Highlights: PDF Reader & Notes

Highlights: PDF Reader & Notes for PC and Mac

Published by Jonas Myren Ribe on 2023-09-04

  • Compatibility: Available on Windows 11, Windows 10, Windows 7 & MacOS 10, 11, 13.4
  • Category: Productivity
  • Licence: Free
  • Software version: 2023.1.3
  • File size: 9.50 MB

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Highlights Overview

What is Highlights? Highlights is a PDF reader app designed for students, academics, and anyone who does substantial amounts of PDF-based research. The app is a fast and lightweight PDF reader with features such as document browsing, reading, and annotating. Users can access their files from iCloud Drive, Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, or Box using the document browser. The app allows users to highlight, underline, strikethrough text, and make image selections. Users can also add comments to annotations or as individual sticky notes. The app can extract table data and recognize text using machine learning. Users can export their notes as portable files and share them to their favorite notes app. The app also includes features such as dark mode, multi-window support on iPadOS, keyboard shortcuts and navigation, support for system Copy and Undo gestures, alternative app icons, custom accent colors, and Apple Pencil double-tap gestures. The app offers a Highlights Pro subscription that unlocks advanced features such as export options for other apps and easily editable formats, extract information using table and text recognition, customize accent colors and alternative app icons, power annotation tools, citation lookups, and smart copy. The subscription includes a 14-day free trial and can be canceled at any time.


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Highlights: PDF Reader & Notes Features and Description

1. Any unused portion of a free trial period will be forfeited when you purchase a subscription.

2. Free users have access to standard PDF reader features including document browsing, reading and annotating.

3. The subscription will automatically renew unless auto-renew is turned off within 24-hour prior to the end of of the current period.

4. Payments will be charged to your iTunes account and your account will be charged within 24-hours prior to the end of the current period.

5. Highlights is a fast and lightweight PDF reader (under 10MB) packed with features to help you do your best research.

6. Highlights Pro includes a 14-day free trial.

7. You can cancel your subscription at any time.

8. There are NO ADS, time limits or tracking.

9. • Or send them to a colleague via mail.


  • - More color options by re-highlighting different colors over each other
  • - Easily able to sync up to my tablets progress and pick up where I left off since I saved it to the iCloud
  • - Good tool to collect important points (argument, evidence, conclusion, future directions. . .)
  • - Keeps records of significant points
  • - Highlighting capabilities

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Installation Requirements

PC Compactibility/Requirements for Installation

Compactible OS list:
  1. Windows 11
  2. Windows 10
  3. Windows 8.1
  4. Windows 7
  5. Windows Vista

Requirements for MacOS Installation

Intel, 64-bit processor, OS X 10.7 or later.

Compactible OS list:
  1. macOS Ventura: 13.3
  2. macOS Monterey: 12.6.4
  3. macOS Big Sur: 11.7.5
  4. macOS Catalina: 10.15
  5. macOS Mojave: 10.14
  6. macOS High Sierra: 10.13


Highlights: PDF Reader & Notes - Is it safe to download?

Yes. The app is 100 percent (100%) safe to download and Install. Our download links are from safe sources and are frequently virus scanned to protect you

Software Reviews and Criticism

  • By Asi Es Cierto

    Really good app

    UPDATE: I just learned some thing that makes this app even better. You can save PDFs in the cloud and then open them on the Windows and iPhone/iPad and highlight them. The highlights are saved across the platforms. This is one fantastic app. The app is fantastic. It is beautifully done and works really well. I am able to effortlessly do my research and this app speeds me along the way. One thing I wish it would do better is reflow the text to look better on the iPhone screen. Another point... If you need service. It may be a very long time before you get some. The developer will write and say that they are a one person operation. And while I respect their right to operate any way they want, the fee for the app is high enough that you would think that you would actually get faster response. When the developer responds, he is very polite and professional. And it makes me really happy I bought the app . I still rate it five stars because the bottom line is that’s what the app deserves. I get really tired of people taking stars away for various reasons that have nothing to do with how the app operates.

  • By DrJJWMac

    Lacks essential export feature and has annoyances

    I had high hopes for this app to annotate PDFs collected as a background bibliography for review to prepare a science/engineering publication. But not in its current version. * Markdown export does not include the images. This eliminates my intent to use sophisticated, markdown-aware tools (e.g. Obsidian) to manage the exported annotation content. The lack of this ability alone leaves me with no greater power than my current go-to PDF editor app across PC and iPadOS. * There is no way to clear the (exhaustive) list of recent files on the iPadOS app. * As another review noted, you will end in the File Editor and can inadvertently delete a folder or file from some other app (this may be a problem for other iPadOS apps due solely to the poor control in the Files app itself and if so should raise a red flag that apps should only be able to READ in the File directory, not muck about in it fully). * After you highlight a text region, you will not easily be able to adjust it. Essentially, the best if not only viable way to short or lengthen the highlight is to delete it and remake it. On the plus side, Highlights appears to work well dynamically with other PDF-editing apps (e.g. Devonthink, Bookends), both on PC and iPadOS. Finally, I hope that a future update will allow a user to put tags on annotations (as possible in apps such as MarginNote or ZenReader).

  • By Tripp88

    Pretty darn close

    Key feature that would make this near perfect: the ability to group highlights together. I'm studying med/surgery texts, so frequently highlight only short segments of sentences/paragraphs, rather than entire paragraphs. Would be awesome if I could group these together e.g. if a paragraph is describing a surgical technique, I could group the 2-3 highlights I made and add a group title with the name of the surgery. This is how my notes would ideally look if i was writing them out myself - will save significant time creating notes (especially going back over old highlights), which can then be exported and turned into flashcards e.g. with RemNotes. Liquidtext and Marginnotes kind of do this, but the output and user interface is bad and most of us don't need mind maps for everything. Draw/pen tool would also be cool but not as cool as the above feature.

  • By Bride of Squid

    Love the idea; execution isn’t there

    I love the idea of this app; being able to easily pull out all my highlighted material from an article I’m reading into a separate file is a functionality I’ve been looking for for a while (LiquidText kind of does this, but I find the interface clunky and less useful than I had hoped). But too often the highlighting doesn’t work: I select text, and it randomly highlights the whole page (guessing superscripts are the problem, as someone else mentioned). Some of my highlights stick while others randomly disappear. I also dislike that I can’t write annotations in the margins—the whole advantage of the Microsoft Pencil for research is that I don’t have to use the keyboard when I’m reading to mark down quick notes in the margins. I would enthusiastically pay for this app if it did what it advertises reliably, and even more so if I could write marginalia; but in its present form it isn’t really useable.

  • By BruceJiangcs

    life saver for researchers

    As a researcher, I have to read extensively for a number of topics; this means that I need a good tool to collect important points (argument, evidence, conclusion, future directions...). Before I used Highlights, I jotted down all the possiblly useful quotes on a notebook (traditional or electronic one). By so doing, i have felt more comfortable as i knew i kept the records of those significant points. However, it is illusionary, because i often forgot where I put those notes. Hightlights can a life-saver, because the hightlighted lines can be easily exported as a searchable pdf. Toegther with pdf search tools, notes and hightlighted quotes can be easily accessible, no matter how many pdfs I have on my computer.

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