Back to school: Be more productive with Xodo!

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Like it or not, summer’s starting to wind down, and that means one thing for many of us: back to school! Whether you’re looking forward to school or dreading it, you can be more productive this year by using Xodo both inside and outside the classroom. Check out how you can make school stress-free (or to be more realistic, less stressful) with Xodo:

Take notes on lecture slides without printing

On many campuses, students scribbling notes onto printed lecture slides is a common sight. But instead of wasting time and paper, why not just open your slides as PDFs in Xodo? You can swipe through the slides as the lecture goes on, adding notes and highlighting points on the way.

Solve problems and draw diagrams on blank PDFs

Solving a complex differential equation or drawing structural formulas often takes more than one try to get right, resulting in piles of wasted paper. Instead, you can create a blank PDF in Xodo to be your notepad and use the Ink tool to draw or write with your finger or stylus.

With Xodo, you don’t have to be afraid to make mistakes, since you can erase parts of your work with the Eraser tool. Try out Xodo’s range of colors and opacities to make things look the way you want – and if you need to print out your work, you can do that from Xodo.

Leave feedback – for yourself and others

Want to write better essays? It’s important to write well, but it’s equally important to edit well. Remember to edit your work a day or two after writing to ensure that you’re looking at it with fresh eyes. Xodo allows you to circle mistakes, leave suggestions in the margin, and strikeout unnecessary sentences.

If a friend asks you to proofread their work at the last minute, you can open it as a PDF in Xodo, edit, and share via email or whatever medium you want. As long as your friend views your PDF in a standard PDF viewer like Xodo or Acrobat, they’ll see all your annotations and edits.

Keep all your reading in one place

Writing a research paper often means poring over a ton of articles to find ones relevant to your thesis. You can keep your articles in one place by adding them to your bookshelf in the Xodo web app. That way, you can also access them on the go from the Xodo Android app. Annotations are synced across the two apps, so you can pick up right where you left off.

Find the passage you were looking for

If you’ve ever written a research paper, you’ve probably encountered this problem: recalling the perfect quote to prove your point, but not being able to remember where you read it. With Xodo’s new and improved search function, it’s much easier to pinpoint the passage you’re looking for. You can quickly scroll through a list of search results, complete with section headings, page numbers, and surrounding text, to find what you need.

Save ideas from brainstorming sessions

Group projects are the bane of every student’s existence, but they can be a little less painful with Xodo. Brainstorming ideas on a whiteboard is a common way to generate ideas from a group, since having everyone huddled around one notebook or tablet isn’t efficient. At the end of the meeting, take a photo of the whiteboard in Xodo. You can share it with your group members so everyone has access to the ideas you came up with together.

Work together without getting together

Once you’ve completed your portion of a group project, you can use Xodo to share it with your group members. Invite them using their email addresses and they can view your work from their browser and leave you in-context feedback. Now you can get useful feedback without the hassle of coordinating in-person meetings.

Put it all together

Once you have everything you need for your assignment, you can put it all together in the Xodo web app by merging PDFs. Inserting diagrams, supporting articles, and resources is a breeze. Once you’re done, download the merged PDF to your computer to send it to your instructor.

We know that going back to school isn’t something everyone looks forward to, but we hope that these tips will help you out this coming school year. Let us know if there’s any other ways you use Xodo for academic success!


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

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Introducing the new Xodo web app: merge files, organize pages, and more!

Good news! With our latest release, the Xodo web app is now better than ever. In addition to all the features you already love, you’ll enjoy a refreshed interface and exciting new features. Take a look to see what Xodo can do for you:

  1. Merge PDFs (NEW!)
  2. Organize pages: insert, delete, reorder, and rotate pages (NEW!)
  3. Access PDFs on Google Drive
  4. Online collaboration
  5. Secure: your files never leave your computer
  6. Print directly from your browser
  7. Multiple view modes and flexible zoom
  8. More annotation options
  9. Use without signing in (NEW!)

Merge PDFs (NEW!)

With the Xodo web app, you can now merge multiple PDFs into one, which is perfect for when you need to compile resources into one package to send to your colleagues. And now you can merge PDFs from your computer and Google Drive. Here’s how to merge PDFs in Xodo:

1. From the home screen, click Merge PDFs.

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2. Choose Local File to open a file from your computer, or open a file from your Google Drive. You an also drag and drop files to open them.

3. Once you’ve opened your first file, you can add files by clicking the Add File button. You can choose to add a file from your computer or Google Drive by using the drop-down menu.

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4. To remove a file, click the file, then click the − Remove File button.

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5. To change the order of files, hold and drag a file to a new position and release it.

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6. Once you’re finished, click the Merge & Download button to download the merged file to your computer.

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Organize pages: insert, delete, reorder, and rotate pages (NEW!)

The new Xodo web app provides more flexibility than ever before. You can now insert, delete, reorder, and even rotate pages to manipulate your PDF to fit your needs. Here’s how to organize pages in Xodo:

1. From the home screen, click Organize Pages.

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2. Choose Local File to open a file from your computer, or open a file from your Google Drive. You can also drag and drop files to open them.

3. To insert pages, click the + Add blank page button. New blank pages are added to the end of the document.

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4. To delete pages, click the pages you want to delete, then click the Delete pages button.

