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I am looking for a tool which allows me to annotate PDFs in Ubuntu and share the PDFs with annotations with people who use OSX or Windows. I cannot assume that the others can or will install special software to read the annotations.

I am therefore looking for software which allows me to make annotations in PDfs which are compatible with Adobe Reader.

What good alternatives for Ubuntu exist for this?

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Take a look at PDF Studio which can annotate & markup PDFs, fill forms, edit content, manipulate pages and OCR. It is compatible with the PDF specs so all changes or annotations made will display in any PDF reader such as Adobe. –  user139706 Mar 12 '13 at 14:38
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Besides Xournal (see m4lvin's reply), you could use PDF XChange Viewer. The free version allows for annoting PDFs, too; it runs without problems using wine.

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Look for the package "xournal" in the software center or user apt-get to install it. With it you can annotate PDFs and export them as PDF again.

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You can use wine + PDF-XChange Viewer. See this very convincing blog entry.

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Assuming you want to stick to free software, I would support the suggestion to use PDF XChange Viewer, and also add that Inkscape works ok for quick annotations to single page PDFs.

It would be great to see a native version of the free PDF Xchange Viewer on Linux, but it does run fairly well on wine. If you're willing to pay for a native linux app, there's PDF Studio but it isn't cheap. (LINK)

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Why not just use Adobe Reader? There is Linux version, however the comment permission is pretty tricky

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Adobe Reader XI is the first version of Adobe Reader that enables users to annotate PDF documents using a full set of commenting and markup tools, but this version of Adobe Reader is not yet available for Linux. –  karel Apr 25 '13 at 14:27
    
This does not provide an answer to the question. To critique or request clarification from an author, leave a comment below their post - you can always comment on your own posts, and once you have sufficient reputation you will be able to comment on any post. –  user68186 Apr 25 '13 at 15:51
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Newer versions of Okular can save annotations directly to the PDF file.

By default, the annotations are saved in the local directory for each user. However, if you choose "File" -> "Save as..." you will be able to save your annotations in a new PDF file, so that they are visible by any other PDF viewer. (See http://okular.kde.org/faq.php#annotateandsendtofriend )

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Thank you! Are they Adobe editable, too? –  Rasmus Dec 3 '13 at 0:00
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