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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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

Xodo | Transforming how the world works with PDFs