[texworks] Commenting pdfs?

Iwan Setyawan isetyawan at gmail.com
Sat Jan 9 02:12:54 CET 2010

Since I never use such feature (commenting pdf), I'm with Peter on  
this. I don't think it is a killer feature. At least, please don't  
give this too much priority. I don't agree with Peter about printing,  
though. I really think that printing the PDF directly from the viewer  
really simplifies things (ie., you don't need to open any other  

Just my 2 cents.

- Iwan

On Jan 9, 2010, at 3:43 AM, Peter Hertel wrote:

> I dislike the idea. TeXworks is for the interactive process of  
> creating TeX source files and view the result as pdf. Postprocessing  
> them (commenting, printing) is the business of specialized programs.  
> Keep things simple
> Peter
> Stefan Löffler schrieb:
>> Hi,
>> 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:
>> Pros:
>> * Facilitates cooperation
>> * There are few to none apps on Linux that support this
>> Cons:
>> * 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?
>> -Stefan

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