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Join the Annotate PRO iPad Beta Program!

To Microsoft’s great credit, Add-ins like Annotate PRO can run equally well on Microsoft Word 2016 for iPad as they do on a desktop (or Office Online, for that matter).

Apps like Annotate have to be approved by Apple, though, and to do so we’ll need to prune out references to subscriptions and other ecommerce mentions when you’re using Annotate PRO on an iPad. If you mention money, Apple want a cut.

Which is just fine…and we’ll get that work done. But the good news is you can load Annotate PRO locally, via your computer and iTunes (macOS or Windows) and get going right away. You just need iOS 8.2 or higher, a sync cable, and iTunes on a Windows or macOS PC.

We’ll be interested in your feedback on the “form factor” of using Annotate with an iPad, real usefulness etc.

Annotate PRO running on an iPad – click for a larger view!

To participate you only need to be a free trial, institutional, or paid individual Annotate PRO user. Complete the form below and you’ll get the necessary instructions. You’ll have your beautiful Annotate PRO Libraries inside your iPad in about 4 minutes.

Prerequisites for Office for iOS

  • A Windows or Mac computer with iTunes installed.
  • An iPad running iOS 8.2 or later with Excel for iPad installed, and a sync cable.

Just complete the form below and we’ll automatically download a zipped up “Manifest” file that you add to your iPad. This is the instructions that allow Microsoft Word on the iPad to run Annotate PRO and talk to our servers.

Here are the steps – after you complete the form, scroll back up to #4 and get busy!

  1. Complete the form.
  2. Find the resulting downloaded zip file (file name is: “AnnotateforWord_1_0_1_0_live.xml.zip”).
  3. Save it to your computer in a folder you can easily find.
  4. Use a sync cable to connect your iPad to your computer. If you’re connecting the iPad to your computer for the first time, you’ll be prompted with Trust This Computer?. Choose Trust to continue.
  5. If you are running macOS Mojave (10.14) or earlier you’ll use iTunes to finish the process. macOS Catalina (10.15) or later uses Finder. Open the appropriate accordion below for details.
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macOS Catalina or later (10.15)
  1. Use a sync cable to connect your iPad to your computer. If you’re connecting the iPad to your computer for the first time, you’ll be prompted with Trust This Computer?. Choose Trust to continue. You may also be asked if this is a new iPad or if you’re restoring one.

  2. In Finder, under Locations, choose the iPad icon below the menu bar.

  3. On the top of the Finder window, click on Files, and then locate Excel or Word.

  4. From a different Finder window, drag and drop the manifest.xml file of the add-in you want to side load onto the Excel or Word file in the first Finder window.

  5. Open the Excel or Word app on your iPad. If the Excel or Word app is already running, choose the Home button, and then close and restart the app.

  6. Open a document.

  7. Choose Add-ins on the Insert tab. (On the Insert tab, you may need to scroll horizontally until you see the Add-ins button.) Your sideloaded add-in is available to insert under the Developer heading in the Add-ins UI.

macOS Mojave or earlier (10.14)
  1. In iTunes, choose the iPad icon below the menu bar.
    The iPad icon in iTunes
  2. Under Settings on the left side of iTunes, choose Apps.
    iTunes Apps Settings
  3. On the right side of iTunes, scroll down to File Sharing, and then choose Word in the Add-ins column.
  4. At the bottom of the Word Documents column, choose Add File, and then select the manifest .xml file of the add-in you want to sideload.
  5. Open the Excel or Word app on your iPad. If the Excel or Word app is already running, choose the Home button, and then close and restart the app.
  6. Open a document.
  7. Choose Add-ins on the Insert tab. Annotate PRO should be available to insert under the Developer heading in the Add-ins UI.

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