Create a robust student/worksheet mode for surfaceable/easy-to-use student tools with zero data loss
In this era of online/distance learning, never has it been so clear that Adobe Acrobat Reader is sorely inadequate for everyday use for students. The PDF format has long been used by teachers for worksheets, but ironically only to print them out. Now that everything is digital, most routine worksheets in PDF format are not easily editable or annotatable for students to fill them out and return them! This is the moment the PDF format has been waiting for its whole existence, and it is coming up short. In practice, even when PDFs set up as fillable forms, they are oftentimes are returned to senders with the filled-in data missing. The PDF format is not adequate for today's online learning workflows. The free version of Adobe Acrobat Reader needs immediate improvements for use in digital/online school settings.
Annotation and typing tools that are easy for students as young as age 6 to surface and use.
Automatic identification of form fields in bitmap/image-based PDFs (by far the weakest area in the PDF format) and conversion of blanks/boxes/fields into typeable areas (cf. Preview on macOS).
A robust technical solution to prevent data from being lost when PDF forms are returned.
Robust cross-platform compatibility: perfect interoperability among Windows 10, macOS, iOS, Android, Linux, and online platforms like Office.com and iCloud.com among others, and pen/ink support on all platforms.
Easier-to-use security and privacy settings that kids as young as 6 can use so schools can ensure FERPA and HIPA compliance.
Effortless integratability into school workflows using platforms/apps such as Schoology, SeeSaw, Google Classroom, Apple Classroom, Microsoft Office 365 (especially OneNote).
Improved licensing to make it possible for commonly used apps like Apple Notes, Microsoft Office OneNote, Google Notes/Keep, etc., can integrate PDFs and mark them up – with markup retained when shifted to a different platform.
Easy integration of these PDF tools into OneDrive, Google Drive, and iCloud.
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Gustavo Woltmann commented
I want to restore the page menu on my pdf document. How do I do it. I've tried everything that is described but it isn't working