Programmatically Create Annotations in React Native

PSPDFKit for React Native offers APIs to manipulate (get, add, and remove) annotations programmatically. All of these functions use the Instant JSON format to represent annotations.

Function
Description
getAnnotations(pageIndex, type) Get all annotations on the given page index of the given type. See the list of all supported annotation types.
getAllUnsavedAnnotations() Get all the unsaved annotations from the entire document.
addAnnotation(jsonAnnotation) Add the given annotation to the document.
removeAnnotation(jsonAnnotation) Remove the given annotation from the document. If the given annotation doesn’t exist, this method does nothing.

Getting All Annotations

The example below shows how to get all annotations on the first page of a document:

// Get all ink annotations on the first page of the document.
const allAnnotations = await this.refs.pdfView.getAnnotations(0, "all");

Removing All Annotations

The example below shows how to remove an existing ink annotation from the first page of a document:

// Get all ink annotations on the first page of the document.
const inkAnnotations = await this.refs.pdfView.getAnnotations(
  0,
  "pspdfkit/ink"
);

// Get the first ink annotation.
const firstInkAnnotation = inkAnnotations["annotations"][0];

// Remove the first ink annotation.
this.refs.pdfView
  .removeAnnotation(firstInkAnnotation)

Adding Annotations

The example below shows how to add an ink annotation programmatically:

const annotationsJSON = {
	annotations: [
		{
			v: 1,
			createdAt: '2018-07-30T15:34:48Z',
			bbox: [
				89.58633422851562,
				98.5791015625,
				143.12948608398438,
				207.1583251953125,
			],
			type: 'pspdfkit/ink',
			lines: {
				points: [
					[
						[92.08633422851562, 101.07916259765625],
						[92.08633422851562, 202.15826416015625],
						[138.12950134277344, 303.2374267578125],
					],
					[
						[184.17266845703125, 101.07916259765625],
						[184.17266845703125, 202.15826416015625],
						[230.2158203125, 303.2374267578125],
					],
				],
				intensities: [
					[0.5, 0.5, 0.5],
					[0.5, 0.5, 0.5],
				],
			},
			isDrawnNaturally: false,
			strokeColor: '#AA47BE',
			name: 'A167811E-6D10-4546-A147-B7AD775FE8AC',
			updatedAt: '2018-07-30T15:34:48Z',
			pageIndex: 0,
			opacity: 1,
			lineWidth: 5,
			blendMode: 'normal',
			id: '01CKNX7TVEGWMJDPTS9BN3RH9M',
		},
		{
			v: 1,
			createdAt: '2018-07-30T15:29:54Z',
			creatorName: 'radazzouz',
			lines: {
				points: [
					[
						[243.78179931640625, 510.1141357421875],
						[244.36361694335938, 510.1141357421875],
						[258.9090881347656, 506.033203125],
						[295.5636291503906, 496.7054443359375],
						[349.6726989746094, 489.1265869140625],
						[365.3818054199219, 489.1265869140625],
						[393.8908996582031, 489.1265869140625],
						[406.10906982421875, 489.1265869140625],
						[411.92724609375, 496.7054443359375],
						[411.92724609375, 526.4378051757812],
						[389.236328125, 578.3236694335938],
						[375.272705078125, 602.2261962890625],
						[364.2181701660156, 618.5498046875],
						[354.3272399902344, 631.95849609375],
						[349.09088134765625, 639.537353515625],
						[351.9999694824219, 645.9501953125],
						[392.7272644042969, 661.10791015625],
						[477.09088134765625, 672.7677001953125],
						[557.3817749023438, 673.93359375],
						[591.1272583007812, 673.3506469726562],
						[616.7272338867188, 669.8527221679688],
						[635.92724609375, 665.7718505859375],
						[642.9090576171875, 661.10791015625],
						[642.9090576171875, 657.6099853515625],
						[638.8363037109375, 654.695068359375],
						[632.4363403320312, 652.3630981445312],
						[625.4545288085938, 652.3630981445312],
					],
				],
				intensities: [
					[
						1,
						1,
						0.7831191420555115,
						0.43985339999198914,
						0.1946841925382614,
						0.7731151580810547,
						0.5821600556373596,
						0.8237775564193726,
						0.8645909428596497,
						0.5631009936332703,
						0.16183285415172577,
						0.5931986570358276,
						0.7281508445739746,
						0.7529339790344238,
						0.8639607429504395,
						0.90201336145401,
						0.38276368379592896,
						0,
						0,
						0.5024968385696411,
						0.6254040002822876,
						0.7100088000297546,
						0.8816311359405518,
						0.9544336199760437,
						0.932301938533783,
						0.905599057674408,
						0.9035883545875549,
					],
				],
			},
			isDrawnNaturally: true,
			strokeColor: '#1E59FF',
			updatedAt: '2018-07-30T15:29:54Z',
			pageIndex: 0,
			name: '1F291E11-0696-436B-A8E5-0386371E07B7',
			opacity: 1,
			note: '',
			lineWidth: 4,
			blendMode: 'normal',
			type: 'pspdfkit/ink',
			bbox: [
				243.78179931640625,
				486.64892578125,
				397.9429931640625,
				188.1041259765625,
			],
			id: '01CKNX7TVF7ESF8Z4FR5Q4APEJ',
		},
	],
	format: 'https://pspdfkit.com/instant-json/v1',
};

// Add the ink annotation.
this.refs.pdfView.addAnnotations(annotationsJSON);

For more details and sample code, see the ProgrammaticAnnotations.js example from the Catalog example project.