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How to take notes in PDFs in Linux

Adobe's official reader don't support do-annotation under Linux. Evince can't do.

Reading PDF is the last thing on which I can not totally move to a pure Linux environment.

Need tools, thanks!

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What kind of annotation editing are you trying to do? Create form fields, move or reassign links... ? –  Mark Storer Jun 6 '11 at 17:26

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I'm using Evince-2.32.0 gentoo amd64.

Open a pdf -> Menu -> Side Panel (check). Probably you're viewing Thumbnails change to Annotations.

Never used that you should do some tests.

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Try Foxit Reader.

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...which does indeed have a Linux port. Color me pleasantly surprised. –  Mark Storer Jun 6 '11 at 17:26
    
@Mark Storer: 1st beta version of that was released in January 2009. Latest is v1.1 from August 2009.... –  Kurt Pfeifle Jun 6 '11 at 17:57
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...but the Linux version does not allow to add annotations. –  Kurt Pfeifle Jun 6 '11 at 17:58
    
"add" and "edit" are not the same thing. Please be more specific. What EXACTLY do you want to do? –  Mark Storer Jun 6 '11 at 18:02

Okular allows annotations, but they aren't stored in the PDF, so they aren't particularly portable. which can be stored within the file if you compile new versions of Okular with Poppler>0.20.

Mendeley has a linux version that allows pdf annotation. I don't know where annotations are stored.

PDFXchange and Adobe reader (windows version) will both run under Wine, and can be used to annotate.

See: - http://ivotron.github.com/2010/11/29/pdf-in-linux.html - http://jamesmcdonald.id.au/it-tips/annotating-pdf-on-linux

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:) It's very helpful, I'd like to try the wine method. –  Wu Xingbo Feb 28 '12 at 5:29
    
Now you can actually export annotations to PDFs in Okular: docs.kde.org/stable/en/kdegraphics/okular/annotations.html It seems Okular has to be built with Poppler at least version 0.20. It works with Ubuntu 13.04. –  Thomas Arildsen May 14 '13 at 9:20
    
Thanks @ThomasArildsen, added the link to the answer. –  naught101 May 14 '13 at 10:25

Xournal is one alternative - Have to add some characters to keep the "trivial answer" filter happy.

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