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Drawboard PDF Alternatives for Mac

Drawboard PDF is not available for Mac but there are plenty of alternatives that runs on macOS with similar functionality. The best Mac alternative is Foxit Reader. It's not free, so if you're looking for a free alternative, you could try Xournal++ or Adobe Acrobat Reader. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 25 alternatives to Drawboard PDF and 13 are available for Mac so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Mac alternatives to Drawboard PDF are OpenBoard, Qoppa PDF Studio, Skim and Butterfly.

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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    Foxit Reader

    • Free PersonalProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Windows S
    • Android Tablet
    • Windows Phone
    • iPad
    • ReactOS

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

    Bundleware

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

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    Foxit Reader vs Drawboard PDF opinions
    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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    Xournal++

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Android
    • Chrome OS
    • 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. Create, Convert, Review and Edit PDF Documents on Windows, macOS, and Linux.

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    Skim

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac

    Skim is a PDF reader and note-taker for OS X. It is designed to help you read and annotate scientific papers in PDF, but is also great for viewing any PDF file.

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    Butterfly

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Android
    • Android Tablet

    Butterfly is a note app where your ideas come first. You can paint, add texts, and export them easily on every device. This app works on android, windows, linux, and in the web.

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  8. Fast and clean tabbed style PDF reader, which make reading enjoyable and efficient.

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    MrWriter

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    Notetaking and blackboard replacement application. Inspired by Xournal. Written in C++/Qt for Linux / Windows / Mac.

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    modern computer flatboat

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android

    modern computer flatboat is a mobile pdf viewer written in Qt and using MuPDF's libfitz.

    Discontinued

    The program is no longer updated. Last version, 0.8.32, released in January 2012, can be still downloaded from the official website.

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