APR 23 2013

Annotation of a Document on the Samsung Galaxy Tab

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In the second part of the series “Annotations with mobile devices” annotating documents on the Samsung Galaxy tab will be analysed. For testing the annotations four apps were installed that support this function, according to the product description. They can be downloaded on the Android platform via Google Play Store. The structure of the article is similar to that of the 1st part (annotations-test on the iPad). The tests were conducted under the following constellation:


 

Device: Samsung Galaxy Tab

Cloud/ECM-products:
- Fabasoft Folio Cloud
- Fabasoft eGov-Suite 2012
- Fabasoft eGov-Suite 2013

Apps:
- Adobe Reader
- PDF Annotation
- Foxit PDF
- iAnnotate PDF

An overview of the test documentation

  Adobe Reader PDF Annotation Foxit PDF iAnnotate PDF
Provider Adobe Systems Inc. Ondrej Vejtasa Foxit Corporation Branchfire, Inc.
WebDAV available no no no no
Direct Download und Upload possible yes yes yes no
Path to make annotations 1. Open PDF-file in ECM-App
2. Go to spanner icon – Edit
3. Open with: Choose „Adobe Reader“
–> possible to annotate the file with different tools
1. Open PDF-file in ECM-App
2. Go to spanner icon – Edit
3. Open with: Choose „PDF Annotation“
4. Press a long time at a position
–> possible to annotate the file with different tools
1. Open PDF-file in ECM-App
2. Go to spanner icon – Edit
3. Open with: Choose „Foxit PDF“
–> possible to annotate the file with different tools
-
Features of annotations Mark, Write, Underline, Cross out paint, sign, delete annotations, … Adding a text Mark, Write, Underline, Cross out paint, sign, delete annotations, … -
Supported file types PDF PDF PDF -
Saving into Cloud/ECM 1. Push the “Back” button
–> Annotations are saved in the PDF-file on the server automatically.
1. Push the “Back” button
2. Choose save „Yes“
3. Save as… Select „Save“
4. Overwrite?: Answer with „Yes“
–> Annotations are saved in the PDF-file on the server automatically.
1. Push the “Back” button
–> Annotations are saved in the PDF-file on the server automatically.
-
Multi-Document-Editing no no no -
GUI ++ (very intuitive) - (handling of the app is a bit bumpy, e.g. saving file) + -
Languages English, German,… English English -
Comments Saving the file into the cloud not possible
–> no detailled analysis executed.

Figure: Attaching a signature to a PDF file with the app “Adobe Reader”.

Conclusion:

With the Samsung Galaxy tab, the use case to annotate PDFs works differently than with the iPad. That’s because the configuration of a WebDAV connection is not possible with any annotation app, but via ECM app documents can be opened directly, modified and saved.

The app from Adobe has the usual quality as on the desktop PC. It is intuitive to use, provides all the important functions and works fine. The open-source software “PDF annotation” unfortunately provides a bumpy menu navigation, so it is a lot of effort to annotate a file with the app. Foxit PDF reader works similar to Adobe, missing only the function of placing a signature.

For the Galaxy tab it’s the same as on the iPad: It is comfortable having your PDFs at  hand and creating annotations. So no notes get lost and the documents are immediately updated on the server. Because of the different architecture of iOS and Android, annotation on the Android device works fundamentally differently than on the iOS platform. In this case differently does not mean better or worse.

Links:

Adobe Reader: http://www.adobe.com/

Foxit PDF: http://www.foxitsoftware.com/

iAnnotate: http://www.branchfire.com/iannotate/

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