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  1. #21
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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

    Yes, it's really quite strange that Linux is so far behind in this field. It may have to do with Linux being 'geek-land' until recently. Ubuntu forum has always been very responsive to user needs but I use other oss products and I'm constantly surprised that, what I consider common use cases are not realized at all by the community - I don't say they won't recognize or that they dismiss it. I'm saying that they are honestly not aware of the problems or don't consider them real problems, just unavoidable inconveniences (for example I just discovered a real simple solution to a 5 year old problem in R that is quite serious for some users, it's asked about regularly and various tedious workarounds are suggested).

    Another thing I run into regularly is bash command's inability to handle filenames with spaces. I mean really!! in this day and age!? (Again, regularly asked about and tedious workarounds suggested that may or may not work in your specific situation)

    Ocular, Openoffice and the opening up from Adobe I believe will soon result in much improvement on the pdf-front.
    Last edited by fsando; October 3rd, 2008 at 10:33 AM.

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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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    Re: Edit PDF files and add highlighting and comments

    Quote Originally Posted by fsando View Post
    Another thing I run into regularly is bash command's inability to handle filenames with spaces. I mean really!! in this day and age!? (Again, regularly asked about and tedious workarounds suggested that may or may not work in your specific situation)
    either escape the space with a slash, or put quotes around it
    eg
    Code:
    cat file\ name.txt
    cat "file name.txt"
    i cannot think of any simpler way of doing this.

    do you know about tab completion? (type the start of a file name and press tab, and bash will finishit for you). it is rare to have to actually type a whole file name.

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    Re: Edit PDF files and add highlighting and comments

    Quote Originally Posted by ssam View Post
    either escape the space with a slash, or put quotes around it
    eg
    Code:
    cat file\ name.txt
    cat "file name.txt"
    i cannot think of any simpler way of doing this.

    do you know about tab completion? (type the start of a file name and press tab, and bash will finishit for you). it is rare to have to actually type a whole file name.
    Ohh yeah

    I have this frequent problem:
    A folder filled with files:
    Code:
    .
    ..
    first text file.txt
    second text file.txt
    yet another file.txt
    ....
    and finally the last file.txt
    I want to concatenate all of them into one file like:
    Code:
    files=$(ls *.txt)
    cat $files > all_files.txt
    This obviously doesn't work and I haven't found a way yet, and I tried all the different 'quoting-style' options none worked.

    On another note (you probably already know) Openoffice 3 is out, with import for pdf-files.

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    Re: Edit PDF files and add highlighting and comments

    fsando, man find

    Code:
    find ~/Documents/ -type f -name *txt -exec cat {} \; > all_files.txt

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    Re: Edit PDF files and add highlighting and comments

    Quote Originally Posted by y0mamma View Post
    fsando, man find

    Code:
    find ~/Documents/ -type f -name *txt -exec cat {} \; > all_files.txt
    Thanks!
    Been looking for that since I started using Ubuntu almost two years ago
    Just one slight correction (missing quotes):
    Code:
    find ~/Documents/ -type f -name "*txt" -exec cat {} \; > all_files.txt

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    Re: Edit PDF files and add highlighting and comments

    Quote Originally Posted by fsando View Post
    Ohh yeah

    I have this frequent problem:
    A folder filled with files:
    Code:
    .
    ..
    first text file.txt
    second text file.txt
    yet another file.txt
    ....
    and finally the last file.txt
    I want to concatenate all of them into one file like:
    Code:
    files=$(ls *.txt)
    cat $files > all_files.txt
    This obviously doesn't work and I haven't found a way yet, and I tried all the different 'quoting-style' options none worked.
    this works for me
    Code:
    cat *.txt > all_files.txt

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    Re: Edit PDF files and add highlighting and comments

    Quote Originally Posted by ssam View Post
    this works for me
    Code:
    cat *.txt > all_files.txt
    It certainly does! So simple - why did I never try that?

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    Re: Edit PDF files and add highlighting and comments

    I use Foxit PDF Editor which is a Windows application but it runs perfectly via WIne. I use it to add text to fill out forms on pdf files. Im pretty sure that it highlights things also.

    Widely available on Tow Rent.

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