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So guys, I'm answering some question from a school test (saved in .pdf) and I would like to do it like I did once on Okular, using a cursor-pen to mark the alternatives. Like on this screenshot from Okular official website. As you can see, he traced the title with a cursor-pen, this is what I want to do. And I'm using Ubuntu 11.10 not Kubuntu.

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This is a legitimate question. There is nothing wrong with it that I can see. The downvotes aren't really that appropriate. – James Aug 25 '12 at 23:18

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You can try Xournal:

Install via the software center

I don't have it on my system right now, but it's a good program for this purpose.

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Nice app... never heard of it, but it's good for the task! – Jason O'Neil May 2 '13 at 9:32

Why not use Okular? You could see if non-opensource readers like foxit or adobe have that feature, but they would be far less native than Okular. KDE apps actually don't look as bad in Ubuntu anymore.

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The evince package which is built-in in Ubuntu and is called Document Viewer can add annotations to PDFs. Starting with Ubuntu 15.04, Document Viewer can also remove annotations.

If you do not have a visible side pane on the left side of the opened document's window, click View -> Side Pane or press F9 to make the side pane visible. At the top of this side pane, there is a dropdown menu with options like Thumbnails, Index and Annotations (some of which may be dimmed for some documents).

To create an annotation:

  1. Select Annotations from the dropdown menu. You should now see List and Add tabs under the dropdown menu.

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  2. Select the Add tab.

  3. Click on the icon to add a text annotation.

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  4. Click on the spot in the document window you would like to add the annotation to, preferably a blank spot where the annotation will not cover anything else in the document. Your annotation window will open.

  5. Type your text into the annotation window. You can resize the note by clicking and holding the left mouse button on one of the bottom corners of the note, and moving it around.

  6. Close the note by clicking on the x in the top corner of the note. You might need to hover over the x with the mouse to make it visible.

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