I’ve professed my dislike of PDFs as a format for files in general before. But it’s something I can’t escape. Which is why I’ve written extensively about how to improve the experience. Today we’ll be taking the PDF experience out of the cloud and the PC and directly into the Chrome browser.
Using extensions and apps, ones that even work offline, you can use Chrome to view, annotate, print, and export PDFs easily.
But you should know that these extensions will not replace a full-fledged PDF editing app like Foxit Reader. What they will allow you to do is open PDFs, copy text, add text, and highlight and annotate a PDF very easily.
Notable PDF is a free extension for Chrome that also works offline. You’ll need to create an account to get started; this will also allow you to use Notable’s cloud storage for saving documents and changes.
Click the Notable PDF icon from the extensions bar to get started. From the next screen you can drag in PDFs from your computer or choose documents saved in Google Drive.
The app is fast. So fast in fact that sometimes it’s hard to tell if it’s a native Windows app or just a Chrome extension.
Once the PDF is loaded, select a tool from the sidebar.
Here is an overview of all the things that Notable allows you to do:
Highlight, underline, and strikethrough written text, with customizable colors
Write text anywhere on the PDF, change the font size and color
Highlight text and make comments just like Google Docs
When you’re done, Notable PDF allows you to export the PDF without annotations, with annotations overlaid, or with just a copy of the annotations.