iOS 9 marup annotate

Similar to a feature that first made its way to the Mail app under OS X Yosemite, iOS 9 now includes Markup, a tool that lets you annotate email attachments, including image files as well as PDFs, effectively turning the Mail app into a more powerful one with a growing focus on productivity.

Just like its OS X counterpart, Markup for iOS 9 allows you to sketch, zoom, add text, and sign documents on the go. Absent from the list of annotations is the Shape button, which lets you easily insert squares, circles, etc.

Markup for iOS 9 works for both incoming or outgoing attachments, meaning that you can annotate either the attachments you receive, or those that you send. This seems to actually go hand in hand with another new iOS 9 feature that lets you attach documents from iCloud Drive.

How to annotate emails

To annotate received attachments, simply tap and hold on it until the Share menu appears. From there, simply select Markup. To annotate documents that you attached to an email, simply tap on it once, and select Markup from the menu, which will open up the Markup editor.

Markup annotating tools
Sketch, zoom, text, signature

Once in editing mode, the look and feel of the tool will definitely remind you of the Markup feature on OS X, or the Markup feature available in the Preview app.

Draw a shape with your finger, and if your drawing is recognized as a standard shape, it’s replaced by that shape. For example, you can draw an arrow and if it is recognized as such, the tool will let you choose between your version of the arrow, or a properly drawn one. Same with other shapes such as lines, squares and circles.

iOS 9 Markup tool

Markup also lets you zoom in on parts of your document, insert text, and even signatures, something that will make editing and signing PDF documents on the go a breeze. Depending on the tool you use, you may be able to change its color, font, and font size.

Once you’re done editing the document, tap Done and your email will be updated with the annotated file.

As far as we can tell, there is no option to save the annotated document to either your Camera Roll, or iCloud Drive, but since we’re still in the early stages of the iOS 9 beta, it might be something that comes in the future.

Along with the ability to save to and attach documents from iCloud Drive, this new Markup feature gives the Mail app a much-needed productivity boost. Once a simple email inbox, the Mail app on iOS 9 is feeling more and more like a tool designed for increased productivity.

Thanks Jiri for the tip!

  • Rami Tabaa

    Apple should really consider adding the “Markup” feature to the Photos app. It would come in handy many times.

    • I agree. I looked for it hoping it’d be in there, but it’s not. I would really make sense to have that feature in Photos.

      • Rami Tabaa

        I’m sure Apple won’t let us down and add it in future iOS 9 betas. 🙂

      • Lucus Bendzsa

        Apple will probably add this iOS 10!

      • Your Mother

        More than likely, right after they pillage more features from Android.

    • nonchalont

      Jailbreak tweak? 🙂

    • Until then, Skitch integrates nicely with the Photos app 😀

  • hurtfulmedicine

    omg is there going to be a stylus with the 6plus s. seems like thats what theyre gearing up for.

    • Your Mother

      And you’re excited about this? lol. If you wanted a stylus it’s been available for years already.

  • Jerry Cox

    This markup feature my add legs to the iPad Pro stylus rumors.

  • Paul David

    Thoughtful post . I am thankful for the information , Does anyone know where my assistant would be able to find a blank 1993 DA 5513-R copy to type on ?