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Native document co-browsing guide

The native document co-browsing UI offers numerous ways to make collaborating on PDF files a more useful and rewarding experience for all participants. This guide provides a brief overview of the UI’s capabilities.


The image below shows the native document co-browsing UI displaying a PDF file and both side panels:

Native document co-browsing UI
Figure 1. Native document co-browsing UI
  • Above the PDF file is the toolbar, which provides access to the tools discussed in the next section.

  • The right side panel is the comments panel. Each annotation made to the document is listed as a comment. Participants can reply to comments and assign comments a status, for example, "Accepted" or "Rejected".

    Use the Comments button Native document co-browsing comments icon to toggle the comments panel.


The toolbar above the document in the co-browsing pane contains the majority of the tools at your disposal during a native document co-browsing session. Many of the tools are familiar from other applications, for example, the Underline Native document co-browsing underline tool icon and Highlight Native document co-browsing highlight tool icon tools.

Some of the tools, however, have features that are more specific to native document co-browsing and warrant a brief discussion.

Printing downloading, and saving the document

The Menu Native document co-browsing menu icon gives users access to functions that print, download, and save the document they’re co-browsing. All three functions let you choose whether to include the annotations made to the file.

In the Download and Save functions, comments are included if you include annotations. The Print dialog lets you specify separately whether to print comments. If you don’t only the annotations visible in the document itself are printed.

The Download and Save functions differ with regard to where they save the document:

  • The Download function downloads a copy of the document to the user’s device.

  • The Save function uploads a new copy of the document to the conversation the document co-browsing session is taking place in. It therefore makes most sense to use it with the Include annotations option checked.

Editing annotations

Once you’ve added an annotation, you can’t use the tools in the toolbar to change it. Instead, click the annotation or its comment in the comments panel. This displays a floating set of tools next to the annotation Tools for editing annotations. The tools provided this way are largely those also available in the toolbar.

Creating and using signatures

Signatures are simply a type of annotation. Users with the appropriate permissions can upload their signature to a document by clicking the Signature icon icon apryse signature to display the appropriate preset, then clicking the Add signature preset native document co-browsing add signature preset.

Once a user’s added their signature to the document, they can use it in the document like any other annotation. Other users can’t use the signature. They can, however, remove the annotation from the document if they’re allowed to edit other users' annotations.

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