Have you ever received an email with an attachment to review, but in order to mark up the attached document, you needed to open the corresponding app, and then resend the document? This workflow is far from ideal, and Apple agrees. With iOS 9, a new tool lets you easily mark up a document from within Mail, re-attach it to the email, and send it back in the same message thread.
To begin marking up an email attachment, perform the following steps.
- Open the Mail app and select a message containing an image or PDF document.
- Tap and hold the attachment you wish to mark up.
- Select Markup And Reply from the action sheet that appears (Figure A).
- Tap and hold the attachment you wish to mark up, and select the Markup button to open the editor (Figure B).
With the Markup editor open, you can change color of the drawing, alter the thickness of the lines, add callouts by drawing with your finger, add text by tapping the text box button, or add your signature by tapping the Signature button.
When you are done marking up the document, you can tap Done to attach the marked up item back to the email reply (Figure C); or, you can tap Cancel to quit without saving the edited changes.
Cory Bohon is an indie developer, creating both iOS and OS X applications at Cocoa App (his own company), MartianCraft, and for various other clients. As a part of full disclosure, he does not write about any software that he has created or has helped to create through these outlets.
Cory Bohon is an indie developer specializing in iOS and OS X development. He runs a software company called Cocoa App and is also a developer at MartianCraft. He was introduced to technology at an early age and has been writing about his favorite technology part-time since 2007. He runs a development blog named ObjDev when he isn’t writing about consumer tech.