Having a place to share and annotate documents online with students can be very handy. Instead of swapping documents, such as Word documents and PDFs, anyone can upload these files to Crocodoc Personal for free without registering and without having to deal with ads. Once uploaded, people can highlight, comment, add texts, and draw on the document and others can add their thoughts as well. Here is how it works:
- Go to personal.crocodoc.com and click on the blue ‘Upload Document’ button.
- Once uploaded, you can add three different types of comments: point, area, or text.
- Point comments add a red mark on the document where you would like to add your comment and links to a comment area on the side where you can add text.
- Area comments allow users to drag a box around an area which links to a comment area on the side where you can add text.
- Text comments allow users to highlight text which links to a comment area on the side where you can add text.
- Users can also draw on the text in four different colours.
- Users can also add text comments directly onto the document using the ‘Text’ tool.
- Choose the highlight tool to highlight sections of the text without adding comments.
- Use the ‘Strikeout’ tool to draw a line through whatever you select and it also gives you a box to add text comments directly above the deleted text.
- To share the document with others, click on the ‘Share’ button and copy the ‘Link’ URL. If you want others to comment, make sure the ‘Allow others to add comments to this document’ button is checked, otherwise, uncheck to allow for reading only. Click on the ‘Embed’ tab to copy the embed code to add to your website.
- You can also download the original document or the marked-up PDF by clicking on the ‘Download’ button.
- An easy way of getting through all of the comments and highlights is to open up the comments pane. Click on the double-arrow button right beside the ‘Download’ button. You can then click on a comment to go directly to that section. You can also use this as a bookmark functions to make it easier to manage a larger document.
I’ve also created a printable guide on commenting that can be given to students or teachers. Feel free to print, distribute, or edit as long as you keep the credit along the bottom.
- Printable guide: http://1drv.ms/1E5kgCT