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Annotate PRO, Free Form Comments & The Feed

AP can do more than just insert comments from a Library you’ve built, been shared into, or licensed from 11trees.

AP+ and institutional users can easily capture custom, or free form, comments on the fly. Why would you want to do this?

  1. AP can capture these comments for you, making it easy to add them to a specific Comment Library so you can use them over and over again.
  2. In Canvas LMS, AP can create a history of feedback for specific students, classes and assignments. 

This feature is magical and can work a few different ways:

  1. Use the Free Form feature in AP’s Chrome Extension and Word add-in. This nice, big canvas can be used to type comments, after you’ve highlighted some text or placed your cursor, and once you click Insert your comment will appear and be added to your Comment Feed.
  2. In Canvas LMS SpeedGrader and Google Docs you can also just type a new comment and AP will automatically add it to your Comment Feed. Just turn ON History in AP’s Settings. 

At any point, visit your Comment Feed to select the Comments you’d like to promote to become reusable. Just add them to a Library and Group – editing them to make sure they’re appropriate and generalized.

With Comment Histories on, just type into a Canvas SpeedGrader comment bubble, rubric comment, or overall comment and AP will save the text to your Feed.

With Comment Histories on, just type into a Google Doc comment bubble and AP will save the text to your Feed.

In Microsoft Word, AP+ or institutional users can turn on a nice big text entry area. Simply highlight text in the Word document, type your comment into the Free Form text entry area, click Insert and your text appears in the document AND is saved to your Feed.

In AP’s Chrome Extension, Free Form commenting can be turned on so a text entry box appears in the pop-up and the AP toolbar. In Google Docs, or other supported platforms, highlight text and then type your comment into the Free Form box, then click Insert. Along with having a bigger area in which to type and edit, you’ll also automatically save your new comment to your Feed.

Note: in the AP Chrome Extension the text entry box is plain text, since many commenting solutions do not yet support text formatting in margin comments.