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Annotate PRO Beta Versions

The best way to install Extensions like AP is from the Chrome Webstore.

 Google can take a week or more to review an update to an Extension like AP, which limits our ability to respond to bugs and release updates.

 So you may want to install AP locally to:

  1. Experience new features/capabilities and help us test them.
  2. Get a bug fix for an issue you can’t live with by either “rolling back” to a previous stable version of AP OR installing a new version that isn’t yet approved by Google or available in the Chrome Web Store.

The downside to using a local version of AP is that each time you restart Chrome you’ll have to reinstall the Extension. The news? It takes only a few seconds and a couple of clicks to flip back and forth between “production” and “beta.”

You will still use the same account and your data will be stored exactly the same way as always.

Skip to the bottom of this page to discover what is in the beta so you can decide whether you want to experiment.

 Use the tabs to view the version of AP you’d like to install / reinstall:

  • Annotate PRO Chrome Extension (5.6.0 | March 22, 2020)
  • Use this version if you’d like to try new features, provide feedback, or if we’ve communicated with you that an updated beta version fixes issues with the production version of AP available from the Chrome Webstore.
  • Installation is fast and easily reversible. See below for step-by-step instructions.

This is the last stable release – tried and true and guaranteed to get the basics done.

This is a link to the version of AP available in the Google Chrome Web Store. Since it can take a week or longer to get a new version reviewed and approved, you may want to try a BETA version if you’re experiencing problems with the production version downloaded from the Chrome Web Store

Here’s how to install the AP Chrome Extension locally:

  1. Click a link above to download a ZIP file
  2. UNZIP the file to a folder on your computer you can easily find
  3. Open the Chrome browser and visit chrome://extensions/ and check the box for Developer mode in the top right
  4. Toggle OFF the current version of AP – or remove it completely. It will be easy to put back. The toggle switch is in the bottom right of the Annotate PRO panel.
  5. Click the Load unpacked button on the Extensions page
  6. Find your unzipped AnnoChrome folder and select it

AP should install just as if you used the Chrome Web Store. Log in with your regular credentials – which may not even be required if you were already logged into AP before starting this process.

At some point you’ll want to get rid of this local version and use the version from the Chrome Webstore to assure you get automatic updates. 

 What’s in the beta?

  1. Smarter toolbar loading.
  2. Bug fixes – many of them.
  3. Improved log in experience including support for Microsoft single sign-on (to go along with our Google SSO support).
  4. Improved text rendering when inserting Comments – to preserve bolding, links, carriage returns where possible.
  5. Much improved support for Microsoft Teams and Word Online.
    1. Highlight some text in a Word document, choose a comment from AP, and a comment bubble is created with your selected text. Magic! Turn on one-click and hammer through early drafts of student work. 
  6. Much improved support for Google Classroom.
  7. Smarter text rendering to preserve carriage returns, links, and text formatting (bolding etc.).
  8. One-click commenting for Word Online and Canvas SpeedGrader (feature was previously only available for Google Docs).
  9. Improved support for D2L Brightspace and Schoology including their document markup solutions in full screen.
  10. All Settings are now available from inside the Chrome Extension (previously you had to visit your Account page on the full web version of AP). Including:
    1. Toolbar location (off, right, top, right & top
    2. Toolbar “Double-Wide” – make the AP sidebar wider. Great for wide monitors!
    3. History (off, on-anonymized, on-student history)
    4. History location (off, right toolbar, top toolbar, right & top toolbars)
    5. Search options (search Comment Label and Full Text, Search only the Label)
    6. Google Translate on/off
    7. One-click Commenting
  11. A ‘Quick Settings’ menu available from the sidebar to adjust common settings.
  12. Paid features:
    1. Toolbar support for Outlook (web only) and Gmail.
    2. Google Translate baked into the sidebar. Translate between two languages or even provide dual language comments.
    3. Option to make the sidebar go “double-wide.”
    4. Option to show the toolbars everywhere. This is a true beta feature – your mileage may vary with showing toolbars on random pages. If you’d really like to see toolbars available on a particular solution email us!