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5. To change the order of pages, hold and drag a page to a new position and release it.

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6. To rotate a page, click the pages you want to rotate. Then click either the Rotate Clockwise icon or Rotate Counterclockwise icon.

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7. Once you’re finished, click the Download button to download the document to your computer.

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Access PDFs on Google Drive

If you already store your documents on Google Drive, you probably don’t want to bother uploading them to another service to edit and annotate. With the Xodo web app, you can directly access PDFs on Google Drive without any uploading or downloading. You can annotate your PDFs as you like and share with collaborators to gather feedback.

Online collaboration

In Xodo, you invite your collaborators directly via their email addresses. Collaborators can leave comments right on the document and have access to Xodo’s diverse toolkit, including highlighting text, drawing freehand, and inserting signatures. Xodo eliminates the hassle of back-and-forth email chains and out-of-context feedback, without requiring your clients, colleagues, friends, or family to sign up for an account.

Secure: your files never leave your computer

Sure, Xodo is great for when you need feedback from your friends or colleagues. But how about when you want to just read and make notes on your own? Unlike other similar services, when you choose to open a PDF locally in Xodo, the document is never uploaded to a public server, meaning no one sees it except you. Unless you specifically choose to share your document with others, it stays on your computer, for your eyes only.

This also means that your document loads faster, since you don’t need to wait to upload and download files, and you can keep organizing, merging, and editing files even when you’re offline!

Print directly from your browser

Unlike similar services, Xodo lets you print documents directly from your browser, instead of downloading documents to your computer to print them.

Multiple view modes and flexible zoom

Depending on whether you’re reading a textbook, signing a contract, or checking over a blueprint, you probably want flexible viewing modes to accommodate your needs. Xodo offers these viewing modes:

  • Single: display one page, scroll horizontally
  • Continuous: display one page, scroll vertically
  • Facing: display two pages side by side, scroll horizontally
  • Facing Continuous: display two pages side by side, scroll vertically
  • Cover: display two pages side by side with cover first, scroll horizontally
  • Cover Continuous: display two pages side by side with cover first, scroll vertically

Xodo also provides flexible zoom options – you can enter the percentage of zoom level you want.

More annotation options

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The large variety of annotation tools that Xodo offers is what places it one step ahead of competitors. Annotation types include comment notes, text highlights, text underlines, signatures, text, arrows, and more. You can edit your annotations’ color, size/thickness, and opacity afterwards by simply clicking the annotation itself to access a handy pop-up menu.

Use without signing in (NEW!)

Sometimes you just need to quickly add a signature to a contract or scribble something in the margins of your notes, and having to create an account and logging in isn’t ideal. With the new Xodo web app, you can now view and edit files without logging in, eliminating one extra step in your workflow. And if you want to create an account, we only require your email.

And more!

Xodo has many other great features not covered here. The Xodo web app is available for free, so we hope you’ll try it out if you haven’t already. Let us know what you think on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+!


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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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.

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

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Convert, create, and edit PDFs with Xodo’s latest release for Windows

Xodo PDF Reader & Annotator - Version 2.0.5 for Windows DevicesEven though Xodo is one of the highest-rated PDF apps in Windows Store, we knew we had some catching up to do following our earlier releases for Android and iOS.

Well, thanks to the diligence and dedication of our Dev Team, we did more than just catch up!

Xodo 2.0.5 is our most dynamic and versatile offering yet for Windows devices, showcasing a host of new premium PDF viewing, editing, and annotation features.

You can now convert images, create blank documents, and scan photos directly from Xodo. We also upgraded the reading experience with new page view modes, rotation capabilities, and a thumbnail viewer that can be used to delete and reorder pages. Finally, we improved stylus support and added other features to make annotating faster and more intuitive.

New Features in Xodo 2.0.5 – Windows Devices

Convert & Create
  • Scan images to PDF directly from Xodo | Take a picture using Xodo, instantly convert it to PDF, then mark it up or file and organize (image editing and OCR functions not included)
  • Convert images on your device to PDF | Convert image files from OneDrive or from local storage to PDF and use Xodo to view/annotate pictures on the go (includes .tiff, .tif, .jpg, .jpeg, .jxr, .gif, .png)
  • Make a blank PDF from scratch | Use Xodo to create fresh, unmarked PDF documents and turn your app into an image-rich notepad
View & Annotate
  • Two-page layouts | View two pages at the same time in landscape orientation (options include facing and cover-facing)
  • Rotate pages | You can now rotate all pages in a document
  • Thumbnail viewer | Thumbnail page display mode makes navigation even easier and allows you to delete and reorder pages on the fly
  • Improved stylus support | Enjoy a more dynamic and responsive experience when using a stylus
  • Two-finger scrolling | Annotate with one finger and scroll with two fingers for easy continuous editing
  • Resize text markups | Simply hold and drag the cursor handles to expand or collapse highlights, underlines, and strikethroughs at any time, even long after the annotation was made
Bug Fixes
  • Numerous small improvements and fixes to correct minor bugs and crashes

There are more improvements coming up soon. In the meantime, 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, or join Xodo on Twitter, Google+, or Facebook and drop us a line!


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