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In Adobe Acrobat Pro you can do things like put little sticky notes in PDFs, highlight text, and create bookmarks. I have found this very useful for learning. In school you learn better when you put your notes right in the textbook. Some of the material is now delivered in pdf form.

However I've switched to Linux. I find that there are several programs that can read PDFs, but they can't do all those useful things I just mentioned.

Are there any linux programs that can? I found a program that converts pdfs to ps format. If I convert a pdf to a ps file, are there programs that let you do these kinds of things?

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Nowadays, libpoppler already supports annotations, evince has been getting support to read it (already there) and support to add and change (there were still some issues last time I checked). But I'd advise against using PDF annotations -- as of today these are still not that widely supported, and it seems most viewers don't have a way to print the PDF with the annotations. At least with xournal you can extract vectorial annotations (even handwritten ones) and anyone who gets it in PDF form will be able to both read and print. –  njsg Feb 11 '13 at 11:56
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Adobe Reader X can add Sticky Notes (Crtl-6) to PDFs. At least in Windows it can. You might want to try this in Linux.

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Adobe Reader can add comments only if the original PDF enables adding comments (and only paid versions of Adobe can create such a PDF). –  choroba Jan 19 '12 at 14:49
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No adobe Reader X for Linux will be found currently. –  kamae Feb 29 '12 at 18:45
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Xournal can be used to annotate PDFs (and with proper text, not just like the rather whimsical screenshot).

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I've used it to fill in non-interactive PDF forms.

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I use pdfescape and edit my pdfs online. The comments are saved to the original pdf. http://www.pdfescape.com/

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Mendeley can do all of this, plus it is an awesome software for keeping track of your PDF:s (with searching, tagging etc). Also, PDF XChange Viewer is a free windows program that can do this too, and works well under Wine (it's even very fast). I have used both of these for taking notes during my engineering studies.

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If you are using KDE, you can try Okular, the standard document viewer of this desktop environment. When in review mode, it can add a large number of highlights and annotations to PDF files

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