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As I don't use Windows whatsoever and have been a big fan of Evince for some time, I was really happy to learn that Evince now supports the addition of annotations (even if it doesn't support the deletion of them, which I find odd).

I have a paper accepted for a journal, and I was sent a type-set copy of the paper for proofing. I was asked to add my corrections directly to the PDF as annotations using Adobe Commenting Tools.

I decided to use this opportunity to try out Evince for annotation. It seemed to work like a charm, and so I sent off the annotated PDF to the journal. But they are saying it is corrupted and cannot be viewed. I imagine they are using the full version of Acrobat. I then tried to open the file in Acrobat Reader -- it gets flagged up as corrupted, just as they say.

But it opens fine in Evince. Anyone know how I can make the output Adobe friendly?

Has anyone tried annotating PDFs in Okular and had the output work with Reader? Did you have to do anything special?


Update: I edited the title to make it more useful to others searching for the same topic.

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i have used okular and okular crashes very frequently i suggest not to use it – agha rehan abbas Jun 16 '14 at 13:54
I appreciate the comment, but I'm not worried about Okular's usability or stability. I will gladly put up with crashes, as long as I can complete the task of annotating this PDF. :-) – user294061 Jun 16 '14 at 14:05

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I believe you can do what you want with master-pdf-editor. It will annotate and play nicely with Adobe. Only snag is that it is free as in beer, but not as in speech,

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Thanks, Nick. It seems to be doing what I want. – user294061 Jun 17 '14 at 2:20
I am sure there may be other, good, working open source alternatives, but I know that particular tool works from recent personal experience. – Nick Veitch Jun 17 '14 at 8:13

I had exactly the same issue. You have to press File → Save As in Okular, otherwise annotations are stored locally. I decided not to use Okular since I find it quiet unhandy how Okular stores the annotations and I simply do not want to use KDE.

For me, qpdfview works like a charm. Annotations and text highlighting is recognised in Adobe Reader (Linux version 9, Windows, iOS). Editing done with Acrobat Reader on the aforementioned platfroms are recognised by qpdfview as well. It allows you to delete annotations and highlighting too.

It is free, the source code can be found on launchpad. You find it in the Ubuntu Software Center and there is a ppa for a more recent version: ppa:b-eltzner/qpdfview

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I annotate PDFs in I, Librarian. It supports PDF highlighting and comments.

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It is both open source and also commercial service. – Martin Jun 21 '14 at 14:03
Please add that information to your answer and include a link to the sources. Thank you. – Elder Geek Jun 21 '14 at 14:05

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