11-18-2019 04:02 PM
11-18-2019 04:02 PM
Using a digital pen or touch to write directly on PDF files has been one of the top feature asks from Microsoft Edge insiders. We are pleased to announce that inking mode for PDF files has rolled out to all Insider Preview channels. With this new inking mode, users can fill out PDF forms and sign using ink or take notes directly on PDF files and save for later reference.
To access this feature, open any PDF file from your computer or from the web. In the toolbar that is seen on the top, you will see two new options – Draw and Erase. You can click or tap on the Draw button to enter inking mode. Once in this mode, you can use a digital pen, touch or even mouse to write on any part on the PDF file. You can use two finger swipe for panning the file or use pinch gesture to zoom in/out if you want to navigate the file while in inking mode.
If you make any mistakes while writing or drawing on the document, you can use the eraser by clicking or tapping the Erase button. To erase ink strokes in the erase mode, just move the pointer across any ink stroke to erase it.
Once you are done marking up the file, you can use the Save button in the toolbar to save your work and all the annotations you made will get saved onto the file. You can reopen the file at any point to see the ink annotation on the file or edit them. You can also print the file along with the annotations in case you want to send out a copy of the annotated form, for example.
This is just the first step for inking support for PDFs. For inking, right now we offer basic support with one pen color and stroke size. We will build on this over time, supporting additional capabilities and quality enhancements. Following is the list of inking features the team is working on:
If you have any feedback or suggestions for the current version of inking support in Microsoft Edge, please do write as well. To send any feedback use the Send feedback in the top right corner of the app or leave a comment to this post. We are listening!
11-19-2019 03:18 PM
11-20-2019 05:54 AM
@Elliot Kirk I suggest a cloud connector (OneDrive, SharePoint, etc.) to allow saving marked up PDFs back to the same file for more efficient document workflow. Having to select a name/location for each save and then sharing the file again can quickly become a nuisance.
11-20-2019 08:03 PM
@Juergen_Soltau glad you brought this up. Writing text notes with keyboard is definitely useful and it is in the pipeline. While we are on that topic, do you like the way you can add text notes on PDFs in legacy Microsoft Edge or is there anything you would like us to change there?
11-20-2019 08:09 PM
@larsschellhas we are making rather quick progress on this. Support for Surface pen eraser button is now in Canary. Do try. For your last point about adding notes to webpages and send it to Collections, in what scenario would you use it? Would you like parts of annotated web page to go into Collections or save entire webpage to Collections?
11-21-2019 01:10 AM
Just One think on the highlighter, on the old edge, the highlighter follow (I think) same metadata, and it's good, but when someone insert something of strange in the PDF it want work well (like same formula with latex and after export), could you make it more careful at this point. I don't know, could you see the character we see instead of same metadata?
11-21-2019 05:09 AM
11-21-2019 10:19 PM
@Elliot Kirk Great work so far! Would really like to see the ability to redact a PDF -- mark over text and have the underlying text actually removed. As it is today, I can change the pen to a wider stroke and make the text appear to be hidden, but even after saving, closing, and reopening, the text is still (understandably) present and can be copied out and pasted into another app.
11-22-2019 06:50 AM - edited 11-22-2019 06:52 AM
@Elliot Kirk I wish MS would standardize their drawing tools. Seems each app has its own pens and support. Im partial to the Whiteboard toolset, would have been nice if that could be written so it could be added to any app. Then you would have a consistent interface
11-22-2019 10:00 AM
Features to add to PDF Inking on Microsoft Edge:
1. Separation of the touch interface from the pen interface so that the left hand can pan-and-zoom using the touch interface, and the right hand can write using the pen interface. This is invaluable for presenting pdf material to an audience (e.g., a classroom). To see how this feature works, see Drawboard PDF. It is available in the Windows 10 Microsoft Store.
2. "Laser pointer": Create a pen that marks on the screen like a regular pen but then slowly erases itself. The "laser pen" is a feature available in Drawboard PDF and is VERY useful for presenting pdf material to an audience (e.g., a classroom) without clattering the pdf with permanent ink (or the need to keep erasing temporary marks). To see how it works, see Drawboard PDF. It is available in the Windows 10 Microsoft Store.
11-22-2019 11:19 PM
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11-22-2019 11:41 PM
@FrankGJohnson just trying to better understand the need here. For #1, you can use your fingers to pinch zoom in/out or use two fingers to swipe up and down to scroll the PDF. Does that solve your problem or you need an explicit mode where you can switch off inking with touch. Or touch inking should be automatically turned off when inking with pen?
For #2, it is a great suggestion. We will definitely track this in our product backlog.
11-23-2019 06:26 AM
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11-25-2019 07:01 AM
@Qtrainer I understand. This is not a feature of Edge but of Windows. Likely for obvious reasons, Edge Dev is not going to replace your default .pdf reader upon install. You'll need to right-click the .pdf, select "Open with >" and then "Choose another app". You'll then get a dialog with a check box, "Always use this app to open .pdf files". Check the box, select Edge Dev, and click the OK button to associate Edge Dev with .pdf files. Then when you double-click a .pdf, it should open in Edge Dev automatically. I hope this helps.
11-25-2019 07:42 AM
@Elliot Kirk Also great would be the option to choose between saving notes on the opened file or the current "save as" dialog option. Right saving notes on the current file is rather tidious as you sometimes need to move to the right folder and then check the box to overwrite the file.
11-25-2019 08:02 AM
Multicolour-Highlighting in PDFs (and ePubs!) was for me the main reason to switch to Microsoft Edge. It is a unique feature that is particularly handy for research or regular reading of eBooks and PDFs.
If you were to adopt this feature for the new Edge (which I highly recommend) I would make sure that (listed by priority):
- highlighting (by mouse) is possible in multiple colours, and comments can be added via keyboard
- there is an option to copy when clicking on highlighted text sections. This currently only exists in the old edge while doing the highlighting, but the option disappears afterwards.
- the overview of highlights shows the full highlight and not just the first three lines (as is currently the case). Usually, when I return to a particular document or book, I would only want to read the highlights (in their entirety) as that is the reason why I have highlighted these parts in the first place
- the overview of highlights can be exported / shared
I hope this input is useful. Thanks for all the great work!
11-25-2019 05:39 PM
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