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 can be opened and closed for easier reading. Tap the Pencil icon at the top of the toolbar to close the toolbar. To get it back, tap the Pencil icon again. If you top toolbar has been dismissed, an arrow at the very top of your toolbar will dismiss it. Swipe in from the right hand bezel** to reopen it.
Each toolbar is limited in the number of tools to can have. This number varies by device. At the top of the Toolbar is a toolbox 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 in from the right bezel**.
**Note: On devices with Split Screen capability, you will need to swipe in in the upper or lower third of the bezel, as swiping in from the center will activate Slide Over/Split Screen view.
Tap the toolbox button 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.
iAnnotate offers some ready made 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 toolbox button 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.
Swipe to the toolbar you wish to delete then tap the toolbox button above the toolbar. This will open the full toolbox for toolbar editing and will activate a small trash bin icon near the bottom of the toolbar. Tap the trash bin to remove the active toolbar.