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How to Sketch in or Markup Documents of MacBook with iPad, iPhone, or iPod?

Actually with Continuity Sketch and Continuity Markup, you can easily use of your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch to easily insert sketches into your Mac documents, or perform live mark up of PDFs and images on your MacBook.

Setting up your devices

As a matter of fact, Continuity Sketch and Continuity Markup work exactly when your compatible devices are close and they will set up with following steps:

  • Your MacBook and iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch have Wi-Fi and Bluetooth turned on.
  • Your MacBook and iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch are signed in to iCloud with the same Apple ID using two-factor authentication.
  • Your MacBook is using macOS Catalina, and your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch is using iPadOS or iOS 13.

And then, these structures work with any Apple or third-party app designed to support them, containing Pages, Numbers, Keynote, Mail, Messages, Notes, and TextEdit.

Use Continuity Sketch

Actually, with Continuity Sketch, you can use your MacBook to suggest a new sketch from your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch, then insert the sketch into your Mac document. To do this, check these following ways:

  1. On your Mac, open the document and use one of these following actions:
    • From the menu bar, choose File > Insert from [device] > Add Sketch.
      In some apps, such as Pages, Numbers, and Keynote, this is in the Insert menu instead of the File menu.
    • Or Control-click within your document, then select Add Sketch from the shortcut menu.
  2. On your device, a sketch window opens, ready for you to m make sketch with your Apple Pencil or finger:

When you finished sketching, tap Done on your device. The mentioned sketch appears in your Mac document finally:

Use Continuity Markup

With Continuity Markup, you can use your Mac to request document markup from your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch. As you add markup on your device, you will see it happening live on your Mac. It’s really good to mark different documents, correct papers, draw a circle around important details.

From the Finder on your Mac, you will find the PDF or image that you want to mark up. Then you can take one of following ways:

    • choose the document, then press Space bar to open a preview window. Click the markup button at the top of the window.
    • Or Control-click the document, then choose Quick Actions > Markup from the shortcut menu.
  1. From the markup toolbar at the top of the preview window, click the annotate button.
  2. A markup window opens on your device. You can now use an Apple Pencil or your finger with the sketch tools, or tap the plus sign and use the markup tools for adding text, a signature, a magnifier, or shapes and arrows.
  3. When you are working on your device, the changes appear live on your MacBook.
  4. When you’re finished marking up the document, click Done on your device.
  5. To save all the changes, click Done on your MacBook.

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