  • Thumbnail page display mode makes navigation even easier and allows you to delete and reorder pages on the fly
  • The ability to create new blank PDF documents and use Xodo as an image-rich notepad
  • Built-in support tool lets you ask questions, provide feedback, or suggest ideas for new features directly from the Xodo app
  • [Android only] Full-screen immersive mode for KitKat 4.4


  • Freehand eraser tool for annotations (more updates and additions are coming soon!)

We have many more enhancements already planned for Xodo over the next few months, but, as always, if you can think of ways to make Xodo even better, we’d love to hear from you. Visit our Uservoice forum to vote for your favorite suggestions or add your own.

And don’t forget to join us on Twitter or Google+ to let us know what you think of Xodo Connect!

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

What’s new in Xodo 1.5

Testing Xodo 1.5 - Work is pretty good when you get to play with all these gadgets!
The Xodo team testing version 1.5 on multiple platforms. Work is pretty good when you get to play with all these gadgets!

Thanks to you, the ultimate free PDF app just got even better!

Our vision at Xodo is to reimagine the way the world works with documents, but that would be impossible without input from the people who use our technology on a regular basis. In the three short months since Xodo first launched, we’ve received a lot of important feedback from users around the world – thank you all for your contributions! We hope you enjoy Xodo 1.5.

New features

  • 5 new highlighter colors: red, orange, green, blue, and grey
  • Documents now open on the last page previously visited by default
  • HD monitor support enabled for Windows devices
  • Printing enabled for all devices (iOS, Android, Windows)

Bug fixes

  • iOS 7.1 – Transparent fill issue fixed
  • Older iOS (incl. iPod, iPad2, iPad Mini, iPhone 4/4S) – Annotations are now fully functional, including the selection box, resize, delete, and color selection features

More to come

We’ve been very pleased with Xodo’s quiet success since February, but this is just the beginning. There are many exciting new features coming soon, including a groundbreaking service that could revolutionize how people work together on documents. Stay tuned for this news by joining us on Twitter or following our blog.

Which Xodo feature do you use the most? Which do you use the least? Share your thoughts on Twitter or in the comments 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

Xodo: Tips for your device

Xodo can leap any PDF in a single bound!Xodo will give you the same great capabilities whether you’re using iOS, Android, or Windows 8 for touch devices. However, once you get into the nitty gritty, different mobile operating systems will provide a slightly different behavior when you start working with PDF files on Xodo. Here are some pro tips for using Xodo on the different platforms.

General tips for all devices:

  • From the Xodo Settings menu (or in the case of iOS, the iOS Settings App), you can set an Author name to be used with annotations. This helps reduce confusion when you’re collaborating with others.
  • If you are adding lots of annotations, you might want to turn on “Continuous Annotation Edit” mode from the Xodo Settings menu. This will save you from re-activating the same annotation tool over and over again.
  • If you like to email documents to friends from Xodo, you can customize a Xodo specific email signature. Look for the Email signature option in the Xodo Settings menu.
  • Press and Hold your finger, or stylus, on an empty area of a document to bring up the Annotation popup menu.
  • Use the “Annotations Outline” to quickly find and go to annotations anywhere in a document.
  • You can create a “My Signature” that you can reuse for signing form fields, or adding a signature to any document. Simply create a new Signature Annotation, and enable the option to save it as default.


  • When you open a Dropbox document in Xodo, any changes you make will automatically be synced with the online version.
  • You can edit local files and folders in Xodo by selecting “Edit”. When accessing files on Dropbox through Xodo, you can only edit files in Dropbox view.


  • Can’t remember were you put a PDF? Select “Browse All PDFs” to see every PDF on your device. Maybe you will find a PDF you forgot about!
  • When you open a Dropbox document in Xodo, any changes you make will automatically be synced with the online version.
  • You can edit local files and folders in Xodo by “Long Pressing” on an item in a list. When accessing files on Dropbox through Xodo, you can only edit files in Dropbox view.

Windows 8

  • Quickly share a document with friends by opening the “Charms” bar and selecting “Share”.
  • And remember, you can split your screen to multi-task, such as copy text from Xodo to an email or another app on the same screen.
  • If you are working on a non-touch Windows device, Xodo supports the standard shortcuts for zooming in (Ctrl +) and out (Ctrl -) of documents. Or you can use the Mouse shortcuts (Ctrl + Mouse Wheel).

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

Introducing Xodo for Android, iOS and Windows RT

Xodo PDF Reader & Annotator - Getting Started

We are pleased to announce Xodo – the ultimate PDF reader application with all the features you need to provide you with a great experience when working with PDF!  Whether you’re browsing the web; reading an email, book or magazine; or reviewing contracts or schoolwork, you can now use Xodo to access PDF files on your iPhone/iPad or on your Android or Windows tablets – for free, of course!

Xodo is much more than a PDF reader – it provides you with ability to mark-up the documents with highlights, sticky notes and comments, fill out forms, share documents with your friends and colleagues, and organize all your files. It even allows you to sync with Dropbox for convenient file access.

There are many other cool features, and more are on the way!

We hope you enjoy the new app, and we look forward to your feedback as you check it out. Interested in any specific new features? Let us know!

Check out the Getting Started guide to learn more about Xodo:

Getting Started Guide for iOS

Getting Started Guide for Android

Getting Started Guide for Windows 8

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