I open a PDF in Preview on the Mac (Monterey on M1 MBP) and would like to go from Preview to my iPad Pro to mark it up with freehand annotations using the Apple Pencil, then send back to Preview.
I have lost track of the iterations of moving from Preview to iPad, but the only current option I see is in the Windows Menu “Move to iPad Pro” - this gives the Sketch tool on the iPad, which includes shape detection, which I most definitely do not want. I want to circle, underline, write words, cross stuff out in freehand, just like you would pencil and paper.
You can do freehand edits that way by tapping on the markup toolbar icon (circle with pen) and then tapping on the “Draw” icon. It’s a bit clunky, since it uses the Apple pencil to manipulate the Mac environment, displaying the cursor. To undo an annotation, you need to select the “undo” menu item on the Mac.
Another option: there’s a feature “continuity markup” described here. From Finder, select PDF file, press space bar to preview, then tap on pen icon. This provides an iPad like interface similar to iPad notes.
I prefer to annotate with PDF Expert on the iPad, so I save the PDF to iCloud on the Mac, and open within the PDF Expert app on the iPad.
Not only did I forget about this, I forgot about the Keyboard Maestro macro I made a few months ago to deal with this exact issue by opening the front document from Preview in Finder then trigger Continuity Markup. Doh!
I just opened a book that had highlights. I was able to go to the “notes” view, command-click on each note and then from the share context memo send the notes (with location data, etc) directly to DevonThink.
I didn’t realize it could do this either. Nice. Since most of my note taking if from books, this will work well to move references into DevonThink.
How about setting up the Mac and iPad with Sidecar? The iPad would be an extended monitor. Just drag the pdf document to the iPad screen and use your Apple Pencil to annotate. I’m thinking that would work?
I’ve seen my daughter use goodnotes on her MacBook and dumps PDFs tthere. Then have it sync to her iPad for markup and annotations. That might be another idea
In most cases, I prefer something I can do immediately from within Preview since that is usually where the PDF will start in the course of normal work. Although I do prefer to markup in PDF Expert like @ehpehp - if I know I am going to doing markup I might start there.
For anyone interested, here is the KM macro for my use case, which is sending the current front document in Preview to the Continuity Markup feature, which makes the “Draw” tool available so you can draw without shape recognition, and you can easily send to iPad/iPhone.
tell application "Preview" to set thePath to path of front document
set theFile to POSIX file thePath
tell application "Finder"
tell application "System Events"
tell process "Finder"
tell window "Quick Look"
set theGroups to every group
repeat with i from 1 to number of items in theGroups
set theButtons to every button of item i of theGroups
repeat with i from 1 to number of items in theButtons
set ButtonDescription to description of item i of theButtons
if ButtonDescription is "Annotate document" then
click item i of theButtons