Annotate PRO Beta Versions
Version 6.1, published October 20, 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:
- Experience new features/capabilities and help us test them.
- 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:
Download the AP Chrome Extension beta here.
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 6.1 | October 20, 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
- Annotate PRO Chrome Extension (6.0.0 | July 8, 2020)
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:
- Click a link above to download a ZIP file
- 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. Windows users may find a sub-folder called AnnoChrome – which is the folder you should use in step 6.
- Open the Chrome browser and enter the following into the address bar: chrome://extensions/
- You can also visit the Preferences page in Chrome and look for Extensions at the bottom of the left navigation
- Check the box for Developer mode in the top right (see screnshot below)
- Click the Load unpacked button on the Extensions page
- 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):
- Click Remove to uninstall AP
- 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.