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.

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

Xodo | Transforming how the world works with PDFs

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

Xodo | Transforming how the world works with PDFs

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

Xodo | Transforming how the world works with PDFs

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:

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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

Xodo | Transforming how the world works with PDFs

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

Xodo | Transforming how the world works with PDFs

You wanted Google Drive integration for Xodo on Android? You got it!

Users have been asking for better Google Drive support. This sounded like a great idea to us, so we upgraded Google Drive integration.

First up: Android devices! (But if you’re using Xodo for iOS or Windows RT, please don’t feel too left out — we’re already working on similar integrations for your devices.)

What’s new in Xodo 2.1.1 (Android only)

  • After you update Xodo, you will see Google Drive as an option in your in-app browser menu below the Dropbox tab. Starting from this Google Drive tab, you’ll be able to:
    • Open your Google Drive file storage directly from Xodo
    • Search, select, and open files from Google Drive with Xodo’s in-app filepicker
    • Edit PDF documents and save changes back to Google Drive directly from Xodo (yes, this means they’re no longer read-only!)

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, 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

Xodo | Transforming how the world works with PDFs

Xodo 2.1 is our sweetest release yet

After launching live group PDF collaboration as part of Xodo 2.0 last month, our Dev Team focused on making Xodo’s in-app experience more dynamic and user-friendly than ever.

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If we’re talking about PDFs, Xodo is the cherry on every cake. Even tiny ones.

I may be a bit biased, but I definitely think they succeeded.

Xodo 2.1 features a number of upgrades for an easier and more versatile PDF reading experience. We also made annotating faster and more intuitive. Finally, to put the cherry on the cake, we added in-app PDF scanning.

Please note that this update is only for Android and iOS devices, but if you’re a Windows user, don’t fret – we’ll be adding more features for your devices soon.

New Features in Xodo 2.1 – Android & iOS Devices

View & Navigate
  • 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
  • Two finger scrolling | Scroll through any page with two fingers while annotating without triggering zoom
  • Define words | Quickly look up definitions for words while working on any document
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)
Annotate & Comment
  • Continuous annotation editing | Select and modify all annotations – old and new – on the fly without the need to change tool modes
  • Versatile annotation adjustment | Expand or collapse highlights, underlines, and strikethroughs the same way you would normally adjust text selections on your device
  • Resize free text [iOS] | You can now change the font size of free text annotations on iOS devices
  • Full annotation tool display [Android] | Android devices now show all available annotation tool modes, including arrow, line, ellipse, polygon, and free text tools (portrait and landscape orientation on tablets; landscape orientation only on phones)
Bug Fixes
  • Numerous small improvements and fixes to correct minor bugs and crashes

There are more changes in the works for August and September, including some really exciting additions that users have been requesting for a while. I’m dying to spill the beans, but I promised I’d keep it secret, so for now my keyboard is sealed.

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

Xodo | Transforming how the world works with PDFs

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!”

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“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.”
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“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)

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“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…

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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.

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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…

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“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!

Still hasn't figured out how to post feedback.
We really do love hearing from all our users.

What do you think?

What’s your favorite thing about Xodo? What would you change?

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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