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    Edit PDF files and add highlighting and comments

    After a very long search, I finally found a full-featured program that allows me to edit PDF files.

    Qoppa PDF Editor offers a lot of features including:

    - add highlighting,
    - add comments,
    - crossout-text,
    - extract text embedded in the file,
    - scan to PDF (can scan and insert directly into a PDF document),
    - modify pages,
    - add or remove pages from a document,
    - add hyperlinks
    - and other etc. etc. features

    The program is written in JAVA and there are versions for Linux, Mac and Windows so you can use the same program on WinXP and Linux if you are dual booting.

    I tested it in my Ubuntu 7.10 and found all its features to be fully compatable with Adobe Acrobat -- when I created highligting or notes in Qoppa PDF Editor and then opened it inside Adobe Acrobat 7, all of the highlighting and notes were intact! Great! Perhaps more researchers and students can switch to Linux now that a good PDF tool that allows highlighting and comments is available!

    Check out Qoppa Software at http://www.qoppa.com/psindex.html

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    Re: Edit PDF files and add highlighting and comments

    thanks for the ADVERTISEMENT

    and here is another

    "
    Inkscape 0.46 Released!
    March 24, 2008 (Updated April 10, 2008)

    The Inkscape community today is announcing the release of the newest version of its open source vector graphics editor. Inkscape 0.46 is a major update that introduces native PDF support. The implementation of PDF support in Inkscape provides an easy, open source solution to editing PDF documents.
    "
    http://www.inkscape.org/


    Sorry to sound like I'm putting you down, but there is always an open source answer.
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    Re: Edit PDF files and add highlighting and comments

    Quote Originally Posted by Technophobia View Post
    thanks for the ADVERTISEMENT

    Sorry to sound like I'm putting you down, but there is always an open source answer.
    I too am sorry if I sound off putting And thanks for the link.

    As far as I can see Inkscape does absolutely not fill the gap. PDF studio, from a superficial view appears to be fill a need in linux, commecial or not.

    Nice as it is Inkscape lets you import 1 (one) page at a time. And the imported page is meant for graphics editing not reading.

    But sure. it's great to see the work being done in this area, and I imagine we're there soon. The pdf-format itself is open and a lot of implementations are trickeling out at the moment. The new Zend-framework lets you import pdf into webapps. Openoffice promises acrobat writer like features for version 3. And now Inkscapes new features.

    There are those who are never going to need more than a reasonable pdf-reader (this could basically be any of the existing ones). I believe that's why all those references to apps that are essentially graphics apps but pretty useless as reading aids.

    Others (like me, and probably the op), use the pdf-format intensively - 90% of what I read as part of my work is pdf-format. I used to make extensive use of the features in Acrobat Writer as part of my reading (annotation, comments, underlining, coloring etc.).
    As of yet nothing remotely equavalent exists in the Linux-OSS world.
    What comes closest is kpdf (well, sort of).

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    Re: Edit PDF files and add highlighting and comments

    Others (like me, and probably the op), use the pdf-format intensively - 90% of what I read as part of my work is pdf-format. I used to make extensive use of the features in Acrobat Writer as part of my reading (annotation, comments, underlining, coloring etc.).
    As of yet nothing remotely equavalent exists in the Linux-OSS world.
    What comes closest is kpdf (well, sort of).[/QUOTE]

    I've been waiting for this feature for a while and I simply don't understand why ADOBE doesn't release this. I mean it makes complete sense if the PDF format is the standard for this type of thing, Basic ability to highlight or underline, and add comments should be default.

    Anyway I was doing a research paper today and trolling through a sea of PDF's rather pissed that no options are available for Linux (Mac's have one! go figure) and I decided to see how foxit was again. The version I downloaded was their latest windows version, and I ran it using WINE and it worked very well. I know it's kind of sloppy, but according to them, the Linux client only is for Fedora, or Suse I think.... anyway run it in Wine and use the windows version until someone creates it.

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    Okular (for Kubuntu/KDE) lets you highlight PDFs

    I've searched (in vain) several years for an open-source PDF highlighter that runs on Linux.

    I'm thrilled to say there is now a (buggy but functional) solution, if you're willing to use KDE/Kubuntu: Okular.

    It has some rough edges. Saving files is weird. Saving document XYZ1 as XYZ2 doesn't seem to work, but XYZ1 does seem to save my highlights.

    And I don't seem to be able to see my highlights in other PDF readers.

    On the plus side, Okular has additional annotation options (that I haven't tried). And it's designed to handle many types of documents (currently in various states of implementation). And the program seems well designed.

    Very promising project. And a life-saver for someone like me who wants to highlight 300-page thick Python tutorial PDFs.

    --James

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    Re: Edit PDF files and add highlighting and comments

    Nice to hear and thanks for the tip
    Just installed it and it sure looks very promising. It seems to be close to kpdf. It recognizes highlights I made in acrobat writer (just as kpdf does), but highlights made in okular aren't seen in kpdf or evince. Also some of the highlights from acrobat are too far to the right.

    Another thing - and I guess this is because I'm in Gnome - it doesn't turn up in any menu, I can't just type 'okular' at the command line and 'whereis' doesn't find it.

    turns out the command is:
    Code:
    ~/usr/lib/kde4/bin/okular
    ... or use the right mouse button 'open with' for pdf-files

    EDIT:
    After further testing:
    It seems you can't remove highlights (and other annotations etc.) once made. And not only that. They stay in the document even if you close without saving!

    Oh well. Just realized how it's done:
    I guess none of the editing is actually saved in the document it is saved in an xml-doc in
    Code:
    /.kde4/share/apps/okular/docdata/
    That's why it isn't recognized in other programs.
    Remove the corresponding file and all annotations are gone.
    Last edited by fsando; July 16th, 2008 at 06:55 PM.

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    Re: Edit PDF files and add highlighting and comments

    Forget Qoppa, the free trial version is useless as it
    writes "Demo Version" on each page.

    pdfedit is at least open source, but it does not seem to be able to handle tables, and filling in a pdf form is what I wanted to do with it. Or then maybe I didn't spend long enough fiddling with it to discover how to do it...

    kword messed up the tables (% signs appeared instead of table cells) but at least it is fully editable.

    Mariane

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    Re: Edit PDF files and add highlighting and comments

    I read pdf files daily and I often feel the need to underline certain parts.

    Okular looks promising but doesn't deliver yet. Plus, the GUI looks terrible. Pdfedit is designed for editing, not for reading + highlighting.

    So far, I've had a good experience using foxit under wine -- speed is good, almost as a native app and it has all the features I need. I'm acutally thinking of buying the pro version and get rid of the watermarks (which decently put in a corner, not over the text). And hopefully, one day they'll release a _working_ version for linux.

    I hate having to use wine, but it's the only solution I have at the moment. Anyway, with the proper tweaking of the registry, the color theme matches that of ubuntu and you can sometimes forget the app you're running is a windows app.

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    Re: Edit PDF files and add highlighting and comments

    Hi,

    I'm an Linux user too, but I don't know yet a good editor for my PDF files. (Use InkScape is a good option, but not sufficient)

    To add notes and select text I find a good option as a web 2.0 tool, BookGoo (www.bookgoo.com) but has many problems yet.

    I hope this page are useful for someone.

    Greetings.

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    Wink Re: Edit PDF files and add highlighting and comments

    Try PDF Editor directly from Ubuntu software center....or sourceforge... good stuff maynard!!!

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