I just downloaded Chessbase reader 2017. The design is wonderful the ability to annotate is very useful. However, unlike SCID vs PC (the software for reading and annotating chess games that I am used to) I can't find any option to save the annotation.

I tried Ctrl + S after adding some test annotations to a Fischer Taimanov game, but nothing pops up to ask which file to save to, or if the annotations need to be saved in a special chessbase format. I can't even seem to find the save button anywhere.

Is this ability not available? I have downloaded the free version from here: https://en.chessbase.com/pages/download (i don't know if there is a paid version, or if we have to pay to get access to certain features.)

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There is a clue in the name - ChessBase Reader 2017.

There are more clues in the Chessbase link you gave:

With the free ChessBase reader, you can open all standard file formats (.cbh, .cbf, .pgn), play through games on a stunningly rendered board, watch ChessBase training videos and much more

No mention of writing. If you could modify games with this then you could create your own Chessbase databases.

Chessbase used to supply a free cut-down version of Chessbase called Chessbase-lite which allowed this up to something like 32,000 games. The last version was in 2009 but that has not been available for many years now. If you want writing capability then you have to pay for the full version.

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