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Annotate PRO Beta Versions

Version 6.1.6, published March 8, 2021, is the new beta version of the Annotate PRO Chrome Extension.

However, the Production version of AP (6.1.1) is more recent and all users should move back to using it. Only use the Beta version if you have issues with AP and we document a solution to your specific problem here. Appreciations!

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.

Join the AP beta program to gain instant access to a newer version of AP to:

  1. Experience new features/capabilities and help us test them.
  2. Get a bug fix for an issue affecting your use of AP.

You can gain instant access to the latest AP beta by:

  1. Joining the AP Chrome Beta Google Group
  2. Visiting this private link in the Google Chrome Webstore to install the latest beta just like any other Extension

You’ll only be able to get to step 2 if you complete step 1.


  • Note: using ALT-A to open AP from ANY webpage is one of our best features. Switching between production and beta versions of AP can confuse Chrome and you may need to manually specify the keyboard shortcut to get it working. Here’s how:
    1. Open chrome://extensions/shortcuts.
    2.  Click the ‘X’ in the Annotate PRO section.
    3. Click into the entry area and type “ALT-A” (both keys at the same time).
    4. Try it! AP should be back in business with the shortcut.
  • What’s NEW in the beta?
    • Bug fixes to support moving between students in Google Classroom document grading.
    • Improved support for using AP with Turnitin’s Feedback Studio.
    • Bugs!
  • Previous changes:
    • Improved support for Canvas SpeedGrader (right-click should work when adding margin comments).
    • Fixes endless “Ruh-roh” messages for Google Docs users.
    • Better support for coloring Favorites (text color adjusts for dark button colors).
    • Improved support for Google Docs / Classroom and Goobric.
    • Improved support for Microsoft Word Online.
    • Improved automatic content updates when editing Libraries.
    • Bug fixes to our Forms feature.
    • Additional bug fixes to better support Google Docs and Goo
  • You’ll get automatic updates to the beta just like the production version of AP.
  • You can happily run both the production version of AP and the beta at the same time. You may want to disable (visit chrome://extensions/ and toggle AP off) or uninstall the production version of AP though. In the screenshot below we have toggled OFF the AP beta (Mar-8-2021) and toggled ON the production version (6.1).

Beta vs. Production versions of Annotate PRO

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.

This is a link to the version of AP available to everyone 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