Hypothesis is a free online tool designed to allow for collaborative annotation across the web. It can be used to annotate web pages, pdfs and EPUB files. You can annotate documents and pages publicly, privately or within a group.
To get started with Hypothesis you'll need to:
This guide will walk you through using Hypothesis with the Chrome extension. To use the bookmarklet in another browser, please refer to the hypothesis user guide for step-by-step instructions.
What makes Hypothesis different than other tools is that you can annotate pdfs as well as web pages. It also allows for group and collaborative annotation.
Navigate to the web page or pdf in your browser.
Next, select the Hypothesis icon located in the right corner of your Chrome browser if it is not already active.
An inactive icon will appear as light gray, and if it is ready to use it will be black. If you have not used Hypothesis for a while you may need to login to activate the program.
Once Hypothesis is active on a page you can start annotating. You can highlight text, add annotation, add a note for the whole page, share the page with others, and reply to other comments on the page. You may have to click the toggle arrow to see options, comments, and notes.
To highlight or add annotation for certain text, simply select the text and the highlight and annotation icons will appear.
To create a note for the entire page, select the note icon that appears on the Hypothesis menu on the right side of the screen. You can also toggle highlighted text on and off using the eye icon.
Once you have selected text to annotate, an annotation box will appear in the menu on the right. The annotation section allows you to perform minor formatting of text such as bold, italics, quoted text, lists, links, and even mathematical notation that is LaTex supported.
There is also an option to add web links, and links to online images and videos. Images will appear and videos will play right in the annotation section of the page.
You may also add tags to your annotation to better organize your idea and thoughts, and categorize content. To learn more about tags and how they can be used to enhance collaboration and search, please see the Using Tags Tutorial.
Annotations, notes and highlights can be made public, private or shared within a specific group. All annotation setting default to public unless you choose another option. Public annotations can be seen by anyone who visits the webpage or pdf and has Hypothesis enabled.
If you would like to make notes private where only you can see them, be sure to select the Only Me option in the annotation box.
Once you have selected this option, all other annotations, highlights and notes will default to private on the page and be shown with a lock icon next to your name. To switch back select the Public option.
To share annotations with a group you have already created or have been invited to, select the down arrow next to Public in the Hypothesis menu. Here you will see any private groups you belong to as well as an option to create a new private group. Selecting a group will allow you to annotate and have only the members belonging to the group view and respond to your comments, highlights and notes.
To create a new group, select the + New Private Group option. From here you will be taken to a new screen where you will be asked to name the group. Click the Create group button to create the new private group.
Once the group is created, you will be given a link to share to invite new members to the group.
To annotate a saved pdf in Hypothesis, open it in your browser. Once it is open in your browser activate Hypothesis to start annotating. The pdf must have selectable text in order for Hypothesis to work. If you have issues with this feature, consult the annotating locally saved pdfs tutorial.