It can be hard to add notes to digital documents. When you change the page, your markups often get left behind, and you have to move them back. In iOS 11.3, Apple added Smart Annotations for Pages to solve this problem. We will look at how to Use Smart Annotations on iPhone and iPad.
The best thing about Smart Annotations is that your changes to the text stay with it. And you can mark up documents on your iPhone or iPad with either your Apple Pencil or your finger. If you haven’t tried this feature yet, our tutorial shows you how to use Smart Annotations in Pages on iOS.
What is Smart Annotation for Pages?
You can use Smart Annotation in Pages, which is an iWork feature. It lets you use your Apple Pencil, Logitech Crayon, or finger to make notes on documents that are open in those apps. If you circle a sentence and write a note about it, the circle and note will move with the sentence if you move it to a different spot on the page. Apple says that this is a beta feature and that you should save a copy of the document you are working on if you use it.
How to Use Smart Annotations on iPhone and iPad
- Make sure your Apple Pencil is attached to your iPad.
- Open a document in Pages.
- Tap anywhere on the page with your Apple Pencil.
- Get started writing your note.
- Tap on a tool in the markup bar at the bottom of the document to change the tool you’re using to annotate.
- Tap on a color in the markup bar at the bottom of the document to change the color you’re using for annotations.
- Tap Done when you’re done adding notes to the document.
- To get rid of an annotation, tap on it and then tap the Delete button.
For example, a note that you scribble in the margin of your textbook is an annotation, as is an explanatory comment that you add to a list of tasks at work. Something that has had such notes added to it can be described as annotated.
What Is an Annotation Tool? An annotation tool is a text or drawing tool that helps you add information to text, an image, a database, or any other piece of content.
Smart Annotation is a new tool in Pages that lets you mark up your document with proofreading marks, notes, and comments. These annotations aren’t simply layered above your document — they move along with the objects and text in your document, anchored to the location where you added them.
The annotations worksheet is meant to guide students reading to help them learn to annotate fiction. It gives them specific purposes for. I use this in my classroom to guide note-taking as well.