PDFs - How to Mark Up Pdfs using Nuance Power PDF on a Windows computer

Most PDF software including Nuance Power PDF (available from www.nuance.co.uk/for-individuals/by-product/pdf/index.htmhave drawing tools which you be used to mark up PDFs. The detailed instructions below are for Nuance Power PDF but a similar procedure can be used with other PDF software. For instructions for PDF Studio Pro see here.


Using Nuance Power PDF to create an enlarged copy ready for marking up

Make sure you have saved the original document, and carry the following procedure out on a copy. You may want to start with a same-size copy of the original document, or you may want to extract and enlarge a portion before marking up. To extract and enlarge a portion, proceed as follows.

Open the same-size copy of the document as shown on the next page. You can use Nuance Power PDF  to do this whether the document is already a PDF or whether it is a JPG or other type of image file.

Use the select tool to draw an outline of the portion you wish to select and enlarge.

Right-click on the selected area and choose Save Image As and, when prompted, enter a file name to save the image as a bitmap file. Then open that bitmap file using Nuance Power PDF:

Click File – Print. Select a printer of Nuance PDF. Click properties

Select the appropriate paper size, and click OK.

Select a Zoom of Fit to Paper and click OK to save the result as a PDF file. 


Using Nuance Power PDF Drawing Tools to Mark Up

Once you have a PDF copy ready for marking, whether a same-size copy or an enlarged portion produced as described above, you are then ready to mark it up as described below. 

To draw an outline, select CommentsDraw ToolsPolygon and then draw the outline, clicking once at the end of each line, and double-clicking at the end.

Right click and select Properties and choose the colour for the outline:

And click Close

Select Comments – Callout and create a text box and arrow. Right-click and select Properties to change the colour to the same colour previously selected for the outline  

Click on the text box to expose the drag boxes at each corner and drag it into the desired size.

Type into the text box, then select the text, right-click and select properties

Change the colour to the same colour previously selected for the outline and choose a suitable font size.


Every reasonable effort has been made to ensure that the information is accurate and up to date at the time it was written but no responsibility for its accuracy, or for any consequences of relying on it, is assumed by me. You should satisfy yourself, before using any of the techniques, software or services described, that the techniques are appropriate for your purposes and that the software or service is reliable.

This page was lasted updated in November 2016. Disclaimer