[OS X TeX] placing annotations in a .pdf via pdftex

William Adams wadams at atlis.com
Wed Aug 21 00:24:09 CEST 2002

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cross-post (which was under a bad subject :(

I'm trying to get pdfTeX to set annotations on a .pdf so that we don't 
have to manually transfer figure callouts.

Here's the macro I'm using:
%macro to callout figures as .pdf annotations in the margin
\newcommand{\callout}[1]{#1\marginpar{\hbox to 6pc{\pdfannot{/Subtype 
/FreeText /Contents (#1)}\strut}}}

which works fine---except the annotations don't print!?!

They show up in the full versions Acrobat 4.0 for Mac, and Acrobat 5.0 for 
PC (in Acrobat Reader 5 in Mac OS X I can see a dot or some such, Apple's 
Preview.app and TeXShop.app don't show anything :(

but they don't print, either to an HP LaserJet 8150, or an HP1220C via 
Adobe's PressReady.

Is there something I'm doing wrong? Or some option I can set to get them 
to print? (I do have the standard checkbox for printing annotations turned 


William Adams, publishing specialist
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