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I was wondering if anyone could recommend a good piece of software for marking digital (PDF) assignments. Specifically, I am marking a first-year mathematics course, and need to do the following for each assignment:

  • Open student's PDF assignment
  • Make annotations (really, the only two tools I use are red pencil/pen and text comments). I am using a Wacom pen tablet for this.
  • Save a copy of the marked assignment in the original directory.
  • Repeat x many.

I am currently using Foxit and was using Xodo previously, but neither tool feels quite right for the job. I would favour something that:

  • Makes the above process quick and easy
  • Interacts nicely with the Wacom tablet (Adobe Reader doesn't, for example)
  • Is lightweight and easily usable (really only need pen and text tools, and possibly rotating pages every now and then. Everything else is clutter)
  • Has a good workflow so I can mark as efficiently as possible.
  • What problems are they solving? Could you have a “quiz” with calculations and have interim answers so you trap the detail? – Solar Mike Sep 16 '19 at 16:02
  • What platform (operating system) are you using? If you're on a Mac, you can annotate PDFs in the Preview application that comes with the OS. – shoover Sep 16 '19 at 16:15
  • @shoover: I'm using Windows. – Jordan Mitchell Barrett Sep 17 '19 at 0:39