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I have a PDF file, and I'd like to comment in adobe style. Is there a way to enable that somehow, or are there any alternatives?

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You need Acrobat,then open the PDF and choose Comments>>Enable For Commenting And Analysis In Adobe Reader. –  karthick87 Dec 12 '10 at 3:36
Have a look at this thread askubuntu.com/questions/16652/… –  karthick87 Dec 12 '10 at 4:00
Adobe acrobat will help you adobe.com/products/acrobat.html –  karthick87 Dec 12 '10 at 4:26

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There is a feature to add annotations using the default gnome evince, but the tool doesn't have the feature switched on in Ubuntu 10.10, so you have a choice between:

pdfedit - Dedicated tool for editing pdf files.

flpsed - Useful, but not as polished.

inkscape - Importing the pdf, adding your visible notes and exporting back to pdf, downside is, they're not real pdf notes.

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For text comments I suggest to use PDF Annotator (available in Ubuntu software center) - very easy application which allows saving in PS or PDF formats.

Regards, Vincenzo

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Not a desktop app, but Adobe has released Acrobat.com, which is essentially an online office suite, but it can read and make pdfs (a limit of 5 made per month for free, I think). I would assume that they have commenting as part of the suite and it would be acrobat style.

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okular is the default KDE editor (though using it with Unity/Gnome is not a problem), is very polished and provides the requested functionality. After opening your PDF, enable "Review" in the "Tools" menu and a toolbar will appear with buttons for notes, highlighting, etc.

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Just remember that the reviews made with okular, will be only visible in okular. –  user74045 Jun 29 '12 at 15:19
... and only as long as you don't move or rename your document, because the comments are not saved in the document itself, but in some corresponding xml file in .kde/share/apps/okular/docdata/. –  Elmar Zander Jan 28 '14 at 13:19

If you can wait for a while the new Acrobate X you can comment your document. I tried in windows and work's perfect.

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