Galaxy Note 5 to have Write on PDF feature

We are now just two months away from Samsung’s Galaxy Note 5 unveiling, and, while we’ve seen leaks of what could be the Galaxy Note 5 (and potential cases for the behemoth productivity phablet), very little about Samsung’s software changes are public knowledge. One of the first clues about what software changes we’ll see has arrived today.

In a United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) application filed on June 30, 2015, Samsung has requested a new feature called Write on PDF. The patent says that this new function is “computer application software for mobile phones, smart phones, tablet computers, portable media players and handheld computers enabling users to annotate and save PDF documents, images and files.”

Samsung’s Screen Write function is already one of the most popular on the Note experience, allowing you to write on any screen and save your note or handwriting as a screenshot in your local photo gallery, but writing on PDFs at the moment is somewhat difficult. First, you have to activate Screen Write with the S-Pen, take a picture of the screen, then write on it. Samsung’s Write on PDF feature will likely allow you to write on the screen directly, without needing to take a screenshot or activate Screen Write to do so. Instead, you’d select the function in your settings, then write on PDFs immediately.

Outside of the description, there’s nothing else said about this feature, but it is exciting to think about the Note line and how much smarter it will get with this feature. Samsung just upgraded its two-year-old Galaxy Note 3 with Smart Select, a feature that allows you to “clipboard” texts and images simultaneously. Samsung’s always been at the forefront of the software experience with its feature-packed philosophy, and Write on PDF just made the smartphone-buying experience exciting again.


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