[texworks] Commenting pdfs?

Stefan Löffler st.loeffler at gmail.com
Fri Jan 8 19:00:41 CET 2010


this is a call for comments.

I recently found out that it may be possible to add comments to pdf
documents without going through poppler (which currently doesn't support
this feature). What I'd like to know now is if this is a feature the
community would like.

Here are a few pros/cons to get the discussion started:
* Facilitates cooperation
* There are few to none apps on Linux that support this

* This would be a pdf-viewer-only feature. There's no way to keep such
comments between runs of latex, for example. As such, it's not really a
feature expected of a TeX editor. Equivalently, there a numerous other
apps out there (at least on Windows, I don't know about Mac) that
provide this feature.
* It's would essentially work around a deficiency of the poppler library
(but I don't know enough about their internals to submit a patch to the
poppler people).
* It would be a rather simplistic approach - just adding comments (and
perhaps, one day, modifying/deleting them as well). No fancy
strike-outs, markups and the like for the time being.

What do you think? Killer-feature or absolute waste of time?

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