Great for finding things across multiple pdfs, or in a large pdf.
I used tagnotate several days ago reviewing a 250 page long document. It worked flawlessly. Since then I’ve reviewed several other documents as well, and it continued to work very well. In particular I liked the way the export of annotations worked to the clip board, whch I can paste into an email and share with others for detailed feedback. I really like the idea of tagging annotations and being able to find them later across multiple documents, then viewing each annotation as a”snippet” on the annotation search page. I think they are are on to something here. While very useful now, there are many direction they can take this concept to make it even more useful.
Don’t lose that thought! Tag it!
I hadn’t realized how useful it is to be able to annotate AND tag as I read through a PDF. A sudden inspiration about a new topic doesn’t stop me cold. I can add a note and tag it for later. Saves me taking notes in another app as I go along, and I can retrieve relevant annotations later by selecting the tags I want. Annotations added with TagNotate can be read by Preview and Adobe, although only TagNotate sees the tags. Brillliant software. Kudos to the developers!
Great app for managing PDFs!
I’m a technology startup person, product management, and collect many, many PDFs of market and product data. This is a great tool to annotate and tag specific material of interest to me and others I work with. It saves us tremendous time by allowing us to tag material in a PDF to easily reference the material later when needed. I’m shocked that Adobe and others don’t offer this as part of their PDF products. Thanks guys for making our information management easier!
As a researcher, I’ve tried quite a few annotation programs and I’ve found TagNotate to be very useful for me. The primary selling point of this app is obviously the ability to tag annotations, which becomes very useful when you want to consolidate your reading later. It’s a simple idea that just works. The interface is clean and easy to navigate. All of the actual annotation functions work well. It’s easy to actually manage your pdf’s with the folders. Works very well for actual annotation, plus provides additional functionality, on top of that, with the tagging. I found it to be useful and I imagine that anyone who uses many pdf’s regularly would benefit from using this app as well!
Version 1.1 is a great improvement and shows the developers are responsive to users!
In my review of Version 1.0, I whined about the lack of three features in the app: (1) keyboard shortcuts for adding annotations, (2) ability to tag images, and (3) ability to directly tag elements of a document without having to first annotate. The Developers either read my mind or my review, becuase Version 1.1 adds all of these features! This is a massive improvement ot the app. Moreover, it shows that the Developers are motivated to make this App - which is still just a baby at Version 1.1 - as User-friendly as possible. In that spirt, a couple of minor revisions seem in order: 1. Keyboard shortcut for instant tagging 2. Right-click constant menu with items for adding notations and direct tags. Currently, nothing happens when right-clicking within a document. 3. Making the annotation windows in annotation view fit the annotated element. Currently, the annotation view windows are a fixed-height that can only really fit at most a few lines of text, such that for blocks of text or images the preview windows are not terribly informative. Thanks for the update! --- ORIGINAL REVIEW: I think this app has a ton of promise and could be extremely useful to me and many others. But, as I describe below, there are some limitations and missing features that currently make it too cumbersome for me to use. My sense is that these at least some of these problems should be easy to address and therefore should be corrected in an update, which I eagerly await... The basic idea behind this app is excellent and the app so far looks quite promising. The interface is attractive and performance seems stable. I'm in academia and have to deal with loads of PDFs on a daily basis. When I found this app I thought this could really change the way I consume and organize the intellectual contents of the thousands of PDFs I deal with. After using it for a couple of hours I think I am going to need to wait for an update. The biggest reason at this point is that adding tags to documents is a very cumbersome process. First of all, it doesn't look like you can actually directly tag elements of a document. Instead, you have to first add a notation to the document (floating note, text highlight, text underline, or text strikeout), and then you can add a tag to that notation. This makes some sense for users who only ever want to tag a block of highlighted text. But the papers I read typically include a large number of elements (e.g., figures, tables) that I'd love to be able to tag but which are either not highlightable. In these cases, the only way for me to create a tag is to first make an empty note at the position of the object, and then tag the note. The above would be tolerable to me if it wasn't for the fact that there appear to be no keyboard shortcuts for adding any of the annotations. So, for example, each time I want to add a note to a position in a PDF, I have to click on the "Note" icon in the Toolbar and then click again on the spot I want to add the note. If I want to add a "Tag" to the note, I have to click again in a dialogue box that opens up outside the document and then type in my tag. This process quickly became frustrating for me. To sum up, this app could be great. But, it could really use the following: 1. Keyboard shortcuts 2. Direct tags (i.e., tags that aren't tied to annotations, but to positions in a document) - personally, I'd be happy if these tags used empty notes as the placeholders... anything to allow users to skip the step of creating empty notes to tag spots 3. Tagging objects (e.g., images), or a function to add a sizable box (with no fill) to documents that could be given a tag. I'm thankful for the developers releasing the first version for free and am hoping that it was partly a strategy to give users like me an opportunity to give them feedback like this!