Looking for a quick Xodo Android Tutorial? In this post I’ll show you how to use the basic tools in Xodo for digital planning and note taking.
I want to show you that quickly how to use the basic tools of Xodo for digital planning and note taking.
Xodo is a great free app. I believe this is the most popular app for Android users, so I am making this demonstration using my old Android tablet.
However you can access Xodo from any device as it is a cross-platform PDF viewer and annotator, optimized for all phones and tablets. With the web application you can also share, sync, and manage all of your files from a laptop or desktop.
Before we start I want you to bear in mind that your interface might be a bit different than mine if you’re using Xodo in another device. I know the app on my iPad looks a little bit different than it does on the tablet, but the tools are very similar, just in a different location on the toolbar.
Xodo App Tutorial – The Interface
So let’s get started by opening the app and the digital planner.
When you start Xodo you’ll see that the interface is quite simple and intuitive, I have all my recently opened documents on the library.
If you click on the tab on the top left corner of the page you’ll get access to all your folders where you can import items, including files on the cloud. You can also log in and access all your items in one place in several locations.
If you’re just starting out you can use the plus sign to add planners images or documents from the web or cloud storage.
And at the top you have some options to filter items and change the library display.
Xodo PDF Reader & Editor – Tools And Features
Let’s open a document to check the editing tools.
If you tap on the screen it will show the toolbar, tap again it goes away.
The icons are simple and pretty self-explanatory. At the start you get this quite simplified bar with only a few tools.
Here you can:
- Search inside the document
- Share the document
- Xodo Connect
- Annotation tools
Xodo Android Annotation Tools
If you click on the pencil (annotation tool) you’ll get extra options for editing the PDF.
- Comment notes: These sticky notes are great to add extra info about something on the page.
- Text markup tools: the next four tools are the highlight, the strike out, the underline and squiggly tool.
- Next we have the image tool, the signature tool and the stamp tool in the same space (at least that’s how I see it in my interface). With the image tool you can add images or stickers to your planner. The signature tool is more for PDF documents you need to sign online. And the stamp tool gives you some of these sticker looking things that you can drop on your planner.
- Then you have the handwriting tool, you can use your finger or a touch pen. for more advanced tablets you can use a Bluetooth pen too.
- Handwriting highlighter: handy highlighter with many options. Using this tool you can also highlight text that is already in your PDF page.
- Shape tool: with this tool you can create lines and you can also create different shapes, from a variety of options.
- Selection tool: to select multiple items on your page
If you press the ‘X’ you exit the annotation tools. The features and icons are pretty self explanatory.
You can use them to add notes and plan digitally with any digital planner.
Digital planners already come with hyperlinks to make it super easy for you to navigate the document and add your remarks in several different pages.
Once you get used to the new system you might never go back to traditional annotation and planning.