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Create, Convert, Connect: Take your documents to the next level

OrbitNote allows you to transform and interact with documents in a completely different way. Create an accessible, dynamic and collaborative space that works for everyone.

OrbitNote helps to:

Make PDFs More Accessible and Actionable

Teachers can easily convert printed text into a PDF with our one-click OCR scanning technology. OrbitNote then takes care of everything else, ensuring that students have access to the tools they need, such as text to speech, highlighting, vocabulary support and everything they need to succeed - across all class content.

Gives you multiple ways to demonstrate knowledge and give feedback

OrbitNote allows students to express their understanding in many flexible ways. They can type or draw their thoughts on the page, which can aid planning. Students can highlight the key points in a comprehension piece or to help with studying. Both teachers and students can use their voices to send thoughts and feedback, and finally students can add shapes and images to their work. 

Boosts productivity, connections and collaboration

Using OrbitNote allows for seamless collaboration, for example, teachers could leave a quick voice note for students offering feedback and areas for improvement, rather than waiting for students to turn in the finished article. Students can then access the voice note and make changes to their work. Students could use a range of tools to ask teachers for help, identifying areas that need more support - before it becomes a problem. Pen and paper projects can become digital spaces for working together, allowing collaboration between teachers and students, as well as for group projects and tasks.

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Features at a glance

  • OrbitNote text to speech icon

    Text to Speech:

    Reads words, passages, or whole documents aloud with easy-to-follow dual color highlighting.

  • OrbitNote typewriter icon

    Text:

    Lets you type text on top of the PDF.

  • OrbitNote push pin icon

    Pushpin:

    Ideal for making notes or adding instructions or other helpful hints to a PDF assignment.

  • OrbitNote freehand icon

    Freehand Drawing:

    To scribble and draw on your PDF to complete assignments or highlight important information.

    • OrbitNote shapes icon

      Shapes Drawing:

      For creating circles, rectangles and lines with customized lines and fill color.

    • OrbitNote comment icon

      Text and Voice comments:

      For collaboration, showing understanding and giving feedback

    • OrbitNote highlighter icon

      Highlighters:

      Collect highlights from text in documents or the web for summarizing research and to create bibliographies.

    • OrbitNote OCR Scan Icon

      One-click OCR scanning:

      Readable image-only PDFs at the touch of a button.

    What our OrbitNote customers say

    I love how OrbitNote allows all learners to easily manipulate PDF documents and gives them access to the familiar Read&Write tools that allow them to be independent and successful.

    Our newest product, OrbitNote was named as a finalist in the EdTech Awards from EdTech Digest in the New product or service category (released in 2018 or later). The EdTech Awards are the largest education technology recognition program in the world - highlighting efforts which improve education through technology and enrich the lives of learners everywhe

    Where does OrbitNote work?

    Our new OrbitNote toolbar will work alongside most applications whether you use Windows, or Mac.

    We also have some custom integrations available.

    How can OrbitNote help you?

    Create interactive PDF worksheets

    OrbitNote promotes communication and group work with real-time collaboration on PDFs. When students are learning from home, they can still engage with and get feedback from both teachers and their peers.

    Collaboration - Education and Workplace

    One of the primary benefits of OrbitNote is that anyone can view your document regardless of which operating system or device they’re using—and in today’s socially connected environment, that’s key. With OrbitNote you can go one further and annotate, highlight and manipulate that PDF, collaboratively.

    Create digital math in PDFs

    You can use Read&Write and Equatio together in PDFs, to create engaging and accessible digital math worksheets. That students can complete and return for feedback from anywhere, without the need to print off paper resources.

    Digital Workflow

    Reliable document routing is a benefit of a digital workflow. Lost and forgotten paper documents can slow down the operation of a company and damage its image in the industry, possibly losing customers in the process.

    Provide consistent support for students

    Coupled with Read&Write, OrbitNote can improve accessibility and engagement in your classroom. OrbitNote helps you to transform existing classroom resources into collaborative online documents, with all the familiar Read&Write tools that students will know and love.

    Use OrbitNote in Canvas

    You can use OrbitNote directly within Canvas using our Canvas LTI. Create PDF assignments using OrbitNote, then share them directly with your students. Students can then open the PDF worksheet, use OrbitNote tools to complete the assignment and then turn it in for assessment.

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    FAQs

    • Currently OrbitNote works with Google Classroom, Schoology and Canvas. We are always innovating and looking to integrate with even more LMS's in the future.

    • Yes, OrbitNote has a seamless integration with Google Classroom that allows students to complete PDF worksheets using a variety of annotation tools, and allows teachers to review their work and provide feedback right from Google Classroom.

    • OrbitNote works with Office 365, so Microsoft users can sign into OrbitNote with their Microsoft account and use it with PDFs in OneDrive. In the future, we plan to make OrbitNote compatible on iOS as well.

    • Yes, OrbitNote is entirely collaborative to allow for feedback and communication between teacher and student. You can share your annotations and highlights with other collaborators, and leave text and audio comments.

    • Yes, OrbitNote can be deployed easily by an admin so teacher and student users do not need to install anything. Check out our support site for more information.

    • You can share annotated PDFs with other users through Google Drive, OneDrive, Google Classroom or your Learning Management Systems - just ensure that the user you are sharing with has OrbitNote installed as well, in order to see the annotations. In the future, we’ll be adding a feature that will allow you to save or "burn" the annotations into the PDF so they can be seen by users who do not have OrbitNote.

    • Yes, your annotations and highlights will be included when you print a PDF in OrbitNote.

    • No, OrbitNote only handles PDFs. Read&Write can however be used with Bookshare and EPUB files.

    • No, OrbitNote is a standalone product. If you are a premium Read&Write user, all current OrbitNote features are included in your Read&Write subscription. Future OrbitNote features will be part of a premium OrbitNote tier that can be added at an additional cost.

    • Freemium OrbitNote includes: Text-to-speech, Highlighters, Text Comments, Google Classroom and Schoology integrations

      Premium OrbitNote includes: all freemium features and Annotations, Collect Highlights, Voice Notes, OCR scanning and Canvas LTI

      Note that for premium Read&Write users, a subset of features in OrbitNote are included as part of your Read&Write subscription. See our Read&Write and OrbitNote premium features table for more details.

    • You can learn more about OrbitNote's pricing and licensing structure here.

    • Yes! You can begin your free 30 day premium trial of OrbitNote here.