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Custom annotation tools (buttons)

I would be fantastic to be able to define the annotations tools shown in the toolbar. Just like Okular does.

The idea is to customize the buttons shown in the annotation toolbar. Yo could define an "#0000ff 80% opacity underline" as your first tool, a "#ff0000 80% opacity underline" as your second tool, a "#ffff00 100% opacity highlight", etc.

As the number of buttons in screen is limited there must be a "More" or "Plus" button in order to show the rest of the tools and to access to the customization screen.

The benefits would be:

· Have a set of virtual tools like the one you use to have in the real world. Red pen, blue pen, yellow highligher, blue highlither.

· Being able to have several shotcuts to the same tool type (in my example the underliner tool) with different styles. Is a much faster way of changing between frecuently used styles of a tool.

· Being able to hide the tools you don't use. This you would access to using the "More"/"Plus" button.

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lImItgb shared this idea  ·   ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
started  ·  AdminXodo (Support, Xodo) responded  · 

Hi there,

Thanks for your awesome feedback! Defining exact hex color value, entering exact thickness/opacity/text size value is now available in Xodo beta! See

To enter exact color HEX value, see:

To define and select style presets, see:

You can become our beta tester as described here:

Just FYI, “more”/“plus” button for adding customized tools to toolbar is under review! Hopefully we can implement it in the future!


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  • JP Bourgeois commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I'm glad to see an update from the Xodo team, hopefully, my main concern to be able to customize the toolbar can happen. I would to be able to have specific tools on the left of the bar so when I resize my window they still show up.

  • Filippo Alberto Edoardo Nuccio commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I second this! When I annotate my pdf I basically only use pen, pencil and marker. I would like to be able to have these buttons as first, not hided below with the others which I never use. It would also be great to customize what I can have, like two pens instead of one (so I can fast access red/blue ones without hitting and waiting).

  • krys commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Love this idea. Have been using Xodo for almost a year now and it's been great. Would love to be able to switch easily between different coloured highlights (and other tools) through a customised side bar of sorts. It's a bit of a bother as is, especially when selecting different transparencies.

    Regardless, thank you to the developers for all the hard work. It's an incredible app.

  • Tifferzzz commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I agree with this idea. I have to read and edit many PDF documents for school and having to move back and forth in the drop-downs to jump from highlight to underline then to arrows (while not needing anything else) is an extra step that I would love to side-step. A click-drag to re-organize the buttons is one idea.

  • Rachelle Parker commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I would also PLEASE ad the option to fix the annotation bar at top of screen, I can't see what is being selected.

  • Lisa North commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I would like to see a settings button for items on the annotation tool bar. In particular the option to lock the notes so they don't scale with text when zooming in or out. I understand scaling is a good upgrade for some but not for my purposes.

  • carlos.marinheiro commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This is particularly relevant when in portrait mode, since in such mode there is less tools available, and you can not choose which ones are dropped.

  • lImItgb commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This is a more general solution. The one you post a link to just talks about setting a "default" color option or one "custom button". What I'm talking about is a customizable toolbar where you can show only the custom tools you want. Even have several custom tools of the same annotation_type.

    This solution would meet the needs of the other user and a lot more.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Provide a means to select which annotation tools you want on the tool bar. I never use signature or strike through so would be nice to save screen space and only have the tools that available that you use.

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