Flatten Annotations in Flutter

PSPDFKit for Flutter allows you to create a new document with processed (embedded, flattened, removed, or printed) annotations using the processAnnotations(String type, String processingMode, String destinationPath) function.


This guide shows how to use the processAnnotations() function and its parameters.

Processing Mode

The processing mode parameter is a string that specifies how PSPDFKit should include annotations in the resulting document.

Processing Mode
flatten The annotation will be flattened. Its visual representation is kept intact, but it can no longer be modified. The annotation object is removed from the document.
remove The annotation will be removed.
embed The annotation will be embedded into the resulting document, allowing it to still be modified.
print Processes the document for printing. Flattens annotations that can be printed and removes the remaining ones.

Annotation Type

The annotation type parameter is a string that specifies which annotation types PSPDFKit should process. See the list of all supported annotation types. To process all annotations (including forms), you need to set the value for the annotation type parameter to all or null.

Destination Path

The destination path parameter is a string that specifies the path where the resultant processed file will be stored. By default, it’ll be stored under the document directory.


Make sure you save all annotations before processing the document. For more details, refer to our guide showing how to manually save annotations in a document.


A typical call of the processAnnotations function would look like this:

// First open a PDF file using `present()`.
await Pspdfkit.processAnnotations('all', 'flatten', 'PDFs/export.pdf');