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Review: Mark your PDFs from your tablet or phone with iAnnotate PDF

Use iAnnotate PDF to mark up PDFs easily on an Android device. Branchfire's free app lets you annotate, search, manage, and share high-quality PDFs on the go. It's optimized for tablets but works great on smartphones, too. The latest iAnnotate PDF release, version 1.1.4, has improved tabs for handling multiple open documents and syncs with Box's OneCloud. You can open, mark, and save PDFs directly from OneCloud.

The app's interface does a great job combining the familiar look and layout of desktop PDF tools with Android's touchscreen functionality. The left sidebar's "… Read more

Annotate iOS screenshots with Bugshot

Bugshot is a great tool for iOS developers, beta testers, and bloggers -- or anyone who likes to draw arrows on things. Normally, when I take a screenshot that needs to be annotated for a blog post about an iOS app, I move the screenshot to my Mac and use Preview's annotation tools. That process has just been sped up with Bugshot, because I can now make quick annotations on my iPhone or iPad and skip Preview altogether.

Launch Bugshot and you are presented with thumbnails of the photos in your iPhone's or iPad's Camera Roll. Tap … Read more

Review: Change hastily taken pictures into masterpieces with Aviary Photo Editor

As one of the most complete photo enhancement applications available, Aviary Photo Editor provides hundreds of adjustable settings and special effects that will impress even the most discerning eye. Users have the option to change their photos with dramatic effects or simply adjust the lighting or focus.

Aviary Photo Editor installs quickly and sets up without unnecessary registration. The clean interface immediately greets the user with an intuitive home screen. At the home screen, users must first choose a photo from the device's memory or capture a new photo. If the user chooses to take a new picture, the … Read more

Star Apps: 'The Heat' director Paul Feig

The hilarious, new buddy movie "The Heat" stars Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy as Special Agent Sarah Ashburn and Det. Shannon Mullins, respectively -- two fiercely independent crime fighters who must first forge their own connection and learn to respect and trust each other's abilities if they are ever to connect the dots on a major case.

Download.com caught up with the film's director, Paul Feig -- best known for directing the Oscar-nominated "Bridesmaids," co-producing the TV series "Freaks and Geeks," and playing science teacher Mr. Eugene Pool on "Sabrina, … Read more

Andreessen Horowitz drops $15M on Web-annotation startup

Looking to help jump-start a new era in annotating Web text, leading venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz today said that it's investing $15 million in RapGenius, a startup that enables such annotations.

RapGenius was founded on the idea that rap lyrics needed explanation. And given that Andreessen Horowitz partner Ben Horowitz is a well-known rap devotee, there's an obvious hook that would attract the VC firm to help fund the startup.

"Given that RapGenius is a Web site where people explain rap lyrics, and given that my partner Ben is a noted rap fanatic, your first reaction … Read more

Aviary: A well-rounded photo editor

It may not beat Photoshop, but Aviary is still one of the most comprehensive photo editors available for Android. What's more, it's incredibly simple to use.

From the get-go, Aviary makes it simple to edit your photos, as it opens up directly to a carousel of all the saved images on your device. From here, you can swipe through your photos straight away or go to your photo gallery and make your selection that way. Otherwise, the app also gives you the option to take a new photo to import into the editor.

Once you make your selection, … Read more

Quickoffice Pro HD is a mini office suite on the go

As its name suggests, Quickoffice Pro HD is a mobile office and productivity suite for use on the go. It lets you create and edit office files, and even sync them to your favorite cloud storage service.

If you're a fan of Google Docs like I am, then you've probably noticed that editing files from your mobile device can be a bit of a pain. The Google Drive (download) app (which recently slurped up Google Docs) doesn't offer a very robust menu of formatting tools, which makes workflow more complicated than it should be (especially when dealing … Read more

Skitch can sketch with the best of them

It may not be a mobile version of Adobe Illustrator, but Skitch can handle basic image annotations and sketches exceptionally well. It's easy to learn, its tools work well, and it can even export your work to Evernote.

Getting started with Skitch is simple. From the Home screen, you can open up a blank canvas, import an image from your gallery, or take a new photo with your mobile device's camera. Also new to Skitch is a feature that lets you pull up and add annotations directly onto a Google Map, which is perfect for giving detailed or … Read more

Affordable PDF alternative

Foxit PhantomPDF is a blazing-fast PDF creator and editor that gets the job done. It comes in three different editions--Express, Standard, and Business--all of which are easy to use and significantly less expensive than Adobe Acrobat.

Foxit PhantomPDF's interface has the look and feel common to most document and word-processing software: a menu bar, customizable, icon-based toolbars, and a main display. In addition, the program features a distinctive, ultrathin navigation panel on the far left that allows quick access to documents via bookmarks or thumbnails as well as attachments, signatures, and layers. Hovering the cursor over the subtly colored … Read more

Affordable PDF alternative

Foxit PhantomPDF is a blazing-fast PDF creator and editor that gets the job done. It comes in three different editions--Express, Standard, and Business--all of which are easy to use and significantly less expensive than Adobe Acrobat.

Foxit PhantomPDF's interface has the look and feel common to most document and word-processing software: a menu bar, customizable, icon-based toolbars, and a main display. In addition, the program features a distinctive, ultrathin navigation panel on the far left that allows quick access to documents via bookmarks or thumbnails as well as attachments, signatures, and layers. Hovering the cursor over the subtly colored … Read more