Using the Toolbar

Last updated on June 09, 2016

Perhaps the most distinctive aspect of iAnnotate is its set of customizable toolbars. Toolbars store your favorite and most-used tools, and let you group these tools in any way you like. Toolbars are kept in an adjustable drawer.

The toolbar "drawer" is indicated by a translucent tab at the right of the iPad screen (in document view). Slide the tab out to reveal the toolbar, or slide it back to hide the toolbar while reading. When you slide the tab out, the default toolbar will be displayed.

Each toolbar is limited to 12 tools. At the top of the Toolbar is a "+" button that lets you customize the current toolbar. At the bottom is a toolbar drawer button which displays the total number of toolbars you have; when tapped, all of your currently configured toolbars will be displayed. You can also easily navigate through your toolbar options while annotating by swiping to the left over the current toolbar.

How to Customize Your Toolbars

Tap the + sign at the top of the toolbar to customize that toolbar. When you customize a toolbar, the app automatically opens up the Toolbox, which contains all available tools. Tap and drag any tool into the toolbar to add it to the current toolbar. If the tool cannot be added, check if the toolbar already has 12 tools in it – toolbar spacers also count toward this limit. Remove tools by tapping and dragging them back toward the menu.

Tips for Adding/Removing Tools

  • When adding tools, it helps to drag the new tool over to the toolbar and drag it further than it seems like it needs to go. Tools not placed entirely within the toolbar will not be added. It's best to err too far to the right.
  • When adding tools to the bottom of a toolbar, add the tools just below the last tool. If you try to add a tool to the very bottom of the toolbar, you might find yourself below the lower limit and the tool might not be added.
  • When removing tools, it's helpful to drag a tool up or down slightly before moving to the left and dropping it back into the tool list.

Adding Toolbars

iAnnotate offers some readymade toolbar options, including Colored Notes, Page Navigation, and Document Sharing; you also have the option to create a new custom toolbar from scratch.

To add a new toolbar tap the "+" sign above your current toolbar, then tap the new "+" next to "Add Toolbar". You can select a pre-built toolbar from the popup menu or tap "New Custom Toolbar..." to build one from scratch. Just drag and drop the tools you want onto the new blank toolbar and tap the "X" in the upper right to save it and return to your document.


Removing Toolbars

Swipe to the toolbar you wish to delete then tap the “+” button above the toolbar. This will open the full toolbox for toolbar editing and will activate a small trashbin icon near the bottom of the toolbar. Tap the trashbin to remove the active toolbar.

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