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Annotate PRO Beta Versions

Version 6.0.2, published August 10, 2020, is the new beta version of the Annotate PRO Chrome Extension.

Users install Chrome Extensions like Annotate PRO (AP) from the Chrome Webstore. This guarantees security and automatic updates.

However, 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 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 good 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:

You need to join the AP Beta Program to gain access to pre-release versions.

To gain access to the beta program please click here to complete a short survey. You’ll receive a download link after completing the survey and, after downloading, can follow the steps below to gain instant access to the beta.

The download link will always get you to the latest beta. If you misplace it, simply contact us and we’ll send it to you (since we know you’re in the beta).

Please provide feedback or report issues with the beta by completing this form. In particular, look for toolbar strangeness (not showing up when you expect it, for instance), settings not ‘sticking’ and of course failures to insert your awesome pre-written comments! We regularly provide individuals with a year’s access to all paid features and content as a small “thank you” for finding bugs and providing feedback on AP.

  • The latest AP Chrome Extension beta is version 6.0.2 | August 10, 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 (or an earlier beta version).
  • Installation is fast and easily reversible. See below for step-by-step instructions.

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

This is the last stable release. Use this version if you the current production version has issues for you and you need to “roll back.”

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
    The single ZIP file will expand to a folder called “AnnoChrome” – this is the folder you will select in step 6
  3. Open the Chrome browser and enter the following into the address bar: chrome://extensions/
    1. You can also visit the Preferences page in Chrome and look for Extensions at the bottom of the left navigation
  4. Check the box for Developer mode in the top right (see screnshot below)
  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.

To go back to the production version (to assure you receive automatic updates and proven new features):

  1. Click Remove to uninstall AP
  2. Visit the Chrome Webstore and install AP

One downside to installing an Extension locally is that you’ll need to reinstall every time you restart Chrome. You just need to repeat the above steps if you do restart your computer and/or Chrome. You won’t even need to log in again!

In the screenshot below notice that the AP panel clearly calls out beta 4-30-2020 (your data should be the most recent beta). The numbers represent the date of the beta release.

Chrome Extension - Install a Beta Version of AP

What’s in the beta?

  1. Paid features (but free through December 31, 2020 for all individual users):
    1. Toolbar support for Gmail and Microsoft Outlook (web only).
    2. Google Translate baked into the sidebar and popup. Translate between two languages or even provide dual language comments. You can use AP to type a completely new comment then insert a translation – into Gmail, an LMS…almost anywhere you might enter text.
    3. Free Form commenting from the right toolbar OR the popup so you can simultaneously add a new comment and capture it in your Feedback History – so you can later select which Library and Group you’d like to make that comment’s permanent home.
    4. Option to make the sidebar go “double-wide.”
    5. Support for more rich text editors (specifically TinyMCE – used in Canvas, Blackboard and other platforms) so you can insert formatted text from AP wherever your cursor is blinking.
    6. 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!
  2. A ‘Quick Settings’ menu available from the sidebar to adjust common settings (look for the lightning bolt).
  3. Smarter toolbar loading.
  4. Bug fixes – many of them.
    1. The April 25, 2020 release of the Canvas LMS broke AP’s SpeedGrader integration. If you use SpeedGrader you need the AP beta!
  5. Improved log in experience including support for Microsoft single sign-on (to go along with our Google SSO support).
  6. Improved text rendering when inserting Comments – to preserve bolding, links, carriage returns where possible depending on the destination: Canvas, Schoology, Gmail, D2L Brightspace, Google Classroom etc.
  7. Much improved support for Microsoft Teams and Word Online.
    1. Highlight some text in a Word Online 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.
  8. Much improved support for Google Classroom including the ability to comment on Word documents submitted to Classroom.
  9. One-click commenting for Word Online and Canvas SpeedGrader (feature was previously only available for Google Docs).
  10. Improved support for D2L Brightspace and Schoology including their document markup solutions in full screen.
  11. 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
  12. A faster, more compact AP!