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!


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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+!


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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!


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Top Xodo tips for getting back into the groove

It’s that wonderful time of year when the air gets crisp, your readings start to pile up faster than the falling leaves, and you’re thinking about how to ration your instant noodles to afford costumes for Halloween.

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Everyone is delighted to be back in class.

Wherever you are in the world, whether you’ve just started the new school year or are approaching the final stretch, the Xodo Team feels your pain.

We can’t do much about your food stocks (or your Halloween costumes), but we can make your studies easier!

To help you out, I asked our Development and Support team about their favorite Xodo tips and tricks.

Whether you’re working alone or interacting in a group, here are a few things you might not know you could do to make school just a little more tolerable with Xodo…


Xodo tips for when you’re working with others


Quickly share your work with classmates or instructors anywhere on the web without using email

Made comments on a PDF that you’d like to run by your classmates in your Facebook study group? Want to share class notes with a friend on Twitter? Need to quickly link a PDF article in an online class forum and can’t find the original URL?

Xodo makes it easy to do all these things, and that gets Vikki excited.

“My favorite thing about Xodo is that I can easily share documents on the web.”

Forget email. Forget uploading or attaching documents. Just get a link and share it.

To start, tap or click on theXodo Connect Xodo Connect icon, enter your name, and press OK. On the next screen, simply press OK – no need to enter emails or adjust settings.

Then head to Xodo’s browsing menu – clicking on the logo at the top left should work – and select the Xodo Connect tab. Find the document you just shared, press and hold (or right-click), and select Get Link.

This will copy a URL you can paste anywhere to open a read-only copy of your document.

Bonus tip: You can use Xodo Connect to deliver a remote presentation without the need for any installed tools or services. Just grab the link, share it with your audience any way you like, and then annotate the document while they’re viewing it.

Share, review, and discuss whiteboards or lecture notes using just your camera and Connect

Most classrooms have whiteboards. Whiteboards are great. They’re big, they’re bold, and they come with all kinds of colorful markers. (And who doesn’t like colorful markers?)

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Sadly, our whiteboards here at Xodo aren’t nearly this cool.

Unfortunately, all whiteboards eventually get cleaned. The important information disappears. And it’s really difficult for a group of people to add notes or comments to that information once the board has been erased.

What would be ideal is if there was some simple way to capture the information on the board in a central place where people can easily comment on it or even annotate it.

Kevin loves Xodo because it lets him do exactly that.

“After a meeting where we’ve scribbled a bunch of stuff on a whiteboard, I use Xodo to create a PDF from my iPad camera, and then I use Xodo Connect to share it with all the meeting participants. I like it because it lets everyone review and take notes on the document even after the meeting is done.”

Of course, you don’t have to confine yourself to whiteboards. Xodo will also let you do this with projectors, screens, and anything else you can take a photo of.

To convert a photo to a PDF you can use with Xodo, all you need to do is open the photo on your device the way you normally would, share it, and select Xodo from your sharing options.

Now, when you open Xodo, you’ll find the image at the top of your Recent Files list. Open the document and share it with your study group or other classmates by sending them an email invitation from Xodo Connect.

For easy instructions and more information about how to use Connect, check out this blog post.

Download the annotated PDF to preserve a snapshot of your work in Connect

It’s one thing to be able to collaborate on the fly without the need for email or having to install an annotator. But did you know that anyone in your group can save “hard copies” of the work you’ve done at any point?

It’s simple, says Matt.

“You just need to press the download button from inside Xodo Connect and then you’ll have a snapshot of all the comments for reference and offline viewing.”

To do that, open the document with Connect. On a desktop, simply click the download icon in the toolbar. On a mobile device, open your Settings menu (top right of the toolbar on most devices), and tap or click Download as PDF.


Xodo tips for when you’re working alone


When doing research online, save any PDF from your browser directly to Xodo using “Open With” (iPad/iPhone)

Xodo is a lot more powerful than your browser’s default viewer, and you can do a lot more with it.

For example, while you can annotate in Xodo, you can’t annotate PDFs if you open them directly through your browser. (Not unless you’re using Xodo Connect, that is!)

If you use your iPad to do a lot of your browsing and research, you’ll enjoy Ryan‘s tip:

“When I am surfing the web, and I find a PDF I want to read offline, I just tap the document, and select ‘Open With’ and then ‘Xodo’, and now I have it offline whenever I want in my Xodo inbox. I can then organize documents and folders later on.”

This is a quick and simple way to save PDFs to your device, and it works with just about any browser.

Instantly zoom into an important block of text

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Of course, staying awake is *also* important to success in school.

When you double tap on a section of text, Xodo zooms into that block, with the borders of the text becoming the borders of the screen.

Anatoly likes this because it helps him maintain his focus.

“While reading a large document it allows me to quickly zoom into the paragraph of text I am interested in.”

For people with poor eyesight, this is a simple way to reduce eye strain. It’s also useful for annotating parts of formulas or diagrams in physics and chemistry readings.

“Lock” the annotation toolbar while making lots of edits to save time

Sometimes you just want to read and maybe underline a couple of things here and there. But when you’re really buckling down to study, there’s a good chance any black-and-white page will soon look like a graffiti wall of colored highlights and squiggly lines.

Wouldn’t it be perfect if you could have the annotation toolbar in front of you the whole time?

Well, you can! In fact, this is Tomas‘s favorite trick.

“I change the settings to turn continuous annotation edit on when I have to make a lot of notes on one page and turn it off when I mostly read and only take occasional notes.”

To “lock” the toolbar, go to your app’s Settings menu and find Continuous Annotation Edit under the General heading. Make sure the box next to it is checked, then navigate back to your document.

Now, when you open the annotation toolbar, select a tool, and mark your document up with it, Xodo doesn’t automatically jump back to thePanPan tool after every annotation.

This is one way to speed up your annotating. But there are others. For example…

Annotate on the fly by scrolling with two fingers and editing with one

If you value efficiency even half as much as Shirley does, then this is the tip for you:

“My favorite trick is how you can use two fingers to scroll the page while highlighting or creating shapes such as lines, arrows, rectangles, and ovals with just one finger. This is especially useful when you’re reading a textbook and just want to highlight important keywords.”

If you’re only using one annotation tool – for example, if you plan to do nothing but highlight for long periods of time – you can save yourself lots of time by “locking” the toolbar the way Tomas suggested, selecting the Highlight tool, and then using two-finger scrolling to read and highlight on the fly.

Yup, it’s that simple. Scroll with two fingers. Annotate with one finger. No need to find the select or pan tools.

Easily resize any highlight, underline, or strikeout after you made it

Did your finger slip before you were done highlighting a sentence? Realized while reviewing your notes that you should have underlined the entire paragraph instead of just a few words?

Relax! You don’t have to delete and start over. As James points out, there’s an easy way to fix it in Xodo.

“If you make a highlight, and then tap to select it, you can use the text selection handles to resize it. Cool!”

The text selection handles – also sometimes called cursors – are the dots that appear at the far ends of an annotation when you select it. Hold and drag them to resize any highlight, underline, or strikeout.


I hope these tips help make your life just a little bit easier. School doesn’t have to be a total drag!

How about you? Do you have any Xodo tips of your own? Still unsure about how some of these tips and tricks work?

Tweet us or comment on this post to share your thoughts!


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