By Ravi on October 31, 2012
Since we launched version 2.3 of iAnnotate PDF, and the new support for Microsoft Office documents, we have been thrilled to hear from so many of you that have found the new functionality exciting and useful. However, we’ve also heard from some users who have expressed concerns about the option to signup for a free account in order to take advantage of the new feature, and the security of their personal information and documents. I would like to take a moment to address those concerns.
For those of you who have used other apps, you’ve likely noticed that Office documents displayed on the iPad look worse than the originals – they have poor formatting, odd pagination, etc. This is because these apps use the iPad’s limited on-device capabilities (like the “Experimental Features” in previous versions of iAnnotate PDF). We knew there had to be a better way.
iAnnotate PDF v2.3 allows you to view Word and PowerPoint documents by leveraging our newly launched cloud-based processing system. The formatting of Office documents appears just like you would see them on your desktop. And, annotating these documents is simple. The moment you make an annotation, iAnnotate PDF automatically converts the document to PDF (so your work is easily shared with others). Here’s a simple diagram that shows how our system works:
This functionality is available to everyone who registers for a free Branchfire account. Registering for an account and using this new functionality is optional – you are not required to create an account in order to continue using iAnnotate PDF. However, we think once you see how much better it can make your iAnnotate PDF and iPad experience, you’ll be glad you registered.
It is important to note that the security of your personal information and documents is paramount to us. We go to great lengths to secure your personal information and data. In particular, when you make use of the cloud-based features, we never store your documents in the cloud, or associate your personal information (such as your name and email address) with documents that get processed. We also do not use your personal information for any marketing purposes, unless you specifically opt-in for marketing messages from us. You can read more about our efforts to protect your privacy and security at: http://www.branchfire.com/privacy/
Read more about Branchfire’s cloud-based processing:
(1.5 MB PDF download)
We have been humbled by the strong support all of you have shown us. Since we launched, hundreds of thousands of you have used iAnnotate PDF to go paperless and become more productive. We have many more exciting things in store and we look forward to the opportunity to continue serving you.
If you have any comments you would like to share, you can reach me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have a support request you can reach our support team anytime through our support portal at: http://www.branchfire.com/contact/support/.
Thank you for your continued support of Branchfire,
Co-Founder & CEO, Branchfire