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Software to mark up pdf files?

by kmsandrbs / September 24, 2009 2:41 PM PDT

So, starting a PhD program, and most of the readings are articles provided elctronically in pdf format. They are protected.

Rather than printing and marking up, I'd like to be able to read and make notes on my laptop. The reading is no problem, but I was wondering if anyone had a suggestion on how I could mark-up the file without too much work (making a bunch of jpegs of screens for each file, for example, would be a lot of work) or too much expense?

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Ask them to leave the doc open for commenting.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 24, 2009 9:53 PM PDT
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Re: Software to mark up pdf files?
by Tufenuf / September 24, 2009 11:44 PM PDT
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PDF annotation
by Citizen_Marc / April 27, 2010 10:33 AM PDT

I didn't want to do much - but this does it all and more!

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OpenOffice
by LucJs / April 28, 2010 4:00 AM PDT

I believe that OpenOffice (free) can import pdf files, don't know if that solves your problem.

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Yes, Somewhat
by mdemaray / September 27, 2010 11:02 PM PDT
In reply to: OpenOffice

Yes, I installed OpenOfice and the PDF extension. It imported the PDF file, but introduced extraneous spaces and removed actual spaces throughout the document. It did well with embedded graphics, but was hard to read and difficult UI for those not familiar with OpenOfice. I'd give it a B- for this kind of use.

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Online markup utility
by stephendd / July 14, 2010 12:05 AM PDT

I was searching for some quick freeware, and remembered and found PDF-XChange - pretty decent in it's freeware form. Most professional version features seem to work in the freeware version as well but will cause a "trial" watermark to show up.

Also discovered an online approach that I just tried. Simple markups, not fancy, very easy to use - and can be used for collaboration. Just used it for a contract I was working on: Upload, edit, share and/or download again.

Free usage doesn't permit locking (a paid subscription offers just a few minor additional provisions), so simply delete the documentwhen done.

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Oops - here's the link
by stephendd / July 14, 2010 12:08 AM PDT
In reply to: Online markup utility
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Bluebeam PDF Revu
by mcEng / August 12, 2011 6:32 AM PDT
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