for the iPad


Introduction & FAQ

Draw mode

Type mode

Write mode

Select mode


Import documents

Insert images from photo album


Export - email, Photo Album or Facebook



Files, folders and Dropbox

New - clear the screen




  1. Basics
  2. Pan and zoom
  3. Examples
    1. Marking up a document
    2. Marking up an email attachment
  4. Transfer docs using iTunes File Sharing


The DOCS feature lets you read in various (.pdf, .doc,. xls and .ppt) document files. You can transfer these document files to your iPad using iTunes (see note below on how to transfer using iTunes) and open them here.

Or you could open the Documents from other apps, through the iPad "Open in .." function found in many apps.

The document file is opened in a DOCS BOX which can be re-sized and re-positioned anywhere on the screen. Within the DOCS BOX, you can scroll scroll or pan the document to the required section and paste it on to the screen image.

You can then MARK UP the screen image. Note that the original document files are not affected.

Tap the DOCS button (1) and the DOCS SELECTION popover (2) appears where you can select a document type (3) or a document from the list (4).

Document files which have been transferred to your iPad using iTunes will appear according to the document type chosen.

Once you have selected a document, the DOCS TOOLBAR (1) appears and the document will be read into the DOCS BOX (5).

The DOCS BOX (5) can be resized by dragging the ARROWHEAD HANDLES (7) or moved by dragging the DOT HANDLES (6). Or use one of the PRESET BOXSIZE buttons (2). See below for samples of the preset box sizes.

After panning and zooming (see below) to get to the required section of the document, and after you have re-sized and positioned the DOCS BOX on the screen as necessary, tap the PASTE button(3) to paste the section of the document in the DOCS BOX to the screen image.

It is important that you remember to PASTE the contents of the DOCS BOX, otherwise you will not be able to continue to work with it on the screen image.

Tap (4) to hide/unhide the MAIN TOOLBAR.

Use the screen image with the pasted document as a BACKGROUND before marking it up.

This would allow you to keep your mark up and highlighting edits separate. You can MERGE the background with the screen image when you have finished with the mark up or highlighting.

Tap here for more information on backgrounds.

Examples of selecting the MAP BOX PRESET SIZES.
From the left the buttons are LARGE (1), STANDARD (2), LEFT (3) and RIGHT (4), corresponding to the buttons in the MAPS TOOLBAR described above.

Pan and zoom

When a document is first opened in the DOCS BOX, you can "pan (or scroll)" the document within the box. Simply drag with your finger in the DOCS BOX.

Note that if you have tapped OUTSIDE the DOCS BOX (or touched any screen area OUTSIDE the DOCS BOX), the document is "frozen" in the DOCS BOX and if you drag with your finger, you would be dragging the DOCS BOX rather than panning the document. If you wish to restore panning, DOUBLE TAP inside the DOCS BOX.

Tap outside the DOCS BOX to freeze the map and disable panning. DOUBLE TAP inside the DOCS BOX to restore panning (and zooming).

As described above, if you drag the map with your finger (assuming panning is enabled), you would be panning the document within the DOCS BOX. However, if you use your thumb and forefinger and apply a pinching action inside the DOCS BOX, the document would zoom accordingly.

If you find that you are unable to pan or zoom as described here, you may have indadvertedly touched the screen outside the DOCS BOX. This would have "frozen" the document. DOUBLE TAP inside the DOCS BOX to re-enable panning and zooming.

Again, remember to PASTE the document to add it to your screen image by tapping the PASTE button (2).


Marking up a document

First, import a document using DOCS, for example a .pdf file that you wish to mark up or annotate.

After you have scrolled and zoomed to the section you require, paste it on to the screen (1). Use the CROP feature in the SELECT MODE to trim, tidy up and position the section as convenient for your work (for example at the side of the screen leaving a space for your notes as shown in the image on the left).

Tap the BACKGRD (4) button and send the screen image to the background.

You can then mark it up (2) with the HIGHLIGHTER in DRAW MODE or annotate and write notes (3) alongside. You can also insert icons as shown in the image on the left to enhance your notes.

Using a background allows you to erase just the annotations which are over the background if needed, leaving the background intact. When done, you can merge in the background.

Marking up an email attachment

You can open a document which has been sent as an email attachment, for example a .pdf file.

First, open the email in your iPad mail app and tap the ATTACHMENT (1) as shown on the left.

The document (2) is opened and you can view it on the screen. Tap the Export button (3) to open the document to another compatible app.

A popover (4) appears showing available apps which can handle the document type.

Select Page Composer.

Page Composer is then launched and the email attacment is opened in a DOCS BOX (5), with the DOCS TOOLBAR (6) available.

As usual, you can resize the DOCS BOX, pan and scroll the document in the BOX, reposition the DOCS BOX and when ready, paste (7) the visible contents of the DOCS BOX on to the screen image.

You can then mark up the screen image (or send it to background first, if preferred. See above) as required using the DRAW tools, WRITE MODE, ICONS, etc.

You can then email back the screen image or save the screen image.

Transfer docs using iTunes File Sharing

Run iTunes on the PC or Mac which you normally connect your iPad for synchronization. The iTunes screen will be similar to that shown on the left (1).

Locate your iPad device under Devices (2) in the panel on the left and click to select.

Click on the Apps tab (3) and then scroll the right panel until File Sharing (4) and the corresponding apps appear below.

Locate the Page Composer app (5) and click on it. The documents for Page Composer will appear in the Documents panel on the right (6). Drag any of your documents from your PC or Mac into this Documents panel and sync the iPad.

Note that the document files must have the correct extensions, i.e. .pdf, .doc, .xls, .ppt