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About 11trees began life, in 2008, simply trying to put a dent in the mountain of paper (and time) that a year’s worth of writing, grading, and commenting creates.

The average teacher collects over 11 trees-worth of paper from their students in a single year: by asking students to write essays, by creating handouts and quizzes, through printing syllabi etc. (This is based on a ream of paper requiring 6% of a ‘standard’ tree and calculating out the numbers of pages generated by an average class etc.).

We created Annotate for Word (back then just for Windows) to help writing teachers more quickly manage grading and returning documents to students. So they could collect documents electronically, comment, and return.

We’ve focused on writing ever since, introducing a Legal Writing Edition of Annotate and the free Writers’ Toolkit for Word, which can replace an $80 writing handbook while giving students faster access to help on grammar, syntax, style, and formatting. We’ve broadened our solutions to cover macOS and now ChromeOS.

Thousands of teachers and students around the world use our solutions to work more efficiently. We like to think we’re helping them make a bigger impact through better writing, whether for school assignments or feedback for another writer.

At the end of 2015 we put our Annotate for Microsoft Word product on hiatus, supporting current customers but not selling new versions. We were focused on rebooting Annotate to work with the latest Microsoft technologies and building our solutions to work in the Google Chrome ecosystem – so that annotation can happen on any website, particularly Google Docs.

We’ve succeeded. Annotate PRO is now a modern, cloud solution – your comment library in the cloud, with apps for Google Chrome and Word 2016. One library – use it everywhere.

Next up? Solutions for students…bringing research and writing help inside the tools students use to create knowledge: Microsoft Office and G Suite.

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