iAnnotate Tips & Tricks!

Want to get the most out of iAnnotate? Here are a few tips and tricks to help you take advantage of all the cool things iAnnotate 4 has to offer!


You can view iAnnotate differently depending on how you tap! One finger tap gets rid of your tabs, while tapping with three fingers gets rid of both the tabs and the toolbar!

                           One finger tap                                                                Three finger tap


Scrolling with two fingers is another helpful gesture! Select from pencil, highlighter, underline, or strikeout. Then, mark something up, use two fingers to scroll down to another page or section, and wha-la! The tool is temporarily suspended to allow you to move throughout the document. When you get to the section you want, continue to markup without having to re-select the tool!

Two Document View

Ever wish that you could work on two documents at the same time? Well, you can! Two Document View enables you to multitask intelligently. Utilize all of the same features used to markup and manage your documents in regular view, to work simultaneously. 

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Drag and Drop

This is a feature only available on iOS 11 and iPad. By tapping and holding down a file, you have the ability to drag it to another storage repository! Need to move multiple files? No problem! Keep your finger pressed on the first file, then use your other hand to click on each additional file you'd like to move. 

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Need to move files out of iAnnotate entirely? You can do that, too! Drag your file, or files, to the bottom of the screen and use your other hand to swipe up to reveal the bottom bar that shows your apps. Then, simply hover the files over the app you'd like to move them to.

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Do you already use these features? If so, we'd love to hear how you use them! Please comment below and let us know!

Attention All Version 3 Users!

As some of you Version 3 users may have already noticed, there’s an error when trying to sync iAnnotate with Dropbox. This version uses a Dropbox configuration that was discontinued by Dropbox at the end of 2017. 

Going forward, we will be focusing solely on the support of iAnnotate 4, which is our current version. There are some users still on Version 3, but we strongly recommend upgrading to take advantage of not only the Dropbox connection, but the latest and greatest of what iAnnotate has to offer as well.

As always, our team is always here and happy to assist with any questions or concerns you may have.


The Branchfire Team

New Year, No Paper!

We want to start 2018 by thanking all of our incredible customers! We truly appreciate the feedback, suggestions, and support you’ve shown us over the years. In 2017, iAnnotate users from all over the world read and marked up millions of documents. While iAnnotate is about more than just going paperless, it's hard to ignore the environmental impact we're making. Together, iAnnotate users have avoided printing and saved tens of thousands of trees! And we're eager to help save thousands more in 2018!

We have some big plans for 2018 that we can't reveal just yet, but in the spirit of a new year, here are a few more reasons to keep the celebration going:

Advanced Search

When looking for a specific term, you will be able to easily find results in that file or throughout your library from an all new, easy-to-use panel.

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PDF Merge

Soon, you will be able to merge PDFs together, one of our most popular feature requests.

Offline Improvements

We're going to improve offline annotation to make it a seamless experience. It'll feel like you're online, even when you have no Internet access.


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Annotation Improvements

We want to make it easier to edit annotations after they’ve been made. We’re also adding an option to perform bulk actions with annotations, like selecting multiple to delete or copy at the same time

Other Platforms

We're looking at expanding to other platforms, so everyone can use iAnnotate. Let us know what kinds of devices you'd like us to support! 


Leave us a comment below and let us know which new feature you’re most excited about!

We hope this year is filled with lots of love, laughter, and, of course, annotations!



Branchfire in The Big Apple!

Early last week, a few members of our team headed to New York City to attend the 2017 BlackBerry Security Summit. BlackBerry packed the two-day conference with plenty of engaging sessions and speakers to learn from. As sponsors of the event, we had ample opportunity to meet with potential customers and BlackBerry representatives.

The highlight of our trip, though, was getting to meet our customers in banking, legal, and finance. We love hearing all of the ways that our customers in professional industries use iAnnotate to become more efficient. Many customers mentioned how much they love the search feature, others were excited about the seamless Apple Pencil integration, but everyone loved that iAnnotate helped them go paperless and we think that’s awesome!

We would like to give a special thanks to BlackBerry for putting together such a great event!


Paper Waste is a Waste of Paper!

In spite of the advancements of software, offices still rely on paper and pen to review and make corrections to important documents. Documents end up getting printed out and shared with a multitude of people, just to be marked all over and re-printed. 

Here at Branchfire, we really care about the impact we make on the environment and we want to put our planet’s paper problem into perspective:

HOW much?!

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Image credit: Giphy

  • In the U.S., companies spend more than $120 billion per year on print, most of which is outdated in about three months
  • Print is usually the third highest expense behind payroll and rent

What Are We Doing to the Environment?

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Image credit: Giphy

  • Paper consumption has risen by 400% globally in the last 40 years
  • 35% of harvested trees are used to manufacture paper

  • Paper usage in the average business grows by 22% per year, meaning the amount of paper you use will double in 3.3 years

  • 18 million acres of forest are lost every year. That’s the same size as 20 football fields every single minute

How Bad is the U.S.?

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Image credit: Giphy

  • The average person at the end of 2010 consumed as much paper as 6 people in Asia or more than 30 in Africa
  • We use about 68 million trees every year

  • We have less than 5% of the world’s population, but consume more than 30% of the world’s paper

Raise your hand if you thought that the impact of paper was that bad. Nobody? Well, you aren’t alone. Because we have so many digital tools at our disposal, businesses often overlook the price that they, and ultimately the environment, are paying.

The ugly truth is that we still heavily rely on paper to review documents and share feedback with one another. That’s part of the reason we created iAnnotate.

So far, we’ve helped save over a billion pieces of paper! But, we've only made a tiny dent in global totals. We challenge you to think about the amount of paper that you use and take steps to reduce paper waste.


* Statistics are from thepaperlessproject.com and raymorgan.com