An All New Highlights for iPhone, iPad and Mac

Say hello to the all new Highlights - now available on iPhone, iPad and Mac. Three new apps being released at once. You can download them all and start using them for free today from the App Store:

Highlights in the App Store

Highlights was first released on the Mac in 2014 and has been loved by students and researchers around the world since. I built it for myself during my PhD as I needed to keep track of snippets of information from hundreds of scientific articles. While there were a lot of PDF readers and a lot of shoebox applications for notes, there was no easy way of converting my PDF annotations into rich notes and bringing them into my notes library. Highlights solved that problem by extracting the annotations and formatting them into notes that could be exported directly to apps like Evernote, Ulysses, Bear, DEVONthink and Keep It.

Since then there has been a growing demand for an iOS version and after three years of development, Highlights for iPhone and iPad is finally here along side a whole new Mac app. The apps share the same underlying feature set, but are built with the strengths of the different devices in mind. The Document Browser lets you keep your PDF library up to date using your favorite cloud sync (Dropbox. iCloud Drive, Box etc.) and Handoff lets you seamlessly switch between devices.

The all new Highlights is an even faster and more lightweight PDF reader, taking up less than 10MB of the disk space, but packed with features to help with your research. Now you can extract tables and text in addition to images using machine learning. The new Smart Copy lets you copy annotations directly to the desired format — image selections as image files, tables as CSV and citations as BibTeX. Citation lookups are much easier, markup the citation and tap the link button and Highlights will look for a scientific article matching that text.

Highlights takes advantage of the latest and greatest features in iOS 13 with automatic dark mode, undo gestures and multiple windows on iPad. The macOS version includes all the new features of its iOS counterpart and a new refined look. The beautiful new app icons were made by Michael Flarup (

You can use Highlights for free without tracking and ads on all platforms, but if you are doing research you want Highlights Pro. If you have already purchased Highlights 1, you can get 50% off on the first year of Highlights Pro. I hope you like it!