Annotate on the Web with Folia!

Folia users have shared and reviewed countless documents through our mobile apps. They've created Folias, uploaded documents, and made annotations on iPhone, iPad and Android. Meanwhile, our web version only allowed them to view documents and annotations. You had to use Folia on a mobile device for the full experience.

Now we're excited to announce that Folia offers annotation and other critical features right on the web. With this update, Folia brings the complete experience on phone, tablet and desktop.

With the new features in our web app, you can:

  • Upload documents from the desktop with drag-and-drop
  • Mark them up with shapes, pins, and typewriter annotations
  • Move, delete, or change the style of annotations
  • Read and respond to conversations

These improvements let you use Folia entirely from your browser, making it easier than ever to get and give feedback on documents. Imagine you start your workday with several documents you need someone to review. Upload them to a Folia, add a few markups, and share right from your computer.

And with our powerful sync technology, your Folias always have the latest docs and annotations. Students using Folia can mark up documents in class, then review them on a computer later to see if anyone replied. Workers can add documents from their office computers to read on their phones on the commute home.

We're actively working on the rest of our features to the web, including support for ink, highlight, underline and strikeout annotations. But don't wait for that, start using our new annotation features today. Hit us up on Twitter if you have any questions.

Why we built Folia v2

Earlier today we launched Folia v2 (if you're already a Folia user you can read about what this means to you here). I thought it would be a good idea to share with you why we chose to make some changes with this new version.

When we asked people why they use Folia, the answer was usually something like this: I need to annotate my documents to take notes.

But when we dig deeper, we learn that people really want something else. They want to:

  • Capture ideas before a big presentation
  • Highlight sections of legal documents and the export notes
  • Share notes and feedback on a student’s homework

You don’t work on documents. You work with other people, on projects, tasks, and ideas.

Annotation apps help with this. You can use them to read a document and take notes at the same time, then send these notes to someone else to review. But they still have limitations that prevent them from being an integral part of your day.

  • You can only work on one document at a time
  • Different document types have different types of comments (think PDF versus PowerPoint)
  • The person you share the file with needs a similar app to open and view the annotated document

These are just a few of issues we’ve seen our customers run into. That’s why we just re-invented Folia as a service that helps you present and communicate with your content.

Folia still lets you mark up your files, but the real power comes into play when you pull several documents into a single Folia. Not only can you mark them up yourself, but you can invite others to the Folia to comment on the set with you, and track their work in our activity panel.

Imagine a consultant sharing documents with a client. She might send an email with attachments, or put them in a folder on Dropbox and share a link. With Folia she can package the files for them, and let them mark them up, or even engage in a conversation. It’s a great way to answer questions and get feedback, in order to provide her clients with a better experience.

Or let’s say you need to review a set of documents with your team at work. Instead of putting them all in a cloud storage folder, or even worse printing them all, try putting them in  a Folia. Then your team can use the app to discuss the documents, to edit and approve them together. Document review is easier when you content and tools are all in one place.

We're excited about how Folia brings documents and people together, providing you with a powerful engine to present and discuss your content and ideas. Create a Folia account today to get started.

Get Ready for Folia v2

Last year we launched Folia with a simple objective: annotate any document, on any device, with anyone in the world. Since then we’ve seen Folia used by copyeditors to review manuscripts, attorneys to analyze evidence, consultants to share advice with their clients, and many others.

Now we’re bringing this experience to a new level with Folia v2. In the new version, instead of working with individual documents you'll work in Folias - powerful workspaces for presenting ideas and getting feedback.

In v2 you'll be able to do the following:

  • Work in groups of documents, for projects or sharing a number of files
  • Watch the activity in your Folias, to see who's annotating what, and when
  • Add comments to your annotations, for back-and-forth conversations with colleagues and clients
  • Start working on the web (full annotation functionality coming soon!)

Don't worry, your favorite Folia features are still available, including all of the annotations, support for cloud import, the ability to share, and more.

Folia v2 allows new users access to one personal Folia for free, with up to 20 documents and shared with up to 5 other people. Premium plans allow you to start creating multiple Folias per month.

For users upgrading from a previous version of the Folia app, we will turn each of your individual documents into a Folia for free, so you start with a few extra!

We're very excited about the possibilities of working with sets of documents. Stay tuned to the blog to learn more.

Folia Works For Groups

We heard from a lawyer who uses Folia during depositions, when he needs to ask a witness questions about a document. Previously he’d print a copy to hand to witnesses, ask his questions, then have them circle relevant spots in response. As soon as the witness did, he’d pass the printout to colleagues in the room so they could all make notes.

Now he just opens the document in Folia on his iPad and hands it to his witness. When he asks his questions the witness draws or highlights at the appropriate spot, while his colleagues watch the document updating in real-time on their laptops. Everybody in the room gets the full context for the annotation without having to halt the proceedings, dramatically increasing understanding and speeding up the deposition.

When we talk to users of other annotation tools (like our app iAnnotate), they often tell us that they mark up documents alone, but then use email or another service to share with someone as an attachment. The truth is most people work on documents with someone else, but annotation tools don't always make it easy to do that.

With features like real-time sync and collaborative markup, Folia is designed to empower groups of users working together. Whether you’re taking a deposition with your team, reviewing documents with your boss, or studying for an exam, we want Folia to make your job faster and easier.

Are you using Folia in a group, or to share a document with someone else? If so we'd love to hear from you, so write to our support team and let us know.