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Drawboard PDF Alternatives

Drawboard PDF is described as 'The top AEC PDF app to markup and manage drawings and documents. Ideal for replacing pen and paper, avoid printing documents again by using our intuitive feature set that makes marking up a PDF easy' and is a PDF Reader in the office & productivity category. There are more than 25 alternatives to Drawboard PDF for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Linux, Mac, Android and iPhone. The best alternative is Okular, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Drawboard PDF are Foxit Reader, Xodo, Xournal++ and Evince.

Drawboard PDF alternatives are mainly PDF Readers but may also be PDF Editors or Note-taking Tools. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Drawboard PDF.
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  1. Multi-platform, fast and packed with features, Okular allows you to read PDF documents, comics and EPub books, browse images, visualize Markdown documents, and much more.

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    The annotation for okular doesn't function as seamless drawing on a PDF

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    Foxit Reader

    • Free PersonalProprietary
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    Foxit Reader is a free and light-weight multi-platform PDF document viewer. Its core function is compatible with PDF Standard 1.7.

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    The installer tries to install McAfee WebAdvisor and PhantomPDF Business. These can be skipped by clicking Decline on each.

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    Some users think Foxit Reader is a great alternative to Drawboard PDF, some don't.
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    doesn't allow handwritten annotations with a stylus

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    You can write into the PDF, underline text, ... Similar features to Drawboard PDF even in the free version.

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    Hand written notes are note quite the same as Drawboard PDF

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  3. Xodo is the ultimate cross-platform PDF viewer and annotator. Powerful, fast, and optimized for all phones and tablets, Xodo makes it easy to access, edit, mark up, sort, share, sync, manage, sign, and more with even the most complex PDF documents.

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    Almost everyone thinks Xodo is a great alternative to Drawboard PDF.

    Free. has Stylus and gesture support for windows tablets.

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    XODO is free and has the option to add new pages into the PDF. In Drawboard PDF you only can add blank pages for free.

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    Xournal++

    • FreeOpen Source
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    • Online
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    • Android Tablet
    • Self-Hosted

    Xournal++ (a fork of Xournal) is a handwriting Notetaking software with PDF annotation support. Written in C++ with plattform independent GTK, supporting Linux, e.g. Ubuntu, Debian, Arch, Suse, macOS and Windows 10. Supports Pen input like Wacom Tablets.

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  5. Evince (or GNOME Document Viewer) is a document viewer for multiple document formats: PDF, Postscript, djvu, tiff, dvi, XPS, SyncTex support with gedit, comics books (cbr,cbz,cb7 and cbt) and others. See Supported Document Formats for details.

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  6. View, sign, collaborate on and annotate PDF files with our free Acrobat Reader software. And to easily edit and convert your PDFs into file formats like Excel and Word, try out PDF editor and converter Acrobat Pro DC.

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    limited annotation capabilities. Cannot write directly onto pdf like in drawboard.

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    doesn't allow for handwritten annotations with a stylus

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  7. OpenBoard is a cross-platform (Linux / Windows / macOS) interactive whiteboard application. It is currently maintained by the Education Department (DIP) of the Canton of Geneva in Switzerland.

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  8. Excalidraw is an open-source whiteboard tool that lets you easily sketch diagrams that have a hand-drawn feel to them. Available directly online as a web app and also through CodeSandbox to easily see how the code works, and the app is available for self-hosting.

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  9. Create, Convert, Review and Edit PDF Documents on Windows, macOS, and Linux.

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  10. Xournal is an application for notetaking, sketching, keeping a journal using a stylus. It is free software (GNU GPL) and runs on Linux (recent distributions), Windows and other GTK+/Gnome platforms.

    Discontinued

    It hasn't been updated since 2017, but there is an active fork Xournal++ icon Xournal++

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