[OS X TeX] [includepdf, PDFpen] imprints don't work

Alan Munn amunn at msu.edu
Fri Mar 6 20:06:53 CET 2009

At 3:55 PM +0100 3/6/09, RA Friedrich Vosberg wrote:
>I want to include a PDF file into another file by \includepdf{}. The 
>PDF file to be included is imprinted by PDFpen with the word COPY. 
>This imprint is displayed in PDFpen.app and in Preview.app as well. 
>When I open only this PDF file in TeXShop the imprint is displayed 
>But when I typeset a TEX file that includes the respective PDF file 
>the imprint in the included PDF file won't be shown. Why that?

Because \includepdf doesn't include various sorts of common 
annotations and bookmarks.  At the moment this is not fixable; there 
is an experimental perl script by Heiko Oberdiek to add some of the 
annotations back in, but it is not that easy to get running, and 
doesn't work for all annotations either.

See the following thread for more details.


I ended up using Acrobat to build the PDF for my situation.  You can 
also build PDFs with Preview, I think, so that might work for your 
situation also.

Alternatively, there are packages that allow "watermarking" of text 
from within LaTeX, so you might want to check out those packages 
(draftwatermark is one that I know of.)


Alan Munn						amunn at msu.edu
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and Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages		Tel. 
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